Much head scratching occurred when the Nobel committee awarded Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, just months after becoming president. Many (me included) believed that he had not accomplished anything yet as president and certainly nothing that warranted any kind of award, plus his pre-presidential resume was thinner than a supermodel. That he was not George W. Bush was apparently good enough for the Nobel committee. I am older than Barack Obama, so I have not been George W. Bush longer than he has not been George W. Bush, yet no Nobel Peace Prize has come my way. I’m still smarting over the Nobel snub.
Although some people Obama mentioned in his autobiography may have been composites, not actually real people, at least Obama, near as we could tell, was a real human being. Alas, the same cannot be said for Mr. Richard Windsor, the fake e-mail alter ego of Lisa Jackson, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency. As you may recall, Ms. Jackson created a fake e-mail account under the name of Richard Windsor while at the EPA to correspond with environmental activists and others under the radar. It turns out the EPA certified Richard Windsor as a “scholar of ethical behavior” for three straight years. I think we can all agree that is quite impressive, especially for a non-existent person.
We are not sure what the rest of Mr. Windsor’s employment or salary records with the EPA look like, although we suspect they are stellar. With his resume, we assume that he will soon follow Ms. Jackson over to her new employer, Apple, very soon. And speaking of Apple, we are sure that now they have brought Ms. Jackson, a close associate of Barack Obama, on board Apple will no longer be brought before Congress to explain how it has the audacity to comply with United States tax code. Now we hear there may be others in the Obama administration that also have fake email accounts.
This whole situation does make one wonder exactly what in Washington these days is real and what is fake. Let’s take a look at a few things and see if we can make a determination:
The Obama Administration’s Benghazi story: Fake
The Obama Administration’s Benghazi talking points: Fake
Hillary Clinton’s Congressional Benghazi outrage: Fake, but what difference, at this point, does it make?
Vice President Joe Biden: Yes, sadly, he really is vice president. His hair, though, is mostly fake.
Jay Carney: He is real, it’s just what he says that is fake.
Eric Holder: Very real, especially if you are Fox News reporter James Rosen.
James Rosen: He is a real reporter, but a fake co-conspirator.
Speaker of the House John Boehner: real, but his tan is fake.
Senator Elizabeth Warren: Real senator, fake Cherokee.
The IRS: All too real (We should point out that the IRS was targeting groups that believe the federal government is over-bearing, oppressive and out of control, thereby demonstrating that the IRS is over-bearing, oppressive and out of control.)
The dancing ability of IRS employees: Obviously Fake. No one is really that bad, are they?
The number and cost of IRS conferences from 2010-2012: Painfully, painfully real.
The Mainstream media: Neither real, nor fake – just absent.
It’s time to wrap up now. I must respond to an email I just received from the IRS, specifically from a Mr. Richard Windsor. (Boy, talk about a coincidence!) The IRS seems to want to know which NFL football team I root for. Whew, good thing it’s not the Patriots!*
*The New England Patriots have not won a Super Bowl since Barack Obama has been president. Hmm!
Curtice Mang is the author of the new book, The Constitution – I’m Not Kidding and Other Tales of Liberal Folly. He can be contacted at www.mangwrites.com, where one can also purchase his book; or contact Curtice at mangwrites at cox.net.