With the revelation that President Obama wasn’t telling the truth when he stated, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” his approval ratings have plummeted and a majority of Americans are now questioning his honesty and credibility. I would ask, where have you people been?
In the 2008 presidential primary, then Sen. Obama smeared Hillary Clinton with so many lies she finally screamed at a press conference “Shame on you, Barack Obama!” In 2009, the president stated his stimulus package needed to pass right away because there were “shovel-ready jobs” waiting to save the economy. Those jobs didn’t exist.
Politifact named Obama’s health care falsehood the “Lie of the Year,” and Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s fact checker, placed it No. 1 in his recent column, “The Biggest Pinocchios of 2013.”
Two more untruths by the president made Kessler’s top 10: “The Capital Hill janitors just got a pay cut” when the sequester struck and “The day after Benghazi happened, I acknowledged that was an act of terrorism” when his statements afterwards proved otherwise.
Why did so many people believe Obama? Thomas Sowell, conservative economist and columnist for Townhall.com, provides the answer in his excellent four-part series “Obama Versus Obama.” Sowell calls Obama a “confidence man” whose “role is not to convince skeptics, but to help the gullible believe what they want to believe.”
He further states, “His geniality carried him over many rough spots.”
The American people believed in the president. They were deceived.