Update II: The Heritage Foundation’s Conn Carroll has identified even more lies and misinformation from yesterday’s townhall meeting — including some of the same old, same old from Obama.
Update: To his credit, even Lefty David Sirota is upset that Obama is making “verifiably dishonest statements”. And with his false claim of AARP support, make that two big whoppers the President told yesterday.
Is there any other way to explain this than Barack Obama lied? “I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter,” the president told his staged New Hampshire townhall meeting today. Ace of Spades has full video of today’s comment against the backdrop of the video of Obama telling AFL-CIO supporters in 2003, “I happen to be a proponent of the universal, single-payer health care plan.”
If 2003 is too much ancient history for you, Jim Geraghty also brings our attention to a comment Obama made almost exactly a year ago on the presidential campaign trail, captured for posterity by the Wall Street Journal:
“If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system,” Obama told some 1,800 people at a town-hall style meeting on the economy.
I love how Geraghty concludes the post: “In related news, we have always been at war with Eastasia.”
Or as Joshua loves to remind us, “Every Obama promise comes with an expiration date.”
Rick Moore at Holy Coast also has a pithy response.
More than a little “fishy”, I think today’s statement by the president calls for an email report to firstname.lastname@example.org … Have you already snitched?
Obama is trying to rewrite history, acting as if the Internets don’t contain a record of his past public statements. Sheer arrogance would fit a pattern of behavior. It’s not like he can acknowledge reality when public opinion is arraying itself against his plan:
- Support for the Congressional health reform plan touted by Obama has reached an all-time low (42 vs. 55 opposed)
- Support for “single-payer health care” is even lower (32 vs. 57 opposed)
Did you catch that, Lefty propagandist David “I think the majority of Americans support health care reform” Sirota? Most Americans indeed may support health care reform, but it isn’t the top-down, bureaucratic, government health care reform model — especially not for the price tag it carries. I think the majority of Americans might find more appeal in consumer-friendly reforms that help reduce insurance and service costs by promoting choice and portability.
Free word of advice to the Obama administration: O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
Muslism Against Sharia says
This is what email@example.com will be used for: http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2009/08/mash-pamela-geller-internet-snitch.html
On August 4, 2009 a post titled “Facts Are Stubborn Things” appeared on the White House blog. It contained the following paragraph:
“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we canâ€™t keep track of all of them here at the White House, weâ€™re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Every Fourth of July, we celebrate the Birth of the Nation. Every Fourth of August, we shall celebrate the Birth of the Internet Snitch Brigade.
How long do you think it took before the Internet Snitch Brigade expanded its reporting from something fishy about health insurance reform to Anti-American Activities? Just five days! Move over McCarthy; here comes Bill Warner. In the post titled “ASSASSINATE BARACK OBAMA PLOTS INCREASE TO 10 RACIST RIGHT WING BLOGGERS FUEL WHITE SUPREMISTS (sic.) SECRET SERVICE SHUT EM DOWN by Bill Warner investigator” Bill Warner writes:
“Articles posted on ultra right wings blogs like “Muslims Against Sharia” by Khamim Massoud such as Obama spies monitoring Jews house-to-house and Freed to Kill More American Soldiers: Taliban Thrives, Thanks to Obama Policy and “Atlas Shrugs Website” by Pamela Geller who posts articles such as “Obama backs Iraqi Terrorists: Iraq investigates alleged US-insurgent talks” are hastening the demise of Preisdent Barack Obama. … The US Secret Service so needs to investigate “Muslims Against Sharia by Khalim Massoud and Pamela Geller for her Anti-American racist activities on her website, which she operates out of her Manhattan NY apartment, and her incitement to hate by others and the possible murder of President Barack Obama.”
Yes, it only took five days to jump from snitching about dissent on health insurance reform to making up wild accusations about “incitement to hate by others and the possible murder of President Barack Obama.” A quote attributed to Joseph Goebbels, a Propaganda Minister in Nazi Germany reads:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Bill Warner may not be a good P.I. (as he claims to be) or not a good bar fighter and martial artist (as he claims to be), but he has certainly mastered the art of Nazi propaganda.