Friday, July 26, 2013
Just a few of the lies the press never called Obama on.
"Obama Saved Detroit,” The Daily Beast‘s Peter Beinart asserted in August, 2010. “General Motors posted strong second-quarter profit — the latest sign that Obama saved Detroit.”
Winning in Iraq:
Before the deadly attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the president speaking on the stump would regularly declare Al Qaeda to be “on the run.” The killing of Osama bin Laden and the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq represented opportunities for boasting – opportunities which the president and his supporters regularly took – but those, too, are proving themselves to be merely rhetorical victories. ... Iraq’s relative stability is a thing of the past. The strategically vital Middle Eastern state is rapidly descending into the chaos that hundreds of American servicemen sacrificed everything to stave off.
The "Reset" button with Russia:
This [Snowdon's asylum] is just one of a series of recent provocations against the West, and the United States in particular, executed by Russian authorities. In the last several months, Russia has done its best to complicate America’s efforts to impose a cease fire or even intervene in the conflict in Syria in which more than 100,000 people have died. Russia’s efforts to foster an adversarial relationship with the West, ranging from halting American adoptions of Russian children to invading neighboring Georgia over trumped-up charges of ethnic discrimination against Russian minorities, the Romney campaign had the temerity to call America’s Cold War enemy out for being America’s “geopolitical foe.”The chorus of scowling mockery that followed this statement of empirical fact from Obama and his supporters was, in retrospect, obscene. “He acts like he thinks the Cold War’s still on,” Biden sneered in an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation in April of last year. “I don’t know where he’s been.”“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back,” Obama snapped at Romney during an October, 2012, presidential debate.
There are of course others. As a commenter pointed out:
Noah, how about a column focusing on the 2008 unfulfilled Obama promises - closing of Gitmo, hiring lobbyists, time to review bills, overall transparency, accepting public funding, raising taxes on families making over $250k, same sex marriage, cut deficit in half by end of first term, I don't really know Tony Rezco, I don't remember any specific sermons by Rev Wright, not friendly with Bill Ayers . .
And let's not forget promising to run the most transparent, ethical administration in history. Having a slavish press on your side means never having to keep a promise.