Reagan was known as the “teflon president” especially after his supposed vice-president caused the iran contra scandal/coverup. http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2018/02/mk-ultra-survivor-cathy-obrien-there-was-no-reagan-administration/ but if there’s some superconducting version of stictionless politics, barack is near absolute zero.
Of course the teflon phenomenon is more about the behavior of the MSM than the politician in question, and when the media acts in unison on such issues (increasingly common these days) it’s a measure of the convergence of the interests of their shareholders and the increasing marginalization of the public interest, at least with respect to the politician in question. In other words, a politican’s integrity is inversely related to the media’s treatment of him/her.
Every President, every politician, and every human being tells lies and engages in acts of hypocrisy. But Barack Obama does these things to a far greater degree than anyone else that I have ever known of. His campaign promises were so much better sounding than anyone else’s – no lobbyists in his administration, waiting five days before signing all non-emergency bills so people would have time to read them, putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN, reading every bill line by line to make sure money isn’t being wasted, prosecution of Wall St. criminals, ending raids against medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, high levels of transparency. Obama’s promises of these wonderful things sounded inspiring and sincere. They sounded so much better than the promises of any other President. So when Obama broke these promises, it felt so much worse than when other Presidents broke their promises.
Some of the things on this list are major events that should scare the daylights out of any true liberal who cares about civil liberties….