The former president was on top form, blasting opponents for ‘shamelessly lying.’
The rhetoric has made many people question his tenuous grip on reality.
While campaigning for democrat candidates Tammy Baldwin and Tony Evers, Obama accused the GOP of lying to voters about healthcare.
“Listen throughout human history, certainly throughout American history, politicians have exaggerated. They make promises that they may try to fulfill, but then it turns out to be harder than they expected,” Obama told the crowd, adding, “They pump up the things that they did that are good.”
“They downplay the things that they did that aren’t so good. They try to put a positive spin on things,” Obama said. “But what we have not seen before, in our recent public life, at least, is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying.”
It seems completely insane to many people that this man can even say such a thing, given his past behavior and the many lies he has told, as well as other democrats. Maybe he meant to say it was democrats who were the liars, considering the Project Veritas recent releases?
Obama repeatedly campaigned about illegal aliens (at least 22 times), and claimed that as president he wouldn’t have the power to grant amnesty, but then he turned around and granted amnesty in the form of the DACA executive order.
In 2011, Obama said he “signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history.” But, The Making Work Pay provision in his ‘stimulus package,’ was based on “dubious math,” according to The Washington Post.
Plus, “Former-presidents John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush signed larger tax cuts into law.”
When campaigning for the Affordable Care Act, Obama infamously said, “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.” Of course, the Washington Post reported at least two million people got cancellation notices in the mail under Obamacare.
There was also the time when Obama claimed, “More young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America.”
“This was a 2007 campaign claim by Obama, then a senator, that was wildly off the mark. In reality, there are five times more black men enrolled in colleges and universities than young black men in federal and state prisons — and two and half times the total number incarcerated (including local jails). Even if you expanded the age group to include African American males up to 30 or 35, the college attendees would still outnumber the prisoners.”
However, The Washington Post reported, “he went too far when he claimed that only 10 percent of the federal deficit was due to his own policies. About half of the deficit stemmed from the recession and forecasting errors, but a large chunk (44 percent in 2011) were the result of Obama’s actions. At another point, Obama also falsely suggested that the Bush tax cuts led to the Great Recession.”
When he said, “the capitol hill janitors got a pay cut,’ that was also a big fat lie. Even Capitol Hill administrators had to admit that wasn’t the truth.
Then there was also the time he said, “The day after Benghazi happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.”
“Obama did refer to an ‘act of terror’ in the immediate aftermath of the 2012 Benghazi attacks, but in vague terms, wrapped in a patriotic fervor. He never affirmatively stated that the American ambassador died because of an ‘act of terror.’
“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.”
Don’t forget the time he claimed, “Republicans have filibustered 500 pieces of legislation.”
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.”
Oh, yeah, there was also the time he said, “We have fired a whole bunch of people who are in charge of these [VA] facilities.”
“Obama in 2016 misled the public about the number of people held accountable for the 2014 scandal over manipulated wait-time data at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which contributed to patient deaths. Congress responded by passing a law that sped up disciplinary actions for senior executive service employees. But when Obama made his statement in September, only one senior executive had been removed for a case involving wait time (though the actual firing was for an ethics violation).”
The cloud of arrogance Obama seems to have wrapped himself in is more than just political rhetoric, some people claim. They think that he’s truly lost his grip on reality, and think it may have to do with the fact that President Trump is killing it in office.
Job numbers are better than they’ve been in decades and Obama’s claims about a ‘magic wand’ make him look like an idiot.
Perhaps the reason for these increasingly hypocritical statements is sour grapes… or perhaps he truly has lost his mind.