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Shocker: Obama Got Stimulus Facts Wrong

From Ohio’s Columbus Dispatch:

Obama had facts wrong about visit here

Finance director: Stimulus dollars didn’t aid project

By Mark Niquette
Friday, August 20, 2010

A local project that President Barack Obama cited during a visit Wednesday to Columbus as an example of how the federal stimulus package has worked isn’t actually being funded with stimulus dollars.

The president spoke at the North Side home of architect Joe Weithman, and both Obama’s comments and information from the White House touted Weithman’s work on a project that the president said was being at least partially funded by the $787 billion stimulus bill passed last year.

"What we’ve been trying to do is to build infrastructure that puts people back to work but also improves the quality of life in communities like Columbus," Obama said in his remarks. "So Joe is an architect, and he’s now working on a new police station that was funded in part with Recovery Act funds."

But although federal money is being used for the project in question, there are no stimulus dollars involved, said Columbus Finance Director Paul Rakosky, a Democrat.

Rakosky said the project is not a police station but rather the renovation of an abandoned warehouse that the city purchased on the South Side in 2007 to house the city’s police crime lab and property room.

Weithman’s firm, Mull & Weithman Architects, is handling the $300,000 in design work for the crime lab as part of the project, and the $300,000 is coming from a congressional earmark, Rakosky said.

Obviously, the rubes in Ohio don’t understand Mr. Obama’s nuanced approach to ‘facts.’ ‘Facts’ are simply whatever Mr. Obama wants them to be.

When White House spokesman Matt Lehrich was asked about the discrepancy, all he would say is: "The president’s trip to Columbus was, in part, to highlight the role that small businesses, like Joe’s, will play in creating jobs in communities across the country. That’s a fact, and it’s why he’s been urging Republicans to stop blocking a proposal to cut taxes for small businesses that are looking to grow and hire more workers."

Background information the White House provided before the president’s visit didn’t identify the stimulus bill as the source of funding for the work, but it said the architectural firm that Weithman runs "was able to keep two of their employees that otherwise would have been laid off due to work on a police station renovation that received infrastructure funding."

Just wait until ‘Sherriff Joe’ hears that the White House is counting these two jobs (count ‘em) as two jobs that were saved by the ‘stimulus,’ even though it is untrue.

There will be hell to pay — and that’s a ‘fact.’

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Shocker: Obama Got Stimulus Facts Wrong”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Emperor’s new clothes, now on display.

    And how again are the republicans able to block anything? Shouldn’t he be addressing fellow socialists who won’t fall in line?

  2. proreason says:

    You gotta love “White House spokesman Matt Lehrich”s explanation of the idiot’s lie. Allow me to paraphrase…

    “yes, the Moron lied about the Depression Stimulus funding those 2 jobs, but he also said he ate a ham sandwich yesterday, and THAT’S A FACT…..so shut-up Rubes”

    • JohnMG says:

      Probably turkey-ham. I doubt that pork features very prominently in the Obama diet. Obeseity, you know.

    • proreason says:

      good catch, John.

      It sounded like “ham”, but he really said “lamb” is probably the explanation.

      Just another everyday American eatin a lamb samwich for lunch.

    • Right of the People says:

      By the beard of the prophet, how dare you mock the Chosen One, infidel!

      A good and true follower of the one true way would never allow a dirty meat like pork to touch his lips! The private parts of small boys, maybe, but never pork.

    • confucius says:

      Most excellent post, RotP.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Shovel ready jobs, Summer of Recovery……..ya, ya, ya!

    The “ONLY” thing that has gone right of dingleBarry so far is the rampant vacations. Including swimming in poop!

  4. proreason says:

    this guy is pretty smart….


    “….Just so happens that there’s an opening on 12/31/2011..nice gig in midtown NYC..comes with unlimited travel, a townhouse on Sutton Place, endless exposure to an adoring MSM..the ultimate bully pulpit…without having to worry about what the party and the voters care or think..don’t even have to bother to go to church on Sundays..amazing golf courses in the metropolitan area..Winged Foot is a 15 minute copter ride from midtown….for a guy who thinks of himself as a “citizen of the world”..well, it’s perfect..

    Now, the details..and why this just might work…

    The SecGen serves for a 5 year term, which can be renewed indefinitely, though by common practice, none have served more than 2 terms. The current SG, Ban Ki-Moon, is, well..a nobody..probably not one American in 50 could name him if asked. His term, as mentioned earlier, expires on 12/31/2011.

    There are no explicit criteria to serve as SecGen. In practice, a legacy from the cold war days of the UN’s founding, the SecGen is not a national of any of the permanent members of the Security Council..i.e. is not subject to a veto. The Security council makes the nomination, and then it is approved by the General Assembly.

    Also, there has been a pattern of “continental rotation” whereby SecGens come from different parts of the globe.

    Now think about it. Here you have the ONE American, Obama, who would NOT be vetoed by any of the permanent members…”

    please please please let this come true.

    somehow, we have to hold on for 2 more years.

  5. proreason says:

    Great AT article interpreting the real news that Gallup won’t tell us:

    “…So why is the title to this article not “Republican Lead over Democrats Largest in Polling History”? Or why not “Democrat Generic Ballot Weakest in Sixty Years”? Why, since Gallup reports all this data in scattered reports and must have all the figures together in a single database, did someone at Gallup not play with a spreadsheet, push a button, and then say, “Wow! Look at this, guys! Republicans are in the best position on the congressional ballot than they have ever been! What a story!” We all know why, don’t we? ”


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