New Obama chief of staff strangely ignorant of budget process on Capitol Hill

posted at 9:50 am on February 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When a President appoints someone to run the Office of Management and Budget and then Chief of Staff [see update below], one might believe that a few prerequisites come with the job.  Certainly something more than a basic understanding of math would be in order, although considering Barack Obama’s four straight trillion-dollar-plus budget deficits, that may be more of a guideline than a requirement.  Having enough knowledge of civics to understand how a budget gets passed on Capitol Hill would usually be considered a baseline expectation for an OMB director and chief of staff, but apparently in the Land of Hopenchange, such frivolities are overlooked in favor of, er … a really nice crease in one’s slacks, or something.

Here’s Jack Lew on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley yesterday, trying to defend Harry Reid’s contention that budgets are unnecessary by claiming he’d need to get 60 votes to pass one:

CROWLEY:  I know we’ll want to talk about the tax hikes in a second, but I want to read for our viewers something that Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader in the U.S. Senate, who said, we do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year.  It’s done.  We don’t need to do it, talking about last year’s two-year agreement and saying that, you know, so it’s already done.

This budget, I can assure you and you know, because you’ve been in this town for a long time, is going to be attacked as a political document.  This is a budget that promises 2 million more jobs if it’s passed, so that come September the president can go out there and say, well, if they’d only passed by budget, we’d have 2 million more jobs, but those darn Republicans are standing in my way, when, in fact, even the Democratic leader in the Senate says, you know what, we don’t need a budget.

LEW:  Well, let’s be clear.  What Senator Reid is talking about is a fairly narrow point.  In order for the Senate to do its annual work on appropriation bills, they need to pass a certain piece of legislation which sets a limit.  They did that last year.  That’s what he’s talking about.

He’s not saying that they shouldn’t pass a budget.  But we also need to be honest.  You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes, and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support.

As we all learned two years ago, that’s absolutely untrue.  Budgets are not subject to cloture, and haven’t been for more than four decades.  When did we learn this?  When Democrats used the budget process of reconciliation to shove ObamaCare through the Senate — led by Harry Reid himself.  Reid still has 53 votes in his caucus, and could pass a budget at any time with that majority, if he had a budget that could pass muster with them.

ABC’s Jake Tapper reported on Lew’s apparent ignorance yesterday:

“You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support,” Lew said. “So unless… unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, [Majority Leader] Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed.”

That’s not accurate. Budgets only require 51 Senate votes for passage, as Lew — former director of the Office of Management and Budget — surely must know.

White House officials did not dispute that Lew misspoke. When asked about the discrepancy, a White House official said “the chief of staff was clearly referencing the general gridlock in Congress that makes accomplishing even the most basic tasks nearly impossible given the Senate Republicans’ insistence on blocking an up or down vote on nearly every issue.”

But did Lew truly misspeak?  Glenn Kessler reported yesterday that Lew made the same “mistake” on NBC’s Meet the Press, and calls Lew’s statement “misleading” rather than erroneous.  In fact, it’s so misleading as to get four Pinocchios:

We might be tempted to think Lew misspoke, except that he said virtually the same thing, on two different shows, when he was specifically asked about the failure of Senate Democrats to pass a budget resolution. He even prefaced his comment on CNN by citing the “need to be honest.”

He could have tried to argue, as some Democrats do, that the debt-ceiling deal last year in effect was a budget resolution. Or he could have spoken more broadly about gridlock in the Senate, after acknowledging a traditional budget resolution had not been passed. Instead, the former budget director twice choose to use highly misleading language that blamed Republicans for the failure of the Democratic leadership.

We wavered between three and four Pinocchios, in part because the budget resolution is only a blueprint, not a law, but ultimately decided a two-time budget director really should know better.

It seems that Lew met the most important prerequisite of any Obama appointee.  He’s willing to lie to blame Republicans for the failures of Democrats and Barack Obama.

Update: Jack Lew was the OMB director, but he’s now Obama’s chief of staff.  I’ve fixed the headline.  Thanks to Dustin Siggins for giving me the heads-up.


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Nope. He’s not ignorant. He’s a liar.

Washington Nearsider on February 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Math for the Office of Management and Budget is not their strong point…LOL

rich801 on February 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

That dude stutters more than obammie!

crash72 on February 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Well, considering how long that we’ve been operating sans budget, I’m not surprised that a few flunkies are a lil’ rusty on the process…./

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

But did Lew truly misspeak? Glenn Kessler reported yesterday that Lew made the same “mistake” on NBC’s Meet the Press, and calls Lew’s statement “misleading” rather than erroneous.
excerpt: Ed Morrisey

That’s where I heard him say this, was on MTP.
Un-freakin’-believable.
Does anybody here Tim Russert would have let that pass?

listens2glenn on February 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Ignorant: yes… But his Slack Creases ARE really nice.

Public Name on February 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

lie, its what they do.

trailortrash on February 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Obama and Reid know that it is more important to play the propaganda game that all Republicans are bad and they are the reason nothing gets done in Congress.

Obama officials purposely make these “60 vote” statements knowing that the media will not call them on it. (Why wasn’t the budget guy questioned live about his incorrect “facts”?) And the ignorant public goes along with it.

Obama and Reid also know they probably could not get 51 Democrats to vote for their budget…so better to run the PR propaganda charade.

Look at the polls – it works. Republicans are blamed for all the problems in Congress.

albill on February 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The narrative trumps the knowledge.

Obama Admin credo.

Odie1941 on February 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

It was a lie, but it wasn’t intended for anyone’s ears but brainwashed liberals, who will believe anything, and question nothing if a democrat is saying it.

Dr Evil on February 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

The budget is, in fact, one of the very few items that CAN’T be stopped with a filibuster.

Mord on February 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

He’s willing to lie to blame Republicans for the failures of Democrats and Barack Obama.

Exactly

CoffeeLover on February 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Is there such a thing as an OOTD by proxy?

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

For the life of me I can’t understand how the Democrats can make such blatant lies and the Republican’s not make a peep. Unbelievable.

TulsAmerican on February 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

It’s all good because Bush lied too!!

/Leftist excuse for everything

mankai on February 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Of course he was lying.

The real question is was the interviewer stupid and ignorant or was she a willing participant in the lie?

PackerBronco on February 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

“We wavered between three and four Pinocchios, in part because the budget resolution is only a blueprint, not a law, but ultimately decided a two-time budget director really should know better.”

Jeez, what does it take to use some logic when assessing the logic of a statement. The assessment is whether Lew was speaking something true or false when stating that passing a budget in the Senate requires 60 votes, not whether all the things Lew didn’t say are true or false.

Attempts to sound more wise or more learned on simple matters just makes them look more stupid.

Dusty on February 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Obama lied, the Economy died.

Now we have statism, an economy which always starts with a small “e”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

He’s blatantly lying, and two members of the MSM have noticed. Impressive work

forest on February 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM

That’s their stock answer — blame the Republicans. It used to be, blame Bush. It’s pathetic.

Paul-Cincy on February 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I watched him yesterday and it was unbelievable.
The Republican’s should get into groups and run after reporters to talk to them! No stink from them! Everyone in JugEars group is a joke…and we get crickets!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Furthermore, as Mitch McConnell pointed out yesterday (I believe it was to Bob Schiefer), he had to bring up Obama’s budget for a vote last time because Reid refused to do so. And it went down by 90 something votes. MM said he was going to have to do the same thing with the new Obama budget. Can Lew really be unaware of that blatantly opposing fact? Only if he is so accustomed to being allowed to weave an alternate budgetary reality that actual facts must never need be consulted.

John E. on February 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Where’s the trolls?
Why do we always need a Sarah or Santy thread to make them drool?

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

So. . . anyone seen Dave Crywall recently? At least he had the excuse of being Canadian when we went through this two years ago.

rbj on February 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Dem.A.Gogue.

the_nile on February 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Why should anyone expect Obama to hire somebody with experience? Obama believes in on-the-job training….just like he’s doing.

timberline on February 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Obama’s tax people don’t pay their their taxes, what else is new?

The left aristocracy make rules for the little people. Don’t expect THEM to follow them.

Next thing you know, you’ll be expecting Obama to take Metro to the Capitol.

NoDonkey on February 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Without seeing the rest of the interview, it’s safe to say that John Candy Crowley didn’t call him out on his lies.

Norky on February 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Malevolence, not a mistake

flyfisher on February 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Budgets R not Us

darwin on February 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Lew is not the first senior Democrat to make this mistake. Sen. Dick Durbin, the majority whip, when asked during a July 2011 appearance on Fox New Sunday why Democrats had yet to pass a budget, responded: “It’s called 60 votes.”

http://freebeacon.com/lew-doesnt-know-jack-about-budgets/

What’s the difference between an Obama talking point and a lie? Nothing

No Niks on February 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I don’t think this is the first time the administration has used this excuse. All this bunch has is excuses.

bopbottle on February 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

He was just repeating the talking points supplied by media matters.

they lie on February 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

It seems that Lew met the most important prerequisite of any Obama appointee. He’s willing to lie to blame Republicans for the failures of Democrats and Barack Obama.

That’s because the jug-eared traitor’s only hope for re-election is to divide the opposition. That’s why the devious scheme to attack religion and gather support from radical feminist whores like his wife and Kathlene Sebelius (and I mean that in the nicest way possible). Obama opted to go out after the portion of the vote that truly hates the idea that some hold life as a value and made the political equation that the group of rabid feminists are more of a voting bloc than bitter clingers who hold contraception and abortion (including RU-46 abortions) as murder.

Likewise, Obama needs to make all the gridlock in DC to be the fault of the GOP. It is a strategy that is doomed to failure because it just isn’t possible for one party to be fully responsible for gridlock. Especially when the Dems ran the table for two of the last three years.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

darwin on February 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

hahaha…here’s a backwards Я for ya

DHChron on February 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

hahaha…here’s a backwards Я for ya

DHChron on February 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

How U DOO DAT?

timberline on February 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM

it’s my mad computer skills ;)

DHChron on February 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

All this bunch has is excuses.

bopbottle on February 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Not true they also have engaged in outright lies and denial.

Like Obama giving himself an A for his performance and declaring himself in the top four of all Presidents.

Like the constant tinkering of economic numbers to mask an ongoing lack of recovery despite trillions squandered on Obama’s cronies.

Like Obama claiming he worked with and respects religion- even after he gives a giant “FU” to those who object to one of the centerpoints of the radical feminist agenda.

Just three examples of many.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Straight face lying – the single pre-requisite for Jugears Administration employment.

platypus on February 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Am I correct that the Senate exempted budgets from the 60 vote threshold because it was so important to actually pass one every year?

Now we have a Majority Leader who has stated that he has no interest in passing a budget, and an executive who only proposes a budget as a ‘political challenge’ and a opportunity to demagogue his enemies.

Meanwhile, they misuse the budget reconciliation process to pass a non-budget bill that was too unpopular to be passed properly.

Destroying our Constitutional system on purpose.

forest on February 13, 2012 at 10:24 AM

The real question is was the interviewer stupid and ignorant or was she a willing participant in the lie?

PackerBronco on February 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

^ This.

Fallon on February 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Like Obama giving himself an A for his performance and declaring himself in the top four of all Presidents.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I thought he gave himself a “solid B plus.”

platypus on February 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I thought he gave himself a “solid B Я plus.”

platypus on February 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

timberline on February 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Am I at Hot Air? Did Ed write this? C’mon, from the methods used to pass ObamaCare, to Fast & Furious, to war in Libya, to Solyndra, and to negating the first amendment guarantee of religious liberty – this Administration LIES.

Sheerq on February 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

They are morally, you name it, bankrupt. Doing and saying anything they think it takes to gain, maintain, and increase their power over us.

yhxqqsn on February 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

DHChron on February 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

“Incompetent, or worse?”

Let’s go with both.

And add in delusionally criminal as a palate cleanser.

GrassMudHorsey on February 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

hahaha…here’s a backwards Я for ya

DHChron on February 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Thanks!

darwin on February 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Liberals do not lie, just ask them. They simply do not allow facts or reality to get in the way of whatever they want to believe or espouse.

ghostwalker1 on February 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Ed, get ready for prison! Well, it is possible that they give you a trial first. Obama’s new Truth Teams are going to be all over you on this!

Karmi on February 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I live to seЯve :)

DHChron on February 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

He’s not ignorant, he’s willfully trying to destroy the country, PERIOD!.

mmcnamer1 on February 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Testing 1 2 3 …

Я Д Ø …

ψ

RedPepper on February 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

What’s particularly stupid is that the Senate can pass the budget and then run against the obstructionist House. I’m taking back Obama’s political genius card. Leaving him with not too many left.

libfreeordie on February 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Washington Post Fact-Checker gives Lew Four Pinocchios

That said, Lew is completely wrong when he claims that 60 votes are needed to “pass a budget in the Senate.” As he well knows, a budget resolution is one of the few things that are not subject to a filibuster. In fact, that is one reason why a bill based on reconciliation instructions cannot be filibustered.

Whoops!

Rovin on February 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

♂ ♀ ♥ ≈

/far out …

RedPepper on February 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The entire Obama campaign relies on the fact that they can lie and the press will never really call them on it. Lew knew damn well what he was saying was false and yet he seemed prepared to say it five times on five shows. Here’s one blatant example from the SOTU address that the press just never called him on, and they do that all the time. Talk fast and move on and the MBM will clean up behind for Dear Leader.

motionview on February 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

What’s particularly stupid is that the Senate can pass the budget and then run against the obstructionist House. I’m taking back Obama’s political genius card. Leaving him with not too many left.

libfreeordie on February 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

“the obstructionist House” passed a budget dillweed. It’s sitting on Harry’s desk, along with three bi-partisan passed jobs bills.

Rovin on February 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

He gets away with lying like this because……

The American voter is Whitney Houston and Obama is Bobby Brown.

Let’s hope it turns out better for the country than it did for Whitney.

PappyD61 on February 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

It’s what this regime does: it lies! It is so frustrating that so many folks don’t get that.

Christian Conservative on February 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Surprise! They are only interested in the transformation of the USA into a socialist state and with a compliant media it’s happening!

tomshup on February 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Hope people buy our lies while we Change the country for the worse. So that’s what they meant.

Bitter Clinger on February 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

This whole administration is ignorant of what America is really like. They all need to go back to Kenya and start over!

vietvet68 on February 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Here is a perfect example of our fiscal problems (never mind that the speaker is a Democrat):

“This budget is a nervous breakdown on paper,” said Cleaver during an interview on CNN’s Starting Point Monday morning. “We’re still in a recession, we’re still struggling. Unemployment is still too high,” he said.
The Missouri lawmaker said he understood the need for Congress to rein in spending. “We do have a serious ailment as a nation and certainly as Congress,” he said. “We suffer from ‘spendicitis.’” But Cleaver said the president was not “the one who spread this disease” and had inherited those problems when he came to office.
While he praised Obama for attempting to tackle challenging fiscal issues, Cleaver feared GOP pressure “for the federal government to turn the spigot off completely” could push the nation “deeper” into economic turmoil.

Now find the stereotypical BS:
1) understands it is a serious ailment
2) denial that it is their problem
3) well OK, inheritied it, so should do nothing to fix it short term.
4) present situation demands more
These are classic symptoms of addiction.

J_Crater on February 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

This is not a mistake, this is a deliberate falsehood and a coordinated talking point among Democrats. They need it to continue their fiction of the “do nothing Republican congress”.
Nancy Pelosi said the same thing on Jon Stewart.
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/11/10/jon-stewart-to-nancy-pelosi-why-didnt-dems-pass-a-budget-when-they-had-the-chance/
It also shows their utter contempt for the people.
The unwillingness of MSM to call them on this is expected. But why don’t the GOP call them out on this lie? Are they waiting for Obama to say it?

breffnian on February 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

that may be more of a guideline than a requirement

In the job posting, it falls under the category “nice to have”

Mr_Magoo on February 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Just his chief?

With all the stupidity from Democrats while they ran both Houses, with Reid in the Senate and being unable to get a budget going I would have to say that the inability to understand the budget process is a disease amongst Democrats at this point.

The House under R leadership has passed a budget… they have passed a number of bills that now sit in the swamp of Harry Reid’s inbox.

ajacksonian on February 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I bet Media Matters is all over this story!

/

Nom de Boom on February 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

such frivolities are overlooked in favor of, er … a really nice crease in one’s slacks, or something.

Or a really nice tingle up one’s leg.

Marcola on February 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Lew and Holder are poster children for the outright contempt this administration has for the American way of life. They are both absolute liars and the main stream media are complicit in the deception. There is no way someone at the White House would not have corrected his lies before he repeated them several more times, unless that was the message they intended to convey. YOU LIE.

MJZZZ on February 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

But you must have left something out. What was Lew’s reply when the brilliant journalist Candy Crowley immediately called him on this obvious mistake?

WarEagle01 on February 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I thought he gave himself a “solid B plus.”

platypus on February 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Yeah but everybody knows that Obama has always been graded on a curve. If he gives himself a solid B Plus he really means A.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Why should anyone expect Obama to hire somebody with experience? Obama believes in on-the-job training….just like he’s doing.

timberline on February 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

What good is OJT without a trainer? We are witnessing the dictionary illustration of the phrase “mired in incompetence.”

For the last 3 years it has been debatable what the greatest harm the election of this Obozo presented to our country, but this is undeniably one of the worst: his lack of expertise and successful experience at any level has made him an incompetent, unyielding, ineffectual boss supported by incapable and rule-breaking flunkies. An incompetent Executive Branch is very bad for this country, because what they cannot accomplish with skill they try to accomplish with force or coercion.

What a jackass the Jackass Party foisted on us!!

rwenger43 on February 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Obama chief of staff job requirements, socialist straight faced liar, deferential to opinionated black women, obsequious to black men.

dunce on February 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

jnelchef on February 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Lew is a terrible interview, he doesn’t answer the question that he’s asked, and simply reads or re-reads the talking points he has been given. If Lew is the only interview offered to Fox News, they should decline.

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The whole White House Staff has been ignorant from the get go. Giving CD’s of his speeches that won’t play on the English machines, not advising the POTUS about protocol, sending the bust of Churchill back to England that was not his. Time after time he has been an embarrassment to the United States, not only his manners but his vocabulary that is anything but that of an educated individual and resembles more like language off the streets.

mixplix on February 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

considering Barack Obama’s four straight trillion-dollar-plus budget deficits… Having enough knowledge of civics to understand how a budget gets passed on Capitol Hill would usually be considered a baseline expectation for an OMB director and chief of staff

Passing a budget requires the House, Senate, and President. At any point in time, one party is going to control a majority of those three.

I don’t think we emphasize enough that the real transition from Republican control to Democrat control was NOT in January 2009. It was in January 2007, when Democrats took control of the House and Senate, and therefore majority control of the budgeting process.

The last time Republicans held majority control was December 2006. Unemployment was 4.4% and the national debt was under $8.7 Trillion.

Both unemployment and deficits have skyrocketed under DEMOCRAT control for the last 5 years!

Things were OK under Bush and the Republican majority in 2006. It’s not Bush who tanked this economy, but rather the Democrat majority (of which Obama was a part) that took majority control of the budgeting process over five years ago.

Are you better off now than you were five years ago?

If not, vote for conservatives this year!

ITguy on February 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

“It seems that Lew met the most important prerequisite of any Obama appointee.”

What, he didn’t pay his taxes for the years leading up to his appointment?

Russ in OR on February 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

“Incompetent or worse?”

Worse, he’s more of a propagandist than Pravda in the times of the USSR.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Lew is just following the GAG Rule. Government Accounting Gimmickry.

That’s all Folks!

uhangtight on February 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Who’s the bigger liar: Lew or Wasserman-Shultz?

Roy Rogers on February 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM

If a Republican had said this, the lead story on the news and the front page headlines would proclaim, “REPUBLICAN LIES ABOUT BUDGET.”

Ten on February 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM

misspeak my arse; just more misinformation to trick the masses into believing the ‘extreme’ policies of balancing a budget

burserker on February 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM

He’s just another one of Obama’s lying douche bag apparatchiks!

MCGIRV on February 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Someone should have told Jack Lew that after the passage of Obamacare
and Obama’s recent recess appointments while the Senate was still in
session, the filibuster is now dead and the President can do whatever he wants.

The Senate is irrelevant now because of Obama and Dingy Harry’s assaults on it.

OxyCon on February 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Hokey smokes,

Not sure what sort of animal that guy has wearing on his head but you’d think someone would have told him how ridculous he looks with that bad rug.

I wonder if he’s ginsberg’s love child.

acyl72 on February 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Headline:
Liar hires liar to lie

right2bright on February 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Of course Candace is too stupid willing to gloss over this statement, since it only helps to portray the Republicans in a negative light.

Hill60 on February 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Worse.

Allendundit on February 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Adults in charge. Smart power.

BHO Jonestown on February 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Saw this tool on NBC’s meet the press.

He hit all the talking points very well and acquitted himself excellently, far better than Baroque, in defending unconstitutional behavior, avoiding all blame, and demagogueing republicans.

All without a TOTUS.

I thought – he may not be black, but he’s far better at this kind of socialist schtick than Baroque ‘Come on Guys’ Obummer.

CorporatePiggy on February 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I shall avoid a discussion of the integral importance of discussion and discourse in political life.

Inaccurate statements are certainly destructive and run contrary to the jobs these people hold.

We just passed a law on insider trading.

How about sanctions for liars?

I’m serious.

The prep schools do it. The service academies do it. The Armed Services do it.

And the Commander in Chief and his gang can’t find a Code of Conduct with suitable enforcement?

IlikedAUH2O on February 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

testing..:)

Dire Straits on February 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I watched Lew on the Sunday shows . He is arrogant pompous and rude. He is so ignorant of the operations of Congress that he cannot be competent. Once again nice job picking hideous losers to run our Country. Worst President in history

scboy on February 14, 2012 at 7:44 AM

He purposely lied to promote the Obama campaign of: “its all the Republican’s fault.” Knowing full well that he would not be challenged by the interviewer. The media is just as complicate here.

JeffVader on February 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

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