Jaw-Dropper: NBC Says Obama's Actions Rarely Match His Words
NBC’s Chuck Todd had some unexpected criticism of Obama’s converted campaign arm Organizing for Action, which is raising $50,000 to $500,000 donations so interest groups can have special access to Obama.
Leading off the report, NBC’s Political Director Chuck Todd said the president’s actions have ‘rarely matched’ his words. It’s refreshing to see NBC concede this often-observed tendency.
A few examples of President Obama saying he will do one thing, before doing another:
- In early 2009, President Obama promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. The target of $650 billion in deficits was nearly doubled in 2012 by a $1.1 trillion deficit.
- The president’s average annual deficit while in office has been about $1.3 trillion. Nevertheless, the president recently claimed he cut spending by $2.5 trillion — by not spending money on something.
- The president’s administration projected that the $812 billion stimulus package would lead to unemployment of 5.2% by now. The current rate is 7.7% unemployment; and with the same workforce as when he took office, it would be roughly 11%.
- He said that the stimulus bill would create “shovel ready jobs.” Later, he conceded the failure and then joked, “shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.”
- In June 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama declared his campaign would “not take a dime from Washington lobbyists.” And yet, the president converted his campaign arm Obama for America into a lobbying group Organizing for Action, which sells special access to the president for donations between $50,000 and $500,000.
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