Usually when I hear the folks over at the Obama campaign speaking, it takes a matter of minutes and a good internet connection to recognize that what is coming out of their mouths is a slew of lies. They lie so often, it’s commonplace.
While it may mean the freezing over of the seventh circle of hell is inevitable now, as is the aerial ability of swine, the Obama campaign finally had to tell the truth. How sad it is that the truth meant admitting they had been lying, and lying rather blatantly.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was no longer pleading ignorance about the story of a man who has appeared in both a super PAC ad and a campaign ad.
“No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads. He was on a conference call telling his story,” Psaki told reporters on Air Force One.
Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic starred in an Obama campaign ad and participated in a conference call with the campaign in May, as POLITICO reported Wednesday. He resurfaced this week in a Priorities USA Action super PAC ad, charging that his wife died of cancer after Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm laid him off.
Distancing themselves from the controversial ad, Obama campaign staffers initially denied knowledge of Soptic’s story — despite the fact that he was in an Obama campaign ad.
Adviser Robert Gibbs said he didn’t know “specifics,” while deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said on CNN: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”
And yesterday on Air Force One, Psaki said, “we don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family.”
As a reminder, this is an ad that Brent Budowsky of the Hill said:
“It is sickening. It is despicable. It is unworthy of a sitting president. It is unworthy of a candidate for president. It is unworthy even of the campaign from hell we are witnessing.”
It is all of these things and more. The question now is the same thing we would ask our kids in a similar situation – What is worse, the act itself, or the lies trying to cover it up?
Should we really be questioning and reprimanding the President of the United States as if he were a child?
As a reminder, here is the disgraceful ad in question, which itself has been debunked as a lie…
“I absolutely reject” the notion that the individual mandate is a tax.
“… for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.”
“That’s not a tax increase…”
“… you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase.”
And now, the latest from Mister Smith Media…
Thank goodness, seeing as a recent report shows that the planet hasn’t warmed in 15 years.
From the New York Times via the Times Union:
Insurance commissioners in New York, California, and Washington state will require that companies disclose how they intend to respond to the risks their businesses and customers face from increasingly severe storms and wildfires, rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change, California’s commissioner said Wednesday.
Laughably, they single out the forward-looking skills of the Califronia insurance industry:
California, which has the ninth-largest economy in the world, has led the way on this push to make a traditionally backward-looking industry anticipate and respond to the business liability presented by a changing climate. These new state regulations will focus attention on the insurance industry’s role in mediating the country’s response to climate change.
And to punctuate that point:
“Global warming presents unique risks, and it is vital that our insurance industry adequately account for the impacts of climate change,” Benjamin M. Lawsky, superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services, whose portfolio includes insurers, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the industry to address these important and growing risks.”
And nothing quite says adequately accounting for the future and forward-thinking than trying to predict the impact of something that hasn’t happened in 15 years – an assessment reported by the East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (yes, Climategate University).
The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.
The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.
Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.
Way to be on top of things, insurers. While you’re at it, could you please provide detailed reports of a possible outbreak of the Bubonic plague, or the threat of stampeding mastodons? We really need to get on top of that.