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Obama: My Lying Campaign Ads Are Just Politics

From The Weekly Standard:

CBS Doesn’t Air Obama Admitting Mistakes in Campaign Ads

By DANIEL HALPER | Sep 23, 2012

Tonight, CBS aired a 60 Minutes interview with President Obama. But curiously enough, the news magazine show did not air a clip of Obama admitting to interviewer Steve Kroft that some of his campaign ads contain mistakes and that some even "go overboard."

60 Minutes did, however, post the clip online:

CBS describes the clip this way: "President Obama says some of his campaign ads might ‘go overboard’ or contain mistakes, but most of them simply highlight the differences between him and Gov. Romney."

"Look, the fact-checkers have had problems with the ads on both sides," Kroft says to Obama in the unaired clip, "and say they’ve been misleading and in some cases just not true. Does that disturb you? I mean, some of them are your ads."

Obama responds: "Do we see sometimes us going overboard in our campaign, are there mistakes that are made, areas where there is no doubt somebody could dispute how we are presenting things? You know, that happens in politics."

Kroft responds: "Aren’t the American entitled to the truth? Or a better version of it?"

"The truth of the matter is, most of the time we’re having a vigorous debate about a vision for the country," Obama says. "And, you know, there’s a lot at stake in this election. So is it going to be sharp sometimes? Absolutely. But will the American people ultimately have a good sense of where I want to take the country and where Gov. Romney takes the country? I think they will." …

In other words, it’s so important that Obama win, he has no problem lying about his opponents in campaign ads and speeches.

Meanwhile, from what did air on ’60 Minutes,’ we have this bit of irony, via the transcript at Real Clear Politics:

Obama: "I Bear Responsibility For Everything, To Some Degree"

September 23, 2012

KROFT: You came in running as an outsider, somebody who was going to change Washington. Do you still believe after three years in this gridlock that we’ve had that – that somebody who claims to be an outsider can get things accomplished in Washington?

What a softball question. Especially, after Obama’s comments about how ‘change can’t be accomplished from the inside.’

OBAMA: Oh, yeah, look, I mean, we passed historic legislation that strengthened our financial regulations. We passed historic legislation that will not only provide 30 million more people coverage, but also insures that you know, kids can stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26 and seniors have lower prescription drugs. And so change has happened and positive change for the American people.

For starters, Obama-care does not do anything but force more people to buy health insurance or give the government more money. It does not provide anyone any coverage. But Mr. Kroft would never think to challenge that false assertion.

I’m the first one to confess that the spirit that I brought to Washington, that I wanted to see instituted, where we weren’t constantly in a political slugfest, but were focused more on problem solving that, you know, I haven’t fully accomplished that. Haven’t even come close in some cases. And you know, if you ask me what’s my biggest disappointment is that we haven’t changed the tone in Washington as much as I would have liked.

Just think of how preposterous it is for Obama to make this claim, when practically the first words out of his mouth as the newly elected President was ‘I won.’ And that ‘Republicans will have to sit in the back of the bus.’ And when Kroft had just asked him about his lying attack ads.

By the way, never mind that Mr. Obama told the Hispanic audience watching Univision that his biggest disappointment was not passing amnesty. This is the ‘biggest disappointment’ Obama trots out for the gringos.

Kroft: And you don’t bear any responsibility for that?

Obama: Oh, I think that– you know– as president I bear responsibility for everything, to some degree and one of the things I’ve realized over the last two years is that that only happens if I’m enlisting the American people much more aggressively than I did the first two years…

This from a man who Obama never responsibility for anything. It’s always either Bush’s or somebody else’s fault.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama: My Lying Campaign Ads Are Just Politics”

  1. Kytross says:

    Can’t Romney sue for libel? Obama just admitted he’s lied in his campaign ads.

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