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President Obama: If You Like It, I Did It. If Not, I Didn’t. August 10, 2014

Posted by geoff in News.

By now everybody’s heard President Obama’s latest in-your-face prevarication. When asked the question:

“Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq?” the reporter asked. “And does it give you pause as the U.S.–is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?”

He replied:

“What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision,” Obama said, indicating he does not believe it was his decision as commander in chief of U.S. troops in a congressionally authorized action in Iraq to decide whether the troops should stay or leave.

But let’s look at what PolitiFact (no friend to conservatives) said about the President’s 2008 campaign promises almost exactly 6 years ago:

We reviewed Obama’s statements on Iraq from the campaign to try to uncover whether he was backtracking on earlier promises. Iraq was one of the most pressing issues of the Democratic primary campaign, discussed and dissected during more than 20 debates.

We found that Obama has made a few points about Iraq over and over again: that he opposed the war “from the start”; that U.S. troops should leave Iraq quickly and in an orderly fashion (“as careful getting out as we were careless getting in”); and that the United States should not have permanent bases inside Iraq.

They note that his timeframe for leaving Iraq was “about 16 months,” which was repeated on several occasions during his campaign.

Then, during one of his debates with Romney in the 2012 campaign, we heard this exchange:

“With regards to Iraq, you and I agreed, I believe, that there should be a status of forces agreement,” Romney told Obama as the two convened on the Lynn University campus in Boca Raton, Fla., that October evening. “That’s not true,” Obama interjected. “Oh, you didn’t want a status of forces agreement?” Romney asked as an argument ensued. “No,” Obama said. “What I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.”

Since Candy Crowley didn’t enter the debate at that point, we can only assume that she didn’t find anything objectionable in the President’s statement of his position.

So the President told us his plan, executed his plan, bragged about his plan, and defended his plan.

But now it wasn’t his plan.

This man will say anything at any time, regardless of its truth or accuracy. Most of us learn early on that doing that will eventually catch up with you. I can only imagine that he’s been sheltered from the consequences of his lying by the people around him during his formative and professional years. But in his current office he’s a little more exposed.


1. sobek - August 10, 2014

“that will eventually catch up with you.”

I say we punish him by giving him lifetime Secret Service detail, a Presidential Library, and an extremely lucrative lecture circuit career. That’ll learn him.

2. drketedc - August 11, 2014

Why do people find his hokey, juvenile style of speaking charming and eloquent? I can forgive awkwardness but the content is not even illuminating. He’s all about protecting himself but still fails at that.

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