Obamateurism of the Day

Not too many people noticed this math flub in the middle of Barack Obama’s harangue against Republicans in regards to the “doc fix” on Saturday, but HA commenter Techie picked up on it right away. Obama blamed Republicans for not doing anything about the series of reimbursement cuts to Medicare providers, and offered this odd accusation (emphasis mine):

Since 2003, Congress has acted to prevent these pay cuts from going into effect. These votes were largely bipartisan, and they succeeded when Democrats ran Congress and when Republicans ran Congress – which was most of the time.

Really? Well, Republicans controlled Congress from 2003-6 in this time frame, while Democrats controlled it from 2007-2010. That actually adds up to four years each. Neither party has controlled it “most of the time” during that eight-year period. It’s been an even split, which someone who has spent the last six years in Washington should already know. After all, Democrats have controlled Congress “most of the time” that Obama has been in DC.

Don’t worry, though, Mr. President. Most of us would also like to forget how long Nancy Pelosi has been Speaker of the House.

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