Obamateurism of the Day

I’m on vacation this week, spending time with family on the West Coast — and not in Spain or Martha’s Vineyard, like some other folks this week.  I’m mainly going to disconnect entirely from politics until my return on Monday.  However, I’d feel remiss if I didn’t note this article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which caught Barack Obama at taking credit for creating jobs from Porkulus when the money came from somewhere else entirely:

President Barack Obama was incorrect Wednesday when, speaking in Columbus, Ohio, he credited the White House-backed economic stimulus bill with helping to save a local architecture firm’s jobs, The Plain Dealer has confirmed.

The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has nothing to do with the renovation of a Columbus police station. Obama, however, said that the stimulus helped pay for the renovation, providing work to architects at a small firm that otherwise would have had layoffs.

The money, in fact, is coming from a congressional earmark and the city of Columbus. Sens. George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown and Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy in 2009 secured the federal money — $300,000 — in a congressional spending bill, according to interviews and statements their offices put out that year. Congress members routinely obtain earmarks in these bills.

The president doesn’t secure earmarks. His role is to sign or reject the legislation.

Obviously, his role isn’t to do research before taking credit, either.

Have a great weekend, folks!

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