Obama Grants Himself a Waiver From Civility As proved over and over the liberal left has only one standard, one for the right and one for themselves. The American Spectator : Obama Grants Himself a Waiver From Civility Remember when President Obama lectured the nation on civility in its political discourse? In January 2011, following the shooting of then Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, President Obama told an audience at the University of Arizona in Tucson, "It's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." Unfortunately, his words ring hollow. President Obama's counsel was not directed at himself or those who work at his behest. The rules of civility as decreed by President Obama (and enforced by the mainstream media) apply only to conservatives and to anyone else who has the temerity to disagree with the Obama Administration. It is a classic case of "do as I say, not as I do." When it comes to civility, President Obama has granted himself, his administration and his re-election campaign a waiver.