Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on April 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This White House has never been expert at researching claims in presidential speeches, but one would think that Barack Obama would know something about a key political ally before making claims about it. Earlier this month in a forum on “women and the economy,” Obama may have cost women a little extra cash – or at least some lost time — by referring them to Planned Parenthood for mammograms:

When people say we should get rid of Planned Parenthood, they’re not just talking about restricting a woman’s ability to make her own health decision; they’re talking about denying, as a practical matter, the preventive care, like mammograms, that millions of women rely on.

First, no one is saying that “we should get rid of Planned Parenthood,” as Obama claims.  People oppose giving federal dollars to Planned Parenthood because their core business is abortions.  It’s their profit-driving activity, not handing out contraception, and certainly not performing mammograms, to which I’ll return in a moment.  Planned Parenthood should be able to operate on their own, just like any other business, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize it to keep it alive.  Obama’s claim is a strawman argument that amounts to a statement that a lack of federal funding equates to criminalization, which is ludicrous as well as demagogic.

Why aren’t mammograms a profit center for PP?  They don’t provide mammograms, that’s why.  They refer all requests to other caregivers, which means that if Planned Parenthood disappeared tomorrow, it wouldn’t eliminate a single mammogram in this country.  That’s one reason why the breast-cancer awareness organization Susan G. Komen Foundation cut off Planned Parenthood, and they admitted that PP didn’t do mammograms a year ago:

In new emails Susan G. Komen for the Cure is sending to people complaining about their grants to the Planned Parenthood abortion business, officials claim the grants are given to help women obtain breast cancer screenings. Yet, Komen also admits Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms. …

However, a late March expose’ from Live Action revealed no Planned Parenthood centers nationally provide mammograms.

Live Action released videotaped footage of calls to 30 Planned Parenthood centers nationwide in 27 different states where abortion facility staff were asked whether or not mammograms could be performed on site. Every one of the Planned Parenthood centers admitted they could not do mammograms. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells the women calling that they will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure.

“We don’t provide those services whatsoever,” admits a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona while a staffer at Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, Kansas tells a caller, “We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.”

In its email to people concerned about the Komen-Planned Parenthood connection, a Komen official admits Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms for women with its grant money. Komen makes it clear the money is merely funneled through the abortion business to legitimate medical centers that actually perform mammograms.

So no one is arguing to ban Planned Parenthood, and even if they closed their doors tomorrow, it wouldn’t reduce the availability for mammograms by even one single scan.  Other than that, Obama had his facts straight, which is to say, not at all.

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If only we could get the mainstream media to stop perpetuating that lie, then maybe Obama wouldn’t feel like he could get away with it.

itsnotaboutme on April 27, 2012 at 8:04 AM

dear leader sure loves his strawmen….

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 8:06 AM

When people say we should get rid of Planned Parenthood, they’re not just talking about restricting a woman’s ability to make her own health decision; they’re talking about denying, as a practical matter, the preventive care, like mammograms, that millions of women rely on.

That of course was a deliberate lie because making the claim about “preventative care” resonates a whole lot better than the truth. When people say we should get rid of Planned Parenthood, they’re talking about denying, as a practical matter, abortion services.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 8:06 AM

dear leader sure loves his strawmen….

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Anyone got a match?

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 8:07 AM

If only we could get the mainstream media to stop perpetuating that lie that is Obama, then maybe Obama wouldn’t feel like he could get away with it.

itsnotaboutme on April 27, 2012 at 8:04 AM

FIFY : )

herm2416 on April 27, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Planned Parenthood should be able to operate on their own, just like any other business, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize it to keep it alive.

thank you!

la la la, I can’t hear you!
-lsm/dems

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The real truth behind the Obama Administration and mammograms is that they didn’t want the government to pay for them under the age of 50, until doctor’s groups howled and the age was lowered back to 40. That’s the real truth. Breast cancer patients who developed breast cancer under age 50 were “statistically insignificant”.

Marcus on April 27, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Other than that, Obama had his facts straight, which is to say, not at all.

Barry never worries about getting the facts right. He knows his PR oganization, a/k/a the MSM, will cover his backside.

AZCoyote on April 27, 2012 at 8:11 AM

First, no one is saying that “we should get rid of Planned Parenthood,” as Obama claims.

I’m reminded of the recent GOP attempt to federally defund NPR. My Lefty friends were frothing in a rage, incensed that the evil GOP was trying to “get rid” of NPR. Sigh.

visions on April 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM

It would be wonderful if Mitt brought this up in a presidential debate with Barry. Just break down his argument piece by piece as to why it is false.

LoganSix on April 27, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Planned Parenthood is all about women’s healthcare, don’t cha know? By the way, if a guy goes to PP for “preventative care” for his wife / girlfriend, do they give him free condoms?

Mitoch55 on April 27, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 8:07 AM

heh

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I wonder if PP gets any kickback from the referral. IE, you refer to us, we give you some coin out of the insurance payment and so its essentially a donation by proxy.??

ted c on April 27, 2012 at 8:16 AM

AZCoyote on April 27, 2012 at 8:11 AM

tru dat

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 8:16 AM

So would it have been declasse’ to have used “Boob” as the subhed? Just wondering.

Ed Morrissey on April 27, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I’m so sick of this lying grifter.

Naturally Curly on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 AM

If only we could get the mainstream media to stop perpetuating that lie, then maybe Obama wouldn’t feel like he could get away with it.

itsnotaboutme on April 27, 2012 at 8:04 AM

How can you tell if Obama’s lying?

His lips are moving.

God forbid his mendacious media minions would call him out on even one of these lies.

talkingpoints on April 27, 2012 at 8:20 AM

There has to be a licensed radiology tech on staff to do a mammogram.No PP office has one.

docflash on April 27, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Ed Morrissey on April 27, 2012 at 8:19 AM

:)

nahhhhhhh

cmsinaz on April 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM

yes, Ed. it would’ve been–it’s proper of you to avoid that altogether.

ted c on April 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Breast cancer patients who developed breast cancer under age 50 were “statistically insignificant”.

Marcus on April 27, 2012 at 8:10 AM

As the husband of a “statistically insignificant” woman who had breast cancer at age 45 I’m very glad that our health insurance, not the government, paid for her mammograms. Under a government run health system she’d have been dead 17 years ago.

Trafalgar on April 27, 2012 at 8:26 AM

If the truth were to be told it would be that if Bark couldn’t lie then he wouldn’t have anything at all to say.

Yoop on April 27, 2012 at 8:26 AM

from PP 2009 report, they performed 727K ‘breast care/breast exams’ in that year under the category ‘cancer screening’ that also includes PAP smears etc. There is no reference to mammography.

Breast care includes education on self examination and a breast exam is a provider-performed manual breast exam. Neither are a mammography exam, fwiw.

ted c on April 27, 2012 at 8:26 AM

First, no one is saying that “we should get rid of Planned Parenthood,” as Obama claims.

Yuh huh! Debbie Whatshername-Schultz assures me at least every other day on Twitter that those meanies in the GOP want to do away with Planned Parenthood forever and she wouldn’t lie!

So there! *sticks out tongue*

btw, did you hear Obama eats sticks and has a really big dog?

Flora Duh on April 27, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I find it a bit peculiar that Obama needs to shore up his insurmountable lead with the women’s vote. Didn’t Obama already win the war on women? Perhaps the internal polling and what the MSM is reporting is “conflicting”? For every strawman argument, there’s a motive behind it.

Rovin on April 27, 2012 at 8:27 AM

An Obamateurism or part of a last ditch plan?

Obama is depending on, counting on, betting on, the ignorance of the American voter (legal or otherwise) to never be able to sort out fact from fantasy, opinion from fact, or ever look beyond the 3-second sound bite in between episodes of Dancing with the Stars or Celebrity Cribs…Obama needs these ignorant voters to get re-elected same as he needed them to put him over the top back in 2008.

He won’t have as much white guilt to help him this time…so let’s demonize anything we can…scare the Depends off of the elderly, convince womyn that Conservative male-pigs are going to take away everything and anything they can…force womyn into breeder harems…

Politics of fear is based on, depends on, the ignorance of the masses.

In this, Obama is not an amateur.

He is simply malevolent.

coldwarrior on April 27, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Flora Duh on April 27, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I think we should ask DSW which PP she went to for her diagnosis.

Only with dear liar standing behind her.

VietVet_Dave on April 27, 2012 at 8:34 AM

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/27/us-usa-economy-idUSBRE83Q05W20120427

redlined on drudge.

unexpected????/

ted c on April 27, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I will argue to stop planned parenthood in its tracks, unless the government gets out and the call it what it really is, planned abortion hood or something ………..

angrymike on April 27, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Planned Parenthood should be able to operate on their own, just like any other business, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize it to keep it alive.

There are some women who do need br3ast implants–mastectomy patients, women who get disfigured in accidents, or women who are extremely asymmetrical. So what if the br3ast implant business had gone the same route as Planned Parenthood, leveraging actual and apocryphal stories of tragedy to secure federal funding through the back door?

All of a sudden, one is some sort of misogynist for pointing out that the majority of implant recipients underwent the surgery for cosmetic reasons, and this is really not something the government needs to be spending money to subsidize. If someone wants to cut private funding for the implant clinic, mostly because they want their money going to sick people instead of Trixie at the strip club, the howls would be deafening that the person cutting funding wants mastectomy patients to die of heat rash from falsies or something.

Sekhmet on April 27, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I will argue to stop planned parenthood in its tracks, unless the government gets out and the call it what it really is, planned abortion hood or something ………..

angrymike on April 27, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I agree, killing off your child is about as far as you can get from from parenthood. Given the volume of abortions performed by PP, my vote for the new name would be Abortions R’ Us.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I wonder if PP gets any kickback from the referral. IE, you refer to us, we give you some coin out of the insurance payment and so its essentially a donation by proxy.??

ted c on April 27, 2012 at 8:16 AM

…nnnooooooooooo!…they would never do that!!!!!…

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Ed
This administration is full of BOOBS so it would be a context thing………or something…….;)

angrymike on April 27, 2012 at 8:42 AM

So would it have been declasse’ to have used “Boob” as the subhed? Just wondering.

Ed Morrissey on April 27, 2012 at 8:19 AM

…would have worked for me!…JugEars is such a lying boob!

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 8:44 AM

So would it have been declasse’ to have used “Boob” as the subhed? Just wondering.

Ed Morrissey on April 27, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Just to be safe, you should check with bluegill for appropriate Hot Air topics, conversations, comments, etc.

Night Owl on April 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM

funny how no media or journalists picked up on this….I wonder if GW would have gotten a pass on such an assanine mistake??

SDarchitect on April 27, 2012 at 8:49 AM

If he’s still pushing PP for women’s health and preventive care, then the likable liar must not have seen O’Keefe’s little video last year.
It wouldn’t have mattered since providing abortions has always been one of his core beliefs.

Kissmygrits on April 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Facts are for mere mortals. Benevolant god-kings don’t need facts.

crazy_legs on April 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

If he’s still pushing PP for women’s health and preventive care, then the likable liar must not have seen O’Keefe’s little video last year.

Kissmygrits on April 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM

If the mainstream media were doing their job, all of America would’ve seen it.

Rather, If the mainstream media were doing their job, they would’ve been making & showing videos like that.

itsnotaboutme on April 27, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Obama is depending on, counting on, betting on, the ignorance of the American voter
coldwarrior on April 27, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Couln’t agree more. The ignorant and/or gullible masses are exactly the ones being targeted with all these…ahem…misstatements. He fooled just enough of them the last time and this is all a repeat of the same tactics.

lynncgb on April 27, 2012 at 9:25 AM

planned parenthood equals valley of Gehenna
obama…..Christian not

crosshugger on April 27, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Obama’s only hope is the ad ignorantium appeal, which is an argumentative fallacy. But low education voters will believe what they’re told, without the training to question or do research. It’s what the Obama campaign is counting on.

College Prof on April 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Trafalgar on April 27 at 8:26 am -
Glad that the angels were watching out for your wife. I lost a sister-in-law to breast cancer when she was in her early thirties. Young women need to keep up on all of the screening for different cancers.

oldbearak on April 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I won’t even buy girl scout cookies because of their affiliation. One woman got angry with me cause I mentioned it” my kids don’t need to hear that” uh I didn’t say it to them, I said it to her. Its called planned parenthood to hide its real job………

angrymike on April 27, 2012 at 9:58 AM

An inconvenient truth!

Smartest president, evah!!!

mel23059 on April 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Obama’s claim is a strawman argument …

He relies entirely on strawman arguments because he has no others. Furthermore, most of his listeners formulate their opinions soley on soundbites like this that get plenty of airtime on MS-NBC, CBS, etc. — and Obummer’s team knows that — it’s a solid strategy, really (and unfortunately).

KS Rex on April 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

PS – I like the new Obamateurism pic — perfectly captures our Dear Leader’s personality & charm.

KS Rex on April 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

If x-raying breast tissue killed fetuses, they’d be giving mamograms all day.

Tim_CA on April 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

A simple request by the chairman of the appropriate House committee could clear this up.

I’m sure that mammogram machines have some sort of required inspection or certification program.

Simply ask PP and/or the appropriate governing body (federal, state?) for copies of all current certification documentation for mammogram machines in operation at PP.

BobMbx on April 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The science is settled. If Mr. Obama speaks, he lies.

Mason on April 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Obama had his facts straight, which is to say, not at all.

For Barry, facts like history are what he says they are.

GarandFan on April 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Ed, didn’t you get the memo from the Romney campaign.
Obama is a nice guy and not a narcissist! he is just over his head! now get with the program!

nathor on April 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I don’t think this is an Obamateurism–Obama is deliberately trying to mislead women into thinking that Planned Parenthood does mammograms, and de-funding PP would “deny…mammograms to millions of women”.

Unless this claim is vigorously rebutted, millions of women will be fooled into voting for Obama, until they try to get a mammogram from PP.

The Romney campaign needs to get on its soapbox and shout that PP does not do mammograms, and that cutting off Federal funding to PP would not deny a mammogram to a single woman.

Steve Z on April 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Many of you have already said it, but I have to echo: it infuriates me that the US media is so in the tank for Owe that they never call him on his numerous mis-statements, lies, quotes that leave out relevant parts, recollections of history, etc. We have to support this media through the advertises they sling at us, yet they are not journalists and certainly no more honest than throw-away rags that headline two-headed babies and purple aliens.

Obama is depending on, counting on, betting on, the ignorance of the American voter (legal or otherwise) to never be able to sort out fact from fantasy, opinion from fact, or ever look beyond the 3-second sound bite in between episodes of Dancing with the Stars or Celebrity Cribs…Obama needs these ignorant voters to get re-elected same as he needed them to put him over the top back in 2008.

You forgot to mention tuning into CNN or MSNBC for the quickie sound bite or gobbling down all the “indoctrination” put out by Hollywood in TV and movies. Our “entertainment” on TV and movies is riddled with unsubstantiated claims about “global warming”, “respecting mother earth” (though we have no respect for mankind and unborn babies), gays, etc.

katablog.com on April 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Obama’s claim is a strawman argument

Obama always uses strawman arguments. It goes with his being Liar-in-Chief.

Christian Conservative on April 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM

In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, “What a maroon!”

Fafhrd on April 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’m kinda tired of his hiding behind his daughters. I thought he was an involved father, but I am beginning to think they are just political props to him.

jazzuscounty on April 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Obama thinks about his daughters in every decision he makes. Such as … supporting the Muslim Brotherhood’s ascension to power in Egypt, bringing with them legislation allowing a man to have sex with his dead wife and approving marriage with 14-year-old girls? I know, I know … a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. But still ….

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on April 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I’m not sure Obama even knows the difference between a lie and the truth. He’s been conning people since childhood.

jan3 on April 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM