Barack Obama, upon accepting his party's nomination in 2008:
“What I will not do is suggest that the senator takes his positions for political purposes, because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and each other’s patriotism. The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party.”
“But if we’re being honest, we know the real problem isn’t the members of Congress in this room. It’s the members of Congress who put party before country because they believe the only way to resolve our differences is to wait 14 months till the next election.”
I would not say that Obama has no principles, for he certainly does - and alas, they differ little from Karl Marx. But I will say that he will say whatever he needs to say at the moment to get elected, and will tell whatever lies he needs to in order to cover up an agenda he knows is unpalatable to the majority of Americans.
Zero credibility, combined with what Jay Cost calls "a staggeringly high arrogance to excellence ratio". Is there any wonder why America has tuned this guy out?