President Sham Wow told some whoppers tonight!


It is a draining physical effort to watch an Obama news conference, much less one where much of what he said has been proven time and again to be untrue!

I spotted several whoppers he told tonight and so did others. 

While there were MANY untruths, scrambled thoughts, strawman arguments and more tonight from Obama, I will list only a few that stood out to me and then include observations from others further below.

My own observations from tonight:

Observation #1

OBAMA SAID:  “Let me be clear: This isn’t about me”

THE FACTS:  From JammieWearingFool:

Grassley said he spoke with a Democratic House member last week who shared Obama’s bleak reaction during a private meeting to reports that some factions of House Democrats were lining up to stall or even take down the overhaul unless leaders made major changes.

“Let’s just lay everything on the table,” Grassley said. “A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made … and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’ “

Observation #2

OBAMA SAID: “I continue to insist that health reform not be paid for on the backs of middle-class families.”

THE FACTS:  The currently proposed plan forces “families”/individual coverage – whether you like it or not! If you choose not to buy into the government plan, you’ll be forced to pay more taxes in the form of a penalty.  In other words, this plan MANDATES coverage whether you want it or not….if you don’t, you pay.  This applies to middle-class families.  (H/T: Americans for Tax Reform)

From the AP, July 3:

Americans who refuse to buy affordable medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care overhaul bill unveiled Thursday by key Senate Democrats looking to fulfill President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the fines will raise around $36 billion over 10 years. ., which now imposes a fine of about $1,000 a year on individuals who refuse to get coverage. Under the federal legislation, families would pay higher penalties than individuals.

In a revamped health care system envisioned by lawmakers, people would be required to carry health insurance just like motorists must get auto coverage now. The government would provide subsidies for the poor and many middle-class families, but those who still refuse to sign up would face penalties.

Called shared responsibility payments,” the fines would be set at least at half the cost of basic medical coverage, according to the legislation.

Observation #3:

OBAMA SAID: ” This debate is not a game for these Americans, and they can’t afford to wait any — any longer for reform. They’re counting on us to get this done. They’re looking to us for leadership, and we can’t let them down.”

THE FACTS:  While Americans do want lower healthcare costs, it is clear they do not prefer the plan that Obama says we are “counting on”.

From one of the most recents Zogby polls:

By 52 percent to 40 percent, voters say they are against the healthcare bill introduced July 14 to the House of Representatives, a new Zogby International poll reports.

The poll’s findings: Americans oppose raising tax rates to pay for a new healthcare system. Instead, they favor innovative approaches that would save money, which in turn could be used to fund health benefits for the poor.

Among those currently insured, Zogby reports, 84 percent are satisfied with their current health care. Also, four out of every five people surveyed agreed that rising healthcare costs are hurting American businesses.

And from Rasmussen today:

The health care reform legislation working its way through Congress has lost support over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% of U.S. voters are at least somewhat in favor of the reform effort while 53% are at least somewhat opposed.

Here are some other observations that are worthwhile to add.

From an AP report titled Fact Check: Obama’s health care claims adrift:

OBAMA: “We already have rough agreement” on some aspects of what a health care overhaul should involve, and one is: “It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you’re happy with it.”

THE FACTS: In House legislation, a commission appointed by the government would determine what is and isn’t covered by insurance plans offered in a new purchasing pool, including a plan sponsored by the government. The bill also holds out the possibility that, over time, those standards could be imposed on all private insurance plans, not just the ones in the pool.

Indeed, Obama went on to lay out other principles of reform that plainly show the government making key decisions in health care. He said insurance companies would be barred from dropping coverage when someone gets too sick, limits would be set on out-of-pocket expenses, and preventive care such as checkups and mammograms would be covered.

It’s true that people would not be forced to give up a private plan and go with a public one. The question is whether all of those private plans would still be in place if the government entered the marketplace in a bigger way.

He addressed some of the nuances under questioning. “Can I guarantee that there are going to be no changes in the health care delivery system?” he said. “No. The whole point of this is to try to encourage changes that work for the American people and make them healthier.”

He acknowledged then that the “government already is making some of these decisions.”

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OBAMA: “I have also pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade, and I mean it.”

THE FACTS: The president has said repeatedly that he wants “deficit-neutral” health care legislation, meaning that every dollar increase in cost is met with a dollar of new revenue or a dollar of savings. But some things are more neutral than others. White House Budget Director Peter Orszag told reporters this week that the promise does not apply to proposed spending of about $245 billion over the next decade to increase fees for doctors serving Medicare patients. Democrats and the Obama administration argue that the extra payment, designed to prevent a scheduled cut of about 21 percent in doctor fees, already was part of the administration’s policy, with or without a health care overhaul.

Beyond that, budget experts have warned about various accounting gimmicks that can mask true burdens on the deficit. The bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget lists a variety of them, including back-loading the heaviest costs at the end of the 10-year period and beyond.

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OBAMA: “You haven’t seen me out there blaming the Republicans.”

THE FACTS: Obama did so in his opening statement, saying, “I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to ‘go for the kill.’ Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about ‘breaking’ me.”

and on the budget:

OBAMA: “If we had done nothing, if you had the same old budget as opposed to the changes we made in our budget, you’d have a $9.3 trillion deficit over the next 10 years. Because of the changes we’ve made, it’s going to be $7.1 trillion.”

THE FACTS: Obama’s numbers are based on figures compiled by his own budget office. But they rely on assumptions about economic growth that some economists find too optimistic. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its own analysis of the president’s budget numbers, concluded that the cumulative deficit over the next decade would be $9.1 trillion.

Also at Ace of Spades, they have listed the “foot-in-mouth” top 4 moments of the evening:

For those who missed it, the President went very low tonight. I’m not talking about the lies (there were too many to recount here), the contortions (“I’m not attacking Republicans” about two minutes after attacking Republicans), and the incoherence (e.g. “Senior citizens who right now have a so-called donut hole in their plan, where after spending a certain amount on prescription drugs suddenly they drop off a cliff and they’ve got to pocket the entire cost, suddenly half of that is filled.”).

I’m talking about foot-in-mouth soundbites. Let’s count them down:

4. The Sacrifices Americans Must Make

The question was: “Do you think — do you accept the premise that other than some tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, the American people are going to have to give anything up in order for this to happen?”

The president answered: “They’re going to have to give up paying for things that don’t make them healthier. And I — speaking as an American, I think that’s the kind of change you want.”

Like cheeseburgers and cigarettes and alcohol and cars that drive faster than 25 miles per hour?

3. Economics 101 FAIL

“Having a public plan out there that also shows that maybe if you take some of the profit motive out, maybe if you are reducing some of the administrative costs, that you can get an even better deal, that’s going to incentivize the private sector to do even better.”

2. I Don’t Know Anything, But I Know the Police Acted Stupidly

On the professor arrested following a confrontation with a police officer after he broke into his own house: “Skip Gates is a friend, so I may be a little biased here. I don’t know all the facts. …

“Now, I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly.”

1. Doctors Want to Take Your Kids’ Tonsils For Profit

Again, another answer unrelated to any question asked: “Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if they’re looking and you come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, “You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.”

In all, he had some very clear villains in tonight’s performance: doctors, insurers, Republicans, and the Cambridge police department.

If you were fortunate enough not to have to listen to Dear Leader pontificate tonight with his stiff  “I can’t take criticism” upper lip….you can read the text of tonight’s press conference here.

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9 Responses

  1. If Obama is talking then he is probably being disingenuous. OK lets just say it like it is, the man is a liar. He will say whatever he needs to in order to achieve his extreme objectives.
    Keep up the good work and check out my latest post; Wake Up America ! at cpr’s blog, Citizens for Political Reform.

  2. Yep, lets not worry about having jobs or the continued downward spiral of the economy, let’s instead focus on much more government spending so that many more illegal aliens will want to come to the U.S. for free medical while the remaining taxpayers foot the bill.

    This is getting downright insane and we need to stop this madness now.

    The many millions of us out of work…would much rather have work than so called free insurance but I guess this new administration has already forgotten about the economy completely.

  3. Ears,
    This president hasn’t forgotten….he just doesn’t care!

    It is madness!

    Hope you are able to find work soon.
    Thanks for commenting.

  4. What is wrong with the senate and congress … does the CIA have too much negative information on their hidden affairs or other shady deals? I say that because why is that they can pass documents that have not even been read? If the avarage American had to sign any document they would have to read it before the signed because it is final and difficult to change.
    So the haste to pass these documents without reading them proves that there is an agenda with an aweful price to pay … and no one to blame. It is just simply mind boggling that we even allow this to happen. Where is the leadership?

  5. Good article. I wrote part of mine while watching. I had to cut it short because I wanted to take in every word of this snake-oil sales pitch. Yeah…its still bullsh*t. Nothing has changed…this ObamaCare plan is still the same old POS (piece of sh*t) as before.

    I find it amazing that those still blinded by Obama’s magic phrase of hope and change, still believe in everything he says. Thankfully, some are beginning to wake up and realize the man has no substance.

    Why anyone would trust the government with health care is insane. I hope this sh*tty plan falls to pieces and so far, it looks like thats the path it is going to take.

  6. It’s always good to look at both sides of a story. I don’t like to state my opinions on blogs all that often because many people are so fiercely partisan that if someone says something which sounds ‘liberal’ then conservatives attack, and if someone says something which sounds ‘conservative’ then liberals attack. I am an independent and vote based upon the issue rather than the party, and one thing I hate is propaganda. Obama is not perfect. Bush was far worse. Lesser of two evils? Bush under Cheney almost single handedly has destroyed our nation’s stability politically, economically, and socially. Obama has only had six-months in office, and so far he has put in place programs that have helped in the short term, but which have flooded the country with worthless currency. This has has a serious consequence which if most economists are correct will cause the US economy to go bust in the next twelve months, worse than what we’ve seen in the past twelve. It’s sad to see so much twisting of facts by conservatives who wish to destroy Obama (serving politics rather than their country) as well as manipulation by liberals to make Obama look like the saviour of mankind. The fact of the matter is that we have to deal with Obama for the next three years. Let’s make the best of it. Complaining doesn’t help, and lies and propaganda only serve to confuse people. Tell the truth, be kind about it, and work to serve your fellowman no matter what level of sacrifice it may take to do so. We ARE our brother’s keeper.

  7. Good article. Thanks.

    #4 (foot in mouth), above, is also “Economics 101 FAIL” because if Americans already “wanted” the things/changes he’s now trying to FORCE upon us, they/we would have already chosen those things (voluntarily). He, apparently, hates — or just plain doesn’t understand — the concept of free markets. It is a blind spot in his brain.

    I believe he’s trying to ruin the entire economy ON PURPOSE. After all, when it’s all in tatters, who are you gonna turn to for help? The only thing that will be left standing — the gov’t. He knows you’ll have no choice but to come begging for help — and then you’ll willingly do WHATEVER he wants, just for relief. That’s his secret overall plan.

  8. Dov, I am an idependent also and have to disagree as this administration has already spent more than the last 30 years worth combined and is far worse than the Bush administration as far as wasteful spending goes.
    Anyone who is not blind knows that Fannie may/mac…another government program forced down our throats is at the root of the bad economy along with the relaxed banking rules that are both products of the Democratic party if I am not mistaken.

    Perhaps if you were out of work…you could see more clearly as far as the economy goes , and see that the vast majority of the so called stimulous money went to pork spending and state government coffers with zero accountability by this administration.

    Remember that “accountability” was Obamas campaign cry and we have seen none what so ever.

    I think this is the new FDR who will lead us into the next depression…only this time there will be kaos and catastrophy abound as the current generation will not deal with a depression well at all.

  9. […] I spotted several whoppers he told tonight and so did others. While there were MANY untruths, scrambled thoughts, strawman arguments and more tonight from Obama, I will list only a few that stood out to me and then include observations from others further below. More… […]

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