You know that if the New York Times has to call Obama out on a lie it must have been a whopper. I mean a really, really huge and a really, really flagrant lie.
And so, as Mona Charen writes, it was.
The lie is that Obama has cut $2.2 trillion from the national deficit over the next 10 years. He invented this number by assuming that – a full decade from now – American troop levels in Iraq would be unchanged. But of course Bush had already paved the way for troops to come home within 3 years, and so pretending that Obama can take credit for the savings is absurd.
There were so many examples of presidential mendacity on view Wednesday night that I had planned to itemize a few in this column. But since even the New York Times is challenging a number of presidential whoppers — for example, Obama’s assertion that “if we had done nothing, if you had the same old budget as opposed to the changes we made, the deficit over the next ten years would be $2.2 trillion greater” is pure deception. Okay, the Times didn’t use that word, but reporters Peter Baker and Robert Pear did say, “In fact, $1.5 trillion of those ‘savings’ are mainly based on an assumption that the United States would have had as many troops in Iraq in 10 years as it did when Mr. Obama took office. . . . Before he left office, President George W. Bush . . . mandated the withdrawal of all American forces within three years. So Mr. Obama is claiming credit for not spending money that . . . would never have been spent in the first place.”
Congratulations to the New York Times. It’s starting to seem that Professor Slughorn’s antidote to the love potion has worked. If Obama is being that dishonest about the budget deficit numbers, how much can we trust his numbers on the costs of health-care reform?
Wow, even the NYT can’t follow Obama down that path of dishonesty. How much more proof do we need that the Obama charm is wearing off? The mainstream press swore fealty to him because they saw him as validation and salvation all in one. As the myth fades, so will the media’s support.