Pants On Fire

Rep. Joe Wilson got in trouble for shouting “You Lie” during President Obama’s recent Health Care address to congress.

I agree that it was a rude thing to do, but it did generate more analysis than would otherwise have occurred about how truthful Obama’s remarks were (here’s a good example).

But, is President Obama a liar?

Yes.

I don’t think this is shocking, and it shouldn’t be very controversial to intelligent people that all presidents are liars; really good liars. There’s no way to make it through party primaries victoriously without intentionally leaving many people with the wrong impression about your political preferences. In other words…lying.

I think you’d have to be pretty naïve and self-delusional to think that Obama believed that everything he said in his speech would leave people with an accurate impression of the likely effects of the health care reforms on offer. He would have to be an idiot to think so.

He’s not an idiot. He’s a liar.

And, if you choose to believe everything he (or any successful politician) says…you’re an idiot.

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