Obama's First 100 Days of Spin

According to FactCheck.org the first 100 days of the Obama Presidency are full of spin.

On The Economy:
During a March 24th news conference President Obama responded to critics of his budget figures who said they were too rosy by saying:

"Our assumptions are perfectly consistent with what Blue Chip forecasters out there are saying."

That wasn't true. As a matter of fact, at the time, the Blue Chip forecast was far more pessimistic than Obama's budget projections. Which means that a weaker economic performance would produce even larger deficits than Obama's budget forecasts.

On The Budget:

At the same news conference he claimed "we are reducing nondefense discretionary spending to its lowest level since the '60s." But his own forecast put the figure higher than under Reagan, Clinton, Bush 41 or Bush 43.

On Oil:
On February 24th he told a joint session of Congress that "we import more oil today than ever before." This isn't true. Imports peaked in 2005 but are much lower now.

On Mortgages:
In the same speech to Congress he claimed his mortgage plan would help responsible buyers but not those who borrowed beyond their means. However his own administration confirms that those who borrowed beyond their means would receive help as well.

On Education:
In a March 10th address on education Obama claimed that the high school dropout rate has "tripled in the past 30 years." This isn't true either, it has actually declined by a third.

On Jobs:
Obama has repeatedly stated that his stimulus package will create or save 3.5 million jobs, while that may be possible, it is far from a certainty. As a matter of fact the economy has been losing 22,000 jobs a day since Obama became President.

On Mexico's Guns:

On April 16th during a visit to Mexico, President Obama said "More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States." However, Mexico does not request that the United States trace all the guns they recover, so there is no way to know how many guns may come from the U.S..

Of course Factcheck had to attempt to call attention to so called Republican Spin and Internet emails about Obama. But, shouldn't this article have been about Obama's 100 days in office and what he accomplished or didn't accomplish, after all it's a report card on President Obama, not Cyberspace or the Republicans in Congress.

And get a load of the picture that appeared on Factcheck's site with the article.

Am I the only one who is tired of seeing photos of Obama that appear to have a glow or halo around his head perhaps subliminally suggesting he is the "Messiah".

For more on Obama's 100 days read more here: First 100 Days: Obama's Gaffes and Gimmicks

President Obama's First 100 Days

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