18 Crazy Right-Wing Myths About Obama, Debunked

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Obama has done more to unite this nation than any president since Lincoln. But look at the lying racists, gun nuts, and hypocrites he’s up against. Meme by Elisabeth Parker for AI.

Someone took the time to compile this list and I wanted to share it…(H/t: DB)

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1) Obama takes too many vacations.

 FACT: As of August 16th of 2013, Obama had taken 92 days of vacation vs 367 for George W. Bush.

2) Obama has divided the nation.

FACT: Obama has done more to unite this nation than any president since Lincoln. But he’s up against a phalanx of 21st Century separatists, racists and neo-fascists, some of whom have openly proposed seceding. Here… let me hold that door for you. Besides; who’s dividing the Republican party into right wing and ultra-far right wings? Is Obama doing that too? Nope. Look in a mirror Teabigots.

3) Obama’s policies are bankrupting America.

FACT: Reagan added $1.9 trillion to the debt. Bush Sr. added an additional $1.5. Clinton added $1.4. Dubbya added $6.1. Obama has added less than $3.0, the bulk of which was to offset the effects of the Bush recession. Who holds that debt? China; $1.2 trillion. Japan; $900 billion. The Fed; $1.6 trillion. The public; $3.6 trillion. Government trusts; $1.9 trillion. Social Security; $2.7 trillion. So nice try, but no Kewpie doll for you

4) Obama’s a socialist.

 FACT: Hardly. Obama’s economic and social policies are to the right of Kennedy’s, Eisenhower’s, Nixon’s, and even some of Reagan’s. If Obama’s a socialist, then Eisenhower, who had a 91% top tax rate, was a Republican Marxist.

5) Obama lied about keeping your present healthcare insurance.

FACT: Lying and being wrong are two different things. Obama turned out to be wrong, but he didn’t lie. He appeared before the cameras 28 times, repeating the exact same words — “If you like your present policy, you can keep it,” knowing full well he was being recorded each time. If you believe any president would deliberately set himself up like that, then Fox News is indeed the place for you.

6) Obama’s weak on foreign policy.

FACT: Osama bin Laden, the man who murdered 3,000+ Americans on 9/11 is dead. Muammar Khaddafi, the man who blew 300+ Americans out of the sky is dead. More al Qaeda terrorists were taken out under just Obama’s first three years than during the entire 8 years of Bush’s “War on Terrorism,” where we somehow managed to wind up in Iraq; a country that offered asylum to zero terrorists. ‘Nuff said.

7) Obama has taken sides with the Arabs against Israel.

FACT: “I think that from my point of view as defense minister they (American/Israeli relations) are extremely good, extremely deep and profound. I can see long years, um, administrations of both sides of political aisle deeply supporting the state of Israel and I believe that reflects a profound feeling among the American people. But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past. In terms of the support for our security, the cooperation of our intelligence, the sharing of sorts in a very open way even when there are differences which are not simple sometimes, I’ve found their support for our defense very stable.” ~ Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister of Israel

But what would he know?

8) America is less safe under Obama than ever before. FACT:

3,000 Americans killed by al Qaeda on 9/11, when George W. Bush was president. Zero successful al Qaeda attacks on America under Obama. Do the math.

9) Benghazi is Obama’s 9/11.

FACT: There were 13 attacks on American embassies during the Bush years, resulting in some 100 deaths. But Fox News and their reich-wing cohorts has never mentioned them. Benghazi is something that happened to us, not something the administration did. I’m sorry you haven’t gotten the memo, but Benghazi is just another Fox non-story. Same with the IRS “scandal.”

10) ObamaCare is Obama’s 9/11.

 See #9.

11) Sandy Hook was Obama’s 9/11.

See a shrink.

12) Solyndra!

FACT: Solyndra was a $500 million loan that didn’t pay off. How much is $500 million? That’s how much the Bush administration spent every 18 hours on the Iraq War for five years – an expense no Republican ever complains about. And what was our reward? 4,500 Americans killed, at least 100,000 Iraqis killed, another 2 million Iraqis driven from their homes, the emergence of the Shia awakening, and our reputation in a shambles. Thanks Republicans. And you’re upset about half a billion spent on Solyndra.

13) Iraq is falling to al Qaeda due to Obama’s policies.

FACT: Had we not invaded Iraq in the first place, a war Obama opposed 12 years ago, we wouldn’t be seeing Falluja falling to al Qaeda. And who was it that wrote the timetable for our Iraq exit two years ago? Oh, yeah; the Bush administration. You might just as well blame Obama for Bush’s recession. Oh, wait — you do that too!

14) Obama’s policies are anti-business.

FACT: The Dow Jones when Clinton entered office in January 1993 was at 3,300. When he left office in January 2001: 10,662. Dow Jones when Bush left office in January 2009: 9,034. Dow Jones today: 16,437. The Dow has more than doubled in just the first five years of the Obama administration. Yes…. Businessmen just hate that.

15) Obama’s policies have resulted in massive unemployment.

FACT: When George W. Bush stumbled into office in January 2001, he inherited a 4.3% unemployment rate from Bill Clinton. When he left office 8 years later, the unemployment rate was 9.7% and rising fast. As of today, that number is 6.7%, no thanks to the Republicans in Congress who’ve done everything within their power to sabotage the recovery.

During the eight years under George W. Bush, his policies created just 1 million jobs (with another 2 million in the military). Since Barack Obama was sworn in five years ago, 7.6 million jobs have been created, and there are still three years left in his term. So, nice try.

16) Fast & Furious.

FACT: Another poorly conceived program left over from the Bush administration that the GOP is trying to pin on Obama. Move along.

17) Liberals always try to deflect from Obama’s record by bringing up Bush.

FACT: Wrong-o, Bozo. We just like to rub your noses in your hypocrisy. By intentionally ignoring, or even lying about Bush’s record and focusing instead on the above Fox News lies, you’ve liberated yourselves once again from those pesky facts. So it’s become incumbent upon us to set the record straight. To the contrary, conservatives are always trying to deflect from the failures of the Bush years by telling the aforementioned lies.

18) The deficit has skyrocketed under Obama.

FACT: The budget was balanced when Clinton left office in 2001 (in fact, he left Dubbya with a $300,000,000,000 surplus).

Eight years later, Bush left Obama with a $1,413,000,000,000 deficit and a 9.8% deficit/GDP ratio. Most of which was due to Bush’s deficit-spending on the Iraq War, Medicare Part D and the two tax cuts that largely went to the wealthy.

“Remember what Reagan taught us. Deficits don’t matter.” ~ Dick Cheney.

Since Obama’s election:

  • 2010 — $1,294,000,000,000 8.7% deficit/GDP
  • 2011 — $1,300,000,000,000 8.4% deficit/GDP
  • 2012 — $1,087,000,000,000 6.8% deficit/GDP
  • 2013 — $680,000,000,000 4.1% deficit/GDP
  • 2014 — $560,000,000,000 3.3% deficit/GDP

See a pattern developing? Furthermore, the United States is now producing more oil than we import. Our overall trade deficit is at a four year low, as imported oil continues to decline. GM, Ford and Chrysler are all chugging along nicely, no thanks to a unified Republican/Teabigot party, who were eager to sacrifice 2 million American jobs on their altar of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

The trade gap has fallen 12.9% to $34.3 billion as Obama’s policies have made American products and services more available abroad, while Americans are increasingly buying more domestic products. The trade imbalance is now lower than at any time since the beginning of the recession, and the offshoring of American jobs has (finally) slowed to a trickle.

Our trade gap with China is down 6.7% (largely based on their taste for American cars — see above), our trade gap with Japan is down 8.4% and our trade gap with the European Union has dropped a whopping 29.4%.

Are things perfect? No. There’s still much to be done. But the rumors of Barack Obama’s “failures” have been greatly exaggerated, and it’s time to call these talking points what they are… lies. This president will go down in history as a man who achieved some amazing accomplishments, especially considering the unified opposition he’s had to endure since Day One.

So there you have it Fox News “patriots,” all your talking points shot to hell in one FACT-based document. How do you like them apples, bitches?

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  1. An ex-friend called me last week to try and patch things up and she started the same old insane malarkey about Obama:

    “Obama plans to take over and become king of the US so he can rule forever. He’s gonna take our guns and he has already secretly bought millions of plastic coffins to put us in. Then he is gonna make slaves out of the rest of us!”

    I kid you not; she was as serious as a heart attack. The sad thing is that she is not the only person that believes these cock-in-bull stories. THIS is why we can not be friends. :(

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    1. When I see those kinds of comments after news stories that appear on Drudge and the like I tend to think they are deliberate over the top statements made mostly to entertain or to inflame the reader. So when I hear an account from someone who knows somebody who actually believes that stuff I have to admit it makes me quite curious. Would you consider that person to be otherwise intelligent? Do you think those views are hers alone or was she influenced by a husband, father, brother – some male figure? Do you know who she voted for in the last two presidential elections? Has she given you any indication that racism drives her thinking? Is she a hard and fast Republican who would not consider voting for Hillary in the next election? Does she think Obama is anti-woman? Is she wealthier than the average woman?

      I could go on and on but I would be interested in your answers just for educational purposes. I’m still trying to get to the bottom of what is really bugging people like your ex-friend. I hope you don’t consider this an intrusion. It’s not like I know who she is and I don’t know who else to ask.

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      1. She is a complete redneck. We became friends in 6th grade and were friends until late last year. She and her husband are long-haul truckers and they talk on the CB radio the trip out and back which takes a week, then they are home two days and go out again.

        Last year on Father’s Day people posted these wonderful pictures of their fathers and husbands on Facebook. Then my friend posted a picture of her husband… he was bare chested and potbellied holding a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. I made a comment, “You can tell so-and-so is from North Carolina!” That’s when she unfriended me on the advice of another redneck friend. A short time later our friendship completely fell apart.

        Her intelligence: She is good at simple math, she does all the record keeping and does most of the driving on their truck-driving team. She does have what most anyone will call ‘inappropriate behavior.’ She unintentionally makes people uncomfortable with reason. A short time after the search was gearing up to get Bin Laden, she came up to visit me. She wore Bin Laden T-Shirts with bulls eyes and such… they were disgusting. I refused to be seen with her in public unless she changed her shirt. That wasn’t all… we drove up to a well-known university to see a museum and she actually hung out the window of my car and yelled about “rag heads and Mexicans” when she saw people with Hispanic and Muslim features and dress. I am not now and never been prejudiced against any race, religion, economic status or anything else. I had to make her stop swearing since every sentence has something in it.

        Trucking: I believe this is part of the problem. Truckers talk trash all the time while they are on the road. The only thing is that when most truckers get home, they can stop the stupid behavior — she can’t stop. Intellectually, she misses all those societal cues that normal people get.

        The husband: He is/was a gunsmith – and at some point he became a convicted felon. He has built up an arsenal that could supply a small third-world country. He is not even supposed to be owning a gun with his conviction but she says they are working on getting that “changed.”

        Voting: She is one of those folks who love to moan and groan about the government, taxes, doctor bills, etc. Until last year neither she or her husband voted. She asked me a question about politics and I told her who I was voting for and why. She decided she was going to register as “whatever Obama is not.” She posted about 30 vile, hate-filled posters on Facebook and I made her take it down. (Before Father’s Day) At this point, I believe she and others like her and her husband would vote for any old white man that ran just to vote opposite of a black man. (I vote based on issues and ideals.)

        When she was a teenager she had a difficult time making friends. I was a person who defended others and she needed a friend. I can’t begin to tell you the absolute hell she went through as a child. Her mother beat her for no reason. Her older brother raped her repeatedly and when her mother walked in on one event, she beat her, not the brother. She had to do all the housework and cooking on weekdays since her mother worked. She had no friends and her mother would not allow me to be her friend or talk on the phone. Her life was truly hell and there was no getting away from it. She eventually ran away, got pregnant by a druggie who died shortly thereafter. She carries a lot of damage from the abuse heaped on her from at least the 6th grade (She is 61 now).

        North Carolina: NC is in desperate economical shape. To make it short, the politicians in NC have told everyone that all the problems are Obama’s fault. They are mostly uneducated or the type to believe anything they are told by a man in a suit with a slick tongue. My oldest daughter lives there and she does not speak to me either because her insurance company boss told her that the ACA was going to cause people within the company to lose their job. She is an office manager, and she still believes the lies.

        Does that give you some of the answers you were looking for? My friend and her husband actually believe all the things I put in my reply. She really believes it! Any other questions?

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      2. Wow! I mean wow! Talk about educational!. Let me re-read this and think about it. Right now, let me say I sincerely appreciate your willingness to indulge me and give me this kind of insight. I think this info might support some of my theories. But let me think about it.

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    2. Okay. I re-read it it thought about it a little bit preliminarily. And please don’t think I’m being presumptuous by giving you my two cents worth. But preliminarily just let me say I don’t have any friends who I’ve known since 6th grade so I think that’s really cool. And she does have your ear, as do you hers. So if there is any possibility that you might be able to sow the seeds of doubt amongst that crowd, you might better serve the principles you believe in by by continuing with your efforts to make her see reason.

      And, BTW, you kinda have to hand it to long haul truckers. They are independent and making their way in life relatively free.

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      1. You can’t sow seeds in unfertile soil and expect a crop. I have seen her Facebook page filled with horrible posters of Obama and she will not change there. Many people in NC do not have brains to see where the economic problems came from and it is much easier ti hat a black man and blame him for their suffering than to take time to learn.

        I’m not sure what you mean about truckers having a “relatively free” life. Trucking is a hard job; there is nothing free or easy about it. They are at the mercy of the company they work for, they deal with breakdowns and deal with “4-wheeler’s stupidity” on the road. There are regulations to follow schedules to meet, dealing with people at the delivery point and sometimes sit for hours waiting to unload. It’s a hard life and now that my former friend is aging, she is dealing with all those issues. The funny thing is that when I was deciding how to vote, I decided on Obama because she keeps getting cheated out of her healthcare and she and her husband both have health issues that need care.

        I agree, 6th grade is a long time for people to stay in contact. My school I went to was there because my great-great-great-grandfather donated the land for the school. The school is across the street from several descendants who still live there. The people who went to that school meet on a Facebook page. I am friends with my principal’s son (100% Obama supporter) who is about two years younger than me. That is how close-knit the people are in that area. (I’m in NJ now)

        I have to stop and get ready to go out.

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      2. “You can’t sow seeds in unfertile soil and expect a crop”.

        I like that one. It sounds like something my grandfather would say. I warned you I was only giving my two cents worth. I’m sure you’ve been thinking about this for a while and that your judgment is sound.

        “I’m not sure what you mean about truckers having a “relatively free” life”.

        When you said your former friend is a long haul trucker, I immediately presumed she’s an independent trucker who owns her rig and comes and goes as she pleases as long as she does enough to pay her bills. Working for someone else is always – what can I say – working for someone else.

        “My school I went to was there because my great-great-great-grandfather donated the land for the school.”

        Gee Jackie – you go way back. I’m glad to hear that. I have a theory about that too. It’s that people like yourself experienced an ancestral moral struggle that has helped to produce some of what’s best in America and Americans. People like yourself have seen, and have been saddened by some of America’s historical and present day injustices in a way that post Civil War European immigrants were not. After all, before those immigrants came here they were Italian or Irish or German or English or whatever. But after they arrived here they immediately obtained a new status – “White” – which put them ahead of other races that toiled and bled in this country for centuries. And the new immigrants didn’t even have to feel guilty about it. They simply reaped the benefits and otherwise didn’t give much of a shit. Since they settled for more often in the North than in the South, they diluted the Northerners’ identification with the Union soldiers who fought and died to free the South. That’s why we have all these Sons of the Confederacy rallies but no Sons of the Union expressing pride where it should be .. .

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    3. Okay. And another one of my theories is that many a daughter raping father and sister raping brother conned and consoled his victim by convincing her that her self worth remained untarnished simply because she remained White.

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      1. No. White has nothing to do with that. My older brother did the same thing to me. White has nothing to do with that. My mother blamed me for what my brother did. My saving grace is that I could run faster than my older brother and I could climb a tree faster than a monkey. Nope, white ain’t got nothin’ to do with it.

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      2. What I was alluding to is the fact that much of what has become acceptable behavior in America has been determined by comparing the behavior in question to the treatment of n…..s. That’s why America can’t quite bring itself to abolish the death penalty. After all, for hundreds of years – up until the very recent past, White men brought their families to public lynchings where they had picnics and took pictures and had parties.

        And when it came to employer-employee relationships, the employees had to compete with the precedent of no pay at all for the slaves. So White employees had little bargaining power.

        And when it came to the treatment of women, White women could see with their very eyes what was done to Black women every single day. So by comparison, White women considered themselves lucky, I guess, or would keep quiet about it lest they be shamed with having been “treated like n…..s.”

        I hope one day White folks will wise up and realize that American racism set a very low standard of treatment not just for Blacks, but for everyone.

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