Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Fact-checking Obama's Toledo speech on auto bailout

I didn't do the leg work, but Glenn Kessler, The Fact Checker, at The Washington Post did. In his column he starts with this:

"With some of the economic indicators looking a bit dicey, President Obama traveled to Ohio last week to tout what the administration considers a good-news story: the rescue of the domestic automobile industry. In fact, he also made it the subject of his weekly radio address.

We take no view on whether the administration’s efforts on behalf of the automobile industry were a good or bad thing; that’s a matter for the editorial pages and eventually the historians. But we are interested in the facts the president cited to make his case.

What we found is one of the most misleading collections of assertions we have seen in a short presidential speech. Virtually every claim by the president regarding the auto industry needs an asterisk, just like the fine print in that too-good-to-be-true car loan.

Let’s look at the claims in the order in which the president said them."

Read the entire analysis and educate yourself about the truth versus the spin.

1 comment:

Mad Jack said...

Nice link Maggie. I'm hardly surprised, but I'll add that The Anointed One is hardly the first US President to prevaricate. Case in point: Who got a Lewinsky in the White House and then fumbled the definition of sexual relations worse than a teenager tackling his first bra strap in the back seat of a Dodge? You have ten seconds...

An even worse crime is that The Anointed One gets away with this crap - for the most part, anyway. Back in the bad old pre-Internet days it's likely he would have gotten away with it scott-free, as authors like Glenn Kessler would never be published, or published six months too late.

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