WaPo gives Obama three Pinocchios for “halfway” claim

posted at 2:15 pm on March 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, Glenn Kessler had already given Barack Obama two Pinocchios for claiming that he had met the Republicans “halfway” on budget cuts.  Incensed, the administration dumped data and charts on Kessler’s desk and asked him to reconsider his assessment.  Kessler gamely agreed to do so and indeed changed his mind … to score Obama’s claim as an even bigger deception than he had first thought:

We also did some rough calculations to compare the current GOP plan to the $16 billion in budget cuts (known as recissions) made by congressional Republicans in 1995. All things being equal, the current House bill appears to be about three times as large as the bill that President Bill Clinton signed into law (after first vetoing an earlier version). That bill cut the budget by about 3 percent, or 0.2 percent of the gross domestic product; this proposal would reduce the budget about 8 percent, or 0.75 percent of GDP.

But has the White House offered “specific cuts,” as the president asserted? That’s not quite accurate, especially compared with the detailed cutbacks in the House bill. In fact, that’s where the White House’s arguments breaks down. The specific trims offered by Democrats amount to just $10.5 billion.

The president made a number of other questionable comments elsewhere in his radio address.

Obama said the 2012 budget “will reduce our deficits by $1 trillion over the next decade.” That’s only through a number of dubious accounting gimmicks, which we have previously documented. The president’s proposals would actually increase the deficit in 2012, the year that counts.

Obama also claims “the cuts I’ve proposed would bring annual domestic spending to its lowest share of the economy under any president in more than 50 years.” Again, that would be at the end of the budget period — after Obama finishes what he hopes would be a second term. He neglected to mention that in 2010 he brought annual domestic spending to its highest share of the economy — 4.5 percent — in three decades. Even you buy the president’s claim that he wants to cut discretionary spending, mandatory spending and net interest in 2016 would amount to the highest share of the economy in history.

Kessler argues that the insistence on using gimmicky calculations to support the “halfway” claim damages Obama’s credibility.  That’s more or less a foregone conclusion anyway.  Even Senators from his own party are deriding the effort at the White House to reduce spending, and openly questioning Obama’s fiscal leadership.  Practically everyone can see the difference between $10 billion and $61 billion in cuts and understand that it’s not even close to “halfway,” and that anyone arguing that point is either an idiot or thinks voters are.

That kind of approach might delight Obama’s base — although I think even that is questionable — but it’s certainly not going to impress voters who want significant reductions in government spending and regulatory overreach.


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How many Pinocchios before Obama earns a pants-on-fire?

LASue on March 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Pinocchio is a wooden toy that turns into a boy. Obama is a boy who likes to play with his woods.

juxtapositions.

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Pinocchio is PISSED at being compared to this clown.

search4truth on March 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Pinocchio is a wooden toy that turns into a boy. Obama is a boy who likes to play with his woods.

juxtapositions.

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Pinocchio’s conscience was a cricket. When asked where’s, “Obama’s conscience ?” all you hear is crickets.

Juxtapositions

Weight of Glory on March 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Cutesy crap has no place in this. You lie.

rogerb on March 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

The real news alert would be if bho actually told the truth, ever! If bho ever does tell the truth, we won’t believe him cause he lies everytime he opens his mouth.
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letget on March 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Pinocchio is PISSED at being compared to this clown.

search4truth on March 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Clowns are pissed at being compared to this f’ing liar.

rbj on March 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

How can this possibly surprise anyone that Obama is a known liar? In years to come he’ll be seen as the most corrupt, ineffective and timid president that has ever held the office. He’ll easily surpass Jimmy Carter as the worst leader ever.

MJZZZ on March 8, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Din’t Pinocchio almost turn into a jack-a%s…?

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 8, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Timely reminder to WaPo and all the rest of the contrived media….

If Obama’s lips are moving, he is lying.

coldwarrior on March 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM

O/T I see an add here for Buddy Roemer Fro President 2012.

What is a Buddy Roemer?

angryed on March 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Din’t Pinocchio almost turn into a jack-a%s…?

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 8, 2011 at 2:28 PM

And isn’t the mascot of the Democratic party a Donkey????? Coincidence? I think not.

search4truth on March 8, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Giuseppi was a shoemaker, I want to throw shoes at Obama. Ok, it’s not a juxaposition, but I really want to.

hip shot on March 8, 2011 at 2:31 PM

What would Obama be doing different if he wanted to make it obvious that he doesn’t know what he is doing and is pissed that people are pointing it out?

He is far too comfortable with the regular tongue baths he gets from most of the media. They are becoming less able to contain their incredulity.

Mord on March 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Pinocchio’s conscience was a cricket. When asked where’s, “Obama’s conscience ?” all you hear is crickets.

Juxtapositions

Weight of Glory on March 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

nice followup.

Pinocchio’s dad was a kindred toymaker named Geppetto, who bestowed love and caring upon the boy. Obama’s dad was a womanizing Kenyan who cast the kid aside and bestowed some melanin upon him.

juxtapositions.

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM

This guy is a pathological liar. Even his “ands” and “uh’s” are lies.

jawkneemusic on March 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

The international unit for dishonesty is the Clinton and should be the standard used.

Conversion factor is 3 Pinocchios = 7 Clintons thus 21 Clintons should be the units measure.

viking01 on March 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Pinochcio was made with Geppetto’s tools. Obama is a tool.

AZCON on March 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Obama: Hey, we’re “halfway’ers”.

I call it “half-assed”.

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Two Pinocchios = one pants on fire.

Four pants on fire = one lying sack

Efforts are afoot to create new measurements since Mr. Obama has eclipsed the reach of current technology.

Mason on March 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Obama, phhhttt … there aren’t enough Pinocchios

Like most liberals he lies about most everything all the time.

tarpon on March 8, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Incensed, the administration dumped data and charts on Kessler’s desk and asked him to reconsider his assessment. Kessler gamely agreed to do so and indeed changed his mind … to score Obama’s claim as an even bigger deception than he had first thought:

Chauncey Gardener defends his budget.

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 2:44 PM

and that anyone arguing that point is either an idiot or thinks voters are.

Charlatan
in
Chief

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM

It’s not real money, so what does it matter what I do with it.
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The Fed will create all I want and I won’t have to pay it back.
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Inflation is a back door tax on everyone. Government gets it now, you pay the tax later.
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esblowfeld on March 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Three Pinocchios?? So he’s just sorta lying. A lie is a lie.

That’s like saying Michelle just sorta looks like Chewbacca…

DamnYankee on March 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

and that anyone arguing that point is either an idiot or thinks voters are.

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We know that almost half are idiots.

docflash on March 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Hmmm. Alright, how’s this:

Jiminy the cricket advised Pinocchio to “give a little whistle” when he needed to be bailed out. Obama bailed out his financial “advisors” by wetting their whistle.

Juxtapositions

Weight of Glory on March 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Mr. President lost his credibility a long time ago. And why worry about cutting expenses anyway, the U.S. has plenty of money. Just ask the financial expert himself, Michael Moore.

scalleywag on March 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Incensed, the administration dumped data and charts on Kessler’s desk and asked him to reconsider his assessmentKessler gamely agreed to do so and indeed changed his mind … to score Obama’s claim as an even bigger deception than he had first thought.

Incensed huh? As in “how dare you let the truth out” incensed?
Ya shoulda kept your mouth shut dumba$$sses….

sicoit on March 8, 2011 at 2:51 PM

$10 billion halfway to $60 billion? It is if you understand the liberal definition of “spending cuts”.

Obama was going to propose “spending cuts” that would add another $40 billion to spending. By actually reducing spending by $10 billion, he is meeting Republicans half way.

taznar on March 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Incensed, the administration dumped data and charts on Kessler’s desk and asked him to reconsider his assessment. Kessler gamely agreed to do so and indeed changed his mind … to score Obama’s claim as an even bigger deception than he had first thought:

When they find themselves in a hole, they start bringing in the heavy equipment to start REALLY digging.

BTW, is this really WaPo? The Washington Post, we’re talking about? Really? Pigs must be on the runway, with clearance for take-off. *checks out the window*

iurockhead on March 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Clowns are pissed at being compared to this f’ing liar. rbj on March 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Liars incensed at being compared to this Chameleon.

Akzed on March 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM

During the first days of the Libyan protests, Obama was silent. Only after much criticism, did Obama make a statement. He looked annoyed and had developed a nervous twitch under his right eye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fmCGBT0pd4 (1st twitch @ 0:22). Obama will talk tough, but do the minimum. The Libyan dictator is a personal friend. Obama helped enrich Qaddafi, a part-owner of Fiat, with the Chrysler merger (to reciprocate for Libyan donations to his 2008 campaign?). Qaddafi is also a friend of Obama’s cousin PM Raila Odinga of Kenya, Obama’s ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan (Wright’s best pal) and Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Michelle O’s best friend’s dad). Qaddafi’s son Saif funded the ship (actually, it was our taxpayer dollars) that he and (Obama buddy) Bill Ayers used on the attempt to break Israel’s blockade on Hamas. Nelson Mandela is also a friend. He once awarded Qaddafi with South Africa’s highest honor.

Heckle on March 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Juxtapositions….heh :-)

sicoit on March 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

this story is something that rhymes with bassist.

joeindc44 on March 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Juxtapositions

Weight of Glory on March 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

+++

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

PBHO is Pinochio? Is that why Nancy likes to sit on his face?

MJBrutus on March 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

While we are on the topic of units measure the TSA scoring system for gropes and feels completed without penalty is officially the “Kennedy.”

viking01 on March 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Without heading to far into conspiracy territory….

Pinocchio’s goal in life was to become a real boy, Our Man -Boy president, some might argue, just might be a puppet.

Koa on March 8, 2011 at 2:58 PM

OK. Here is the real deal about Obama: Obama has other things going on in the background that make this budget negotion nothing other than a stalking horse.

Obama only looks like he is disassociated. That is what he and his cohort want the world to think.

Stay tuned. Obama is going to pull something out of his sleeve that is going to destroy the country, and it is probably going to be Constitutionally legal.

Quaoar on March 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Pinocchio, in addition to being a children’s tale, is a novel of education, with values expressed through allegory. There are many ways of viewing these allegories. One is that they mirror the values of the middle class of the nineteenth century, in particular, that of Italy, as it became a nation state.[1] For example, not following the schemes of the fox and cat (i.e. the thieving noble class), but, instead, honestly working for money, and obtaining an education, so that one is not treated like an ass (the mule working class). Unsurprisingly, although the book was very popular, in many upper-class families of the time it initially was not a book regarded suitable for “well-educated” children.[citation needed]

wikipedia.

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Stay tuned. Obama is going to pull something out of his sleeve that is going to destroy the country, and it is probably going to be Constitutionally legal.

Quaoar on March 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Impeachment proceedings were started against Nixon for doing Constitutionally legal things. Firing Archibald Cox, not turning over the tapes (privledged information).

Didn’t matter in the end. BTW, he would have been convicted.

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Pinocchio is PISSED at being compared to this clown.

search4truth on March 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Clowns are pissed at being compared to this f’ing liar.

rbj on March 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

f’ing liars are pissed at…oh, never mind.

SKYFOX on March 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Pinocchio is PISSED at being compared to this clown.
search4truth on March 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Clowns are outraged.

antisocial on March 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Pinocchios, charlatans, narcissists and Machiavelli are all indignant.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

At least Pinocchio was embarrassed about lying. Obama, on the other hand, is brazen about it.

WannabeAnglican on March 8, 2011 at 3:22 PM

f’ing liars are pissed at…oh, never mind.

SKYFOX on March 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM

hahahahahahaha

scalleywag on March 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM

The good thing is that people are starting to question what comes out of Mr. President’s mouth, as opposed to just taking it as gospel like they used to.

scalleywag on March 8, 2011 at 3:26 PM

This budget is a travesty. It’s a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.”

MJZZZ on March 8, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Incensed, the administration dumped data and charts on Kessler’s desk and asked him to reconsider his assessment.

I hate to be the one to break this to him, but the message these Federal Community Organizers are trying to send him isn’t in any of those charts and graphs.

It’s in the ANGER.

Oh well. He’ll figure it out eventually, albeit the hard way.

logis on March 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

One of the signs of a problem liar is that they can convince themselves that the lies are true. Obama probably falls into this category.

jeanie on March 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Pinocchio is a wooden toy that was swallowed by a whale named Monstro. Obama is a boy who likes to tell Monstro whale stories about the budget.

juxtapositions.

karl9000 on March 8, 2011 at 3:35 PM

It is so easy to feel outraged at øbama, then I remember he is just the front man for a whole administration of similar types, representing legions of voters who are either similar types or incredibly ignorant. Which outrages me even more.

They think a lie is as good as the truth if somebody believes it.

jodetoad on March 8, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Sadly it doesn’t matter. We’re overspending by 1.5 trillion (or, as I prefer, 1500 billion to keep the numbers constant).

Now if you have 1500 billion in overspending, do you cut 10 billion or 60 billion to fix the problem?

If you have 1500 pounds of horse manure on your front lawn, do you want me to remove 1 shovelful, or 1 wheelbarrow full?

Answer: It doesn’t make a damn bit of difference; your property is still covered in crap and it’ll stink to high heaven regardless which choice you make.

It’d me nice if someone was willing to take on the Herculean task of cleaning the stables; but apparently they’re not willing to risk the flood; so we’ll remain covered in sh*t.

** It’s not quite as nice as Allah’s analogy of a dixie cup and the Red Sea on the 4th, but I think it has a certain je ne sais quoi to it this way…

gekkobear on March 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Goebbels is laughing in hell right now.

Roy Rogers on March 8, 2011 at 4:36 PM

He’s a liar and gross incompetent. He proves that repeatedly.

dogsoldier on March 8, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Virtually everything out of his mouth in a public forum has been a lie designed to portray one thing while he does something different in the background. After 2+ years in office and countless lies later, he compares him to Pinocchio? There are far more appropriate figures to make comparisons to and Pinocchio aint it. Liberals, progressives, and marxists are okay with his lying because he has a “higher” purpose and, after all, there really isn’t any absolute truth anyway. Glenn Kessler should be ashamed of himself for comparing Pinocchio to a pathological liar.

ClanDerson on March 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Pinocchio is PISSED at being compared to this clown.

search4truth on March 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM
Clowns are pissed at being compared to this f’ing liar.

rbj on March 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

darn, someone beat me to the obvious…

Ann on March 8, 2011 at 6:33 PM

damages Obama’s credibility

Barry has credibility? Who knew?

GarandFan on March 8, 2011 at 6:36 PM

damages Obama’s credibility

Barry has credibility? Who knew?

GarandFan on March 8, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Little Bammie thinks that means banks will lend him money.

slickwillie2001 on March 8, 2011 at 7:13 PM

The thing about Pinocchio, he finally learned his lesson and stopped lying. Mr. President?

SukieTawdry on March 8, 2011 at 7:23 PM

How’d you like to golf with this guy if he’s keeping his own score?
Of course The One probably thinks high score wins.

chickasaw42 on March 8, 2011 at 8:57 PM