(National Sentinel) He Went There: During a campaign speech in Wisconsin Friday evening, former President Barack Obama lashed out at politicians — Republicans, specifically — for “just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying” about a range of issues ahead of next month’s elections.
Stumping for Democratic candidates including Sen. Tammy Baldwin, gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers, and others, No. 44 said the GOP was being particularly dishonest about — healthcare.
Not even kidding.
“Listen throughout human history, certainly throughout American history, politicians have exaggerated. They make promises that they may try to fulfill, but then it turns out to be harder than they expected,” Obama told the crowd assembled in Milwaukee. “They pump up the things that they did that are good.
“They downplay the things that they did that aren’t so good. They try to put a positive spin on things,” he continued. “But what we have not seen before, in our recent public life, at least, is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying.”
Oh really, Mr. Obama? Are you just joshing us or are you (gulp) actually serious?
Because we recall some big, ol’ whoppers you and your former administration told over and over and over and over again…on a whole range of issues, healthcare being just one of them.
You lied about Fast and Furious. You lied about Benghazi. You lied about your IRS not targeting conservative groups when it did. You lied about not lying.
Some lies stood out more than others, however, as The Daily Caller notes:
Obama spun news, evaded questions, contradicted himself and made false statements a number of times while he was in office.
In 2011, Obama claimed he “signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history,” referring to the Making Work Pay provision in his stimulus package.
Obama’s calculation for his claim was based on “dubious math,” according to The Washington Post. Former-presidents John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush signed larger tax cuts into law.
When campaigning for the Affordable Care Act, Obama claimed, “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.”
After his bill passed, cancellation notices hit at least two million Americans’ mailboxes because of a short cutoff to bring existing plans in compliance with the new law, The Washington Post reported.
Terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, killing four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Obama and his administration downplayed the terrorist aspect of the attack in the immediate aftermath of the event, but the then-president later tried to spin his comments, saying, “the day after Benghazi happened, I acknowledged this was an act of terrorism.”
Obama referred vaguely to an “act of terror” immediately after the attack, but “over a period of two weeks, given three opportunities in interviews to affirmatively agree that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack, the president obfuscated or ducked the question,” The Washington Post reports.
Republicans are liars, Mr. Obama? Just. Wow.
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