App(lie) in person

Barrack Obama introduced a new campaign ad this past Friday — sort of a warm introduction so that we could get to know the man and his accomplishments a little better. But a weak resume is somewhat like a tuxedo on a scrawny kid… sometimes it needs a little padding to make it work. National Review Online notes a little discrepancy in one of Barry’s bragging points:

About 46 seconds into the ad, we are told that Obama “passed laws” that “extended healthcare for wounded troops who’d been neglected,” and in the usual manner of these political commercials we are given a little citation at the bottom. The citation reads “Public Law 110-181 1/28/08”. That law is the only federal legislation cited in the ad — the other two items mentioned were from the Illinois legislature and referred to other issues raised in the ad.

Public Law 110-181 was the 2008 defense authorization bill. It passed the Senate by 91 to 3 in January, with six Senators not voting. Among those six absentees was Barack Obama. So he cites a bill he didn’t even vote for.

Here’s the actual quote from the ad itself:

“That’s why I passed laws moving people from welfare to work, cut taxes for working families and extended health care for wounded troops who’d been neglected.”

There is a possible loophole here if you read it carefully. Barack only claims to have “passed laws” on the first issue. On the last he doesn’t specifically make that assertion — leaving room for the possibility that he contributed to the bill without actually being present to vote on it. The National Review explores this angle:

Did he contribute to it in some way that might be reasonably referred to as extending healthcare for wounded troops who’d been neglected? It certainly doesn’t seem that way, as even Obama supporters at the Daily Kos discovered when they tried to answer some of the bloggers who pointed to Obama’s citation of the bill. They found that Obama had tried to insert an amendment that had to do with screenings for service members returning from deployments, and one that would ease the discharge of service members found to have personality disorders, but neither amendment passed.

So no matter how you slice it, Obama did not extend health care for wounded troops. Period. Whatever good intentions he may have had with the failed amendment, this is what we call a lie. Padding is just the polite term that is sometimes used.  And it wasn’t an off-the-cuff misstatement, it was part of a carefully scripted introductory monologue that went through who knows how many levels of approval before Barry stamped it with his own. He either doesn’t pay attention to his own scripts or he simply thinks we’re too stupid for it to matter. There is no third choice.

The guy obviously has intelligence but that alone does not make a president. As we saw with Bill Clinton in the 90s and more recently with his actions in Hillary’s campaign, pure arrogance can take off quite a few IQ points. This was the introductory ad, folks. And Barack is the one speaking in it! He had to have known that it was going to be picked apart. Why tell such a blatant lie when it could be so easily checked? Why make an ad that ultimately helps the opposition by painting you as someone who is fast and loose with the facts?

If this is how the ad campaign kicks-off, we eagerly await the subsiquent installments. Bring it on, Barry.


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