Barack Obama in his own words
Robert A. Hall
A funny clip of Obama’s verbal gaffes.
You may have missed them, as the media glosses over his errors. The larger ones are linked below. Many are the kind of mistakes we all make. But if Bush or Palin had made them, you’d have heard them over and over. Think “refudiate” and “misunderestimate.”
March 5, 2007 Obama: "There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in
, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Alabama ." Selma, Alabama
March took place in 1965, four years after Barack Obama was born, rather disproving his statement that his parent got together because of it. Selma
May 8, 2007 Obama: "In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in
. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed." Kansas
12 people died, not 10,000.
May 17, 2008. Obama: “When Kennedy met with (Soviet leader Nikita) Khrushchev, we were on the brink of nuclear war."
The problem with Obama's contention is that it is a lie. John Kennedy met Khrushchev in
on June 4, 1961. At the time, many seasoned diplomats worried that the Soviet leader would be emboldened by his encounter with the young and less experienced American president. The Cuban Missile Crisis, to which Obama refers, took place in October, 1962, sixteen months after the two leaders met. Vienna
June 22, 2007. Obama: "The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5t8GdxFYBU
Frequently broken. The video clip has several interesting, broken promises about open, transparent government.
August 7, 2007 Obama: "I would immediately call the president of
Mexico, the president of , to try to amend NAFTA….” Canada
September, 2007: "If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?" Obama highlighted the answer "Yes," and elaborated as follows:
McCain accepted public financing and the spending limits. Obama promised to, did not and spent far more than McCain, all raised privately. Fact Checker said: “But none of this alters the fact that he (Obama) has gone back on his word.” (His reversal probably killed public financing for good.)
November 15, 2007. Obama: Lobbyists “will not work in my White House.”
Numerous lobbyists have joined the administration.
December 20, 2007 Obama: "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the
. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent." United States
On March 19, 2011, President Obama unilaterally ordered military attacks on
Libya, a nation that had not recently attacked or threatened the , without any approval by the US Congress. United States
2008: In his debates with them, Senator Obama attacked Senator Hillary Clinton and John Edwards for forcing people to buy health insurance in their health plans, saying his plan didn’t do so.
March, 2010: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (called ObamaCare), required people to buy health insurance or be fined.
2008. Obama’s Tax Plan: “Eliminating Capital Gains Taxes for Entrepreneurs and Investors in Small Business.”
This and many other promises in the plan haven’t been attempted. And probably won’t be.
January 21, 2008: Obama said here and many times the healthcare reform debate would not be held behind closed doors.
When pushing for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (called ObamaCare), almost all meetings were closed to reporters and the public. See this report on C-Span from January 5, 2010:
April 11, 2008 Obama: “We should close
and restore Habeas Corpus.” (Ending military tribunals.) Guantanamo
January 22, 2009 “Obama Signs Order to Close
in a Year” Guantanamo
As of March of 2011, he has restored military trials at
, which will remain open for the foreseeable future. Guantanamo
May 9, 2008 Obama: "I have now been in 57 states, with one left to go."
There are only 50 states.
May 13, 2008 Obama: "We only have a certain number of them (translators) and if they are all in
Iraq, then it’s harder for us to use them in ." Afghanistan
They speak different languages in
Iraq and . Afghanistan
May 18, 2008 Obama: "
Iran, Cuba, ? These countries are tiny compared to the Venezuela Soviet Union. They don't pose any serious threat to us,"
May 19, 2008 Obama: "I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from
is grave.” Iran
May 26, 2008 Obama: "I had a uncle who was one of the, who was part of the first American troops to go into
Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps,"
The Red Army liberated
Auschwitz. Obama said he meant to say a different concentration camp.
June 5, 2008: Obama thinks treatment for asthma is a breathalyzer
The point is, when George Bush or Sarah Palin makes a slip like this, the media piles on about how dumb they are. So why do they think Obama is brilliant?
June 28, 2008. Obama: “My father served in World War II”
Obama’s father and step father were around ten when the war ended. Clearly he meant his grandfather. This is the kind of slip of the tongue that the press plays over and over if Bush or Palin does it.
July 9, 2008. Obama: “Now, I agree that immigrants should learn English. I agree with that. But understand this. Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English — they’ll learn English — you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about, how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language.”
Obama, who speaks only English, was running for President. George Bush, who was president, speaks English and Spanish.
September 12, 2008. Obama: "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,"
The Obama administration raised taxes on smokers and on tanning salons, both regressive taxes which hit the poor hardest. In addition, while he argues that the PP&ACA mandated fine for not buying health insurance is not a “tax,” his Justice Department has argued in court that the government has the authority to do this under its “taxing power.” He also proposed “Cap and Trade” which would “tax” everyone’s energy use, and the PP&ACA has taxes on high end healthcare plans, many held by workers making less than $250,000.
October 7, 2008. Obama: “I am cutting more than I’m spending. So it will be a net spending cut.”
Obama has produced by far the highest budgets and highest deficits in history.
January 6, 2009. Obama: “We are going to ban all earmarks, the process by which individual members insert pet projects without review."
The first spending bill he signed contained 9,000 earmarks.
February 24, 2009. Obama: “And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.”
The first functioning automobile is credited to Karl Benz of
in 1885-6. Germany
March 3, 2009: Obama, today: “On the other hand, what you’re now seeing is profit and earning ratios are starting to get to the point where buying stocks is a potentially good deal if you’ve got a long-term perspective on it.”
Business 101: Price to Earnings Ratios.
March 19, 2009. Obama: My bowling is “"like the Special Olympics or something."
At least one Special Olympian who has bowled three perfect games offered to take him on.
April 4, 2009. Obama: “I don’t know what the term is in Austrian.”
There is no “Austrian” language. They speak German. A guy named Hitler was an Austrian.
April 14, 2009: President Obama says he is “resolved to halt the rise of privacy”
Hopefully he meant “piracy,” though with his big government approach, maybe not.
May 26, 2009. Obama: "They (Supreme Court Justices) are charged with the vital task of applying principles put to paper more than twenty centuries ago."
The Constitution the judges interpret was written just over two centuries ago. Unless he thinks they are supposed to apply principles from the Bible to their rulings?
July 20, 2009: Says His Health Care Plan Will Bring More "Inefficiencies" to the System
Probably speaking the truth by accident.
July 23, 2009: "I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur," Obama told ABC News.
As anyone who took a course in American history knows, Emperor Hirohito did not surrender to MacArthur. Other representatives of the Japanese military and government signed the surrender.
August 12, 2009. Obama: “But if that same diabetic ends up getting their (sic) foot amputated, that's 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 dollars immediately the surgeon is reimbursed.”
Medicare pays a surgeon between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation.
September 9, 2009. Obama: “They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it."
Obama was right that the insurance company canceled the guy’s coverage, but he didn’t die because of it.
January 28, 2010 Obama (the Constitutional Law "Professor"): "We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal...."
It is the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, that says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..."
February 4, 2010. Obama Reads Word "Corpsman" as "Corpse Man" Twice
President Obama was speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast and was telling about a Navy Corpsman who assisted the suffering people of
. But as his head bobbed back and forth between his two teleprompters, he read the word "Corpsman" and pronounced it "Corpse Man" twice. As anyone at all familiar with the military knows, it is pronounced “Core Man”. Unless I served in the US Marine Corpse. Haiti
April 19, 2011 Obama Claims Air Pollution from Coal ‘Creating Asthma for Kids Nearby’
Excerpt: President Barack Obama claimed that coal could create "the kinds of air pollution" that is "creating asthma for kids," in speaking at a town hall event in
, on Tuesday. However, the National Institutes of Health says that “the exact cause of asthma isn’t known” and that “asthma is different for each person.” Annandale, Va.
May 24, 2011 Obama doesn’t know what year it is.
Excerpt: This is how President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier today, where he got a tour from the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall and laid a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. “It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice. Barack Obama 24 May 2008”
June 23, 2011 Obama: I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”
Jared Monti died in service in
, and did in fact receive the medal posthumously. Afghanistan
wasn’t even the GOP’s first Presidential nominee; the first Republican nominee was John C. Fremont in 1856. Lincoln
September 8, 2011 Obama: “We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our
Union. Founder of the Republican Party."
September 23, 2011 Obama hails
's historic building of 'the Intercontinental Railroad' America
Was that the railroad to
France or to ? Even a dumb Texan would know we built the Transcontinental Railroad. China
September 24, 2011 Obama: A billionaire should pay the same tax rate as a Jew.
Slip of the tongue. Again, if Bush did this, you’d never hear the end of it.
I could get started on Joe Biden saying how President Roosevelt went on TV in 1929 to talk to the people, before FDR was President or TV existed in homes, or asking a guy in a wheelchair to stand and be recognized, but it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Still, I can’t resist adding this:
2007. Biden: "The president has no constitutional authority to take this nation to war against a country with 70 million people unless we're attacked or unless there is proof that we're about to be attacked. If he does, I would move to impeach him"
Lucky for Obama
doesn’t have 70 million people, I guess. Libya
Let the Impeachment Hearings begin.
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