I attended an Obama rally in Grand Junction, Colorado today and heard Obama make some very questionable claims.
The first claim was regarding getting the economy back on track and changing course from the previous Bush administration. Obama said:
“We knew from the beginning that it was going to take longer than one term, or even one presidency to turn this around.”
Really? I certainly don’t remember that being made clear in ’08. However, I do remember Obama’s now infamous line on ABC News to Matt Lauer on February 1, 2009:
“Look, I’m at the start of my administration. One nice thing about the situation I find myself in is that I will be held accountable. You know, I’ve got four years. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
It’s obvious what Obama is trying to do nowadays. Obama is trying to buy himself more time so that voters won’t hold him accountable for his lackluster first term. Obama knows his performance has been lackluster and that there have been many broken and unfulfilled promises he made to the American people. He is hoping Americans will forget his many campaign promises and cut him some slack. But Americans won’t forget. And rightly so.
Another claim Obama made during the rally was rather humorous. Near the end of the speech as Obama was wrapping up, he said:
“If you believe, like I do, that we are on the right track, then I’ll need you to stand with me.”
It was a humorous statement because if you look at the polls asking whether Americans believe the country is on the right track, Obama would have a small support group.
The most recent polls asking whether Americans believe the country is on the Right Track/Wrong Track:
Right Track: 31.3%
Wrong Track: 62.0%
And the third questionable statement by Obama was even picked up by Politico when Obama suggested every nation on the earth wants to be us.
Here is the Politico article summary:
The president took American exceptionalism to a whole new level Wednesday by suggesting that not only is the United States the greatest nation on earth, but every other country wants to be us.
“…[W]e’ve still got the best workers in the world. We’ve got the best entrepreneurs in the world. We’ve got the best scientists and researchers in the world, the best colleges, and the best universities in the world,” he said at a campaign rally in Colorado. “We’re still a young nation, and we’ve got the greatest diversity of talent and ingenuity, and people want to come here from every corner of the globe.
“So no matter what the naysayers tell us, no matter how dark the other side tries to make things look, the fact is there is not another country on earth that would not gladly trade places with the United States of America.”
A curious bit of hyperbole when one considers that Muslim countries have a decidedly negative view of America. In a recent Pew survey, disapproval of the United States was above 70 percent in Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan and hit 86 percent in Jordan.