Remember the President Bush 'Mission Accomplished' controversy? The culprit was a banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln positioned above President Bush, which was meant to signify that that particular aircraft had in fact accomplished their mission.
President Bush still hasn't lived this one down. The left went ballistic, claiming he was prematurely proclaiming an end to the war and sending a horrible message. Well, they should have listened to the speech, because he never said 'mission accomplished' and only used the word 'mission' two times. Here's one of them:
"Our mission continues. Al Qaeda is wounded, not destroyed. The scattered cells of the terrorist network still operate in many nations, and we know from daily intelligence that they continue to plot against free people. The proliferation of deadly weapons remains a serious danger. The enemies of freedom are not idle, and neither are we."
Kinda sounds exactly the opposite of mission accomplished, no? The left chose to distort the actual message in order to smear the President and the media followed suit. A few months after Time declared 'Mission not Accomplished', in 2006 CNN touted polls showing people thought the mission was 'not' accomplished, and Keith Olbermann mentioned it almost every single day on MSNBC.
Perhaps not shockingly the media has gone way out of their way to ignore what should be the most damaging sound bite in political history. And here it is:
"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."
That's macaca, 'and we're going to Ohio! YEAAAAAAAH', for it before I was against it, wide stance, tickle party, Joementum, stand up chuck -- all rolled into one and multiplied by a million. Here we are in 2011 and President Obama is getting exactly what he wanted - skyrocketing energy prices. He hasn't passed Cap & Trade but his policies aren't exactly energy price friendly: restricting drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, encouraging more uprisings/chaos in the middle east, devastating 'green' regulations such as unreasonable fuel efficiency standards, to name a few. And there's crickets. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
The hypocrisy is stunning. Gas prices were the Democrats #1 issue in 2008 until the market collapsed. It was the lead story in countless newscasts. Nancy Pelosi even demanded an investigation "the FTC has failed to exercise its power to protect consumers from skyrocketing energy costs” she declared. Well, Nancy, you've failed to protect consumers from a President who is in favor of higher energy costs.
The mere fact that he admitted, clearly, that he wants prices to 'skyrocket' in the middle of the 'worst economic crisis since the great depression' should be enough to shut this guy down. Sadly, it's not even a blip on the radar.
I guess, for President Obama - it's Mission Accomplished.