Obama and allies resort to lying in order to win messaging war

It’s no secret that political candidates and parties often “spin” facts, figures and statements. They promote news stories and polls that bolster their arguments and ignore data that could help their opponents. Spinning information is arguably the most important job of any campaign’s communications director – the spin that is placed on news can make or break elections. As the saying goes, he who frames the issue wins the debate.

Throughout the 2012 general election, however, the Democratic Party’s desire to win the debate has strayed from the expected level of political spin. The Obama 2o12 campaign’s desire to frame the issues has crossed the line from over-the-top election year rhetoric to an appalling disregard for the truth.

Five recent instances in which Obama and friends have skipped the spin and flat out lied immediately come to mind.

First is Florida Rep. and Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s claim that she didn’t know if the people behind pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA were Democrats.

On August 12, Wasserman Shultz said on FOX News Sunday, “I have no idea what the political affiliation is of folks who are associated with that Super PAC.”

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the anti-Romney Super PAC is ran by Democrats, but that’s beside the point. More important is the that it’s common knowledge – especially to the chair of the Democratic Party – that the PAC is ran by two former Obama administration aides, including former White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton.

Backed into a wall, Wasserman Shultz told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien the following day, “Of course I know that the Priorities USA is a Democratic-affiliated Super PAC.”

No one ever doubted Wasserman Shultz knew that Democratic operatives ran the PAC responsible for making the reprehensible ad that suggested GOP nominee Mitt Romney was responsible for a former employee’s wife’s death. At issue was that Wasserman Shultz knowingly lied about the party’s affiliation’s with the ads creators in order to avoid getting the her and the official party’s hands dirty.

The Republican National Committee jumped on Wasserman Shultz’s fib, helping to publicize the incident and forcing her to backtrack. The GOP’s quick action also helped to publicize lies told by Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, about the ad.

Cutter has repeatedly said she did not know the man in the ad and had no knowledge of the former Bain Capital employee’s personal situation before the ad was released. But on May 12, the former employee, Joe Soptic, told the true story of his wife’s death on an Obama For America conference call led by Cutter. Cutter was both aware who Soptic was and that Priorities USA had massaged the truth about his wife’s death in the despicable ad. But like Wasserman Shultz, Cutter chose to lie in order to absolve the Obama campaign of any wrong doing.

The most overlooked lie of the Obama campaign this year also comes from Cutter.

Last Sunday Cutter said on CNN’s State of the Union that the President used the $716 million to Medicare that his healthcare plan achieved in ‘savings’ to extend the life of Medicare. That is absolutely false. The non-partisan government agency responsible for analyzing the financial impact of Congressional legislation and laws – the Congressional Budget Office -  and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) admit that the money harvested from Medicare through waste cutting was used to pay for new programs created by Obamacare, not to extend the life of Medicare as Cutter claimed.

The theory holds that you can tell a lot about a leader by the people he surrounds himself with. It’s no surprise, then, that even the President has misinformed the public about the recent actions of his campaign.

In a rare and unexpected briefing with reporters on Monday President Barack Obama told two boldfaced lies.

First, the President said he was not running a negative campaign, which everyone, including President Obama, knows is not true. By law, candidates have to slap the “I’m so and so and I approve this message” disclaimer on every ad he or she releases.  Furthermore, Obama’s own advisers have admitted that the President personally signed off on those ads. President Obama is fully aware of the attack ads his campaign is running against Romney.

The lie itself isn’t a significant one, but it was coupled with the claim that “nobody accused Romney of being a felon.”  In fact, Stephanie Cutter did say that Romney was either a liar or a felon in a conference call with reporters in July. The President even acknowledged her comment in an interview and refused to apologize to Romney, saying Cutter brought up legitimate questions Romney needed to answer.

Obama’s recent lies, which would have otherwise been the talk of the town this week had the Rep. Todd Akin debacle not stolen the show, are the most disconcerting considering Obama is the sitting President. It’s a sad day when the President of the United States has to resort to lying to win reelection. Obama’s lies, though not Nixonion, are exactly why Americans, and young Americans in particular, are generally apathetic about politics and don’t trust either political party.

As trite as it sounds, President Obama and his campaign are headed down a slippery slope of deceit. They’ve gone from ‘spinning’ to lying, and they don’t seem to recognize the difference anymore.

It’s clear that nothing the Obama campaign or the President says can be trusted on face value at this point.

 

Comments

Comments

  1. wbell says:

    “It’s clear that nothing the Obama campaign or the President says can be trusted on face value at this point”, quote unquote.

    Now Francesca Chambers, that quote of yours solidifies the fact that you are biased, which is your choice, but does no favors in swaying an independent minded individual, such as myself and others. Furthermore, you have made yourself a hypocrite by doing the one thing you are accusing Obama and his campaign of doing ……. Lying. Other than these instances you laid out, I suggest for the most part we can trust all parties involved to tell their own truths of how they see things. This entire article is waisting time talking about unimportant things and taking away from issues that matter. Let me guess ….. You’re a Republican aren’t you. Only worried about yourself and your bottom line.

Polititainment

Boehner traps Behar in headlock

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and libera comedian and talk show host Joy Behar took an unusual selfie over the weekend when the two crossed paths at a restaurant in the Hamptons over the weekend.

Jenner is new face of Rock the Vote
Calling her  “a powerhouse figure among millennials,” Rock the Vote enlisted the help of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star and fashion model Kendall Jenner for National Voter Registration Day. “I’m here in Europe for fashion week, but back in the U.S. it is National Voter Registration Day and I’m using Rock the Vote’s new mobile […]
Stewart talks security at '1600 Jump St'
Jon Stewart brought up the two recent White House security breaches on “The Daily Show” Monday night, seeming both amused and baffled by the entire situation. “Wow! Good thing we don’t treat White House intruders the way we do Cuban refugees because then, when that guy reached the house, put his foot on the ground, […]
Gordon-Levitt eyes Snowden role
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is expected to play Edward Snowden in an Oliver Stone-directed movie about Snowden’s life, Variety reports. “The Snowden Files” would be based on the book about the NSA leaks written by Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, which is considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events. Stone acquired the rights to […]
'Madam Secretary' wants an ideal D.C.
CBS’s new show “Madam Secretary” may be inspired by some of the most polarizing and entrenched political figures in Washington D.C., but the showrunners and cast say they want to portray a less polarizing and negative D.C. on screen. POLITICO’s Playbook Lunch on Friday featured show creator Barbara Hall, executive producers Morgan Freeman and Lori […]

White House

Republicans face stakes of biblical proportions on immigration, Biden says

Vice-President Joe Biden told a crowd celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month that the GOP's direction on immigration reform is of biblical proportions.

Lois Lerner speaks: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’

Former IRS official Lois Lerner has opened up to the public in a lengthy interview with POLITICO.

Michelle Obama says Americans ‘take for granted’ Obama’s presidency
First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband during a speech at the opening reception of the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum, telling the audience that people take her husband “for granted.” “Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today. Think about how our kids take for granted that a […]
Security breaches prompt more White House security
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service tightened security outside the White House after an embarrassing breach in which a man with a knife scaled a fence, ran across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents stopped him. Increased surveillance and more officer patrols are among the measures that Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered. […]
He gaffes again! Biden praises disgraced former Senator Bob Packwood

Ranking Joe Biden gaffes is like running down the deck of the Titanic -- in the end it's just a race to the bottom and no one ever wins. And yet the vice president continues to provide more candidates for his greatest hits.

Congress

Lawmakers take in $608 per hour for time in D.C.
THE HILL – Congress will be in session for only eight days during a 102-day span between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, when lawmakers are set to return for a lame-duck session after the elections. Because the annual salary for members of the House is $174,000, their hourly wage for those eight days amounts to $608 […]
House GOP replaces firm handling Obama suit
THE HILL — House Republicans said they’ve hired new counsel to represent them in their lawsuit against President Obama after their previous lawyer backed out of the case over “political pressure.” They inked a contract on Friday with William A. Burck of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart. The New York Times reported that the GOP’s previous attorney, David Rivkin of […]
Convicted felon running for Congress

Edwin W. Edwards recently spent nine years in prison after being convicted for extorting millions of dollars in exchange for riverboat gambling licenses, and now he's running for office.

Rand Paul: Millennials 'aren't as wedded to party'
Sen. Rand Paul (R – Ky.) seems to have the majority of millennials figured out. The presidential hopeful spoke with The Federalist this week about his foreign policy views and the shift toward libertarian views among millennials. “I think the libertarian influence, the libertarian-ish Republican, the libertarian conservatives in many ways is great for the […]
Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz
POLITICO – Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most. Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two […]