Today the failed president discovered his latest “number one priority” is keeping our diplomats safe.
Yeah, we know, a little late for that.
I actually stopped and rewound the tape to make sure that I’d heard the president correctly when he spoke about embassy security. I had. “My number one priority is always to keep our diplomats safe and to keep our embassies safe,” he said. As you ruminate over that statement, consider these images from September 11, 2012:
That’s a whole lot of number one priorities.
In December, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declared that ensuring “middle-class Americans don’t have their taxes go up on January 1st” was the president’s “number one priority.” Perhaps it was, but what Carney failed to mention was that it was just one of up to 12 “number one priorities” declared by the president since taking office – many of them often conflicting or overlapping.
That’s certainly not the media spin on every one of those “number one priority” items either. Network journalists have either mentioned or quoted Obama having a “number one priority” 26 times since he took office – from the economy, to healthcare, to national security. Not once have they pointed out that he often has multiple such priorities at the same time. In, fact, in his three years as president, ABC, CBS and NBC have only mentioned five of the 12 “number one priorities.” And only the economy was mentioned by all three networks.
Obama started off 2010 with a bold statement about the state of the economy. “One in 10 Americans still can’t find work. That’s why creating jobs has to be our number one priority in 2010.” Network journalists dutifully repeated the claim, citing it as the president’s top priority 50 percent of the times (13 out of 26) times they discussed them. ABC mentioned it seven times.
Maybe recycling quotes is part of his green initiative. As of early 2012, here were his priorities since he first soiled the office.
Of course now his only priority is getting elected.