A Pattern of Obama Non-Truths
Barack Obama came on to the political spotlight as an outsider without a voting record, a recognized position on most issues or other political baggage that often weights down politicians. However, in short order, Obama has managed to demonstrate a pattern of gross exaggerations and mistruths which suggest his overall credibility is suspect.
Obama Flip Flops on Public Financing, June 19, 2008
Non-truth: To demonstrate his commitment to election reform and supression of special interests, Barack Obama promised to stay within the public finance limits if his Republican rival did as well. In 2007 Obama filled out a questionnaire where he vowed to "aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.
Truth: While Obama's rival has agreed to stay within those limits, on June 19, 2008, Obama announced in a video message posted on his website that he was taking an about face from his earlier pledge. Rival John McCain commented, "Today, Barack Obama has revealed himself to be just another typical politician who will do and say whatever is most expedient for Barack Obama." It appears special interests and the money that accompany's special interests have found a limitless home with Barack Obama.
Source: Associated Press
Family Military History, May 26, 2008 (Memorial Day)
Non-truth: While campaigning at Las Cruces, N.M on Memorial Day, Obama stated “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 and the story in our family is that when he came home, he just went up into the attic and he didn’t leave the house for six months, right. Now obviously something had really affected him deeply but at that time there just weren’t the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain.”
Truth: There are two major problems with Obama's tale: Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Army and Obama’s mother was an only child.
Later in the day, RNC Press Secretary Alex Conant commented, “Barack Obama’s dubious claim is inconsistent with world history and demands an explanation. It was Soviet troops that liberated Auschwitz, so unless his uncle was serving in the Red Army, there’s no way Obama’s statement yesterday can be true. Obama’s frequent exaggerations and outright distortions raise questions about his judgment and his readiness to lead as commander in chief.” Obama’s campaign later scrambled to clarify (spin) that the presidential candidate was actually referring to his “great uncle” and that he had confused Auschwitz with another concentration camp.
Sources: Fox and actual Obama vidio on YouTube, May 26, 2008
Spiritual Adviser, April 29, 2008
Non-truth: Obama told reporters and attendees at a news conference that his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was never his spiritual counselor.
“He was never my spiritual mentor. He was my pastor. And to some extent how the press characterized in the past that relationship, I think, was inaccurate,” Obama said.
Truth: Obama's book, the Audacity of Hope, used the spiritual advisor phrase in describing the relationship. Rev. Jeremiah Wright was the person who married Obama to his wife, baptized his children and according to Obama, gave him the spirit and strength for public office. Further, during a June 5, 2007, speech at Hampton University, Obama introduced Mr. Wright by describing him as “the guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me.”
Sources: CQ, Newsmaker Transcripts, Special Events April 29, 2008; “Obama Says White House Ignores ‘Quiet Riot’ Among Blacks,” CBS2Chicago.com, June 5 2007.
Mr. Jeremiah Wright, April 16, 2008
Non-truth: During a March 14 interview with FOX News, Obama said he was never in church when his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made the infamous hate filled sermons during which he proclaimed “God damn America”, asserted that the U.S. brought on the September 11, 2001, attacks with its own “terrorism”, suggested the US government created and manufactured HIV to kill people of color and other hate filled speech directed at white and jewish people.
“None of these statements were ones I had heard myself personally in the pews,” Obama said, calling the sermons “unacceptable and inexcusable.”
Truth: During a March 18 speech Obama said, “Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes.” He added, “The remarks that have caused this recent firestorm were’t simply controversial … they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country.”
Approximately one month later, on April 16, Obama told a group of Jewish leaders in Philadelphia that he “did not become aware of [Wright’s statements] until I started running for president,” implying that he did not hear the remarks while he “sat in church.”
Sources: “Obama Rejects Sermons from Pastor Who Was Like an Uncle,” FOXNews.com, March 14, 2008; “Remarks of Senator Barack Obama, ‘A More Perfect Union’” barackobama.com, March 18, 2008; “Obama Tells Philadelphia Jewish leaders He Would Not Sit Down With Hamas,” Obama speech, report, April 16, 2008.
Selma Voting-Rights March, March 5, 2007
Obama told a largely black audience at a Selma Voting Rights March commemoration that during this historic civil rights event in 1965 “there was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma.”
Non-truth: He said his parents “got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama.”
Truth: Obama was born in 1961 — four years before the 1965 Selma march occurred. He later clarified his remarks, saying, “I meant the whole civil rights movement.”
Sources: “Sen. Obama Delivers Remarks at Selma Voting Rights March Commemoration, Selma, Ala.,” Newsmaker Transcripts, March 4, 2007; “Clinton and Obama Unite, Briefly, in Please to Blacks,” The New York Times, March 5, 2007.
Lobbyist Money, April 12, 2008
Non-truth: During numerous campaign speeches, Obama makes the contention that “I’m the only candidate who doesn’t take money from corporate PACs and lobbyists.”
Truth: Obama has received nearly $14 million from lawyers and lobbyists. In October, Obama raised nearly $125,000 at a fundraising event in the Washington offices of Greenberg Traurig, the law firm that once employed convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and a firm known nationally for its lobbying results.
Obama has sought to draw a distinction between “lawyer advocates” and “lawyer lobbyists,” but some non-partisan experts see that as “a distinction without a difference,” as they both operate as and are funded by special interests.
Sources: “Full Text of Obama’s Speech to the Alliance for American Manufacturing,” Time.com, April 14, 2008; “Obama Draws Fine Line Between Lobbyists, Lawyer Donors,” Newsday, April 12, 2008.
Nuclear Legislation, Dec. 30, 2007
During a campaign speech in Newton, Iowa, Obama touted his sponsorship of a Senate bill that required nuclear power plant owners to notify authorities immediately of all radioactive leaks, no matter how small.
Non-truth: That was “the only nuclear legislation that I’ve passed” he told the crowd.
Truth: Obama had rewritten and softened the bill to ease its passage by removing the language requiring the reporting of leaks. The bill died when it reached the full Senate, and did not pass as he claimed.
Source: “Nuclear Leaks and Response Tested Obama in Senate,” New York Times, February 3, 2008.
Law Professor, March 30, 2008
Non-truth: During a campaign fundraiser in Tallahassee, FL, in March 2007, Obama spoke of his time as a “constitutional law professor” at the University of Chicago, “which means unlike the current president, I actually respect the Constitution.”
Truth: Obama never held a professor position at the University of Chicago. The university said he was an occasional guest lecturer and taught courses to students at the law school, but “did not hold the title of professor of law.”
Sources: “Obama: Bush Fails to Respect the Constitution,” Associated Press, March 30, 2007; “No ‘Professor’ Obama at U. of C,” Chicago Sun-Times, March 30, 2008.
Life Magazine Claims in Obama’s Autobiography, March 25, 2007
In his 1995 autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama cited a copy of Life magazine as having stirred a racial awakening in him.
Non-truth: He wrote that when he was nine years old, living in Indonesia, he flipped through Life magazine and read an article about a black man who had scarred and ruined his skin applying chemicals that promised to make his skin white. “I imagine other black children, then and now, undergoing similar moments of revelation,” he wrote.
Truth: According to Life historians, no article or pictures exist of any such story. When questioned about the mix-up, Obama couldn’t name the specific magazine in which he read the article.
Source: “The Not-So-Simple Story of Barack Obama’s Youth,” Chicago Tribune, March 25, 2007.
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