Most of my disagreements with the President stem from policy differences. As with all politicians, he twists and spins the truth to best suit his position, and though he did promise to be a different kind of politician, at the end of the day, he is still a politician, and most motivated (as they all are) by his own re-election.
In some cases though, Obama has flat-out LIED. You can go over the details yourself, but some of the highlights include claiming the Supreme Court overturning his health care bill would be “unprecedented,” “extraordinary,” and would be “overturning a a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” He went so far, that even left-leaning Politifact gave this statement a “False” rating. There are currently 54 bald-faced lies listed under false, and 5 under “Pants on Fire.” If one includes the “Mostly False” rating, Obama is credited with over 100 lies so far.
Yesterday, the President did something much more egregious. This is what he said while talking about a Republican who supposedly attacked students for taking out loans:
She said she had ‘very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt because there’s no reason for that.’ I’m just quoting here, I’m just quoting. She said students who rack up student loan debt are just ‘sitting on their butts having opportunity dumped in your lap.’ I’m reading it here. So I didn’t make this up.
This is what the speaker, Virginia Foxx (R-NC) actually said:
I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that,” Foxx continued. “We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap.
According to a recent study by the New York Fed, 94 percent of student-loan debtors owe $75,000 or less. (Forty-three percent owe $10,000 or less.) So, Foxx was talking about a very small percentage — 6 percent — of the student-loan debtor population, not all students.
But by omitting that crucial phrase — and Obama did not acknowledge he had omitted any of the quote — the President made Foxx appear to to be criticizing all students who graduate with debt, not the small percentage who graduate with $80,000 or more.
Imagine what we could do to the President’s speeches and the claims Republicans could make if they just ignored critical phrases and used the words on the outside. Let’s make an example.
“It’s a balanced plan that would reduce the deficit by spending, by making modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid and by reforming our tax code in a way that asks the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.”
Now let’s look at what the President ACTUALLY said:
“It’s a balanced plan that would reduce the deficit by making additional spending cuts, by making modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid and by reforming our tax code in a way that asks the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.”
I can COMPLETELY change the meaning by just ignoring the fact that he said some more words.