John Kerry's famous declaration during the 2004 election campaign that he had been "for it before I was against it" crystallized in voters' minds that he was the kind of politician who would easily shift positions, one who would often say one thing and then do another once elected.
By his own actions, President Barack Obama is confirming that he, too, will say anything to get elected, and then govern differently.
One of the latest examples: Candidate Obama called the Export-Import Bank an egregious example of corporate welfare; President Obama proudly praises the role of the ExIm Bank in his economic policies.
In 2008, during a campaign speech in Green Bay, Wisconsin, then-Senator Obama called the Export-Import (ExIm) Bank “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.” But don’t take our word for it, see the video. Fast forward to today. President Obama is now urging Congress to reauthorize the ExIm Bank. The Orlando Business Journal reports that President Obama urged businesses to “join the fight over the U.S. Export-Import Bank.”
Obama made a similar pleading while visiting the Boeing plant in Everett, Washington and speaking with union workers there. The key moment comes about 15:30 into that video, when Obama says this:
“So last November, when I was in Indonesia, Boeing announced a deal – with the help of the Export-Import Bank – to sell more than 200 planes to one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. Boeing is one of the largest
exporters in the world. This is one of the biggest deals Boeing had ever done.”
As Schow notes, Obama is now "praising that same corporate welfare he once derided."
Says Schow: "Senator Obama, meet President Obama, a man who will say anything to get re-elected."
The ExIm Bank is just the latest example of how Obama can't be trusted to mean what he says.
A year ago, the London Telegraph called Obama "The U-turn president," and cataloged a foreign policy-heavy top-ten list of Obama's flip flops.
More recently, he's flip-flopped on a variety of other issues.
After promising the Catholic Church he would not force them to pay for birth control and abortifacient drugs for employees, he had his Health & Human Services Secretary trot out a new regulation doing exactly that.
After a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee promising stalwart support of Israel a few weeks ago, just 48 hours later Obama was already altering and backtracking from the promises he seemed to make.
Most worrisome -- and telling -- however, is Obama's accidentally overheard comments to Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that he would have "more flexibility" on arms control negotiations after the election, telegraph a future of many more such changes in policy positions after the election, if Obama manages to win a second term.
And with no more having to face pesky voters, the safe bet is Obama's final flip-flops on key issues would all be turns toward the Left.