On Thursday, The Washington Post published ten of the “biggest whoppers” uttered from the lips of President Obama.
Glenn Kessler writes that over 250 statements have been sent through the WaPo fact checker since 2008 and the ones that earned Four Pinocchios made this list, in chronological order:
2007, Candidate Obama: “More young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America”
Nice try with the race baiting, but there are five times the number of black men in colleges than in prisons.
2011, President Obama: “We signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history”
Wrong! That accomplishment goes to John F. Kennedy, “at least in the last half-century,” according to Kessler. In fact, George W. Bush’s tax cuts were over “twice as large as Obama’s.” The Obama administration didn’t base its numbers on dollar amounts but on “dubious math,” a.k.a. Ross Perot fuzzy math.
2012, President Obama: “90 percent of the budget deficit is due to George W. Bush’s policies”
Blame Bush was a favored tactic for Obama and his Democrat minions, but even the WaPo can see he went too far with this claim. In reality, Obama’s actions increased the deficit 44%.
2013, President Obama: “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it”
This was the lie to end all lies. Because of the actions of the administration, more than two million American’s went to their mailboxes to find cancellation notices from their health care providers. Oops! That one haunted him.
2013, President Obama: “The Capitol Hill janitors just got a pay cut”
No, they didn’t, and an official statement had to be released to put out this liar-liar-pants-on-fire moment. But the White House added a little white lie to cover the other one, saying janitors lost their overtime. Not true, either. But emotional rhetoric just sounded so good to Obama.
2013, President Obama: “The day after Benghazi happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism”
There must’ve been a little lapse in memory for the president between the 2012 attack and that moment, because “He never affirmatively stated that the American ambassador died because of an ‘act of terror,’ notes Kessler. “Then, over a period of two weeks, given three opportunities in interviews to affirmatively agree that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack, the president obfuscated or ducked the question. So this was a case of taking revisionist history too far for political reasons.” Spin, baby, spin.
2014, President Obama: “I didn’t call the Islamic State a ‘JV’ team”
The WaPo fact checker obtained an unreleased transcript of Obama’s interview with the New Yorker which made it clear he definitely called ISIS the “JV team.” He couldn’t wriggle out of this one.
2014, President Obama: “Republicans have filibustered 500 pieces of legislation”
Blame Bush, blame Republicans, just never blame yourself. Kessler expounds:
Obama, a former senator, got quite a few things wrong in this 2014 claim. He spoke of legislation that would help the middle class, but he was counting cloture votes that mostly involved judicial and executive branch nominations. Moreover, he counted all the way back to 2007, meaning he even included votes in which he, as senator, voted against ending debate — the very thing he decried in his remarks. At best, he could claim the Republicans had blocked about 50 bills, meaning he was off by a factor of 10.
2015, President Obama: “The Keystone pipeline is for oil that bypasses the United States”
Actually, the crude oil would head to the Gulf Coast and be refined into gasoline and diesel fuel. Plus, North Dakota and Montana would receive 12% of the flow. But now, no American gets the benefit of the oil or got a job working on the rigs. Fail.
2016, President Obama: “We have fired a whole bunch of people who are in charge of these [VA] facilities”
Yeah, right. The Obama administration should be ashamed at how it treated our veterans and lying about it makes it all the worse. A whole bunch of people? Try “only one senior executive, ” and that was “for an ethics violation” and had nothing to do with patients dying because of long wait times.
Here’s the thing: good on The Washington Post for keeping tabs on the president but shame on the media for never pressing these issues harder. If they are to do what journalism requires, and even Obama admits, ask the tough questions and quit lobbing softballs. They won’t with Trump.