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Bozell: Obama's Stump Speech Myths

By Brent Bozell

Barack Obama has trouble telling the truth.

This is the man who admitted his memoir "Dreams from My Father" was semifictional. "For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I've known, and some events appear out of precise chronology." Translation: On some pages, I'm taking poetic license with the facts to burnish my image.

The problem is, Obama's still using poetic license. So where are the reporters to point out when he doesn't tell the truth? Let's take just one typical Obama stump speech, on July 5 in Sandusky, Ohio, and look for the fibs and stretches. They're not hard to find.

1. There are the biographical tall tales. "My grandfather fought in Patton's army." In 2009, AP's Nancy Benac noted that the president's grandfather, Stanley Dunham, was in a supply and maintenance company, not in combat. That's noble work, but "fought in Patton's army" implies something else. Moreover, Benac reported Dunham's company was assigned to Patton's army for two months in 1945, and then quoted Obama's own self-boosting memoir: "Gramps returned from the war never having seen real combat." Why has Benac been alone in exploring this blatant exaggeration?

2. There are the policy myths. "So when folks said let's go ahead and let the auto industry go bankrupt, we said no let's bet on American workers. Let's bet on American industries, and now, GM is back on top, and Chrysler is moving, and Ford is going strong."

Put aside for a moment that GM being "on top" is a stretch. GM still owes the public $30 billion for the bailout. But the real screamer in that passage is Ford never succumbed to bankruptcy and bailouts and therefore shouldn't be included in any boast of any sort of Obama achievements.

Some lines in the speech just sound ridiculous based on the last three and a half years, such as: "I want to balance our budget. I want to reduce our deficit, deal with our debt, but I want to do it in a balanced and responsible way." This might not be strictly "false" -- it's opinion -- but it's certainly disingenuous. He said the same thing in 2008 and then delivered the biggest trillion-dollar deficit in history.

Obama also refuses to admit the failure of the "stimulus," claiming in one passage, "I do want to rebuild our roads and our bridges" because it would "put a lot of people back to work -- and that's good for the entire economy." Except, it's demonstrably not true.

3. Then there are the religious myths. "When I first got my job as an organizer for the Catholic churches in Chicago ... they taught me that no government program can replace good neighbors and people who care deeply about their communities (and) who are fighting on their behalf."

In how many ways is this deeply insincere? Obama was hired by a Jewish Alinsky-ite leftist named Jerry Kellman for something called the Developing Communities Project, which did have Catholic support, but Obama's own memoir described the community organizing work as a chance to "start to build power" -- with a "hard-headedness" based on "politics, not religion."

In his stump speech, Obama's trying to create two false impressions: 1) That he's not waging war on the Catholic Church with his Department of Health and Human Services mandate to force Catholics to fund contraceptives and sterilization against their conscience. 2) That he's some sort of moderate about how government programs couldn't possibly replace person-to-person private charity. If he were Catholic, he might be excommunicated.

4. Finally, there are the campaign myths. Obama bizarrely told the crowd in Sandusky "back in 2008, everybody said we couldn't do it because we were outspent, we weren't favored." Did Obama mean in the primary race? By a slim margin, he outraised Hillary Clinton, who was the early favorite. But this spin is comical if it refers to the general election, where Obama outraised McCain $779 million to $347 million.

Then Obama added: "That first race that I ran as a state senator, Michelle and I, we were going around knocking on doors, passing out leaflets. Nobody gave us a shot. Everybody said, 'Nobody can pronounce your name, how are you going to win?'" But Obama ran unopposed in 1996, both in the primary and the general election. In a burst of Chicago-style politics, Obama removed his primary opponents, including the incumbent state senator, Alice Palmer, from the ballot by challenging their signatures.

When will the alleged fact-checkers in the news media vet Obama's stump speech and demand he start telling the truth?


L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center.


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  1. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    July 11, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    And these lies are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many it would take too much time to list even half of them. The liberal press is so in love with him that they will never allow the truth to see the light of day.

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  2. jayleighComment by jayleigh
    July 11, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Good article, and as praireliving says, just the tip of the iceberg, but i have to take a good-natured jibe at this comment: “If he were Catholic, he might be excommunicated” None of the Kennedys were ever even threatened with excommunication regardless of their indiscretions. The climate has changed, i think, in the Catholic Church, and actually old Joe Kennedy and Teddy might actually suffer that indignation now… but Teddy was not denied the big Catholic funeral…and for Chappequidick alone, he ought to have been. Still, this really isn’t about the Kennedy’s or the Catholic Church…it’s about O’s lies and obfuscation. It’s hard to understand how he gets away with it – why his loyalists still believe him to be a messiah despite his record of fiscal irresponsibility, the wild personal spending both he and his wife engage in, and the economic disaster with which we now live. Obamacare is a symptom, not a cause, but it is likely the thing that will be the undoing of the USA. Many of the stipulations that were not to go into effect until 2014 have already been put in place and even a repeal of this boondoggle will not un-do the facets that have been implemented. There will be lasting effects even with repeal of this Marxist-Socialist legislation.

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    • prairelivingComment by praireliving
      July 11, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

      As a Catholic I can say that excommunication is extremely. The overall view of the Church is that God is merciful and every effort should be made to allow the sinner to confess and repent their sins and promise to try to sin no more. I think that recently there may be a bit more desire to at least deny communion to those who are blatantly acting against God’s and the Church’s teachings. It is actually the responsibility of a priest to deny communion to those known to not be in a state of grace (ie. living in an adulterous relationship, having sexual relations outside of marriage or with a person of the same sex, actively speaking out in support of abortion…to name a few examples) because for a Catholic to receive when not in a state of grace is an even greater sin than the ones keeping you out of a state of grace. I have heard that Ms. Sebelius was excommunicated due to the blatant and serious attack on the Church and her teachings…I don’t know for sure but I heard it from someone who I’d consider a very reliable source.

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  3. FlaJimComment by FlaJim
    July 11, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    For two, both my wife and I saw right through this fraud in 1996. We checked the facts ourselves. BTW, we don’t subscribe to newspapers or watch network news. Why bother when they all ignore the facts and report only opinion?

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  4. passthewordComment by passtheword
    July 11, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    In a speech about drilling for oil. He said we were drilling every where. He went on to say that the US uses 20% of the world’s oil and that we have only 2% of the oil reserves. He said “you don’t have to be a mathmetician to see the problem here.”

    The problem is the two are two different things. We use 20% of the available oil on the market. The oil reserves in Anwar alone are said to be enough to fuel the oil needs of the US for 70 years. He is so disingenuous.

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