Hannity: 'The President Is a Bit of a Con-Man'

James Beattie
By James Beattie | December 18, 2013 | 6:31 PM EST

Contrasting the promising language of the 2008 presidential campaign and the language of White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer and recently hired White House Counselor John Podesta, Sean Hannity called President Obama a "con-man" on his radio program Wednesday.

"I hate to say it, the president is a bit of a con-man, kind of like a con-artist," Hannity said.

In an interview published earlier this week by Politico, Podesta compared the House Republicans to members of the Jonestown cult.  The cult drank poisoned Kool-Aid at the direction of leader Jim Jones in 1978, causing 900 deaths in a South American jungle.

Hannity compared Pfeiffer's violence-themed rhetoric to that of Podesta:

"Not long ago, Dan Pfeiffer referred to conservative critics as 'people with a bomb strapped to their chest.'  Really?  Well Podesta said in Politico reflected his true view.  I would assume what Dan Pfeiffer thinks, he probably thinks the same thing.  The Podesta hire was made because this is who Podesta is.  I'll use Pfeiffer's word, with 'political assassins.'  Political, meaning they go after people politically.  They believe that Republicans and conservatives aren't simply wrong and they think we're evil."

"I guess the bottom line is some of you still may believe Obama, and I understand it.  I think the reason it's taken so long for the country to catch up to where we were back in 2007 and eight is because I think people want to like their president.  I think people, they wanted to become part of history in the making.  They thought this would heal the country in many ways.  I think the rhetoric sounded great.  And I think people got caught up.  The just chose not to vet him, chose to ignore the obvious signs that things would be bad."

"But Obama is never gonna rebuke Podesta, or Pfeiffer, or Gibbs, or Carney, or anybody.  I think it tells you a lot.  I mean I hate to say it, the president is a bit of a con-man, kind of like a con-artist.  Bait and switch, you know rewriting laws, lawlessness that I've been talking about.  He wanted to present himself as a unifying figure.  The adult in the room.  A man of decency.  A man of civility.  A man of good nature and manners, and all this stuff.  Then he makes room for political bullies like Podesta."