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Truth Be Told, Obama Too Often Isn't Telling the Truth
humanevents.com ^ | 02/27/2009 | Oliver North

Posted on 02/28/2009 7:59:37 AM PST by kellynla

Truth be told, Barack Obama may be the most charismatic and articulate public speaker in America today. Give him carefully-crafted prose, well-wrapped applause lines, a teleprompter and an audience and he will bring ‘em to their feet, fired up, ready to charge the barricades. It is a gift and he uses it well.

That’s what he did in his first speech to a joint session of Congress and in presenting his budget. On Tuesday evening I listened in my car so I wasn’t distracted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi jumping up every few seconds like a schoolgirl with ants in her pants. Nor could I see “Joe” -- our Vice-President -- semi-somnolently staring out into the crowd. On Thursday, I again listened, then read his words after presenting the federal budget. That’s why I conclude that, truth be told, too often, he isn’t telling the truth.

Maybe it’s not his fault. Perhaps 27-year-old Jon Favreau, his eloquent speech-writer, just doesn’t know the facts or recognize “where have I heard those words before?” Here are a few examples of this week’s words that just don’t match what’s right:

“We have known for decades that our survival depends on finding new sources of energy. Yet we import more oil today than ever before.” The first sentence is spot on. The second sentence simply isn’t true. Since 2005, U.S. oil imports have steadily declined from a high of 5 billion barrels per year.

In defending hasty passage of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” he says, “a failure to act would have worsened our long-term deficit by assuring weak economic growth for years.” But supposedly impartial economic analysis by the Congressional Budget Office predicts that the legislation is likely to have a negative effect on long-term productivity and economic growth.

“The ability to get a loan is how you finance the purchase of everything from a home to a car to a college education; how stores stock their shelves, farms buy equipment, and businesses make payroll.” For six decades, I’ve been doing it all wrong. In my family and business, our ability to do all these things has been based on what we could afford -- not how much we could borrow. Because we have been frugal, we are now going to be punished with higher taxes so that what we have earned can be given to others who refuse to save for what they want.

“So I ask this Congress to join me in doing whatever proves necessary.” Those unfamiliar with history may not recall that this is exactly what Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler asked their legislatures to do in creating National Socialism. In the midst of rising unemployment and economic crisis, both men asked for, and got, legislation to do what was “necessary,” and promised new private sector jobs would be generated by government-funded programs, new tax laws and novel “lending rules.” It worked. Private companies did hire workers to build rail systems, highways and autobahns, invigorated auto industries, and in Germany, the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world. The rest is history we all know.

“In the midst of civil war, we laid railroad tracks from one coast to another that spurred commerce and industry.” Not true. Our transcontinental railroad, arguably the greatest engineering feat of the 19th century, began in 1830 and was not completed until 1869 – as a private sector venture. The federal government’s role was limited to “eminent domain” land seizures, authorizing the import of immigrant laborers, guaranteeing private bank loans and approving the actions of administrators in federal Territories.

“I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.” Great line, but wrong. The first “automobile” (a French word) was invented by Frenchman Nicolas Cugnot in 1769. In 1862, French inventor de Rochas built an internal-combustion engine powered car. Karl Benz, a German, was issued the first patent for a “self-powered car” in 1886. Henry Ford was first to mass-produce automobiles -- starting in 1913 and he did it without any U.S. government money.

Mr. Obama says his budget “makes the largest investment ever in preventive care,” to “keep our people healthy and our costs under control.” Polio, once deemed to be the #1 health threat in the U.S., was all but eliminated by Jonas Salk -- by conducting research at the University of Pittsburg, beginning in 1947 -- funded by private charity – not government.

“This budget supports an historic investment in education.” But according to the UNESCO Global Education Digest, even before this “investment,” the United States had the world’s highest, per-capita spending on education – with just 4 percent of the world’s children – and 28 percent of global education expenditures. Clearly, lack of money isn’t the problem.

Mr. Obama says in his budget “we’re not paying for Cold-War era weapons systems we don’t use.” But if we don’t buy Ballistic-Missile Defense, upgraded nuclear weapons, submarines, the F-22, the F-35, the V-22, aircraft carriers and replace equipment worn out in eight years of war, how do we deter our adversaries – or even fight back when we’re attacked?

Truth be told, this isn’t an “Economic Recovery Budget.” It is a Lyndon Johnson plan: in the midst of “crisis,” a controversial war and an economic slow down we’re being told that we need a massive expansion of the federal government, higher taxes, heavier debt for our children and defense cuts that are tantamount to unilateral disarmament.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: bho2009; bho44; demlies; first100days; hussein; obama; obamalies; olivernorth
After double digit inflation, double digit interest rates and double digit unemployment by 2012, Hussein will be just another Jimmy Carter..."one & done!" We can only hope & pray that we still have a country to vote in 2012.
1 posted on 02/28/2009 7:59:37 AM PST by kellynla
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To: kellynla

Why do you think he wants to control the census and (as you will see) the amnesty process? Why do his supporters protest so vigorously over any hint of local Voter ID laws?


2 posted on 02/28/2009 8:02:53 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: kellynla
My fear is that Obama will totally subvert the Constitution and grab power, aka Adolph.

I'm not sure if he's power hungry like Hitler or if he is purposely trying to destroy this country.

3 posted on 02/28/2009 8:03:39 AM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: kellynla
Because we have been frugal, we are now going to be punished with higher taxes so that what we have earned can be given to others who refuse to save for what they want.

Last night Fox showed protest marches in cities across the country by people who are enraged with Obama's theft of our hard-earned money. I imagine none of Obama's press whores could find the time to also show the protests.

4 posted on 02/28/2009 8:05:33 AM PST by pabianice
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To: kellynla

The messiah isn’t lying.

He’s simply rewriting history.

Remember, he won..........................


5 posted on 02/28/2009 8:08:15 AM PST by cowboyway ("The beauty of the Second Amendment is you won't need it until they try to take it away"--Jefferson)
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To: kellynla

Hey! I thought Al Gore invented the automobile!


6 posted on 02/28/2009 8:08:35 AM PST by pabianice
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To: kellynla
OBAMA

O - One
B - Bad
A - Ass
M - Mistake
A = America

7 posted on 02/28/2009 8:15:08 AM PST by FrankR (We are only enslaved to the extent of charity (bailout) we receive...think about it.)
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To: kellynla
This is the speech that I want to see Obama give
8 posted on 02/28/2009 8:15:16 AM PST by cowboyway ("The beauty of the Second Amendment is you won't need it until they try to take it away"--Jefferson)
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To: pabianice
Silly Rabbit, AlGore invent oxygen.
9 posted on 02/28/2009 8:16:03 AM PST by possumdawg (There are three types of people- those that can count and those who cannot)
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To: kellynla

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/215bpfvr.asp

When Barack Obama met with TV anchors at a White House lunch last week, he assured them he likes being president. “And it turns out I’m very good at it,” he added.


10 posted on 02/28/2009 8:16:06 AM PST by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: kellynla

You would have to be pretty stupid for it to take this long to figure out BO was a liar.


11 posted on 02/28/2009 8:16:45 AM PST by Piquaboy
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To: kellynla

12 posted on 02/28/2009 8:17:03 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: cowboyway

Too much, I almost fell off my seat laughing!!!!!!!/Just Asking - seoul62.......


13 posted on 02/28/2009 8:17:41 AM PST by seoul62
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To: mountn man
My fear is that Obama will totally subvert the Constitution and grab power, aka Adolph.

My expectation is that Obama will CONTINUE to totally subvert the Constitution and grab power, aka Adolph.

14 posted on 02/28/2009 8:18:03 AM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: mountn man

“I’m not sure if he’s power hungry like Hitler or if he is purposely trying to destroy this country.”

Yes.


15 posted on 02/28/2009 8:21:33 AM PST by Canedawg (Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.)
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To: kellynla

HE LIES? Oh Duh. REALLY?

About the only time the SOB isn’t lying is when his lips aren’t moving and I have my doubts about then.

BTW....oil imports have risen steadily and dramatically over the years.


16 posted on 02/28/2009 8:36:32 AM PST by Sequoyah101 (Get the bats and light the hay)
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To: kellynla
Was about to post a comparison to Hitler but too many folks beat me to it!

It's really scary that so many "voters" were and still are mesmerized by this flake.

He is daily proving that many of us were right about his socialist upbringing!

17 posted on 02/28/2009 8:42:46 AM PST by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: kellynla

Obama, the cretin, is the most accomplished and pathological liar I have ever had the misfortune to witness. My spine crawls and my stomach retches every time I hear his slimy voice, like as if he were the devil himself (and I am none too sure he isn’t a close relation).


18 posted on 02/28/2009 8:43:27 AM PST by VRWCer (Sarah Palin - the embodiment of the spirit and true grit upon which this great country was founded.)
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To: cowboyway
Remember, he won..........................

I have a gut feeling his arrogantly flinging "I won" around is going to return to haunt him. Just sayin' ......

19 posted on 02/28/2009 8:46:03 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Obad. 1:15: As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.)
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To: mountn man

Looks more like the 2nd option...


20 posted on 02/28/2009 8:51:27 AM PST by MonicaG (Thank you to our military & veterans, with love & gratitude. XOXOXO)
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To: kellynla
It all depends on what your definition of is, is and whether your definition tomorrow is the same one as today. See clear as mud!!!
21 posted on 02/28/2009 8:51:48 AM PST by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: kellynla

22 posted on 02/28/2009 8:55:35 AM PST by cmonkey
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To: kellynla
Obama is America's Hugo Chavez. He is hell bent on “changing” our American system to a socialist system.
23 posted on 02/28/2009 8:56:12 AM PST by HwyChile
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To: kellynla
Actually, pretty much everything Obama says is a lie. I could go line by line through his speech and point out how is line is a lie.
24 posted on 02/28/2009 8:58:00 AM PST by HwyChile
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To: kellynla
Statement: "Truth Be Told, Obama Too Often Isn't Telling the Truth"

Response: Maybe he does not know the truth.

25 posted on 02/28/2009 9:01:01 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Sure he knows the truth.

He has just learned to lie convincingly!

26 posted on 02/28/2009 9:12:31 AM PST by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: FixitGuy

Any intellect that could be ascribed to this clown is completely a media creation.


27 posted on 02/28/2009 9:20:34 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: kellynla

I hope this doesn’t happen, but the phrase “Misery Index” may soon return to our vernacular.

Of course, Obambi’s response will be, “S**t happens”.


28 posted on 02/28/2009 9:31:57 AM PST by bushbuddy
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To: kellynla

As I heard someone note last night, “Obama is lying like a MUSLEM...”

He is lying DIRECTLY to the American people, saying one thing to the cameras and then immediately doing another.

AND THE MAJOR MEDIA (other than FOX), has yet to call him on it!!

You’ll notice that the NIGHTLY DEATH COUNT is gone from the evening news shows now. American Soldier deaths NO LONGER MATTER now that a Democrat is in charge.


29 posted on 02/28/2009 9:40:31 AM PST by tcrlaf ("Hope" is the most Evil of all Evils"-Neitzsche)
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To: FrankR

Good One. I like that. I knew there was a way to come up with something like that. Thanks. I think I will pass it on to my friends. It would make a great bumper sticker.


30 posted on 02/28/2009 9:56:51 AM PST by This I Wonder32460
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To: kellynla

How can we tell that Obama’s lying? His lips are moving!!!!!


31 posted on 02/28/2009 10:09:33 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier presently instructing at Ft. Benning.)
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To: kellynla
Truth be told, Barack Obama may be the most charismatic and articulate public speaker in America today.

This is such nonsense. He's an average reader of teleprompters who starts and stops in 4-5 word bursts in an annoying fashion. His content is non-stop transparent lies and analogies based on false history lessons. He's a blatantly arrogant salesman, and a lousy public speaker.

Good public speakers inspire, educate, tell the truth, and speak mostly from memory...in long flowing sentences with proper rising cadences. I'd give Obama a 4 for public speaking.

32 posted on 02/28/2009 10:19:32 AM PST by T. Jefferson (Batton down the hatches, full speed in reverse)
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To: T. Jefferson
Truth be told, Barack Obama may be the most charismatic and articulate public speaker in America today.

If that's true, the standard for "charisma" has been lowered to limbo level.

Of course, Clinton was said to be charismatic, too. Yet, I never detected what they were talking about -- unless "charisma" was a synonym for "exceptionally good liar".

In Obama's case, maybe "charisma" means "demagogue"...

33 posted on 02/28/2009 10:34:47 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: T. Jefferson

” I’d give Obama a 4 for public speaking. “

I’d agree on the rating, but change public speaking to reading.

Watch him, that’s all he’s doing, and his side to side head movements show he’s skilled at switching to give the apprearance of actually looking a somebody.

I’ve yet to see him stand there, and give a complete answer while looking directly into the camera


34 posted on 02/28/2009 11:01:02 AM PST by patriotspride
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To: mountn man

“I’m not sure if he’s power hungry like Hitler or if he is purposely trying to destroy this country.”
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How can you rule out, “all of the above”?


35 posted on 02/28/2009 11:08:18 AM PST by RipSawyer (I have scant HOPE for the PRESENT absent a major CHANGE.)
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To: T. Jefferson
I agree...when you're right, you're right...

Unfortunately, by the time this clown is up for reelection the country is gonna be such a hellofa mess that it'll take at least a decade or more to begin repaying the national debt and turn this whole mess around. At least when FDR left office, we had a growing, working Middle Class capable of bringing the economy around and paying off the national debt... a luxury that we don't have now and will not have in four years if ever again...who says “Communism is dead!”

36 posted on 02/28/2009 11:12:54 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: okie01

“Of course, Clinton was said to be charismatic, too. Yet, I never detected what they were talking about — unless “charisma” was a synonym for “exceptionally good liar”.
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I never understood Clinton’s appeal either and yet I would rank Clinton far above Obama. I am astounded to learn that someone exists who could seem to me far more detestable than Clinton but is apparently even more gifted at passing off pure BS as great oratory. In the words of Alan Keyes,”What has happened to America?”


37 posted on 02/28/2009 11:33:31 AM PST by RipSawyer (I have scant HOPE for the PRESENT absent a major CHANGE.)
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To: RipSawyer
...far more detestable than Clinton but is apparently even more gifted at passing off pure BS as great oratory.

Critical thinking is a lost art.

We have William Ayers and the public school system to thank for that.

Odd you should draw the same comparison between Clinton and Obama. A couple of days ago, I found myself thinking , "Actually, Clinton wasn't so bad".

By the same token, I found myself comparing John McCain to Bob Dole. And Bob Dole never looked so good...

38 posted on 02/28/2009 1:39:06 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: kellynla
Truth Be Told, Obama Too Often Isn't Telling the Truth

Truth be told, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

39 posted on 02/28/2009 1:40:11 PM PST by Allegra
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To: pabianice
pabianice wrote:
Last night Fox showed protest marches in cities across the country by people who are enraged with Obama's theft of our hard-earned money. I imagine none of Obama's press whores could find the time to also show the protests.
Most of the Party Propaganda Ministry broadcasters ignored the "tea party" protests. From what I've heard, it was covered on some NBC affiliates. For example, in Atlanta, there was this on 11 Alive news: http://www.11alive.com/video/default.aspx?aid=105355&storyid=127469.

I'm guessing that it's harder for NBC to ignore these since their guy, Santelli, made some very public comments that pushed the protests along.

There was more coverage on the Internet, even on traditional Party Propaganda Ministry print publishers. For the most part, they tried to make these grass roots protests look like they were organized by the "evil Republican leadership."

It's difficult for them to understand that people think for themselves, and that sometimes protests really do spring from the grass roots. They probably get this idea from looking at their own left wing "protests" which are always well organized, with groups bussed in to enlarge the crowd.

40 posted on 02/28/2009 2:48:04 PM PST by cc2k (When less than half the voters pay taxes, it's called "taxation without representation.")
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