Everyone was tut-tutting and tsk-tsking. What a breach of protocol, they said! How rude, they said!
It was because, Obama said, “he didn’t want to be seen as trying to influence the upcoming Israeli elections.”
As it turns out, Obama’s been trying to influence Israel’s election for a very long time… to the detriment of Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Of Obama, the old joke is actually a statement of reality: “How can you tell he’s lying? His lips are moving.”
Obama can’t help himself. He lies because he can, because he likes to, because he knows that no one with any power will call him on it, because it always works for him.