Christmas is over, and while we do not know whether President Obama hung a stocking in the White House with care, it’s a safe bet that if he did he found a lump of coal Christmas morning. And we all know how the President despises coal.
It seems pretty obvious that Obama wound up on Santa’s naughty list this year for the many whoppers he told. Although none was as eye-popping as last year’s Lie of the Year (“if you like your health care plan, you can keep it”) some are pretty significant — even downright unconstitutional.
Let’s take a look at a small sampling of those lies from the past year.
President Claims Republicans Filibustered about 500 Pieces of Legislation
In speaking at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser, Obama made the absurd claim that Senate Republicans have filibustered “500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class.”
Aside from the insane amount of time that would be involved in filibustering 500 pieces of legislation, The Washington Post points out that the president was referring to instances dating all the way back to when he was a Senator, including some votes against ending debate – votes that Obama himself made.
Obama Said He Wasn’t Referring to ISIS as the JV Team
The Washington Post fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, appeared on the “Morning Joe” show and said that while he doesn’t like to choose a “top lie” of the year, the one that had the biggest bang was Obama’s claim that he didn’t call ISIS the JV team.
Via the Free Beacon:
“I look at the issues that resonate with people and are big issues,” Kessler said. “So one of the major things was Barack Obama saying that he was not specifically referring to ISIS when he referred to a JV team.”
Kessler said he reviewed the New York Times transcript of Obama calling the Islamic State a “JV team,” and said “it was pretty clear” that Obama had lied.
Obama Claims 7 Million Got “Access to Health Care for the First Time” due to Medicaid Expansion
This claim missed the mark, and by as much as 5.9 to 3.7 million people, depending on estimates.
Via The Washington Post:
[H]ere is the ultimate authority — the president of the United States — making the problematic claim that everyone counted under the administration’s Medicaid math is getting “access to health care for the first time.”
He seems to be falling into the same trap as other Democrats, and some reporters, by assuming that everyone in the Medicaid list is getting health insurance for the first time because of the Affordable Care Act. But that number is nowhere close to 7 million.
Obama Says his Stance on Using Executive Actions on Immigration Reform Hasn’t Changed
Here’s a fun little video of the president stating that he did not have the legal authority to change immigration laws through executive action:
Now here he is after word of his plans to change the immigration laws through executive action became clear. Via Politifact:
Well, actually, my position hasn’t changed. When I was talking to the advocates, their interest was in me, through executive action, duplicating the legislation that was stalled in Congress. And getting a comprehensive deal of the sort that is in the Senate legislation, for example, does extend beyond my legal authorities. There are certain things I cannot do. There are certain limits to what falls within the realm of prosecutorial discretion in terms of how we apply existing immigration laws.
Politifact would go on to say that the President is “revising history” with his comments, and it’s “still a reversal from his positions over the past few years.”
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession