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Phony Lines From Barack Obama’s Speech

Ryan Lizza, chief Washington correspondent of Politico, is the kind of character assassin who likes to go to the White House briefing and throw beanball questions about how many coronavirus deaths President Donald Trump thinks are acceptable.

If that sounds darkly partisan, you could also see the sunny side of Lizza on Twitter, who almost levitated over former President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. “Barack Obama just delivered the finest convention speech in modern history (again),” he tweeted. “Spell-binding, chilling, optimistic, beautifully written, and expertly delivered. Incredible moment.”

Conservative Twitter informally awarded him the Chris Matthews Thrill Up My Leg Prize for most infatuated reaction. But it was still second to the emotions of the average “objective” journalist.

So let’s focus on how Obama’s speech could be evaluated more critically. Some lines were mean-spirited, phony or laughable.

1. Obama said: “Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe: 170,000 Americans dead, millions of jobs gone, while those at the top take in more than ever.”

If we were to have a President Hillary Clinton, would Obama (or his many media allies) consider it fair game to blame tens of thousands of American COVID-19 deaths on her? Do they honestly believe that, under Democrats, the death toll would have been 170? That would ignore the fact that the worst coronavirus death tolls are largely in states with Democratic governors.

2. Obama touted Joe Biden’s character: “Joe’s a man who learned early on to treat every person he meets with respect and dignity … That empathy, that decency, the belief that everybody counts — that’s who Joe is.”

That’s a Pants on Fire lie. Just weeks ago, Biden sneered that any black voter who doesn’t support him isn’t really black. In 2012, Biden smeared Wall Street when speaking before an audience with many African Americans, saying, “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.” Examples abound.


3. This Obama spin about Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris really makes opponents laugh: "They believe that no one -- including the president -- is above the law, and that no public official -- including the president -- should use their office to enrich themselves or their supporters."

Does that include presidents who massively enrich themselves immediately after leaving office? I don't recall Biden denouncing Obama's mega deals with Penguin Random House and Netflix.

4. This routine about Biden and Harris and their beliefs continued. "They understand that in this democracy, the commander in chief doesn't use the men and women of our military, who are willing to risk everything to protect our nation, as political props to deploy against peaceful protesters on our own soil," Obama said.

If Obama were ever surrounded by skeptical journalists, they might ask which protesters in cities like Portland and Seattle are "peaceful," because it certainly wasn't the hooligans throwing bricks and trying to set federal buildings on fire.

Obama is right that Democrats love to blur the peaceful and violent protesters into a heroic whole. Harris called them a "coalition of conscience" taking to the streets.

5. Finally, Obama said of the Biden-Harris ticket: "They understand that political opponents aren't 'un-American' just because they disagree with you; that a free press isn't the 'enemy' but the way we hold officials accountable."

False. In April, Biden said Trump's differing opinion on mail-in voting was "un-American." And most conservatives thought it was rich for Obama to uphold the press, when even Obama-supporting journalists admitted he was the harshest president in history in prosecuting journalists during leak investigations.

Donald Trump isn't wrong to think of the media elite as an enemy, even as Obama arrogantly poses as the defender of hardened observers such as ABC's Terry Moran, who oozed in 2009 that Obama was "taking a step down into the Oval Office."

Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org.

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17 thoughts on “Phony Lines From Barack Obama’s Speech”

  1. Barack Obama’s speech was the worst sort of partisan dribble that we have come to expect from DC. When I consider that president Obama will go down in history as the most divisive and worst president of our entire history I am not surprised

  2. Obama, the liar, Obama the biggest Racist, Obama dividing our country and un-uniting peoples faiths, right and anti-American comments, degrading our country, our lifestyle and much more. MY OPINION? I concur with many psychics that OBAMA is the Anti-Christ. All his acts were to bring down our nation, and apologize (?) to other countries. EVERYTHING ABOUT OBAMA IS QUESTIONABLE, HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE, ALL THE CONFLICTS (HIS GRANDMOTHER SAYS HE WAS BORN IN KENYA) I could go on, but this is NOT new news.

    1. All of that was on one of his good days. He is the most destructive and divisive thing to ever cheat his way into office. He must be tried for treason, and so much more!

  3. I got a charge down my leg when Obama sitting in the Oval Office with his feet on the desk can claim that Our President Donald J. TRUMP could not grow into the Reverence of the Presidency! What a phony but what can you expect from the organizer of the BLM and Antifa Rioters and Terrorists!

  4. Democrats creeping America!
    After their treasonous coup attempt
    Their corruption
    Their lies
    Their bold incompetence
    Their riots
    Their murders
    Their pedophilia
    Their inhuman actions
    It’s really sad for Americans and America to have to endure what democrats , the media, Hollywood, the tech social media, athletes, Middle aged very ugly women from within, blm and the idiots that don’t know whether they are a boy or a girl are intentionally doing to this Great Nation!
    Their vial actions and lies stem from their 3rd grader attempt to cover up their revolting crimes !
    They believe they can brainwash Enough of America’s population by repeating their lies enough to get us to believe their lies as truth and project their crimes on others!
    This trick has been performed upon humans by every Nazi, communist, socialist and democrat throughout the history of evil regimes!
    And every time for the same reason!
    Corruption, power and unearned wealth!
    Democrats must continue this now sad display of inhuman activities for if they fail to regain power in Washington its their complete demise ! They know once Trump wins and America takes the control they have in the House of Representatives they will be shut out by American society their media and tech giants will be regulated and ether held liable for their lies or loose their licenses to operate! They know it’s jail time and in many cases the death penalty awaits them for their treason!
    The funny thing is they have already perished in Americans eyes only the democrats believe a single word they excrete from their mouths that suckle the sweat as it drips from the devils cancerous testicals!
    For this is America and God sent Trump from the mountain to Lead us from this Muslim driven Scourge upon America brought to you by Osama Obama , North Korean janitor Hillary and pedophile Bill , all financed by Nazi Soro’s!
    America is a Christian Country always has been and always will be!
    It is time for us all to get junkyard dog Mean! And stop these traitors trying to change America!
    Boycott their media
    Boycott their advertisers
    boycott their businesses
    Boycott sports
    Boycott Hollywood
    Boycott twitter
    Boycott facebook
    Turn our silent majority into the loudest war machine this planet has ever heard!
    This notion of political correctness is a tool the democrats use against us
    F**k political correctness
    The Bible says an eye for an eye!
    Their murderers arsonists rapers malcontents a burden on every hard worker here in America!
    Democrats are the devil in disguise!
    Their bold
    They think you are stupid
    They think you are weak
    In so many ways!
    We must fight fire with fire or we will loose!
    They have gotten away with murder, they have not only created the pandemic they are the pandemic how many lives have they already killed when Obama and fauchi sent that virus and the money to launch it on the world to China!
    That’s a fact Obama and fauchi created and unleashed covid upon the world to cover up the democrats crimes! And even covid failed for democrats are to stupid to succeed! Covid turned out to be just another flu that democrats introduced into our retirement homes to inflate the death tolls by killing the older weak members of our society! Our Grand parents!
    Anyone who supports or has supported by democrat is as guilty as the actual murderers and arsonists themselves
    The democrats are and will soon be a burden on our judicial system! Just like the black men committing most of the crimes in America with their worst crime being the promotion of fatherless children in our black committed!
    After the election and democrats have been removed from politics sports and the media our prisons will be overrun as we incarcerate them !
    It would be far more merciful for us to just cast them into the streets and let them starve or freeze to death! Take away their welfare for dying in a cage is what they deserve yet as Americans we are prone to forgive and forget,

    We must never forget!
    Democrats must pay with their lives and their freedom for that’s what they have taken from us already!
    An eye for an eye !
    An eye for an eye!

  5. Whatdo you expect from someone that hides his past history like his college writings, his marriage details, let alone the controversy over his birth certificate and how he visited a restricted country that Americans were not allowed to visit. This is just to name a few.

  6. “This Democracy”‽ Obozo, like most Democratic Socialists(Communists), still doesn’t realize that America is a Constitution Republic!

  7. President Donald Trump didn’t HAVE to grow into the job of running a business, and this country IS just a huge business. He’s been doing it for years and is VERY good at it. This high yellow KNOWS the demucRATS released this virus on the World just trying to kill 1 man, not caring how many others died in the process. He SHOULD know that our form of government is NOT a democracy (which is mob rule). He knows that the only people Joe Fingers Biden considers are his family and has spent his FIFTY YEAR career selling this nation out to communist countries. He knows the media, as is he, are owned and operated by socialcommucRATS who want NOTHING else more than they want to destroy this country. He knows that he came to this country as an Indonesian foreign exchange student, born in Kenya and is so un-American he can’t even call himself American, it’s always African first. He’s a butt sucking puppet on a Soros string who says what he’s told to say when he’s told to say it. He also knows Crazy Uncle Joe is not going to BE president and Camel’s A is not going to be anything other than a bought woman so he might as well tear down the original Magnum PI mansion (without any of his mandatory EPA studies) build his ‘compound’ with a WALL around it I might add and he and Mike just disappear into the sunset for all MOST Americans care.

  8. Do you ever ask yourself why California is always on fire?

    It’s polluted by democrats and it’s the earths way of cleansing itself!

    Did you ever ask yourself why citizens are fleeing New York City?

    Democrats don’t believe your grandparents deserve to live so they move covid patients into their retirement homes!

    Did you ever ask yourself why democrats in Chicago are burning their businesses , removing historical statues and murdering their citizens?

    Obama once lived their and their trying to destroy the evil of their history!

  9. He was the only POTUS that kept all his records sealed, and his education is questionable to say the least. George Stephenopolis graduated with OBama and never heard of him in school and George is a big fan of his and worked for the Clinton White House. Can anyone remember hearing anyone speak about the Obama’s wedding. Have you ever heard of a best man. This man is a living lie and Michelle is the great pretender. He ruined the country.

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