Here’s the bottom half of Michael Ramirez’s editorial cartoon at Investor’s Business Daily late last week:
The top half of the cartoon has five more lies. There are virtually countless others. Maybe we should start a collection here, or maybe there’s a comprehensive list somewhere else.
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Related, May 23, 2009: “Where are the Cries of ‘Obama Lied, Jobs Died’?” — The column also lists the only five statements Bush 43 made which the left tried to characterize as lies, and shows why they weren’t (and still aren’t).
Here are three other lies noted there which most people won’t remember:
1. In February (2009), Obama, in a Peoria, Illinois visit, said in a speech that Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens had told him the previous day that “if Congress passes our (stimulus) plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off.” The truth is that Owens “told Obama he could rehire people if a ‘responsible stimulus bill is passed and the economy gets going again.’” Who do you believe, Barack Obama, or a CEO and the congressman who later spoke with Mr. Owens? (Update: On February 12,
Jake TapperTahman Bradley at ABC’s Political Punch noted that Obama shamelessly repeated the “will be able to rehire” lie about Caterpillar even after Owens “said the exact opposite.”)
2. On May 11 (2009), Obama and the administration claimed that executives and representatives of major healthcare providers agreed that they could wring major cost savings out of the medical system in the next 10 years on the road to a supposedly affordable government-run system that would save the government up to $2 trillion. Within days, health care officials denied there were any detailed promises, saying that “they agreed to slow health spending in a more gradual way and did not pledge specific year-by-year cuts.” Who do you believe, Obama or the others at the conference?
3. On the day of government-run Chrysler’s bankruptcy filing, Obama and his car guys told a bipartisan group of political leaders that the bankruptcy “will not disrupt the lives of the people who work at Chrysler or the communities that depend on it.” Those who heard it reasonably took that statement to mean that no plants would permanently close. At least two congresspersons issued press releases to that effect. On May 1 (2009), government-run Chrysler announced that it would close plants in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Obama lied; jobs died. Who do you believe, Team Obama or a bipartisan group of politicians? (Update: A partial list of the deceived who would go on the record [links here and here] includes Twinsburg [OH] Mayor Katherine Procop; Charles Crews Jr., shop chairman for the UAW Local 122 in Twinsburg; Ken Lortz, director of the UAW Region 2b that covers Ohio; Mark Barbash, who was interim director of the Ohio Department of Development … and four Congresspersons — Paul Ryan (R-WI), Dennis Kucinich [D-OH], Steve LaTourette [R-OH], Candice Miller [R-MI].)