‘On Just About Every Level, This Claim is Ridiculous’ – Washington Post Fact-Checker Nails Obama On Absurd Lie
Obama is already competing for “Lie of the Year” with a recent claim he made during a fund-raising dinner that is being demolished by the Washington Post fact-checker. Here’s his comment:
“Here’s what’s more disconcerting. Their [Republicans’] willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class just gives you a sense of how opposed they are to any progress — has actually led to an increase in cynicism and discouragement among the people who were counting on us to fight for them.”
Either Obama is using some sort of hyper-advanced Common Core math, or he’s lying. Ok, he’s lying.
Indeed, when you go through the numbers, there have just been 133 successful filibusters — meaning a final vote could not take place — since 2007.
Wow, you mean President Harvard was off by nearly four times what the actual number is? Now, why would he do that? Oh right – after failing terribly with foreign and domestic policies, Democrats’ only hope this midterm is to paint Republicans as being obstructionist and extremists. If only they were!
Here’s their final judgement:
On just about every level, this claim is ridiculous.
We realize that Senate rules are complex and difficult to understand, but the president did serve in the Senate and should be familiar with its terms and procedures. Looking at the numbers, he might have been able to make a case that Republicans have blocked about 50 bills that he had wanted passed, such as an increase in the minimum wage. But instead, he inflated the numbers to such an extent that he even included votes in which he, as senator, supported a filibuster.
And for that, Obama earns their highest deception rating, “four Pinocchios” to add to his already expansive collection of long-nosed trophies for lying.