Once again, we return to Barack Obama’s press conference on Monday for today’s example of the “Me or Your Lyin’ Eyes” credibility strategy. In this case, President Obama gets asked whether he’s prepared to condemn the super-PAC run by his former aide, Bill Burton, which implied that Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of a laid-off worker’s spouse. Obama tells the press that he had nothing to do with the ad:
Q Well, why not send a message to the top super PAC that’s supporting you and say, I think an ad like that is out of bounds? We shouldn’t be suggesting that —
THE PRESIDENT: So let’s take that particular issue, as opposed to — because you lumped in a whole bunch of other stuff that I think was entirely legitimate. I don’t think that Governor Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad. But keep in mind this is an ad that I didn’t approve, I did not produce, and as far as I can tell, has barely run. I think it ran once.
That’s true, strictly speaking, that Obama didn’t produce the ad; campaigns cannot legally coordinate with PACs or super-PACs, only with their party committees. However, as BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski discovered, Obama’s official campaign website certainly promoted the claim the ad made. Andrew found this image in a slideshow attacking Romney:
Does Obama not expect to be held responsible for his own campaign website? Perhaps that’s why he’s been hiding from the national news media and giving fluff interviews with People and Entertainment Tonight. As far as whether we should trust Obama or our own lyin’ eyes, well …
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