Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Slick Obama

Tim Carney catches the President with some sly word use:
"Within one month of me taking office, we signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history."
President Obama said that Monday. Previous tax cuts have reduced the middle-class's tax burden more, however. When the Washington Post's fact-checker Glenn Kessler asked the White House about this, he got this response:
“The point the president was making that is there is not a tax cut that has been enjoyed by such a broad section of the population."
So, when Obama calls a tax cut "big" he's not speaking in terms of dollars, but in terms of people. That's not a totally illegitimate use of the word, but it's not the way anyone would interpret his remark, considering he provided no clarification...

This is often President Obama's way of misleading. He uses words in ways that nobody else uses them. In other words, he says one thing, presumably knowing his audience will hear something else.
Carney has more examples here.


  1. Play of words is thanks to Traitor to the Republic Cass Sunstein. I know this as I have a minor in Behavioral Finance/Econ in Grad School.

  2. I just assume the SFoaMA Obama lies whenever he opens his mouth.