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Mon Jul 30, 2012, 03:52 PM

An Obama quote taken out of context, yet again

Mitt Romney is at it again, continuing his dishonest campaign by trying to take yet another Obama quote out of context.

From: The Washington Post

“Barack Obama on the Economy”

— headline in a Romney campaign ad, followed by President Obama speaking:

“We tried our plan — and it worked. That’s the difference. That’s the choice in this election. That’s why I’m running for a second term.”

---SNIP---

In other words, in an inelegant way, Obama is trying to compare Democratic philosophy (raise taxes on the wealthy — “our plan”) with Republican philosophy (don’t raise any taxes — “their plan”). He also appears to be trying to hitch his presidency to the economic success of the Clinton years. He can rightly argue that he’s never had a chance to do what Bill Clinton did — raise taxes on the wealthy — because Republicans have blocked his efforts.

---SNIP---

Still . . . the Romney ad starts off by claiming that Obama is talking about today’s economy. And then the ad is filled with comments from ordinary Americans about how they are suffering today.

---SNIP---

The Pinocchio Test

It may well be disingenuous of Obama to wrap his policies in the mantle of Bill Clinton, but he was talking to a roomful of Democrats. We also make some allowances for awkward language uttered off the cuff, especially if it appears to be a one-time statement. (The Romney campaign did not supply any other examples of Obama claiming his economic plan worked.)

In any case, the Romney campaign clearly ripped these words out of context, leaving them untethered from their original meaning — in order to score political points in a highly misleading way. Obama was not talking about today’s economy, but about different philosophies of taxation.

Four Pinocchios


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/an-obama-quote-taken-out-of-context-yet-again/2012/07/27/gJQAcZfbEX_blog.html?tid=pm_politics_pop

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RedStateLiberal Jul 2012 OP
Kalidurga Jul 2012 #1
Drunken Irishman Jul 2012 #2
HopeHoops Jul 2012 #5
progressivebydesign Jul 2012 #3
RedStateLiberal Jul 2012 #4

Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 04:01 PM

1. Actually, Obama's plan is starting to work.

It would work much faster if oh I dunno a jobs bill or two could be passed. And oh I dunno, a bill to bring jobs back to the US was passed. And perhaps if we could tax income that is being horded, that might do some good as well. While we are at it we could take a chunk of change out of the MIC and apply that to our debt maybe and stop building shiny new toys to kill people to further corporate interests outside of the U.S.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 04:07 PM

2. Don't forget Europe holding us back...

There is a reason the U.S. continues to outpace most of Europe on the economy. Mitt Romney, though, will do us in just like some of their leaders have over there.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:26 PM

5. It's working around here. Jobs are coming back and new ones at that!

 

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 04:33 PM

3. But it IS working! The corporations have record profits, homes are selling, jobs are coming back.

The Stock Market is going wild, and guys like romney have added so much more personal wealth.

This is a bullshit argument by Romney. There is nothing WRONG with Obama saying that the plan worked... but we still have work to do if the republicans will get the fuck out of the way.

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Response to progressivebydesign (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 04:52 PM

4. Leave it to the despicable Rmoney campiagn

to not only lie about what Obama is really saying, but also argue against what they're pretending he said with even more lies.

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