Congratulations, Barack Obama, on winning PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year”!

posted at 6:51 pm on December 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

As my pal Nathan said, this might be the first award he’s gotten that he truly deserved.

But give him time. A few more years of dithering until Iran has a nuclear weapon and he might earn that Nobel Peace Prize after all.

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” President Barack Obama said — many times — of his landmark new law.

But the promise was impossible to keep.

So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.

Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.

Him winning this was as much of a lock as an Adam Sandler movie being nominated for a Razzie. One question, though: Why is this the 2013 Lie of the Year instead of the 2009 Lie of the Year? That’s when he first started pushing the “if you like your plan” crapola, and that’s when conservative health-care wonks started calling B.S. on him for it. The final dimensions of ObamaCare weren’t settled at the time but the general scheme was clear enough — the sick would be covered and the poor would be subsidized with new revenue raised by forcing “young invincibles” to buy coverage and transitioning middle-class people to more expensive “comprehensive” plans. “If you like your plan, you can keep it” had to be a lie or else the law would have no chance of working.

And yet, as Sean Higgins noted last month, the hacks at PolitiFact backed Obama up on it in whole or in part no fewer than six times between 2008 and 2012. Last year, in the thick of the presidential campaign, O actually had the balls to say, “If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.” That’s even more categorical than his infamous phrasing at the AMA conference in 2009. PolitiFact’s rating: Half-true. On the same day, they issued their verdict on a statement by Romney that 20 million Americans would lose their insurance under O-Care — a number that’s shaping up to be a gross underestimate once small businesses start grappling with the law. PolitiFact’s rating: False. Whether that was left-wing hackery or just myopic stupidity in focusing too closely on the precise phrasing rather than the overall framework of the law, you can judge for yourself. But Dan Foster’s right:

The fact that it took until 2013 for them to identify “if you like your plan” as a mammoth lie is proof that the media’s collectively either out of its depth in analyzing policy — even when scores of conservative policy experts were willing and able to help them identify problems with the law — or uninterested for political reasons in recognizing the law’s flaws until they’re so glaring that they can’t plausibly be ignored. This really is the Lie of the Year, and outfits like PolitiFact are entirely complicit in it.

Here’s the winner holding his prize, courtesy of Ted Cruz’s photoshop team. Exit quotation via Guy Benson: “‘Keep your doctor. Period’ has to be the early favorite for 2014 ‘lie of the year,’ right?”


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The lying Sack of America!

Mason on December 12, 2013 at 6:53 PM

“You lie!”

Any Republican or any reporter with any remaining shred of integrity would shout that at him every time he shows his face.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I’d like to thank the people who helped me win this award.

kathleen Selbilius,Nancy Pelosi,and Harry Reid.

We’ll try to be repeat winners next year.

gerrym51 on December 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

The preznitial skidmark on American history.

viking01 on December 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Those poor boys over at Politifact you know are just dying having to go with this but had they not they would have looked like the spinners they really are. Hacks is the truth.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 12, 2013 at 6:57 PM

the hacks at PolitiFact backed Obama up on it in whole or in part no fewer than six times between 2008 and 2012.

So is PolitiFact admitting that they assisted in perpetrating a fraud on the American people?

rbj on December 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Was it even a close contest?

Renee on December 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Why is this the 2013 Lie of the Year instead of the 2009 Lie of the Year? That’s when he first started pushing the “if you like your plan” crapola, and that’s when conservative health-care wonks started calling B.S. on him for it.

Because they were too busy calling the conservative health-care wonks “liars liars pants on fire”.

ddrintn on December 12, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Obama has always been an easy, comfortable liar. In fact he seems to revel in lying, to come alive and shine, yet to seem at the time to be totally honest and sincere though. We can see this in the footage of him over and over saying “you can keep you plan / doctor / whatever.” It probably is pathological, but it’s a condition that up to this point (where he’s now suddenly paying the piper big-time) has served him well.

anotherJoe on December 12, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Guy earns the Pinocchio/Münchhausen/Orwell/Machiavelli/Goebbels award, all in one.

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:09 PM

For four of the past five years, PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year has revolved around the health care law, which has been subject to more erroneous attacks than any other piece of legislation PolitiFact has fact-checked.

Really? How about b.s. attacks on the Bush tax cuts? It’s been going on for a decade.

ddrintn on December 12, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Joe Wilson 2016

katy the mean old lady on December 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Lie of the Year, really? Before it’s over, it will be the Lie of the Millennium, right up there with Jim Jones and the laced Kool Aid.

TXUS on December 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

If there is a lie of the year then each year since Obama became President he should win the lie of the year… In fact if they are going to list the top one thousand lie of the year Obama should win them all and for the last 5 years if not before… The man cannot simply speak the truth no matter how simple it is…

mnjg on December 12, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Obama has told so many lies that it must have been very difficult to pick just one.

VorDaj on December 12, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Was it even a close contest?

Renee on December 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM

It was difficult to choose which of his lies was more deserving of the award.

kcewa on December 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Guy earns the Pinocchio/Münchhausen/Orwell/Machiavelli/Goebbels award, all in one.

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:09 PM

With Joe Isuzu Cluster.

VorDaj on December 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM

S/b “Liar of the year” award, and thread title.

He lies when his teeth move.

Plus, where were the media on all this, since 2009…ah, in his azz. It ain’t Beluga caviar, morons. May you all suffocate in there, with NO exceptions. All who brung/kept him and obama’care’, go directly to Hell.

2014 will bring the dead and their families on TV.

That’ll be the next phase of obama’care’.

Today’s hearing, with the doctors, was something else.

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Joe Wilson 2016

katy the mean old lady on December 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

heh…vindication

kcewa on December 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

George Washington: I can not tell a lie.

Barack Obama: I can not tell the truth.

VorDaj on December 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

“You lie” — the truest thing ever said about obama.

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

With Joe Isuzu Cluster.

VorDaj on December 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Good catch!

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Nelson Mandela is a leader who Barack Obama should try to emulate.

He could start by spending 27 years in prison.

– Don Imus

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

All of Obama’s other lies, all very deserving, must be inconsolable that they didn’t get picked as at least runner up or something.

VorDaj on December 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Nelson Mandela is a leader who Barack Obama should try to emulate.

He could start by spending 27 years in prison.

– Don Imus

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

LOL

But he’s not the only one. Wonder how many cells would be needed to house all of the D.C. criminals from the last 50 years and their buddies?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 12, 2013 at 7:21 PM

For a lie that was just pertaining to 2013 I would nominate the “I’m too busy fixing obozocare to go to Gettysburg.”

Flange on December 12, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Who thinks that the GOP controlling both houses of congress and the presidency would repeal Obamacare? And if so, why do you think that?

besser tot als rot on December 12, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Three Dog Night – Liar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtTGfWDamVE

canopfor on December 12, 2013 at 7:32 PM

When did Politifact become such a Racist organization?

portlandon on December 12, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Nelson Mandela is a leader who Barack Obama should try to emulate.

He could start by spending 27 years in prison.

– Don Imus

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I actually laughed out loud.

besser tot als rot on December 12, 2013 at 7:33 PM

First came PolitiFact.

Then comes Politico.

/Wow, the dude really is toast.

Key West Reader on December 12, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Nelson Mandela is a leader who Barack Obama should try to emulate.

He could start by spending 27 years in prison.

– Don Imus

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Thanks for the belly laugh, Schad! I sure needed one today :o)

Key West Reader on December 12, 2013 at 7:35 PM

But he’s not the only one. Wonder how many cells would be needed to house all of the D.C. criminals from the last 50 years and their buddies?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 12, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Visualize O’Barky and Boehner sharing a cell.

“Let me be clear. Your fake tan sucks.”

“You’ve lost all credibility Rat-ears.”

“Awwww…Cry me a river.”

“Maybe Moochie can bake you a cake with a lobster in it.”

“Dayum cracker.”

“Who you calling “cracker” ? 50 percent?

etc.

viking01 on December 12, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Why won’t libfreeordie jump into this thread?

portlandon on December 12, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Nelson Mandela is a leader who Barack Obama should try to emulate.

He could start by spending 27 years in prison.

– Don Imus

Schadenfreude on December 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

When you’re a leftist and you’ve lost Imus, that’s saying something. But when you’re a black leftist and you’ve lost Imus (after his constant attempts to redeem himself from the “nappy headed whore” comments that had gotten him fired), you’re in deep shit trouble.

TXUS on December 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM

PolitiFact: “If you like your lie, you can keep your lie.”

HellCat on December 12, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Obamateurism Obamanation of the Year

22044 on December 12, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Great expose…thanks for pointing out that POLITIFACT hasn’t had the most credible reporting over the past few years, especially when it comes to Obamacare. They’re a little late to the “OMG you mean I can’t keep the coverage the president promised I could keep…period” party. It took millions of people actually losing their policies before their little pants on fire icon went up. Too late, If you want to expose something as a fact or not, the time to do it is when the statements are being made, not after it’s been exposed as a lie by national media.

scalleywag on December 12, 2013 at 8:12 PM

If BUSH has made the if you like it you can keep it statement, the media would have been investigating from the beginning and the whole program would have unraveled by now. So POLITIFACT is part of the problem, not the solution.

scalleywag on December 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Someone with more time than I should compile a list of quotes and articles etc. of all the various right-wing politicians, bloggers, etc. who predicted this fallout well beforehand.

JackAsterson on December 12, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Is there cake? I was told there might be cake.

Fallon on December 12, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Like most sociopaths (notably Bill and Hillary Clinton), The One lies even when it would be to his benefit to tell the truth, just to see if he can get away with it. It gives him a thrill to think he’s outsmarting all those stupid people he is more brilliant than.

I had first-hand experience with this growing up; two aunts. As my mother said of same, “If _____ or _____ tells you the sun’s up, look outside to make sure- odds are, it’ll be down“. She had the Clintons pegged from the start.

The One also lies because being an egotistical narcissist, he cannot conceive of himself as being anything less than perfect. If anything goes wrong, it must be someone else’s fault. As such, if he can’t find a convenient (or at least believable) scapegoat… out comes a lie.

Finally, many of his prevarications are the result of him living in a fantasy world inside his head. I’m sure O-care works perfectly in there.

And all the unicorns gamboling in his Strawberry Fields agree.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 12, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Scumbag, pimp has been lying from dat one. Now it’s a big surprise. Who’s kidding who?

RdLake on December 12, 2013 at 9:48 PM

PolitiFact’s rating: False. Whether that was left-wing hackery or just myopic stupidity in focusing too closely on the precise phrasing rather than the overall framework of the law, you can judge for yourself.

There’s your Lie of the Year, right there. Politijoke’s left-wing hackery.

Jaibones on December 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

The “fact checkers” are really the biggest lie of the year — in any year you want to name.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 12, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Guess ‘inept,Manipulating, Scumbag’ will have to wait until next year.

RdLake on December 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM

So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.

I wish writers were more precise in their descriptions. Obama’s “breezy” assurances were anything but breezy. They were in fact, emphatic! Which makes O’s lies even more egregious to my way of thinking.

glennbo on December 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Just wait until the avalanche of hate starts pouring into Politifact’s office from leftist blogs, MSNBC and the rest of the MSM. They’ll backtrack on this faster than a RINO making a campaign promise to cut taxes.

Gator Country on December 12, 2013 at 11:58 PM

So when does Politifact apologize to Palin about calling her statement on Death Panels a lie???

ChuckTX on December 13, 2013 at 3:06 AM

He should get the award for lie of the century. BTW, is that a cardboard cutout? Are his fingernails painted pink?

Kissmygrits on December 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

The backtracking and spin has already begun in earnest to get as far ahead of the pain he’s bringing as possible. The new lie is he and the rest of the libs really believed the grandfather clause would work but congress insisted on adding all those new and wonderful coverages to everyone’s policies. He really believed the law would work to give everyone better health care much as Bush believed Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. Guess they can’t go too far without blaming Bush for something.

Kissmygrits on December 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Whether that was left-wing hackery or just myopic stupidity in focusing too closely on the precise phrasing rather than the overall framework of the law, you can judge for yourself.

What difference does it make?

blammm on December 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

“You lie!”

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

We are still so proud of that, here in SC.

The shot that forever echoed around the world.

Tsar of Earth on December 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

We are still so proud of that, here in SC.

ahem…Lindsey Graham

DanMan on January 7, 2014 at 10:10 PM