Contrary to popular perceptions, things aren’t always what they appear to be, especially when it comes to politics. 

Politicians and media commentators have a unique ability to reinterpret reality so that, by the time they’re finished with their spinning, it’s difficult to distinguish the real from the fantastical and truth from baldfaced lies.  They don’t change what’s real and what’s true but they often succeed in so muddying the waters that the average observer doesn’t see the difference between reality, truth, and prevarication.  

Bill Clinton  A classic case in point is former President Bill Clinton who apparently confused his fellow Democrats to such an extent that lying under oath was not an impeachable offense serious enough to find him guilty as charged.  Every Democrat senator, even those who had denounced his actions, voted in 1998 to acquit.  

If nothing else, Democrats stick together. 

Obama White House chief flack, Jay Carney, knows the Chicago art of deliberate confusion, obfuscation, and subterfuge as if he were born to the task. 

Looking at Keystone XL  Despite all contradictory evidence, Carney made the startling claim at a press briefing that the president didn’t really reject the Keystone XL pipeline.  The proposed project, which would have funneled millions of barrels of Canadian oil into the United States and relieved the price pressure on heating oil and gasoline, failed because  those rascally Republicans made it impossible for Obama to approve Keystone. 

And here we cynics thought Obama was catering to his wacko environmental buddies!  

Even ABC’s Jake Tapper was incredulous.  Tapper asked Carney, ”How can you say that . . . if the President turned down the Keystone pipeline?  And you blame the Republicans for making it political.” 

The White House Press Secretary’s byzantine explanation for his reality-bending is too complex to summarize here.  See Jay Carney bob and weave at http://bit.ly/ABLCov. 

andrea-mitchell  MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell is as committed a Clintonian supporter as Nina Burleigh but, instead of offering the 42nd president oral sex like Burleigh, offered an amazing, retroactive defense of the Clinton clan. 

Commenting on PBS’s surprisingly-honest production of “Clinton,” Mitchell, who never encountered a Clinton she didn’t love, said she felt “nostalgia” for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, denounced the opposition to Clinton as “vicious,” and bemoaned the actual existence of Hillary’s fabrication of a “vast right wing conspiracy. . . There really was an enemy.” (http://bit.ly/yufk41) 

No one expects objectivity from most MSNBC commentators but that political paranoia, articulated without a shred of proof of the existence of any conservative conspirators, is so far over the top that one suspects Mitchell was reciting from the Clinton playbook. 

How any conspirator could plant semen on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, could inspire the Comeback Kid to parse the meaning of the verb “is,” or could make Mitchell’s hero lie under oath is beyond me, unless that Democrat thing about fudging reality is considered. 
 
That same studied unreality is evidently a major factor in how the Obama administration is dealing with the unemployment problem and the American economy.  With little concrete evidence to support either contention, we’re told both are improving, a view comparable to VP Biden’s characterization of 2010 as the year of a “Summer of Recovery.”     
 
The president keeps boasting about somehow creating millions of jobs with his $787 billion stimulus although no one seems to know what and where they are.  Aside from the bloated federal government and the bailed out auto industry, few are available despite the stock market recovery. 
 
According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 42.9% of the unemployed have been out of work more than 27 weeks and BLS figures don’t include the millions who are underemployed or those who have given up and dropped out of the work force.
  
Work needed  Adding insult to deceit, the president touted last month’s miniscule drop in the national unemployment rate to 8.3%, a percentage which also doesn’t incorporate the underemployed or drop outs.  The rate when he took office was 7.8% and the total number of jobs has declined by over 2 million since January, 2009. 
 
To make matters worse and Obama’s claims more absurd, a Gallup survey just revealed that the unemployment rate rose to 9% in mid-February and the underemployed rose from 18.7% to 19%, reflecting a “sharp deterioration” in job market conditions.  (http://bit.ly/AlYUsN)

Behind that curtain, the president is as much a fraud as the Wizard of Oz. The economy sucks, and Obama knows it!   

Finally, a brief reflection on our country’s mood as a commentary on perception versus reality.  

USNews.com reports that a piddling ”22 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going” under Obama, barely above the 21% who were happy at the end of the H.W. Bush reign and the 19% who were happy with Jimmy Carter. (http://bit.ly/yMEUdM) 

That finding, based on the outlook of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, should normally bode well for a Republican candidate in 2012 with one significant caveat: Democrats are much more adept than the GOP at twisting realities and converting negative appearances into positive electoral results.            

Under a barrage of conflicting information and so-called authoritative reporting, we all tend to get at least a bit confused.  The best cure for all the misinformation is to think and to disregard virtually everything this president and his minions say.