Video: Obama campaign caught lying about whether they asked Cory Booker to backtrack on Bain?

posted at 6:12 pm on May 22, 2012 by Allahpundit

New from the RNC. First watch the clip, then enjoy Hopenchange spokesman Ben LaBolt stooping to spin this lame:

“As Mayor Booker has said, the campaign did not reach out and ask him to record a video,” LaBolt told me. “Campaign officials also had not reached out directly to Mayor Booker yesterday [or Sunday], but he spoke with a DNC official who also did not ask him to record a video. He reaffirmed, as he has stated publicly, that he believed that a discussion of Mitt Romney’s private sector record is necessary given that he has made it the central premise of his candidacy but has falsely claimed that his goal was job creation, not profit maximization for himself and his partners.”

Booker specifically says in the vid that he talked with “campaign officials,” and Chuck Todd described “multiple conversations” because “the White House was simply upset.” How to reconcile all of this? One of three ways. One: LaBolt is lying, straight up. Two: So determined were they to keep the Unicorn Prince’s fingerprints off of this that they deliberately farmed out the task of reprimanding Booker to the DNC. Three: Booker did talk to campaign officials, but not until after LaBolt’s segment aired on CNN on Monday afternoon. That’s preposterous, of course — no one can seriously believe they let all of Sunday and most of Monday pass by without dialing him up — but I’m thinking maybe that’ll be LaBolt’s next move if people start snickering too loudly at this.

By the way, why exactly are he and the rest of Team O so intent to make it seem like they didn’t pressure Booker in the aftermath? We live in an age where both parties will leak actual talking-points memos to the media. No one is under any illusions about how the political process works, the best proof of which is that literally no one believes that Axelrod et al. didn’t lean on Booker privately, LaBolt’s adamant denials notwithstanding. They could just ‘fess up and spin it gently to suit Bambi’s image: “The president had a productive discussion with Mayor Booker about private equity and both agree that it’s a valued industry when it focuses on creating jobs” blah blah blah. No one’s going to care about this in a week. Why not just own it?


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Liars!

galvestonian on May 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

As we know by now (and Obama’s campaign knows), if the MSM doesn’t report on their lies – they never happened.

RedNewEnglander on May 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Booker is flake and will whatever Obama tells him.

He is no moderate.

tetriskid on May 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

One of three ways. One: LaBolt is lying, straight up. Two: So determined were they to keep the Unicorn Prince’s fingerprints off of this that they deliberately farmed out the task of reprimanding Booker to the DNC. Three: Booker did talk to campaign officials, but not until after LaBolt’s segment aired on CNN on Monday afternoon.

Ol’ Benny boy was caught lying, dead-to-rights.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM

The shovel business must be booming because the Obama campaign is fully occupied in digging themselves a hole.

MrX on May 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM

“A Lie isn’t a Lie, as long as you Believe it!”

~ George Costanza

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Bwaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa! How great that the internet – the very medium created by their hero, The Goracle, will prove to be the undoing of the left. Lies have no shelf life anymore, boys!

Huckabye-Romney on May 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Good thing these jokers aren’t running the country….

Chip on May 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

busted.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

There’s going to be so much cathartic release starting on November 7 Obama will be wondering where everybody went.

DanMan on May 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

IT would be a major video/news alert if bho/team DIDN’T LIE! When has anyone with, around, or bho/mo, told the truth?

I have to say, if bho did tell the truth, it is like the boy who cried wolf, the wolf ate him! I would never trust one word outta bho’s lying forked tongue snake mouth!
L

letget on May 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It’s very fitting that the video “Play” button covers his mouth so perfectly.

galvestonian on May 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

why exactly are he and the rest of Team O so intent to make it seem like they didn’t pressure Booker in the aftermath?

Because, they have to make it seem like Cory just had his head screwed on backwards when he talked out his a$$ during the first interview and he’s just there to rectify it, if you will.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

No one’s going to care about this in a week. Why not just own it?

what exactly HAVE they taken repsonsibility for? maybe its bushes fault?

t8stlikchkn on May 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

They certainly succeeded in making this story go another news cycle.
Le Bolt is the biggest “toolbag” this cycle

J_Crater on May 22, 2012 at 6:23 PM

And they offered him $150,000 to shut up.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 6:23 PM

WTH is going on at CNN..?

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

for deems,its all about having buffers between them and the truth.

rob verdi on May 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Why not just own it?

and join the fray? Dude, shut your mouth! pfffft//

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

There’s going to be so much cathartic release starting on November 7 Obama will be wondering where everybody went.

DanMan on May 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

thats when a narcissts stops being pathetic and tedious. and starts being dangerous. oooo, i can hardly wait.

t8stlikchkn on May 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

LaBolt is an idiot and I don’t think he’ll keep his job long. He got beat down by Anderson Cooper. Twice.

Marcus on May 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

The wheels keep falling off the Obama 2012 campaign train. I hope they have enough smart power fix it.

St Gaudens on May 22, 2012 at 6:27 PM

i’ll go with BOTH door #1 and door #2 monty

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:27 PM

You LIE!

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on May 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Why not just own it?

and be a responsible Marxist…really?

Folks, it is all unraveling..the old media can’t cover for them and the new media has the tools to expose what we have always known about them…

Landslide Nov 2012…

hillsoftx on May 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Booker is almost as gay as obama.

Pork-Chop on May 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Who are you going to believe, me or your own lying ears?

Left Coast Right Mind on May 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Why not just own it?

Because they think people are stupid.

stldave on May 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

The new 3-2-1 plan looks like a winner. Even Karl Rove seems convinced it’s Romney’s path to victory. Obama has been losing ground in many swing states. He’s not gaining ground at all. Here we are 5 months to go, and team Hope’n Change is throwing out everything they got. Liberals were so convinced they would win easily. They are imploding now that their message is being thwarted by their own. Romney is raising money like a champ now. They are on offense. Obama is on defense. Things are looking much better.

rubberneck on May 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Folks, it is all unraveling..the old media can’t cover for them and the new media has the tools to expose what we have always known about them…

Landslide Nov 2012…

hillsoftx on May 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

tru dat

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Because they think people are stupid.

stldave on May 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

And they offered him $150,000 to shut up.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 6:23 PM

next comes a competitive bid 20 mil gov con.

t8stlikchkn on May 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Can we just call him LaTool?

txag92 on May 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Folks, it is all unraveling..the old media can’t cover for them and the new media has the tools to expose what we have always known about them…

Landslide Nov 2012…

hillsoftx on May 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

tru dat

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

tru dat +2
They are going to get more and more desperate..

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Ben LaDolt

The Count on May 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

He’s got the Bain pain, coach.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on May 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Obama campaign caught lying about whether they asked Cory Booker to backtrack on Bain?

And in other breaking news, water is wet.

It’s what they do. It’s their nature.

iurockhead on May 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

You notice how they explain away their taking Booker to the wood shed by saying no one told Booker to make a video.

aposematic on May 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I need to buy stock in bar soap.

wheelgun on May 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Looks like Team Democrat gots da car, stuck in da ditch,
and then stepped into sh*t!!
(sarc)

canopfor on May 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Free Cory Booker!!!!

Punchenko on May 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Looks like Team MSM,aren’t going to swallow everyhing that the DNC
puts out,this time around!!

canopfor on May 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

You’ve got to hand it to the RNC and Romney team, they are blazing fast at hitting back.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Looks like Team Democrat gots da car, stuck in da ditch,
and then stepped into sh*t!!
(sarc)
canopfor on May 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

good thing all we were doing was sitting in the back seat sipping that slurpee. or we’d get some blame.

t8stlikchkn on May 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Free Cory Booker!!!!

Punchenko on May 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

stockholm syndrome

t8stlikchkn on May 22, 2012 at 6:39 PM

lol
mkh on special report

this attack was suppose to be their hammer of thor

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Book, You got some promise! An opportunity to “evolve” to the light, you showed good instincts, common sense and truth when you spoke your mind. Tell these pip squeek obama political handlers to pound sand. Speak your mind and heart. Looks what happens when you don’t, when you drink the “O” poison ….. biden!

StevC on May 22, 2012 at 6:42 PM

mara defending dear leader, natch

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM

lol
mkh on special report

this attack was suppose to be their hammer of thor

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Well, it was. It just so happened that Thor put his nutsack on the thwacking block and let ‘er rip.

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

funny how the lsm wants mitt to explain everything in detail …dear leader just needs to spew applause lines and everything is peachy keene

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

lol

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Why not just own it?

Because they are incapable of telling the truth. About anything. Ever.

KateNE on May 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

“Black peoples are the whores and prostitutes of the Democratic Party, and mistreated mistress that is courted in the late of night, but left hanging when it is time for real change in the light of the post election day,” New Black Panther Party (NBPP) Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz wrote.

Let’s see the White House walk this story back.

J_Crater on May 22, 2012 at 6:46 PM

They are going to get more and more desperate..

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Yeah they will. Their rhetoric will become crazier too. Booker said he spoke to the White House. The “hostage video” confirms it.

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Yep, Obama said that Bain would be what his campaign is about. Now he will need to find something else.

Of course Obama cannot campaign on his record or the economy.

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Booker is flake and will whatever Obama tells him.

He is no moderate.

tetriskid on May 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Booker is one those Democrats who I may not agree with politically, but I can respect the guy. Heck, any Democrat who gets the Obama White House ticked off at him can’t be all that bad. Seriously tho, the guy does have principles and at least stands by them.

JetBoy on May 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

0 lying? I can’t believe any of this./

Bmore on May 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Yep, did you hear Mara insisting on what Romney has to explain but crickets on BHO…I guess he doesn’t need to explain anything.

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

exactamundo….the rest of the lsm as well…

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM

As an old Clinton parser, I understand the situation completely. The quote was “The campaign did not reach out and ask him to record the video.”… “Campaign officials also did not reach out directly to Mayor Booker yesterday, but he spoke with a DNC official who also did not ask him to record a video.” Now, of course, this could all be a lie. But that’s not the way it’s played. The object of these exercises is to be technically correct, but to convey false impressions to the public. That way you’ve preserved the “I’m sorry if some of you were too stupid to understand my high-level thought processes” types of apology.

So let’s translate:
1. “The campaign did not reach out” = We had someone not in the campaign organization call him first.
2. “Campaign officals also did not reach out directly to Mayor Booker” = Of course, we talked to him, but someone else set up the conference call.
3. “and ask him to record the video.” = When we finally did talk to him we said “you’ve created this mess, now you fix it.” How he fixed it being left up to him.
4. “he spoke with a DNC official who also did not ask him to record a video.” = He was again told to fix his mess any way he thought best.

So each and every phase could be defended in depth, but the overall impression is false.

Fred 2 on May 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM

It just ties right into the “Blame Game” which is Obozo’s.

stacman on May 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Of course Obama cannot campaign on his record or the economy.

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM

getting away from it as fast as he can

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Cory looks like the proverbial deer in the headlights.

Buy Danish on May 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Looking more and more like the Obama plantation has some holes in the fences. How long before the D-Rats no longer think his coat-tails are worth hanging onto?

Rovin on May 22, 2012 at 7:01 PM

By the way, why exactly are he and the rest of Team O so intent to make it seem like they didn’t pressure Booker in the aftermath?

Allah, here’s your answer

Corey walks the walk, to Barry talkin the talk.

As Harold Ford showed, he could have stood his ground and won. But Corey knew it would be a mortal wound to Team 0′s chances.

If Booker turned into opposition, the black political support would slowly unravel, leaving the GOTV effort a mess.

budfox on May 22, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Why not just own it?

Because liars can’t…it’s part of their dna.

right2bright on May 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

What term best defines these guys…rhymes with Booker…

right2bright on May 22, 2012 at 7:13 PM

“Why not just own it?”

When everything you do and say is a lie to hide what is actually going on behind the scenes…

… the simple truth does not come easily.

Even when Obowma looses, and he is dragged kicking and screaming from the White House…

… I have this great fear that the Czars will finally swing open the White House doors and yell:

“SURPRISE…!!!”

Seven Percent Solution on May 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

…liar liar pant’s on fire!

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2012 at 7:20 PM

WTH is going on at CNN..?

d1carter on May 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Well it sure isn’t viewership.

redridinghood on May 22, 2012 at 7:21 PM

The key nuance is “record a video”. The campaign may have asked him to backtrack but not specifically to “record a video” in doing so.

stick on May 22, 2012 at 7:24 PM

getting away from it as fast as he can

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yep, well he won’t be able to outrun Hewlett Packard’s news tomorrow.
30,000 are about to be laid off.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/h-p-report-to-include-major-job-cuts-2012-05-21?link=MW_latest_news

Tech giant plans to cut up to 30K jobs, seen posting sales dip

I think we should keep sending Booker emails of support. Let him know it’s ok to do the right thing.

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

By the way, why exactly are he and the rest of Team O so intent to make it seem like they didn’t pressure Booker in the aftermath?

..should we really answer that, Captain Obvious, or is the question merely rhetorical?

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

O/T So far 13 KY precincts have chosen “Undecided” over Obama.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:28 PM

hmmmm my comment got eaten. I hate that.

getting away from it as fast as he can

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 6:59 PM

He won’t be able to tomorrow.

HP is laying off 30,000 people. Links at daily job cuts dot com.

We should all keep sending Booker comforting and supportive emails and encourage him to do the right thing…

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM

..and, while we’re at it, was Rance and the crew on this like white on rice? Does a bear crap in the woods?

Jib, cut, man-crush, etc.

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Folks, it is all unraveling..the old media can’t cover for them and the new media has the tools to expose what we have always known about them…

Landslide Nov 2012…

hillsoftx on May 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Thank you, Andrew Breitbart, for showing the new media the way to git ‘r done!

War!

kakypat on May 22, 2012 at 7:31 PM

tru dat

ted c on May 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Yep!

kakypat on May 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

O/T So far 13 KY precincts have chosen “Undecided” over Obama.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I hope the Eds put up a open thread on the primary results. Anyone pulling for Wolfe in Arkansas?

Sorry for the OT!

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Why not just own it?

They haven’t owned anything for 3+ years, why start now?

“A Lie isn’t a Lie, as long as you Believe it!”

~ George Costanza

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

For the record, the actual quote is “It’s not a lie, if you believe it’s true.”

rcpjr on May 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM

O/T So far 13 KY precincts have chosen “Undecided” over Obama.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:28 PM

..here is what Flora was talking about:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304019404577420830985271506.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

..and an interesting excerpt from the article (emphasis added on language):

Two weeks ago in West Virginia, felon Keith Judd won almost 41% of vote in the Democratic presidential primary. Mr. Judd didn’t have the option of campaigning because he is locked up in a federal prison in Texas. In the North Carolina Democratic primary, 21% of voters opted for “no preference” rather than cast their ballots for Mr. Obama.

I love it when the WSJ talks dirty, don’t you?

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Anyone pulling for Wolfe in Arkansas?

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Polls haven’t closed yet. Here’s the AR Sec of State website to watch the results.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:44 PM

It the Chicago way…

tjexcite on May 22, 2012 at 7:44 PM

The War Planner on May 22, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Up to 26 KY precincts to go for “Undecided” over Obama.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Sweet! Thank you.

Up to 26 KY precincts to go for “Undecided” over Obama.

Flora Duh on May 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Ow! That’s gonna leave a mark.

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 7:59 PM

4. “he spoke with a DNC official who also did not ask him to record a video.” = He was again told to fix his mess any way he thought best.

So each and every phase could be defended in depth, but the overall impression is false.

Fred 2 on May 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM

“Now you know Cory, a smart young politician with a promising future would probably record a video, explaining what they really meant. Now, we’re not asking you to do this, but that’s what a smart young politician would probably do.”

PatMac on May 22, 2012 at 8:10 PM

What is the definition of “is”? LaBolt didn’t lie – he just said he never asked Booker to make a video. Didn’t deny breaking his arm getting him to walk it back. Remember Democrats and Clinton — they are experts at misleading through misdirection and parsing their words!!!

jimbo51 on May 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Never underestimate the dishonesty of a democrat.

BruthaMan on May 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Asking or demanding (with threats) are completely different activities.

S. D. on May 22, 2012 at 9:40 PM

No one’s going to care about this in a week. Why not just own it?

The Obama campaign has a plan for this line of attack. “Bain kills jobs, Romney kills jobs.” In a week they need this message to permeate the American consciousness. If it hasn’t then their next attack will have no traction.

Capitalists are abandoning Democrats wholesale that is why so many Democrats won’t line up behind the presidents message. Deval Patrick isn’t even running for office and he cannot bring himself to parrot the talking points, (Where DWA when you need her huh?!?!?)

What they need to do is let it go and find something else. The longer this goes on the better capitalism looks and that helps Romney. All this does is give Republicans to sing the praises of capitalism, and some Democrats too…

Exit question: Is it me or does everything Obama does blow up in his face? What is he without the Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds?

Theworldisnotenough on May 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

DWS

Theworldisnotenough on May 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM

My question is not if Booker got a phone call, but what was said to “persuade” him. Too bad…Booker originally sounded like he had some principles. Now he looks like just another hack.

lynncgb on May 22, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Democrat said it? Lying

That’s pretty much my default assumption anymore. A democrat telling the truth (such as Corey’s original statement) is pretty much the exception, so if you go with the assume they are lying approach, you pretty much are going to be correct 90 to 95% of the time.

AZfederalist on May 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM

cory booker is next in line to be catapulted into the national political scene to keep the idea of a progressive african in the white house. the way to keep this from happening is to make him out to be a stooge and a lackey NOW! don’t let this mistep by the left go to waste, make fun of the bald oddjob flunky now, or in the future he will be your president!! make him a joke, not to be taken seriously. they already have him running into fires to save babies, he is the future of the demoncrat party.

tm11999 on May 23, 2012 at 7:45 AM

HAWHAWHAWHAW

Obama spokesman Ben “BIG LIAR” LaBolt caught with his pants down around his ankles with this video.

NOW Ben… after being a chief LIAR for the Obama campaign….how does one get his self respect back??

Perhaps cleaning out public restroom toilets with your lying tongue would be a good start Mr LaBolt …but it will take years…

BigSven on May 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Its easy to tell when there lying.

newportmike on May 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

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