In his interview with Barack Obama Thursday, Chris Matthews asked why there has been such a significant decline in the trust in government. In a nutshell, Obama’s answer: Ronald Reagan.
The president’s answer was quintessential Obamaesque:
“We’ve had a politics, frankly, you know, the entire Republican Party brand since Ronald Reagan has been ‘government’s the problem.’ And if you, day after day, week after week, election after election, are running on that platform and that permeates our culture and it’s picked up by, you know, ordinary citizens who grow skeptical, then it’s not surprising that over time, trust in government declines.”
Is he serious? It couldn’t be that “ordinary citizens” (the choice of “ordinary” is interesting in and of itself) have lost faith in Obama and his administration because of the myriad of scandals, his absence of leadership on the world stage (see: Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iran), his reckless runaway spending and the disastrous (and disingenuous) rollout of ObamaCare that have caused a majority of Americans to distrust him and his policies, right?
Barack Obama has preached the evils of conservatism and the bountifulness of “progressivism” to the faithful for years, has won two presidential elections as a result, and now…now that trust in him and his administration is at an all-time low, he blames the message on a president who left office 25 years ago?