“President Obama, You Had the Worst Year in Washington,” advises the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza in the title of a post-mortem that ran last Friday. Cillizza explains:
Every week, I award someone the least desirable prize in town: the worst week in Washington. If you’re caught in a scandal, fired from a big job or embarrassed by a gaffe, you’ll be sure to read me offering you a hearty “congrats, or something.” But every December comes the biggest recognition of all: the worst year in Washington. For this award, you really had to blow it, and 2014 offered lots of contenders. Here’s who took the honor – along with the people who had a really bad year, a bad year, a not-so-good year, a good year and the best year in Washington….
Worst year: President Obama, for losses at home and crises abroad.
Cillizza was not the only WaPo columnist with a booby prize for the nation’s Boob-in-Chief. Glenn Kessler, who writes the “Fact Checker” column, conferred the Biggest Lie of 2014 Dishonor on Obama, for claiming that he didn’t call the Islamic State a “JV” team.
The Washington Free Beacon notes that Kessler was a guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning. When asked by host Joe Scarborough “what lie had the biggest bang,” Kessler didn’t miss a beat:
I look at the issues that resonate with people and are big issues. 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.
Watch a clip of the exchange:
It’s worth noting that this is the second year running that Obama has been singled out as the nation’s Biggest Liar. Last year’s Biggest Lie was his claim, repeated some three dozen times, that “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.”
Finally, it would be remiss of me not to point out that Kessler has little room to talk when it comes to perpetuating half-truths and myths. In 2008, when Obama’s star was still on the rise, Kessler declared that his claim about “keeping your health care plan” was true and accurate.
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