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October 12, 2012

Obama is the master of flip-flops

(Continued)

What changed? Well, the "progressive" political winds did, and they blew Kennedy right over to the other side.

Meanwhile, the opportunities for "60 Minutes" to ask Obama about his political flips were many - almost too many to list here. It's not just the outlandish promises made and not kept - that the oceans would stop rising and the earth would heal or that unemployment would stay at less than 8 percent if his $830 billion stimulus was passed. It's not just about guaranteeing that stimulus money would be going to "shovel-ready" projects, and then acknowledging that there were almost no such projects.

It's not just campaigning on "Yes we can!" and then sending Bill Clinton to the convention floor last month to say, "Nobody could."

It is more about things that could legitimately be called core principles. Things like voting against increasing the debt limit, and then supporting raising it. Things like promising to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term and then presiding over trillion-dollar deficits - and blaming George W. Bush. Promising to take public financing for his 2008 campaign and then refusing it so he could raise and spend more than that would have allowed.

The president campaigned against the Patriot Act, but then supported its extension. He promised "the most transparent administration in history," and both parties know he never mentions that any more because it is a joke.

Obama said when he became president that he would close the prison in Guantanamo Bay. It is still open. He was a vocal critic of the Bush administration's military tribunals, but now he approves of them. He criticized Bush for the rendition of terror suspects, but has allowed them to continue.

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