There’s an old joke: “How can you tell when a politician is lying? His lips are moving.”
During this presidential campaign season, that joke is almost accurate when it comes to Obama. It’s not 100% accurate, though, because he does say occasionally things that are true. For example, when he showed up on The View, he said he was just there as “eye candy.” That was the truth, because he really should have been dealing with the murder of American citizens and the attacks on American embassies on the anniversary of 9/11. Anything else was a purely decorative exercise.
Since Obama doesn’t lie 100% of the time, it helps to know when he’s leading up to, or is actually in the act of, lying. Sometimes we know this because we know the facts better than he assumes we do. But on arcane matters, you just have to look for the Obama “poker tells.” Hugh Hewitt explains.
As for me, I’m looking forward to the debates. In 2008, Obama had no record and he faced off against a deferential opponent who, whatever other virtues he had, was an appalling bad debater. This time, Obama has a long record to defend, and his opponent is smarter than he is, more educated than he is, more knowledgeable than he is, and has been burnished in a painful and bruising primary season. In other words, for those of us who don’t like Obama, if Romney is willing to show some intestinal fortitude, this should be fun.