'Stunning hypocrisy'

We certainly want to support our new president wherever we can.

 

One area we agree on, for instance, is the need to aggressively "wage peace," if you will, in the Mideast and, in particular, in the Arab and Muslim worlds. If he can do that while protecting the interests of our democratic friend Israel, more power to him!

We opposed his election. But we want to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt. Again, he's our president and we want to support him.

He makes it a bit difficult, however, when he says one thing and does another.

He's done that with regard to the ethics of his nominees, for example. Candidate Obama made a huge deal of upgrading the ethics in Washington -- but then, as president, turned around and backed a nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle, who had evaded $128,000 in federal income taxes.

Another story this week -- perhaps less consequential, but not much less troubling -- informs us that the presidential candidate who decried wasteful energy spending and touted the threat of global warming has cranked the White House thermostat high enough this winter to "grow orchids," according to his own chief of staff, David Axelrod.

"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times," Obama said during last year's campaign. "That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."

Well, guess what: It has.

"It's stunning hypocrisy," Christopher Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of two books critical of global warming activists, told reporters. "Obama spins the dial up, takes off his coat and seeks to mandate that we turn the dial down."

We have no doubt the president means what he says vis-a-vis his concern for the planet. But a "do as I say, not as I do" approach won't exactly help him in his role as a green Pied Piper.

We encourage our dynamic young president to walk the walk.

And to take a sweater if need be.

 

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