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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Washington Post's Fact Checker Pronounces Obama A Liar, Again

By Susan Duclos

Washington Post's The Fact Checker has given Barack Obama four Pinocchios for remarks to the Building and Construction Trades Department conference, April 30, 2012. They remind readers the last time Obama's delved into this very area he received three Pinocchios but despite his comments already having been shown as lies, he doubled down and expanded his original lie, so they were forced to add another Pinocchio and call this lie a "whopper."

The lie Obama repeats on the campaign trail:

I sent them a jobs bill that would have put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back to work repairing our roads, our bridges, schools, transit systems, along with saving the jobs of cops and teachers and firefighters, creating a new tax cut for businesses.  They said no. I went to the Speaker’s hometown, stood under a bridge that was crumbling.  Everybody acknowledges it needs to be rebuilt. Maybe he doesn’t drive anymore.  Maybe he doesn’t notice how messed up it was. They still said no. There are bridges between Kentucky and Ohio where some of the key Republican leadership come from, where folks are having to do detours an extra hour, hour-and-a-half drive every day on their commute because these bridges don’t work.  They still said no.”

Washington Post first takes a trip down memory lane and reminds everyone why they gave Obama three Pinocchios in his original claims, then they provide the facts versus Obama's fiction on this latest claim.

An administration official said the president was referring to the Sherman Milton Bridge, which actually connects Indiana and Kentucky, near Louisville. Back in September, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) had to shut down the bridge because a 2 ½ inch crack had been discovered.

The bridge carries Interstate 64, so the bridge’s closure forced drivers to make major changes in their driving routes. Shortly after the shutdown, a Transportation Department blog declared that this bridge was “another example of why this [the president’s jobs bill] is so crucial.”

 But here’s the rub: While Obama claimed “these bridges don’t work,” the Sherman Milton Bridge has already been repaired, ahead of schedule, and motorists are driving over it again.

It turned out that, rather than being an example of an aging bridge, the crack that had been discovered actually had been there ever since the bridge was constructed in 1962, because of the type of steel used at the time. Other repairs were ordered, and the bridge reopened nearly three months ago — without needing any of Obama’s jobs-bill funds.

Another nearby bridge, the Kennedy Bridge, will soon undergo redecking, but officials said the work will not lead to a shutdown. Again, the work is being done without Obama’s jobs-bill money.

 “The President was making a point about the need to rebuild our infrastructure and the job creation opportunities that come with that, and was pointing to Ohio River area projects to illustrate the point that these kinds of projects are right in the Congressional Republican leadership’s backyards,” the administration official said.

Then Washington Post's conclusion and  Pinocchio rating:

Calling out the Republicans at the Brent Spence bridge was bad enough, given the bipartisan support for its reconstruction. But pointing to the Sherman Milton Bridge, which already has been repaired without funding from the president’s jobs bill, is ridiculous.

Perhaps the president was using outdated talking points, but that’s little excuse. Given that the president earned Three Pinocchios before, we have little choice but to up the ante this time.

Emphasis mine.

Politicians stretch the truth, exaggerate but usually they make sure there is a kernel of truth used to expand on in their exaggerations, but in Obama's case, not only was there no basis of truth but he expanded on a point that had already been fact checked and found to be a lie.

H/T PowerLine via Memeorandum.

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