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October 31, 2013
Column #1,679
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!
By Mike McManus

President Obama is an incorrigible liar. I have reported in Washington since 1964, and never seen a President lie about so many issues over such a long time.

In 2009 he told the American Medical Association, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.” In 2011 Obama said, “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan.” And during the 2012 Presidential race: “If (you) already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

Even Bill Maher, a liberal political commentator, told CNN’s Piers Morgan “I don’t think Obama should have lied to people.” His repeated promise they could keep their insurance was “a barefaced lie.”

Evidence: 2 million American have gotten letters from their insurers telling them that their policy will be cancelled by January 1. And that’s only the beginning.

NBC News reported that “50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a `cancellation’ letter…over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law.”

What’s even more shocking, the administration generated an estimate in July 2010 “that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them,” according to NBC.

Why did Obama keep saying in dozens of speeches that people could keep their health insurance, when he knew that was not true? He wanted to be re-elected. Simple as that.

As one Washington insider put it, Obama’s lie is “the biggest lie about domestic policy ever uttered by a U.S. President.”

The most famous presidential lies were about misconduct. Nixon said, “I am not a crook.” Bill Clinton famously alleged, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

Obama even claimed that people’s health care premiums would fall $2,500 a year. In fact, Rep. Renee Ellmers told HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that her constituents are writing, “My insurance rate is up 400 percent.” Or another said “127 percent.”

Why? “Men are told they have to have maternity coverage. You are forcing them to buy things they will never need.”

A similar pattern of Obama and his administration lying can be seen in other fields. On Benghazi, “Four Americans died. Obama Lied and the Press Complied,” wrote Bill Flax in Forbes. UN Ambassador Susan Rice repeatedly attributed the attack to a spontaneous protest erupting in response to a heinous YouTube video.

Obama mentioned the movie six times in his own speech to the UN two weeks after credible proof that there had never been any protest in Benghazi before the consulate was torched.

Yet later Obama claimed that he had called the Benghazi attack and assassination an “act of terrorism” from the start. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post awarded the President Four Pinocchios, his highest level of dishonesty recognition for that lie.

Angela Merkel was livid when she learned that her personal phone had been tapped by the National Security Agency, which was recently revealed by documents leaked by Edward Snowden. U.S. officials, speaking with reporters on the condition of anonymity, report that during a personal telephone call with Mrs. Merkel last week, Obama denied having known about it, and said he would have halted it if he had known about it.

That lie didn’t last a week. On Tuesday James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, acknowledged that Obama and other senior White House officials were well aware of U.S. surveillance activity in testimony to the House Select Committee on Intelligence. He said neither the CIA nor NSA can tap into a given leader’s private communication without White House oversight.

According to The Economic Times, an NSA official told a German newspaper that the president “not only did not stop the operation, but he also ordered it to continue.”

Finally consider the IRS scandal last spring. Several hundred conservative groups who tried to get designated as a 501c4 group, which could use half of its contributions for political purposes – were stonewalled from April 2010. None were approved for two years, though the law requires the IRS to give an approval or denial within 270 days.

More alarming, the IRS leaked the confidential 2008 tax return of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to its arch-enemy, the Human Rights Campaign. In March, 2012, HRC published NOM’s tax return containing the identity of dozens of donors, making them targets for gay attacks.

“I first learned about this on Friday,” said Obama a month later.

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.

Is it time for an impeachment investigation?

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