WaPo: Another day, another four Pinocchios to Team Obama

posted at 11:21 am on June 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What is this, eight Pinocchios in two days?  Team Obama could go for the hat trick, but the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler gets the day off tomorrow.  Yesterday’s tetra-Pinocchio-palooza involved Team O’s double-down on their Bain attacks by calling Romney a “corporate raider.”  Today’s perfecto focuses on David Plouffe’s inability to get math correct in several talk-show appearances last Sunday, when the campaign advisor and surrogate tried to claim that Massachusetts created six government jobs for every private-sector job during Romney’s term, as well as some first-class political paranoia:

“There was an amazing article the other day, I believe it was in The Wall Street Journal, where Republicans in Congress are openly saying, ‘we’re not going to do anything until the election with the economy, because we want to help Mitt Romney.’ With an economy that needs help right now, with the middle class struggling, it’s an amazing thing.”

“For all of this talk about government, for every private-sector job created in Massachusetts by Governor Romney, six public sector jobs.”

As Kessler points out, that’s not at all what the WSJ article said.  Republicans, anticipating that the election will win them more seats, want to hold off on major decisions until they have more strength and bargaining power.  In fact, the article has Republicans on record specifically denying Plouffe’s claims:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said some Republicans were willing to see major fiscal decisions postponed until next year, because they are bullish about Mr. Romney winning and the GOP making gains in the Senate.

“Why not wait for the reinforcements?” asked Mr. Jordan. …

Democrats accuse GOP leaders of deliberately dragging their feet on legislation that might help the economy, as it might also boost President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects. Republican leaders deny that. They blame Democrats for blocking GOP efforts to extend tax cuts and avert scheduled military spending cuts.

The WSJ article also notes that Democrats have been delaying action for their own political reasons related to the election:

Indeed, senior Democrats have political reasons of their own to avoid compromise on major budget issues before the election: They don’t want to undercut their ability to make a campaign issue of Republicans’ support for curbing the growth of Medicare and other popular entitlement programs.

Some Democrats say they would rather let taxes go up and spending cuts kick in than accept a lame-duck budget deal that lacks what they would view as sufficient concessions by Republicans.

Apparently, Plouffe has trouble reading for comprehension.  That’s nothing, however, compared to his difficulties with math.  Back to Kessler:

As for Plouffe’s claim about the Bay State’s employment gains, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Massachusetts added 22,400 private-sector jobs during Romney’s tenure. That means the state would need to have created 134,400 public-sector jobs in the same period for the White House adviser’s claim to be true.

That’s not even close to what happened. Massachusetts gained just 5,300 state-government jobs while Romney was in office. As such, the state added more than four private-sector jobs for every state-government job. This is pretty much the reverse of what Plouffe claimed.

The best reasoning we could find to support Plouffe’s claim is that the rate of public-sector job growth for the state (4.7 percent) was about six times that of private-sector gains (.79 percent) during Romney’s tenure. But this is very different from having six times the numberof new government jobs, which is what the White House adviser clearly implied when he said, “for every private-sector job created in Massachusetts by Governor Romney, six public sector jobs.”

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off.  You can take your pick, but Kessler’s four-Pinocchio rating makes it pretty clear which way he’s leaning.


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Conservative4ev on June 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Team Obama could go for the hat trick

Using hockey references is raaaacist!! Don’t think MoDo would let you get away with this.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Lyings easy. Math is hard.

kingsjester on June 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off. You can take your pick.

Both

bettycooper on June 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off.

There is no either/or. He’s a lying idiot.

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Republicans in Congress are openly saying, ‘we’re not going to do anything until the election with the economy, because we want to help Mitt Romney.’

Stupid job-killing Rethuglicans doing nothing to help the working class and middle class out. Too busy paying back their bankster friends, cutting taxes for gazillionaires, confiscating birth control, stealing food and books from the children, poisoning the water, setting the planet on fire, etc. Go Obama! Four more years!

steebo77 on June 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I pick both

Kind of fitting since dear leader will at Disney world for the naleo meeting

cmsinaz on June 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The Washington Post is a hack Democrat website.

By linking to them you are giving them clout that they will use at the proper time to try and destroy Romney with a hit job.

It is like the ACLU occassionally defends some group like the KKK over a trivial matter that feeds the false narrative that they are unbiased, which they use to attack groups like the Boy Scouts.

Don’t fall in their trap.

GardenGnome on June 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off. You can take your pick.

There is no either/or. He’s a lying idiot.

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I have to add … even it was an either/or, does it really matter which?

Lost in Jersey on June 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The horse head shipped to Mr. Glenn Kessler was delayed due to union strike.

Archivarix on June 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I still think plouffe is French for fart.

MNHawk on June 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The liberal commies of the DNC are running out of ammo.

Team Super Mitt out-flanking operation is underway.

October will be media insanity.

FlaMurph on June 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I still think plouffe is French for fart.

MNHawk on June 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

One of you two owe me a keyboard.

Lost in Jersey on June 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Too busy paying back their bankster friends, cutting taxes for gazillionaires, confiscating birth control, stealing food and books from the children, poisoning the water, setting the planet on fire, etc.

steebo77 on June 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

You forgot “stuffing harmless, innocent range targets full of toxic lead particles”.

Archivarix on June 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

No budget for 3 years, going on 4. Who’s delaying again?

The Rogue Tomato on June 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

“Plouffe” is actually French for “choom”.

TXUS on June 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Of course in all these attacks on Romney’s Massachusetts governance it is never mentioned that he had an 85% Dem legislature and issued 1000 vetoes…most of which were over-ridden.
How come Mitt gets all the credit from Dems?? :(

camaraderie on June 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Smell that fresh, troll-free air…

*inhales deeply*

Kataklysmic on June 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

As usual, the delusional WaPo Comments do not disappoint:

Have you measured Mr. Romney’s nose lately, Mr. Kessler? Or your own? On one hand you say this is common practice, yet you give Mr. Plouffe 4 pinnochios? One or two would be okay but four? A bit of an overreach.

Romney uses bad hair coloring.

Next, the always-insane Fergie Foont checks in:

Now that Glenn Kessler has apparently decided to cast off his false facade of impartiality and openly declare himself pro-Republican and anti-Obama for all to clearly see with his columns of yesterday and today (as if it wasn’t pretty obvious already), maybe it’s time for the Post to consider dropping Kessler as their purported “arbiter of truth.”

(Recommended by 21 other WaPo “readers”. But then Foont is b*tch-slapped when several other posters bust him for not noticing that this article was not written by Glenn Kessler!)

Context appears to be a dirty word to WaPo fact checkers.

Typical Republican spin- a different reality from where the 99% live

Of for God’s sake they made this an issue because Obama took out a significant al quaida operative. Since when do Republicans ever get in a tizzy over leaks – they’re the ones who leaked Valerie Plame’s name, which was treason.

This article certainly is a appology for the GOP. After three plus years in which the Republicans stated that their main goal is to get President Obama out of office, our fact checker here, tells us that is not their intention. Looks like fact checker needs 4 Pinoccios of his own.

Can’t make up Stupid like this, kids.

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Lyings easy. Math is hard.

kingsjester on June 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Flipping it. Stealing it.

Math is hard, lying is easy.

hawkdriver on June 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Is Al Franken gonna write a book about these lying liars lying?

Akzed on June 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The only thing surprising about 0bama lying is that the Washington Compost is finally starting to take notice.

UltimateBob on June 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The Washington Post is a hack Democrat website.

By linking to them you are giving them clout that they will use at the proper time to try and destroy Romney with a hit job.

GardenGnome on June 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yeah, they really killed Mitt with that blockbuster story about him cutting a classmate’s hair 40 years ago, didn’t they?

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Smell that fresh, troll-free air…

*inhales deeply*

Kataklysmic on June 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

lol, you know the first day of some positive news for the trolls, they’re going to come at us like the Uri Kai at Helm’s Deep.

Loid your Girns!

hawkdriver on June 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Look forward to Mitt’s counter-ad.

hillsoftx on June 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

OT…. But maybe not.

Team O can’t help from shamelessly lying , about anything !!!
Obama lied his way to the top. As IBD has just pondered….
These guys are Pathological !

Lie No. 1: Obama has repeatedly claimed his white grandfather, Stanley Dunham, “fought in Patton’s army,” when he was a clerk with no combat in WWII.

Lie No. 2: Obama claimed Dunham, a communist sympathizer, signed up for duty “the day after Pearl Harbor,” when in fact he waited six months.

Lie No. 3: Obama claimed his father “fought when he got back to Kenya against tribalism and nepotism, but ultimately was blackballed from the government,” when in fact he fought against capitalism and lost his job when he advocated communism.

Lie No. 4: Obama has claimed his late mother’s health insurer refused “to pay for her treatment” for cancer while citing a “pre-existing condition,” when Cigna paid all her hospital bills and never denied payment.

Lie No. 5: Obama claimed he and a black high school friend named “Ray” were ostracized in Honolulu, when in fact the friend, Keith Kakugawa, was half-Japanese, and neither of them experienced discrimination.

Lie No. 6: Obama claimed the father of his Indonesian stepfather was killed by Dutch soldiers while fighting for Indonesian independence, when in fact the story turns out to be “a concocted myth in almost all respects,” Maraniss found.

Lie No. 7: Obama claimed his parents decided to marry in the excitement of the Selma civil-rights march of 1965 — and that he personally has “a claim on Selma” — when in fact they were married several years earlier.

Lie No. 8: Obama claimed his father got to study in the U.S. thanks to JFK’s efforts to bring “young Africans over to America,” when in fact the Kenyan airlift his father participated in occurred in 1959 under Ike.

Lie No. 9: Obama submitted a phony bio to his book publicist claiming he was “born in Kenya.”

Lie No. 10: Obama denied being a member of the socialist New Party, when a member roster of the Chicago chapter of the party lists him joining on Jan. 11, 1996.

Lie No. 11: Obama claimed he had only a passing acquaintance with Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, when in fact they held a fundraiser for their Hyde Park neighbor in their living room, and years later, while Obama served in the U.S. Senate, hosted a barbecue for him in their backyard.

Lie No. 12: Obama claimed he never heard Rev. Jeremiah Wright spew anti-American invectives while sitting in his pews for 20 years, when in fact Obama was moved to tears hearing Wright condemn “white folks” and the U.S. for bombing other countries and even named his second book after the sermon.

Lie No. 13: Obama claimed he got in a “big fight” with old white flame Genevieve Cook, who after seeing a black play asked “why black people were so angry all the time,” when in fact she never saw the play nor made the remark.

With credit and Thanks to IBD Editorial people …….
Cut an paste often- share with your friends.

FlaMurph on June 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Too busy paying back their bankster friends, cutting taxes for gazillionaires, confiscating birth control, stealing food and books from the children, poisoning the water, setting the planet on fire, etc.

steebo77 on June 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

What, no throwing grandma down the stairs? That’s always an oldie but goodie.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

He’s both …. A Lying Idiot !

ashiya on June 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Priceless del

cmsinaz on June 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off.

FIFY. Either/or only tells half the story!

TheClearRiver on June 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

One of you two owe me a keyboard.

Lost in Jersey on June 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Don’t shoot charge the messenger.

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off. You can take your pick, but Kessler’s four-Pinocchio rating makes it pretty clear which way he’s leaning.

Team Obama = Flock of pathological liars.

Dusty on June 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

There seems to be a severe lack of inquisitiveness among interviewers today. I realize they’re all under time constraints, but so much of what is said by people like Plouffe (and I’m sure Republican surrogates are guilty too) lacks any backing whatsoever.

When will one of these anchors simply say, “Can you explain that, please?”

One of the most overused terms from Democrats is “the failed policy of the past eight years”. Okay, Mr Democrat, which failed policies, specifically? What did Bush do that led to the economic crash of 2007? The tax cuts? Your guy extended them! Part-D? You guys passed healthcare funded in part by a tax scheme that has been subsequently dropped, taking funds from Medicare, applying a doc fix that’ll never happen, and a mandate that is about to be struck by SCOTS as unconstitutional! You took Part-D and expanded it exponentially!

Come on Sunday show anchors; learn about who you’re interviewing and what they’re talking about, or stay home and read the paper. Sheesh. You guys are pathetic.

BKeyser on June 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Looks like the RINO Romney is acceptable to WaPO.

bgibbs1000 on June 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off.
There is no either/or. He’s a lying idiot.

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I believe “lying ass” is a better term.

Ann on June 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Plouffe is, like all of his comrades, a unabashed liar. He was on the Sunday programs stating that the exec order on immigration had NOTHING to do with politics. My problem is the ease with which these idiots lie. It’s commonplace. How do they sleep at night.

rjoco1 on June 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Fluffer is totally in the tank for His Royal Highass.

billsheck on June 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Priceless del

cmsinaz on June 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

And those were only some selections from the “top” comments. I didn’t even wade into the others. Which are usually even more insane.

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off. You can take your pick

.

Can I pick both?

mitchellvii on June 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

To me, anyway, there seems to be be an awful lot of unvetted, easily debunked crap coming out of the Obama campaign. Especially, the stuff about Romney. There is no way a Presidential campaign staff should be making such errors so regularly. Are they really that bad at their jobs ? or is this all part of some stategy ? From Seamus to the bully bit to Bain and now MA Gov. All of it easily put away. Yet it keeps coming. Additionally, every time an Obama claim is examined, Romney gets the better of it.
Strange.

Jabberwock on June 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Poor ole Geppetto’s fingers must be bleeding from all the Pinocchios Obama (and his minions) have been awarded.

Fallon on June 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Sandra Fluke loves Pinocchio.

SouthernGent on June 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I loved the Dem talking head on FoxNews today declaring that by holding Holder in contempt, Issa is NOT trying to get to the bottom of Fast & Furious and that Holder has done everything he can cooperate.

I mean, seriously, these people are losing their minds.

mitchellvii on June 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Plouffe and Fluke has a certain ring to it.

kenny on June 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

FlaMurph on June 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I know there are many more lies, I think this is just from one book. Has anyone ever compiled the “Definite Compilation of Obama Lies”? Is there enough bandwidth to accommodate this? Are there enough trees in the forest for paper?

hip shot on June 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Sandra Fluke loves Pinocchio.

SouthernGent on June 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

“Tell me lies”.

VegasRick on June 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

hip shot on June 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I know it should be the Definitive Compilation of Obama Lies. It’s too early to start drinking, but what the heck.

hip shot on June 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Joe Wilson said it: “You lie!”.

Of course all the usual RINO suspects decried it as an unforgivable (yes really) act of incivility bordering on barbarism.

It did have the virtue of being true though.

CorporatePiggy on June 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I mean, seriously, these people are >losing their minds.

mitchellvii on June 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM |

LOST.

When Pelopsi said you need to approve the bill to see what’s in it, and all the dems did just that, they had LOST their minds.

Jabberwock on June 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Obama, Holder and Napalitano knew about Fast and Furious when they started it in March 2009. Expedited Gun Runner as it was called then. Expedited to let the Guns walk and get traced with new Agents in Mexico.

Steveangell on June 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off.

It’s pretty obvious. Team Obama has no facts, so they resort to lying; hoping that the MSM and their ignorant base will take what they say at face value.

GarandFan on June 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Plouffe and Fluke has a certain ring to it.

kenny on June 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Plouffe/Fluke 2016 … or is it Puke/Flouffe??

Lost in Jersey on June 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

When Hillary is lying, her eyes get as big as saucers. When Plouffe is lying, he grins like a compliant coyote.

kenny on June 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off. You can take your pick, but Kessler’s four-Pinocchio rating makes it pretty clear which way he’s leaning.

Not either-or. It’s both-and.

nukemhill on June 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

My son asked me the other day… Plouffe… isn’t that the sound a turd makes when it hits the toilet? How could I disagree?

paratisi on June 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The WSJ article also notes that Democrats have been delaying action for their own political reasons related to the election:

Right. All of those Dem House budgets not even reviewed by the Repub Senate, much less brought up for vote … oh, wait, which party is in charge of the Senate again? Harry Reid, obstructionist-in-chief.

IrishEyes on June 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

When this administration’s lies and deceptions are becoming so obvious that even a leftwing propaganda machine like the Washington Post has to tell the truth, PinocchiObama and his gang has to know the end is near. If the New York Times ever tells the truth, you know the end is over and they are sucking air anywhere they can find it. Sulzberger has been on the verge of bankruptcy for years, this could be the tipping point.

volsense on June 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Smartest people in the room?

jukin3 on June 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Plouffe and Fluke has a certain ring to it.

Sounds like a law firm that specializes in fisheries regulations.

Don L on June 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

It’s easy. Plouffe is an idiot who lies his arse off – he’s both.

PJ Emeritus on June 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I know there has to be some closet Liberal on this site or maybe not so closet, “Uppereastside”. I need some entertainment today, could you please put some spin on this story. And tell me why everyone involved in the Obama Administration and Campaign are not liars?

DDay on June 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Today’s perfecto focuses on David Plouffe’s inability to get math correct in several talk-show appearances last Sunday

That depends on what your definition of the word “math” is.

Mr. Plouffe undoubtedly took Math for Marxists 101 as did the majority of Mr. Obama’s economic advisors as well. It’s math viewed through a warped political prism and is something very different than actual math. Mr. Plouffe’s remarks, therefore, were perfectly correct, from a Marxist math perspective. How racist of the Washington Post to question Mr. Plouffe’s veracity.

Europe could not have amassed the staggering level of debt it has today were it not for Marxist math. If we don’t get these twisted idiots out of office, we’ll be Europe soon.

MessesWithTexas on June 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Obama, Holder and Napalitano knew about Fast and Furious when they started it in March 2009. Expedited Gun Runner as it was called then. Expedited to let the Guns walk and get traced with new Agents in Mexico.

Steveangell on June 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Very early in his administration and just after the $787 stimulus was taken there was a report of increasing a certain program that was associated with Gun Runner from its previous $3 million to $20 million. I believe the requester of that increase will be able to fill in some gaps.

DanMan on June 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Here’s my pick: liar and idiot…

jimver on June 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Ed, I hope your getting your hands on a transript of Obama’s speech he’s giving at NALEO today. It’s classic.

An example ………. (paraphrasing)

“You are the dreamers. Hardwork and entrepenuership are what made this country such a success. And no one has done more to make this country great THAN LATINOS.”

President Harvard Brainac just offended everyone else, pandering as he always does. A national embarrassment. A worldwide embarrassment.

He’s toast.

fogw on June 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Are Plouffe and Carney the same person?

HoosierStateofMind on June 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Are Plouffe and Carney the same person?

HoosierStateofMind on June 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Yeah, Carney is Plouffe by night…

jimver on June 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Isn’t Plouffe the french word for flatulence?

Either way, it smells in both languages.

Robert Jensen on June 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I want one of those pencil sharpeners.

shick on June 22, 2012 at 4:18 PM

In other words, either Plouffe is an idiot, or he’s lying his rear end off.

I say…BOTH!

disa on June 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM

We’ve had a pathological liar for 3.5 years and the Washington Post just recognized it two days ago. When the leftwing propaganda machines like the Washington Post start telling the truth, you know the end is near. If the New York Times starts telling the truth, the end of the world is will occur any day now.

volsense on June 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Plouff is a slimeball,therefor one would think he is lying. However, like the rest of this administration, they have no idea how the economy or the American political systems works, therefor he is an IDIOT.

georgeofthedesert on June 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM