AP’s ten whoppers from the SOTU speech

posted at 9:30 am on January 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Only ten?  Maybe the Associated Press got as tired as everyone else listening to Barack Obama’s lengthy State of the Union speech last night and stopped paying attention after an hour.   AP’s headline focuses on the “toothless commission” that Obama demanded, but the other nine fails on their fact-check test are just as interesting and revealing (via Geoff A):

President Barack Obama told Americans the bipartisan deficit commission he will appoint won’t just be “one of those Washington gimmicks.” Left unspoken in that assurance was the fact that the commission won’t have any teeth. …

OBAMA: “I’ve called for a bipartisan fiscal commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. This can’t be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem. The commission will have to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline. Yesterday, the Senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. So I will issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward, because I refuse to pass this problem on to another generation of Americans.”

THE FACTS: Any commission that Obama creates would be a weak substitute for what he really wanted — a commission created by Congress that could force lawmakers to consider unpopular remedies to reduce the debt, including curbing politically sensitive entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. That idea crashed in the Senate this week, defeated by equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. Any commission set up by Obama alone would lack authority to force its recommendations before Congress, and would stand almost no chance of success.

Of course, even his first proposal was a rather dishonest dodge of accountability, especially for Democrats.  A bipartisan commission that recommended tax hikes as a means of raising revenue would allow Democrats to shove part of the blame for raising taxes in a recession on Republicans.  It would allow more of them to tell voters, “Well, we committed to doing what the commission demanded,” or “We had to accept the commission’s findings in toto based on the rules established for it,” or other such nonsense.  We already have a bipartisan commission with 535 members to handle budgetary decisions — it’s called Congress.

The other whoppers:

  • Spending freeze – The AP points out that it will save less than 1% of predicted deficits over the next ten years — and that Obama scoffed at such a plan when John McCain proposed it in 2008.
  • Health care – Obama said the Democratic plan would allow people to keep their insurance and their doctors, but the bill doesn’t guarantee either.  Their plan has massive cuts to Medicare Advantage, which would definitely affect coverage of a large portion of America’s seniors and disabled.
  • Lobbyists – Obama has not “excluded” lobbyists from his administration; he’s hired over a dozen for key posts, and the AP notes seven of those waivers were for White House posts.  Obama called for restrictions on lobbyist contributions, but those already exist.
  • Two million jobs saved through Porkulus – The CBO puts the theoretical range between 600K and 1.6 million, but also cautions that the methodology of estimating jobs “saved or created” is “uncertain.”  The last detailed numbers the White House produced totaled 650,000 — and were found to be highly inaccurate.
  • Openness: “Obama skipped past a broken promise from his campaign — to have the negotiations for health care legislation broadcast on C-SPAN “so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.” Instead, Democrats in the White House and Congress have conducted the usual private negotiations, making multibillion-dollar deals with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders behind closed doors. Nor has Obama lived up consistently to his pledge to ensure that legislation is posted online for five days before it’s acted upon.”

The last two are on the rate of killing al-Qaeda leadership and the status on START talks with Russia.  In both cases, the AP suspects that Obama overstates his case, but also reports that it’s difficult to measure either.  The US has never given body counts on fighting AQ in the Af-Pak theater, mainly because many of the operations are covert, and because enemy body counts fell out of favor with the Vietnam War and have been only reluctantly shared in other conflicts.

Let me add at least one other whopper that the AP doesn’t mention.  Obama repeatedly insisted that he inherited massive budgetary problems from George Bush, but the Con Law professor may want to retake his high-school civics class.  Congress passes budgets, not the President, and the last three budgets came from Democrats.  In three years, they increased annual federal spending by $900 billion, while the admittedly profligate and irresponsible Republican Congresses under George Bush increased annual federal spending by $800 billion — in six years.  And during the last three years before taking office as President, Obama served in the Senate that passed those bills, and he voted for every Democratic budget put in front of him.


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Doubled down on “Line by Line”—-and it ain’t been done yet.

He staked another stupid flag in Cap and Trade–both on the dead bill, and on the faulty “science.” Ludicrous

ted c on January 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM

A List of Truths would have been much shorter.

ROCnPhilly on January 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I don’t think even Carter had such a bad SOTU speech. The lies last night were breathtaking.

rbj on January 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Honestly….our new form of interrogation should be making the “evil-doers” (LOL) listen to this air-bag. Ten minutes of that torture and they’d rat out their mothers. Twice.

search4truth on January 28, 2010 at 9:34 AM

We already have a bipartisan commission with 535 members to handle budgetary decisions — it’s called Congress.

But Obama would need a Democratically controlled congress to handle his budgetary decisions…er. .wait, he …does?

ted c on January 28, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Any commission set up by Obama alone would lack authority to force its recommendations before Congress, and would stand almost no chance of success.

Not to mention that it is unconstitutional and the mere establishment of such a panel usurps Congress’ authority. A fact that shouldn’t be lost on the brainstems in Congress right now.

ted c on January 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

the Con Law professor

No S#!t

thomasaur on January 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

inherited massive budgetary problems from George Bush

Also, the lies about the Bush tax cuts.

Go look at the actual revenue numbers. Revenues were up. Especially in the tough economic times after 9-11, and with (what it seems now) low unemployment, it is a testament to the taxation philosophy of Republicans.

Abby Adams on January 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

And during the last three years before taking office as President, Obama served in the Senate that passed those bills, and he voted for every Democratic budget put in front of him.

When he voted “present” every other time, he just meant gifties and gimmies for cronies and friends.

Laura in Maryland on January 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

but the Con Law professor may want to retake his high-school civics class.

Please – he was a Con Law senior lecturer. Law professors actually have to work and publish articles, which was beneath Our President.

Realist on January 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

It’s good to read all the people out there who now see him as a total phony and bs artist.

The far left crazies will go down with the band playing, but stick a fork in him.
I just wish he’d resign and get it all over with.

3 more years of this? Impeach him, have him resign, anything, just get him out.

B Man on January 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

A List of Truths would have been much shorter.

ROCnPhilly on January 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Here ya go:

1…….[crickets]

VelvetElvis on January 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Sounds like a great ready-made “late night” skit from the AP.

singlemalt_18 on January 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM

And then Biden admits this morning – his Freudian slip of the day – that unemployment will increase this year with the jobs initiative announced last night.

AubieJon on January 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Let me add at least one other whopper that the AP doesn’t mention. Obama repeatedly insisted that he inherited massive budgetary problems from George Bush, but the Con Law professor may want to retake his high-school civics class. Congress passes budgets, not the President, and the last three budgets came from Democrats.

Yeah, I’m getting sick of this blatant lie about inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit from Bush. What he “inherited” wasn’t even half that amount. And he and his party were running Congress when this deficit was accumulated. And BTW, who’s he gonna blame for the projected $1.35 trillion deficit for 2010?

Doughboy on January 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Gobsmackingly dishonest.

disa on January 28, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I drank a shot every time he lied…and now I have such a headache!

becki51758 on January 28, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Not to mention that it is unconstitutional and the mere establishment of such a panel usurps Congress’ authority. A fact that shouldn’t be lost on the brainstems in Congress right now.

ted c on January 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

It wouldn’t be unconstitutional unless Obama tried to claim that his commission had the power to bind congress to it’s recommendations.

Any group of citizens has the right to ask congress to pass laws. Even if those citizens are formed in a panel at the request of the president.

MarkTheGreat on January 28, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Glenn Beck is running out of duct tape this morning while discussing the SOTU address and Chris Matthews. He’s even doing breathing exercises to lower his blood pressure. His head is going to explode any minute.

mizflame98 on January 28, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Joe Wilson deserves a medal.

There were far more than 10 whoppers.

Good Lt on January 28, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Here ya go:

1…….[crickets]

VelvetElvis on January 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

He was right about how long he’s been in office.

MarkTheGreat on January 28, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Incompetent lying gasbag.

jdkchem on January 28, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I only watched about 20 minutes of the middle. My conclusion was, he dug up one of his old campaign speeches and polished it up and called it a SOTU address.

No new ideas, a bunch of the same old BS – partisan attacks and promises that he has no intention of keeping, expecially now that his party has lost his filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

The only new thing about it was that he took a swipe at the Supreme Court.

UltimateBob on January 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I watched the whole speech because I was laughing my ass off and drinking every time he blamed Bush for something. I had to take a break about halfway through though or I wouldn’t have made it.

Obama needed a speech that could save his bacon but he failed royally. He brought absolutely nothing of consequence.

Mord on January 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Laura Ingraham is all over this right now. Pat Buchanan is tearing Oblabbo apart.

AubieJon on January 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Yeah, I’m getting sick of this blatant lie about inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit from Bush. What he “inherited” wasn’t even half that amount. And he and his party were running Congress when this deficit was accumulated. And BTW, who’s he gonna blame for the projected $1.35 trillion deficit for 2010?

Doughboy on January 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Congress held back passing the 2008 budget until after Obama took office, so Bush bears no responsibility for it.

MarkTheGreat on January 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Honestly….our new form of interrogation should be making the “evil-doers” (LOL) listen to this air-bag. Ten minutes of that torture and they’d rat out their mothers. Twice.

search4truth on January 28, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Cruel and unusual punishment.

disa on January 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

The AP points out that it will save less than 1% of predicted deficits over the next ten years — and that Obama scoffed at such a plan when John McCain proposed it in 2008.

Reductions in spending in the aftermath of a historic financial crisis has consistently been the wrong formula. As frightfully as the nation’s current fiscal deficit and total debt obligations have grown since 2001 (nothing less than amazing how it was ignored during days of prosperity), the last thing you want to do when private enterprise is cutting spending is match it with government cuts in spending.

Barrons earlier this month had a great article about the experience of Japan. When its real estate bubble burst in the 80′s, creating a balance sheet recession similar to what you see in the USA today, government attempts to balance the budget only worsened the situation and lead to an even more protracted downturn.

Attempts to reign in spending will likely lead to higher unemployment and may raise winds of deflationary pressure that will wreak long-term havoc to the economy.

bayam on January 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I’m an irregular, but longtime commentator to HA, I live overseas, and am just now watching the SOTU. I hope the the Republicans, as I am listening now have a good response. I’m about 20 minutes in, and Obama is defending the stimulus by talking about a teacher whose job was saved.

I’m shocked he is even defending the payoff stimulus. But he just said there are two sides. I hope the response is the two sides, Obama’s, and the 100,000′s of fake jobs they claimed it created. Saving Government jobs is bull.

Sorry I’m behind the times, and thank you HA for a place to vent. I doubt I’m gonna make it through the whole thing. I’m officially scared of Obama now.

tottoritodd on January 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The biggest joke was Obama’s “initiative” to double exports in five years. How does a President do that? That was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard in a SOTU address.

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

but the Con Law professor may want to retake his high-school civics class.

How do you know actually took such a class, or that he was worthy of the title “Professor” later in life? Transcripts would help but alas, none of those are forthcoming.

Bishop on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

This is why Obama and the Democrats are DOOMED.

The “nice nice” and “flashy” rhetoric doesn’t work anymore – and Americans see right through it. They know he says one thing – and does another.

And now AP does too.

HondaV65 on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Please – he was a Con Law senior lecturer.

Realist on January 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

This.

rslancer14 on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Attempts to reign in spending will likely lead to higher unemployment and may raise winds of deflationary pressure that will wreak long-term havoc to the economy.

bayam on January 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Since govt spending doesn’t create jobs, how the heck can decreases in govt spending cost them?

MarkTheGreat on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

The biggest joke was Obama’s “initiative” to double exports in five years. How does a President do that? That was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard in a SOTU address.

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Maybe he meant exporting jobs.

Doughboy on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I drank a shot every time he lied…and now I have such a headache!

becki51758 on January 28, 2010 at 9:39 AM

LOL….I had no wine in the house last night, and badly wanted a drink while painfully watching the speech. Glad I was out…I may have overdone it. Hope you feel better! ;)

bridgetown on January 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Yeah, I’m getting sick of this blatant lie about inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit from Bush.

It was closer to a $1 trillion dollar deficit, if you include war spending that had been excluded from the annual budget.

But given the fact that Clinton had balanced the budget by 2000, it’s hard to believe that the US returned to the land of massive structural deficits, esp. given the challenges those deficits posed in the 80′a and early 90′s. It’s hard to imagine how this country can have such a short memory.

bayam on January 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM

We have to endure three more years of this crap sandwich?

WyoMike on January 28, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The biggest joke was Obama’s “initiative” to double exports in five years. How does a President do that? That was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard in a SOTU address.

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Obviously. Now that foreigners love us, they are going to rush to buy our goods.

/sarc

MarkTheGreat on January 28, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Who cares about facts when we have a speech to orate.
His lies are so outlandish, his behavior so obviously caddish, that even Americans with extremely low intelligence are picking up on his stupidity & audacity.
Clearly, a one-timer here.
Oh how I can’t wait for 2012.
BTW-how do you protest voters feel now?
I’m thinking McCain would have been loads better than this.

Badger40 on January 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM

A List of Truths would have been much shorter.

ROCnPhilly on January 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM
//
Exactly or the shorter list ,WHAT HAVE YOU FOR US LATELY?

ohiobabe on January 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM

ted c on January 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I hope he does start doing the “line-by-line” thing. It would take him about a month to get through the healthcare bill alone. I figure we give him around 12 or so bills and he is out of commission for at least 12 months. If he is busy he can’t be out messing stuff up.

txaggie on January 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Another missed whopper of all whoppers:

Bambi “10 million jobs have been lost in the past 2 years…”

Lets see – 3.2 for 2009, with 10.2% high unemployment.
2008 saw 7.8% unemployment high.

How the fark does he throw in 6.8 million jobs lost for 2008????

I know, clearly its a jab at Bush – yet not only do the numbers not lie, it is impossible to reach that number, unless of course he was projecting 2010 along with 2009…

Odie1941 on January 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM

The biggest joke was Obama’s “initiative” to double exports in five years. How does a President do that? That was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard in a SOTU address.

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

When he said that, I said, “what’s he going to do set up a Salesman commission?” And he pretty much said that in the next breath! Don’t American companies already try to sell and trade with other countries? I’m confused.

bridgetown on January 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM

His fall will be delicious to watch.

SouthernGent on January 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Exactly. He wants to tax the crap out of banks and double manufacturing and exports. How exactly do you get capital to invest when banks are getting bent over by the Feds?

Mord on January 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM

All B.O. did last night is get up there and do what everyone pretty much expected he was goin

pilamaye on January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Should be ,WHAT HAVE YOU (DONE) FOR US LATELY! caffeine kicking in:)

ohiobabe on January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Did anyone count how many times Obama used the term “tax credit” – it almost sounded like nobody would have to pay any taxes again.

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM

If Obama lies were money there would be no deficit.

Yoop on January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Mord on January 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

30 minutes in now. Just started drinking. Great idea!!
Arigatou!!!

tottoritodd on January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Only ten? Maybe the Associated Press got as tired as everyone else…

OBAMA: …
THE FACTS: …
The other whoppers: …

The last two are on the rate of killing al-Qaeda leadership and the status on START talks with Russia…

… at least one other whopper that the AP doesn’t mention. Obama repeatedly insisted…

*Sigh* Can’t I just eat my waffle?

RD on January 28, 2010 at 9:50 AM

OT: Satan has a new historian in his stable

PimFortuynsGhost on January 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Attempts to reign in spending will likely lead to higher unemployment and may raise winds of deflationary pressure that will wreak long-term havoc to the economy.

bayam on January 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM
______________________

You realize that makes no sense what-so-ever right?

uknowmorethanme on January 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM

The biggest joke was Obama’s “initiative” to double exports in five years. How does a President do that? That was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard in a SOTU address.

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Quite elementary, actually. You can increase exports by taxing corporations and banks, installing carbon limits and … wait, you mean that doesn’t work?

LastRick on January 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM

I hope he does start doing the “line-by-line” thing. It would take him about a month to get through the healthcare bill alone. I figure we give him around 12 or so bills and he is out of commission for at least 12 months. If he is busy he can’t be out messing stuff up.

txaggie on January 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM

The only thing he’s gooing to go line by line through are his march madness picks. The rest of it *shrug* it’ll get done, just plan the next speech./

ted c on January 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

The biggest joke was Obama’s “initiative” to double exports in five years. How does a President do that? That was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard in a SOTU address.

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Great point – that got my WTF!!! look – as did the wife. Now I know why Hillary was sent to Afghanistan, she would have imploded over that comment and now has to “negotiate” that mess.

Not only is it foolish for a SOTU address and impossible, as you pointed out so well – but in our current economic environment… we have zero leverage against other country’s concerning import/export and tarriffs.

Odie1941 on January 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Arigatou!!!

tottoritodd on January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM

haha! good luck!

Mord on January 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

B.O. did what everyone pretty much expected he was going to do last night, namely throw a gallon of perfume on a pig and just lie-lie-lie about everything under the sun; not to mention that I lost count of the number of “I” references that he made to the Wonder That Is He.

In other words, all he did was gas for about 18 hours, with his Democrat cronies applauding wildly on cue and the Republicans taking it all in with stony silence.

Oh yeah, he also blamed Bush. Nothing new there.

pilamaye on January 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Law professors actually have to work and publish articles, which was beneath Our President. Realist on January 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

or above his paygrade :-)

jimver on January 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

All B.O. did last night is get up there and do what everyone pretty much expected he was goin

pilamaye on January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I’m going with the theory he knows he’s a lame duck president already so why not just give a laundry-list SOTU of things that he knows won’t ever happen.

LastRick on January 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Obama wants to improve our economy by how?

His idea..Hey, let’s get rid of Don’t ask, Don’t Tell. Yeah that’ll do it.

la.rt.wngr on January 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

It was closer to a $1 trillion dollar deficit, if you include war spending that had been excluded from the annual budget.

But given the fact that Clinton had balanced the budget by 2000, it’s hard to believe that the US returned to the land of massive structural deficits, esp. given the challenges those deficits posed in the 80′a and early 90’s. It’s hard to imagine how this country can have such a short memory.

bayam on January 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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Wrong wrong wrong wrong, wrong wrong wrong wrong.

Clinton balanced the budget by following Gingrich’s plan and then taking credit for it. And playing games with Social Security numbers.

Regardless, after 9-11, deficits rose. Then they dropped every year of Bush’s presidency…

…until 2006, when the Democrats took over Congress. So if you really want to be technical, Obama inherited everything from his own party.

uknowmorethanme on January 28, 2010 at 9:54 AM

OBAMA: “I’ve called for a bipartisan fiscal commission, modeled on a proposal by Republican Judd Gregg and Democrat Kent Conrad. This can’t be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem.

OMG…. his entire career has been one big gimmick.

This guy is a joke.

Ooops. I wasn’t supposed to say that. I forgot he was black for a minute there.

UltimateBob on January 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM

But given the fact that Clinton had balanced the budget by 2000, it’s hard to believe that the US returned to the land of massive structural deficits, esp. given the challenges those deficits posed in the 80′a and early 90’s. It’s hard to imagine how this country can have such a short memory.

bayam on January 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Clinton never really balanced the budget. The US has 3 different budgets. The Medicare Budget, Social Security Budget, and the Federal Budget we all know and love. Clinton used an accounting gimmick to give us the appearance of a surplus. He stopped spending so much money in the Federal Budget and used the excess funds from the other two budgets to give us a surplus for the Federal Budget. The excess funds from Social Security and Medicare should have been saved, but it is in a politicians nature to spend money so they (Democrats & Republicans)frittered it away. Thanks to the explosion of entitlement spending we will never come close to that again. The only way out is to stop spending and cut back on entitlements.

txaggie on January 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I have a tremendous, record-breaking hang-over.

The SOTU Drinking Game

Rod on January 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM

In other words, all he did was gas for about 18 hours, with his Democrat cronies applauding wildly on cue quote> pilamaye on January 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

that’s all they’re left with…they know the countdown has started…they might as well enjoy it while they still can :-)…

jimver on January 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Attempts to reign in spending will likely lead to higher unemployment and may raise winds of deflationary pressure that will wreak long-term havoc to the economy.

bayam on January 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I don’t think this means what you think it means. Obama totally rules!!! in the spending department. Some of us wish he would reign a little less.

RD on January 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM

The biggest joke was Obama’s “initiative” to double exports in five years. How does a President do that? That was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard in a SOTU address.

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Great point – that got my WTF!!! look – as did the wife. Now I know why Hillary was sent to Afghanistan, she would have imploded over that comment and now has to “negotiate” that mess.

Not only is it foolish for a SOTU address and impossible, as you pointed out so well – but in our current economic environment… we have zero leverage against other country’s concerning import/export and tarriffs.

Odie1941 on January 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Two words: Smoot-Hawley

UltimateBob on January 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

If there’s one issue that has been at the constant top of the list for the past 20yrs, it’s Iraq, and last night Obama flat out lied to the world when he said he was ending the war and bringing all the troops home in August.

4000 Americans deserve the truth be told about the war they died fighting

scottm on January 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I thought BHO\’s biggest whopper was when he said he wanted to defend foreign citizens seeking freedom, including those dragged through the streets in Iran. What did he DO when thousands of protestors against Ahmadinejad were being beaten and shot by riot police last summer? NOTHING! Even worse–he supported Ahmadinejad! Then there was the talk about free-trade agreements with South Korea and Colombia. Yeah, right! The Bush Administration was pushing a free-trade agreement with Colombia since 2007, and Democrats in Congress refused to pass it, and Obama has been kowtowing to Hugo Chavez! And what has Obama done to help defend South Korea from its belligerent enemy to the north? Obama dares to talk about free-trade agreements after he was bashing NAFTA and Canada during the campaign?Then he talks about supporting nuclear power plants and offshore drilling, while his Interior Secretary forbade new offshore drilling, and put thousands of square miles of land off-limits for oil and gas development. Did Obama suddenly receive enlightenment from that famous moose-hunting ditz from Alaska? /sarcThen came all the nonsense about no lobbyists near the White House. Oh wait, they\’re not lobbyists, they\’re czars!

Steve Z on January 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

To give an indication of how dismal this tirade was for his cause consider this. The Houston Chronicle has no mention of his speech on the front page today. Inside they have an article by John Cornyn criticising it and on line they plug a blog called “Texas on the Potomac” that is written by a San Francisco Chronicle staffer.

I cannot recall the Houston Chron ever ignoring the AP national feed, which is titled “Fact Check” as referenced here.

That was pitiful.

DanMan on January 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Laura Ingraham is all over this right now. Pat Buchanan is tearing Oblabbo apart.

AubieJon on January 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Funny, I’m pretty sure that Morning Joe did NOT have Buchanan on to talk about the SOTU. Instead, they made sure that they had the nitwit from The Nation on who had to take a moment to eulogize this guy.

OT: Satan has a new historian in his stable

PimFortuynsGhost on January 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM

These aren’t whoppers. Whoppers taste good.

These are a pile of shit sandwiches flung in the face of Americans.

Frickin President Pinocchio.

wildweasel on January 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

OT,

First time jobless claims drop less than expected.

Translation: Unexpected!

Mike Honcho on January 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I can not get over how bad that speech was without the lies, let alone with them.
Obama is going to have the entire country so po’d by the end of his second year that his next SOTU is going to have to be 15 minutes of I’s and that’s it.
This guy is an absolute buffoon who thinks the American people are completely stupid. Fortunately for him, and as proven by Oregon, he’s partially correct. But I do not think he can continue on this path and survive another year.

ORconservative on January 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

279 days for Dems to either put up or shut up; to make the lives of American voters better or to lose their jobs too

scottm on January 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Yeah, I’m getting sick of this blatant lie about inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit from Bush. What he “inherited” wasn’t even half that amount. And he and his party were running Congress when this deficit was accumulated. And

BTW, who’s he gonna blame for the projected $1.35 trillion deficit for 2010?

Doughboy on January 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM
Congress held back passing the 2008 budget until after Obama took office, so Bush bears no responsibility for it.

MarkTheGreat on January 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

–I think you mean the 2009 budget. And Bush did submit that request to Congress.

Jimbo3 on January 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM

the last three budgets came from Democrats.

but Bush did not veto them. If he would have taken a stand, and he should have done so starting in his first term, the conservatives would have awoken to support him.

WashJeff on January 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM

I didn’t watch his crap, but from what I’ve read it sounded like Bernie Madoff pleading his not guilty defense for his actions. It is truely amazing that there are as many stupid people as there are in this country. Of course a lot of them are just sitting on their ass waiting for someone to do something for them for nothing. If only we could swap these clowns for the people in Haiti.

bluegrass on January 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM

The biggest joke was Obama’s “initiative” to double exports in five years. How does a President do that? That was the most ridiculous thing I ever heard in a SOTU address.

markytom on January 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

–We should be able to increase exports substantially in the next five years. The US dollar is falling in relation to other currencies. That will make our products produced here cheaper for other countries to buy.

Jimbo3 on January 28, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Let me add at least one other whopper that the AP doesn’t mention. Obama repeatedly insisted that he inherited massive budgetary problems from George Bush, but the Con Law professor may want to retake his high-school civics class. Congress passes budgets, not the President, and the last three budgets came from Democrats.

I guess this means we have to stop blaming *him* for the current spending deficit then.

Don’t we routinely pin his name on the current deficit? (yes, yes we do, hehe)

Midas on January 28, 2010 at 10:06 AM

If there’s one issue that has been at the constant top of the list for the past 20yrs, it’s Iraq, and last night Obama flat out lied to the world when he said he was ending the war and bringing all the troops home in August.

None of the military brass present at the speech applauded that line.

Nouri al-Maliki had better watch his 6.

Steve Z on January 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I bow to all of you who watched that liefest last night. These are the times that I like going to swim practices for 3 hours where I am too far away to return home inbetween…
I read about 15 pages of comments and watched some of it on Fox when they reran it later. My question:

To make college more affordable, this bill will finally end the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that go to banks for student loans. Instead, let’s take that money and give families a $10,000 tax credit for four years of college and increase Pell Grants. And let’s tell another 1 million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years – and forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college.

And by the way, it’s time for colleges and universities to get serious about cutting their own costs – because they, too, have a responsibility to help solve this problem.

So, how is that going to work?

1)10K- not going to cover enough
2)Forgive 1 million their college debt- so we are going to use tax dollars to loan money and then forgive that debt and on top of it if they are in public service they are being paid in tax payer dollars. Where is all this money coming from? How is it going to be replenished?
3)Attacking universities now? By the President of the US?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

If he can bold face lie about topics that are in full view of Americans, then he can certainly lie about his birth status.

Fletch54 on January 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

By the “1″‘s standards, this was a historically successful and unprecedented speech.

Demonize SCOTUS-check
Bash Bush, Republicans-check
Cover his tracks and attempt to escape blame for crappy economy–check, check and triple check
promote Utopia–check
Promote high speed rail system–check

The irony will be that the rail system he might build will be the one that he’s run out of town on.

Karma—it’s a beeeeeatch.

ted c on January 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Hehehehehe.

Olbergoof said PBHO was taking on “Big Unemployment”.

Comedy gold. I need a drink.

Bishop on January 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM

OT: Can you believe the gall of this a**hole?

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/01/28/the-shout-outs-obama-forgot/

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Simply put, he lies!

scalleywag on January 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM

None of the military brass present at the speech applauded that line.

Nouri al-Maliki had better watch his 6.

Steve Z on January 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Like the justices, I think the tradition is for the brass to sit there like bumps on a log.

Rod on January 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

My impression of the SOTU speech was just this–”He is out of ammunition. The only thing he can do is point his empty guns at people and yell ‘BANG!’”.

Kasper Hauser on January 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

If Obama thought he was going to wake up to rave reviews and new life in his failed administration, this is not a good morning. I’m not seeing a whole lot of positive feedback for the lies, half truths, and absurd comments that constituted this year’s SOTU.

BTW, in future years, I would hope TV Land or The History Channel broadcast one of Reagan’s old SOTU speeches for those of us who simply cannot bear watching the filthy lying coward deliver a 70 minute lecture on why he’s right and the rest of us are too damned dumb to recognize his brilliance.

highhopes on January 28, 2010 at 10:13 AM

“It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.”

Purple-lipped Liar.

AubieJon on January 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Did we count strawmen too? I only tuned in toward the end and caught two myself.

David Shane on January 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

–I think you mean the 2009 budget. And Bush did submit that request to Congress.

Jimbo3 on January 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Yes, it was the 2009 budget. Requests mean nothing. It’s what congress finally passes that matters.

MarkTheGreat on January 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

3 more years of this? Impeach him, have him resign, anything, just get him out.

B Man on January 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

It’s pretty bad when Biden looks like the sane choice, eh?

John Deaux on January 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

No, seriously, this time he means it. He’s going to focus on jobs and he’s willing to spend trillions more of our tax dollars to do it! /s

scalleywag on January 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

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