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During the 2008 campaign, President Barack Hussein Obama cited his mother’s experience as a cancer patient trying to get Cigna to pay for treatment for what her insurer said was a pre-existing condition. But it turned out that her correspondence showed that “the 1995 dispute concerned a Cigna disability insurance policy and that her actual health insurer had apparently reimbursed most of her medical expenses without argument.”

In May, 2011, Obama said about the US-Mexico border fence: “Well, that fence is now basically complete.” Only 36.3 miles of the 700 miles of fence has been built. Under Obama, only 4.3 miles of double layer fencing has been built. I don’t think that even the most ardent Obama supporters will say that 36.3 miles constitutes “basically complete,” but I have been wrong before.

On Nov. 10, 2007, Obama said , “I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.” The Obama administration has hired former lobbyist Steve Ricchetti, a registered federal lobbyist for nearly a decade, to serve as counselor to Vice President Joe Biden. In fact, Ricchetti’s firm made millions lobbying on behalf of clients such as Fannie Mae and General Motors, both of which have been recipients of taxpayer-funded bailouts. Although Obama signed an executive order codifying this pledge on his first full day in office, the administration has made use of a loophole in the order that permits waivers for former lobbyists to serve. In some cases, the administration has hired former lobbyists without a waiver. Obama appointed former Raytheon lobbyist William Lynn, who got a top job at the Pentagon.

Obama credited the Selma, AL, march as where his parents first met. One little problem: The Selma march took place on March 7, 1965. Obama was born on August 4, 1961 (or at least that’s the date on the birth certificate he produced). So Obama is lying about when his parents met, or he’s lying about his birth date.

Here is a very short list of lies that he has told over the years, both before and during his presidency.

  • Candidate Obama promised that he would make sure that there was always enough time for the public to read legislation before it was enacted, but he has done exactly the opposite, repeatedly pressing for even faster passage of even longer bills.
  • Candidate Obama claimed that violent radical Bill Ayers was just another guy in his neighborhood, but the record shows that the two had worked closely together.
  • Candidate Obama promised us that CIA personnel involved in the interrogation of terrorists would not be prosecuted, but his administration is now doing exactly that.
  • Obama said that Caterpillar’s CEO had told him that Caterpillar would begin hiring again as a result of the stimulus bill, but the CEO immediately announced that he had said no such thing, that Caterpillar would in fact be laying off more workers.
  • Obama assured us that his health plan would never ration care, or “pull the plug” on grandma, but the legislation he backs sets up panels to make crucial decisions on when to withhold care, and it makes such deep cuts in Medicare that rationing is inevitable.
  • Obama, in order to obtain passage of his first stimulus bill, assured us that 90 percent of the jobs created would be in the private sector, but as he well knew, most of them were to be in the public sector.

If it can conclusively be demonstrated that Obama lies, how can we believe anyhting he says? How do we know, when he opens his mouth, whether he is telling the truth or lying? Is there some truth/lie indicator that only liberals/progressives can see, that conservatives cannot see? Or do we need waivers? For all of you who say that all politicians lie, that excuse does not, in any way, permit lying.

But that’s just my opinion.

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  • El Bicho

    “Obama credited the Selma, AL, march as where his parents first met.”

    One little problem: he didn’t say they met at the march nor does the site you link say that’s what he said.

    Since it has been conclusively demonstrated (again)that Warren lies, how can we believe anything he writes?

  • Dr Hussein Dreadful

    Politicians LIE???!!! Who knew???

    Warren will be telling us that Texas is big next.

  • Jet Gardner

    Republicans railing against big-money corporations is the ultimate in hypocrisy.

    You’ve lost what little credibility you have. At least when I write an article, I base it on quotes and reliable facts with credible links, not on slanted opinion polls from right-wing websites and Limbaugh-style innuendo.

    You’re being laughed at Warren.
    You’re being laughed at.

  • Jet Gardner

    By the way the constant use of “Hussein” goes a long way towards your credibility, and any fair-minded reader knows it and stops reading the moment they see it, because they automatically know what’s coming…

    …slanted, misleading and at times ridiculous muck-raking that just barely makes sense. The only people that would believe this drivvel are already convinced.

    You’re preaching to a choir that already drank the koolaid, Warren.

    My concern is that your dragging BC’s political credibility down with it on the grounds of the first amendment.

  • Jet Gardner

    Have you considered writing under the name
    Warren “Whose sane?” Beatty?

  • Cannonshop

    Water’s wet, Rain comes down from clouds, people have secrets and Politicians lie.

    Dog bites man, Warren.

  • Jet Hussein Gardner

    Under republican President Eisenhower anyone who made $400.000+ was taxed at 91%

    Democratic president Kennedy was assassinated before he could effect tax rates.

    Under Democratic President Johnson anyone who made $400,000+ dropped to 77% and it later dropped to 70% under his administration.

    Under Republican president Richard Nixon the threshold was lowered by half and anyone who made $200,000+ paid 77% and later dropped to 70%

    Under Republican President Ford and Democrat Jimmy Carter it stayed at 70% for anyone who made $200,000+

    Under Republican President Ronald Reagon the tax rate dropped to 50% but at the same time he rose the tax rates of millions of Americans by lowering the threshold of the top bracket from $212,000 down to $29,750.

    Under Republican President Bush I, anyone making $82,000+ got a cut in rates down to 28%

    Under Democrat President Bill Clinton anyone making over $86,150+ paid 39.6%. He succeeded in giving some relief to the upper middle class by raising the upper tax bracket to $250,000+ who only paid 39.6% and that bracket was raised giving more relief by being raised to $288,350.

    Republican George Bush II stayed steady at 39.6% and went lower to 35%

    Republican Barack “Hussein” Obama has stayed steady at 35%

    Eisenhower (R) 91%
    Kennedy/Johnson (D) 77%
    Nixon (R) 77-71%
    Ford (R) 70%
    Carter (D) 70%
    Reagan (R) 50%
    Bush I (R) 28%
    Clinton (D) 39.6%
    Bush II (R) 39.6% – 35%
    Hussein (D) 35%

    Tell me again exactly what the Republican’t are whining about?

  • Jet Hussein Gardner

    Obama was born on August 4, 1961, at Kapi?olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital (now Kapi?olani Medical Center for Women and Children) in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the first President to have been born in Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and was of mostly English ancestry, along with Scottish, Irish, German, and Swiss.

    His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya. Obama’s parents met in 1960 in a Russian class at the University of Hawai?i at M?noa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship. The couple married on February 2, 1961, separated when Obama Sr. went to Harvard University on scholarship, and divorced in 1964. Obama Sr. remarried and returned to Kenya, visiting Barack in Hawaii only once, in 1971. He died in an automobile accident in 1982.

    After her divorce, Dunham married Indonesian Lolo Soetoro, who was attending college in Hawaii. When Suharto, a military leader in Soetoro’s home country, came to power in 1967, all Indonesian students studying abroad were recalled, and the family moved to the Menteng neighborhood of Jakarta. From ages six to ten, Obama attended local schools in Jakarta, including Besuki Public School and St. Francis of Assisi School.

    In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Armour Dunham, and with the aid of a scholarship attended Punahou School, a private college preparatory school, from fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979. Obama’s mother returned to Hawaii in 1972, remaining there until 1977 when she went back to Indonesia to work as an anthropological field worker. She finally returned to Hawaii in 1994 and lived there for one year before dying of ovarian cancer.

  • Jet Gardner

    Do you really believe that no president before Obama had wall street bankers as advisors?

    I suppose Romney is only going to hire Alabama local general store managers and Evangelical Southern Baptist priests to pray away our economic woes as advisors?

    Just exactly how much of that koolaid did you swallow you poor man?

  • Jet Gardner

    I find it appropriate that the website he sites on Obama’s parents is entitled “Hot Air”

  • El Bicho

    “Only 36.3 miles of the 700 miles of fence has been built. Under Obama, only 4.3 miles of double layer fencing has been built. I don’t think that even the most ardent Obama supporters will say that 36.3 miles constitutes “basically complete,” but I have been wrong before.”

    I agree. You have been wrong before and this time is no different. There’s 652 miles of fencing (99.5 percent) completed, which includes 299 miles of vehicle barriers and 350 miles of pedestrian fence. It’s funny (or lame) how you switch to referring to double layer fencing, which DHS determined they didn’t need at all locations.

    Twice in one article it has been conclusively demonstrated that Warren lies, so how can we believe anything he writes?

  • Jet Gardner

    Drat E.B. you beat me to it while I was researching it… I’m wearing out my secret liberal decoder ring trying to translate this silly article.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Warren did NOT lie. He has told not a single lie in this or any other article he’s submitted.

    Why? Because no matter how easily disproven it is, he really believes this stuff – and if he believes it, then he’s not lying. He’s simply wrong. So the real question is, why does Warren believe this claptrap when it’s so easily disproven?

    It’s simple prejudice.

    Note that I’m not saying prejudice against color (thought I’ve got my strong suspicions since Warren knows the MS Delta very well). I’m referring to the prejudicial mindset. Someone with a prejudicial mindset has a tendency to believe most stories that they run across as long as it fits the prejudicial paradigm – the mental echo chamber, if you will – that defines his or her personality.

    In other words, these “news stories” sounded quite reasonable to Warren since they fit his personal prejudicial paradigm, and so he really, truly does believe them.

    Which means he didn’t lie. Warren told not a single lie in this article. He put out information that was almost entirely incorrect and quickly proven false, but he didn’t lie…because he really believed every single word of it.

  • Dr Dreadful

    Well, I’m no expert but I flew along the border for some considerable distance on a flight from San Diego to Houston a couple of weeks ago and it certainly looked like more than 36.3 miles.

  • El Bicho

    “Warren did NOT lie. He has told not a single lie in this or any other article he’s submitted.”

    Apparently you don’t know all the definitions of the word, Glenn.

    Lie (intransitive verb): to express what is false; convey a false impression.

    Looks like Warren’s not alone.

  • Warren Beatty

    Re: comment # 1: EB,

    (1) I congratulate you for focusing on the topic of my article.

    (2) Here is an excerpt from the speech that Obama gave: “This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to this country. He met this woman whose great great-great-great-grandfather had owned slaves; but she had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided that we know that the world as it has been it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child. There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, 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. Don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama.” Kinda puta a hole in your argument. Besides, my article was about Obama’s demonstrable lies, not when his parents met.

    Re: comment # 4, Jet, you say, “My concern is that your dragging BC’s political credibility down with it on the grounds of the first amendment.” If you are concerned, I look for you to start your own web site, then reject my articles. Isn’t freedom wonderful?

    Re: comment # 7, 8, and 9, Jet, what does what you say have to do with my article?

    Re: comment # 11, EB, whether or not the fence is warrented is NOT the point. Obama himself said “Well, that fence is now basically complete.” Does “basically” mean 5%? If so, then I will love to do business with you. I say, “I don’t think that even the most ardent Obama supporters will say that 36.3 miles constitutes “basically complete,” but I have been wrong before.” Let’s suppose (for illistration) that you contract with me to do a specific job for you. If I complete only 5% of that job, then say it’s “basically complete,” will you be happy with me? Probably not, but I have been wrong before.

    Re: comment # 13, Glenn, you say, “It’s simple prejudice.” You are correct! I am quite predudiced when it comes to someone who tells demonstrable lies, uh, untruths.

    You say, “…why does Warren believe this claptrap when it’s so easily disproven?” You further say, “He put out information that was almost entirely incorrect and quickly proven false, ….” OK, Glenn (or anyone), disprove me. And please offer more than opinions.

    Re: comment # 14, Doc, refer to above about comment # 11.

  • Jet Gardner

    Can a person whose delusional lie? Can a person who is delusional tell the truth?

  • Dr Hussein Dreadful

    That definition’s rather loose, El B.

    More precisely, a lie is when you say something knowing it to be false, intending that your audience believes it to be true.

    For example, a parent who tells their child that the Tooth Fairy exists is lying (albeit innocuously). A parent who tells their child that God exists is not (unless they don’t believe in God themselves).

    Warren may be lying, but that’s impossible to prove without an admission from the man himself.

    His work does exhibit a stark lack of intellectual integrity (specifically, cherry-picking certain points that support his argument while ignoring those that don’t), but that’s just a bad habit he’s picked up somewhere along the way, as have many politicians and people who discuss politics.

  • Jet Gardner

    See guys, I was right it’s the Maher bubble! He explained to you that that wall is actually there’s 652 miles of fencing (99.5 percent) completed, which includes 299 miles of vehicle barriers and 350 miles of pedestrian fence.

    Facts go into that bubble but they don’t come out!

    I feel so sorry for you.

  • Dr Hussein Dreadful

    In a nutshell, the fence is basically complete, as Obama says – it’s just not the double-layered, commando-patrolled, electrified, nuclear-armed, gold-plated fence with signs all the way along it saying “Ha ha, we’re on this side, you’re not, nyah nyah nyah-nyah nyah” that GOP lawmakers wanted.

    The law was amended the year after it was passed (under the Bush administration) so as to release the DHS from the requirement to build the double-layered fence in areas where it wasn’t necessary (it wouldn’t make sense, for example, to build it along the top of a half-mile-deep, sheer-sided canyon).

    Politifact gives the claim a “Mostly False” rating, primarily because the “completed” fence isn’t the fence Republicans thought they were buying.

  • Jet Gardner

    The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2006, but it was only partially funded, leaving the Obama administration to pay for the rest of it.

    The signing of the bill comes right after a CNN poll shows us that most Americans “prefer the idea of more Border Patrol agents to a 700-mile (1,125-kilometer) fence.” There is a only a down payment of $1.2 billion to the Department of Homeland Security marked for border security, but not specifically for the border fence.

    Rick Perry, governor of Texas, expressed his opposition saying that instead of closing the border it should be opened more and through technology support legal and safe migration. The barrier expansion has also been opposed by a unanimous vote of the Laredo, Texas City Council. Laredo’s Mayor, Raul G. Salinas, is concerned about defending his town’s people by saying that the Bill which includes miles of border wall would devastate Laredo. He states “these are people that are sustaining our economy by forty percent, and I am gonna close the door on them and put [up] a wall? You don’t do that. It’s like a slap in the face.” He hopes that Congress would revise the Bill that better reflects the realities of life on the border.

    There are no plans to build border fence in Laredo at this time.

    As of January 2010, the fence project has been completed from San Diego, California to Yuma, Arizona. From there it continues into Texas and consists of a fence that is 21 feet (6.4 m) tall and 6 feet (1.8 m) deep in the ground, cemented in a 3-foot (0.91 m)-wide trench with 5000 psi (UK/Éire:345 bar; 352 kg/cm²) concrete.

  • Jet Gardner

    It’s the Maher bubble effect. He reads the first sentence and if it can’t be attributed to Rush Limpbaugh, his mind doesn’t see the words on the page and he doesn’t read it!

    As for me starting my own political website, you obviously haven’t clicked my name which takes you directly to it.


  • Glenn Contrarian

    Warren –

    Looks like y’all did the “Shirley Sherrod” thing again. Y’all focused on one part of Obama’s speech which made it look like he lied, yet ignored the rest of his speech which made it clear that he was telling the truth. Why? Because this article makes it clear that President Hussein Obama wasn’t simply referring to the march across the Selma bridge, but to the entire civil rights movement including the Rosa Parks bus incident that happened in 1955! It’s the same selective editing that Breitbart used to get Shirley Sherrod in trouble…and did the Rabid Right do anything about Breitbart when it became clear that he selectively edited her speech to make it look like she was racist, when her speech CLEARLY showed otherwise? Did we see articles from major names on the Right denouncing Breitbart’s obvious dishonest? No. Because the Rabid Right didn’t care about the truth. They only cared about what fit with their prejudices.

    You’re not to blame, Warren – you simply believed what you were told, and you didn’t dig to find out if there was anything wrong with what you were told. But why should you dig? After all, it all fit with your personal prejudice and it sounded right, so why should you consider wasting a moment verifying the right-wing echo chamber’s claims?

  • Glenn Contrarian

    El B –

    When a four year-old child says that two plus two equals five because she really thinks that two plus two equals five, is that four year-old child lying? Are you going to tell her “you’re lying”?

    Or are you going tell her, “no, nice try, but this is how it works….”?

  • El Bicho

    1) When you include lies in your article, it’s easy to stay on topic.

    2) What do you think that accomplished other than proving you failed to make your point? Is your writing knowledge really so poor that you don’t understand symbolism or metaphors? Considering this article doesn’t have an introduction and your previous, I wouldn’t be surprised.

    One of your “demonstrable” lies was when Obama’s parents met. Not sure how you separate the two, but then I am not sure how you come up with a lot of the things you do.

    Your response to #11 demonstrates that your dislike of Obama is so intense you won’t let the truth get in the way of your delusions. Obama was correct and you are wrong.

    From Politifact: “Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, proposed an amendment to give DHS the discretion to decide what type of fence was appropriate in different areas. The law was amended to read, ‘nothing in this paragraph shall require the Secretary of Homeland Security to install fencing, physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors in a particular location along an international border of the United States, if the Secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operational control over the international border at such location.’

    In other words, Border Patrol would have the leeway to decide which type of fencing was appropriate in various regions.”

    You want to argue about the amount of double-layer fencing DHS chose, that’s one issue. To say the fence is incomplete is a demonstrable lie.

    Doc, if you have a problem with that definition of “lie”, feel free to take it up with Merriam-Webster.

    Glenn, I know Warren’s diminished capabilities may make it seem like it, but he’s not a four-year-old child, though I see how you would make that mistake.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    El B –

    The reason the four year-old child is wrong – but did not lie – is from ignorance.

    The reason Warren did not lie is because his prejudicial mindset is preventing him from seeing the falsehood.

    Understand, El B, that I’m not being complimentary towards Warren in the least. I’m telling you that just like I really believed all the prejudicial stuff when I was growing up racist and that it was the prejudice that blinded me from seeing reality, it’s the same with Warren. He really believes what he says. Down deep in his guts he just knows it’s true despite all the evidence we’ve shown him to the contrary.

    No, I’m not being complimentary at all, nor am I giving him an excuse. One he takes off the crap-colored glasses of prejudice, then he’ll see clearly. Then he will see the reality of the fiction he’s been including in his articles.

    But that will not happen as long as the prejudicial paradigm colors his perception.

  • Jet Gardner

    Um maybe not a “lie”,but in a court of law it’d certainly be perjury. (falsely misleading testimony)

  • Clavos

    But in the court of reality, he’s merely exercising his right to free speech.

    Nowhere in the Bill of Rights is the veracity of one’s free speech discussed.

    And Glenn, where did you get your psychology degree?

  • Jet Gardner

    Well Clavos, some believe that if you tell a lie enough times it becomes the truth, Just like if you yell FIRE in a theater.

    Did it occur to you that Warren’s misrepresentation of the truth could be used as a link reference to another article on other websites?

    …effectively downgrading BlogCritics as a reliable source of information.

  • Clavos

    …effectively downgrading BlogCritics as a reliable source of information.

    Blogcritics has never positioned itself as such; it is a critics venue (especially in the arts and politics sections), As such, it presents opinions which may or may not be factual, but which, are not necessarily intended to be sources of information per se.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clavos –

    And Glenn, where did you get your psychology degree?

    Ask any retired military person the same thing. And before you take offense at that, you have to bear in mind that those who spent a couple decades in the military had a very different supervisory experience than anything found in the civilian world with the possible exception of that found in the police.

    Clavos, I supervised well over a hundred sailors over the years, most of whom depended on me at one point or another to help and guide them with their careers – and part of my responsibility was to know what was going on with them not only at work, but at home, too. If they got into trouble in the civilian community, I was responsible for knowing about it. If they were in deep financial trouble, I was expected to know. If there were spousal abuse problems, I was expected to know. We are responsible for our subordinates 24/7/365.

    And that’s life as a supervisor in the military…and that’s why (generally speaking) we tend to have a clue about psychology – and that’s why those of us with degrees (I don’t have one) are sought out to be teachers after we retire. After all, we’ve just spent twenty years teaching teenagers and helping them to grow up. Most – not all, but most – retired military have a wealth of experience dealing with people that is simply not found in the civilian world. What’s more, while those who spend four or six or even eight years in might start to get a clue, might have some small understanding, most of them still will not have the deeper understanding that comes with a couple decades in uniform.

    All this is NOT to say that I know everything about psychology or that I know as much as you do. You may well know quite a bit more about psychology than I do. I’m just saying that I’ve got a lot of experience that isn’t easily found in the civilian world. I could be stupidly wrong about Warren in #26 above. I’ve been wrong before – I’m quite human. But it would be a real mistake to dismiss what I say about a psychological matter simply on the grounds that I don’t have a degree.

    I know all that will probably offend you and some others here, but simply that’s the way it is. I’m sorry, but you’ve either been there, done that, got the t-shirt…or you haven’t.

  • Jet Gardner

    Hmmm perhaps someday I’ll put that last paragraph to the test Clavos, since integrity no longer seems to be an issue on this website…

    …which is why I left for so long and recently came back thinking things changed.

    silly me.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Warren –

    I found it! I mean, I found out why the world just doesn’t seem right to you!


  • Clavos

    since integrity no longer seems to be an issue on this website…

    Jet, there’s a vast difference between integrity and reliable information. In keeping with the First Amendment, BC does not dictate what its writers (or anyone) must think or what positions they must advocate in their articles, and because the articles are opinion pieces, their veracity or lack thereof can be and usually is open to interpretation, but opinion is not an issue of integrity.

    As the old saying goes, “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.”

    If you choose to write something totally untrue, it will probably be published unless it is slanderous, libelous or in some other way demonstrably harmful to others. However, the denizens of the comments section will most assuredly be on you like white on rice to prove you wrong.

  • Clavos

    I know all that will probably offend you…

    No Glenn, I’m not at all offended, but I do take with a large grain of salt much of your pontificating; especially as regards other people’s psychological states and motivations.

  • roger nowosielski

    Forgot to include the person’s own psychological states and motivations, so as to come full circle.

    Now we have a closure.

  • roger nowosielski

    Actually, Jordan said it best. No one masturbates better in public than Glenn.

  • El Bicho

    Don’t sell yourself short, Rog. Considering the way you used to dominate the top commenters list, hard to believe anyone could compete with you as someone in love with seeing their own words spread about

  • zingzing

    frankly, we’re all pretty good at it. that’s basically what this is about, right? the internet, i mean.

  • Jordan Palin Richardson

    Pass the tissues.

  • Jet Gardner

    Basically I’m just doing this to aggravate Roger who used to constantly rag at me that I only commented on my own articles and never particaped in anyone elses.

    …be careful what you wish for kid.

    Beside most people here ignore me anyway.

  • roger nowosielski

    Still do, my man, still do. Part XII is coming off the press.

  • roger nowosielski

    Why would you aggravate me, Jetski? It’s been long since I have seen BC as anything other than entertainment.

  • zingzing

    whatever else did you mistake it for, roger?

  • Jet Gardner

    A woman’s point of view concerning Boahrahk Huuusein Obomama0

    Guess if you can guess where she’s from, and who she might be a relative of?