Well, you could knock me over with a feather. The Associated Press actually fact-checked Obama's State Of The Union speech. Will wonders never cease. They better watch out, or Team Obama will start claiming that the AP is not a real news organization, like they did with Fox News.
The AP found many examples of Obama stretching the truth, in contrast to my friend the Reverend at the Blog Of Mass Destruction, who claimed, "Obama speaks the truth. He's not duplicitous."
Sure, Reverend. Whatever you say.
I am a little surprised that the AP could only find eight or ten examples of Obama's deception. I'll assume they just hit the word maximum for their article and stopped checking. My take on the Obama speech was.....it sure sounded good if you don't already know better. Perhaps the AP is starting to know better now too, so they've decided to tell a little truth about Obama. It's about time. Here are a few of the distortions AP found. I lifted the following partial list from the HotAir website, because I'm being lazy today:
- Spending freeze – The AP points out that it will save less than 1% of predicted deficits over the next ten years — and that Obama scoffed at such a plan when John McCain proposed it in 2008.
- Health care – Obama said the Democratic plan would allow people to keep their insurance and their doctors, but the bill doesn’t guarantee either. Their plan has massive cuts to Medicare Advantage, which would definitely affect coverage of a large portion of America’s seniors and disabled.
- Lobbyists – Obama has not “excluded” lobbyists from his administration; he’s hired over a dozen for key posts, and the AP notes seven of those waivers were for White House posts. Obama called for restrictions on lobbyist contributions, but those already exist.
- Two million jobs saved through Porkulus – The CBO puts the theoretical range between 600K and 1.6 million, but also cautions that the methodology of estimating jobs “saved or created” is “uncertain.” The last detailed numbers the White House produced totaled 650,000 — and were found to be highly inaccurate.
- Openness: “Obama skipped past a broken promise from his campaign — to have the negotiations for health care legislation broadcast on C-SPAN “so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.” Instead, Democrats in the White House and Congress have conducted the usual private negotiations, making multibillion-dollar deals with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders behind closed doors. Nor has Obama lived up consistently to his pledge to ensure that legislation is posted online for five days before it’s acted upon.”
HotAir also addressed Obama's self-serving claim that he inherited almost all of the deficits from Bush. There are important caveats to that claim:
Obama repeatedly insisted that he inherited massive budgetary problems from George Bush, but the Con Law professor may want to retake his high-school civics class. Congress passes budgets, not the President, and the last three budgets came from Democrats. In three years, they increased annual federal spending by $900 billion, while the admittedly profligate and irresponsible Republican Congresses under George Bush increased annual federal spending by $800 billion — in six years. And during the last three years before taking office as President, Obama served in the Senate that passed those bills, and he voted for every Democratic budget put in front of him.
So, Obama is now whining about the very budgets he voted FOR when he was in the Senate. Rather than those being budgets and deficits Obama "inherited," which is how Obama characterizes them, those are budgets and deficits Obama and his Democratic cohorts CREATED, along with Bush. The Reverend may say that is "not duplicitous," but I'd say it's not only the very definition of "duplicitous," it's far worse. I'd say Obama is soul-less (along with many other pols), and will say absolutely anything at any time, as long as it serves his needs. The truth is immaterial. All that matters is what he can get the rubes (that's us) to believe.
If you set aside the 15-20 spins and deceptions (by my count) in Obama's SOTU speech, there actually were some things I liked in it. Zeroing capital gains taxes for economic stimulus, his all-around energy approach which included nuclear power and offshore drilling. Those are two that I liked, and there were others. It's just that I no longer take this President at his word, because his actions frequently do not match his rhetoric. Part of this is due to the fact that Obama made more campaign promises than any other candidate in history, by far. That probably should have tipped us off that something was amiss, but it all sounded good in theory, at least to many. Besides, Obama knows it doesn't matter what you say to get yourself in power. All that matters is that you do get power. Now, it also appears Obama thinks he should say anything to keep power.......no matter if it's true or not. And that means things are still amiss.
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