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If his lips are moving, he’s probably lying: Obama goes back on campaign promise to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan

Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

“We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. And I’ve set a timetable. We will have them all out of there by 2014.”

President Obama spoke these words at a campaign stop in Boulder, Colorado, just a few weeks before the 2012 Presidential election. Taking a swipe at Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who didn’t have a timetable for troop withdrawal, Obama warned, “That’s what’s at stake in this election.”

Nearly two years later, President Obama has decided to keep nearly 10,000 American soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan past the initial 2014 deadline, the Associated Press reports:

The two-year plan is contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. While current Afghan President Hamid Karzai has declined to sign the agreement, U.S. officials are confident that either of the candidates seeking to replace him would give his approval.

The plan calls for the U.S. military to draw down from its current force of 32,000 to 9,800 by the start of next year. Those troops would be dispatched throughout Afghanistan and focus on counterterrorism missions and training Afghan security forces. They would not be engaged in combat missions.

Over the course of next year, the number of troops would be cut in half and consolidated in the capital of Kabul and at Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan. Those remaining forces would largely be withdrawn by the end of 2016, with fewer than 1,000 remaining behind to staff a security office in Kabul.

Obama is selling out Americans for his environmental legacy and ego

Unconcerned with the credibility problems he has with the public, President Barack Obama is telling Americans to ignore the “misinformation” and “spin” coming from critics who say that his latest round of anti-coal regulations will hurt the economy:

“You should expect that there’s going to be a heated debate in Washington,” he said. “A lot of efforts to put out misinformation and to try to make sure that spin overwhelms substance and that PR overwhelms science.”
“I promise you, you will hear from critics who say the same thing they always say. That these guidelines will kill jobs or crush the economy,” Obama said. “What we’ve seen every time is that these claims are debunked when you actually give workers and businesses the tools and incentive they need to innovate. When Americans are called on to innovate, that’s what we do.”

Do you remember when the stimulus bill was going to save the economy from the throes of the Great Recession? Remember when Obamacare was going to cost less than $1 trillion? Remember when you could keep your health plan if you liked it? Remember when you could keep your doctor? Remember when GDP was growing?

White House still won’t own up to “Lie of the Year”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tried to downplay the “Lie of the Year” dishonor bestowed to President Barack Obama by PolitiFact for frequent claim and insistence that Americans could keep their health plans under Obamacare.

“[A]s you know, the President in an interview, earlier this fall took this question head on and expressed his concern for those individuals, those as Americans who received cancellation notices and were potentially adversely impacted by or affected by that and took action to encourage states and state insurance commissioners to allow those who wanted to stay on existing plans to stay on them longer,” Carney told reporters on Friday during his daily press briefing.

“So I think he’s, in a very honest way, addressed this question,” he said. “End-of-the-year categorizations like that are always fun, even when they don’t jive with past characterizations of the same exact statement. But, we’re focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”

Another Promise the President Could Not Keep

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President Obama promised lower, “affordable” premiums through the law, but many Americans are experiencing higher premiums on the exchanges. A new video from the House Republican Conference highlights what is another broken promise of Obamacare.

If you like your doctor, you may not be able to keep him

Doctors and Obamacare

Not only did President Barack Obama tell Americans that they could keep their health plans under Obamacare, he also said on numerous occasions that they could keep their doctors. Like his health plan promise, there was no ambiguity or nuance to the statement.

“Under the reform that I’ve proposed, if you like your doctor, you’ll keep your doctor,” said President Obama on July 29, 2009. “If you like your health care plan, you will keep your plan.”

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” he said, again, on March 10, 2010. “I’m the father of two young girls –- I don’t want anybody interfering between my family and their doctor.”

Despite that promise by President Obama, many Americans are losing their doctors. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that UnitedHealth Group dropped thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage network, leaving many seniors without access to the doctors they liked and trusted:

Reason TV: Obama’s failed first term promises

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During this hour, President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term and give his inaugural address. While he’s sure to make promises filled with unicorns and fairy dust, Obama is unlikely to follow through.

In a new video, Reason TV looked at the rhetoric during Obama’s first inaugural address — ranging from promises for fiscal responsibility to bringing more transparency — and compared it to reality by showing headlines noting trillion dollar budget deficits, continued government waste, and the lack of faith Americans have in their government:

Obama brings campaign rhetoric to a new low

In Ghostbusters II, Peter Venkman, played by Bill Murray, is approached by the mayor’s assistant and told that his ghosthunting team should stay away from his boss. Venkman replied, “You know, I’m a voter. Aren’t you supposed to lie to me and kiss my butt?”

That’s the impression that many of us have of politicians. Throught out my time covering politics, especially in the South, I’ve met many politicians who, upon shaking my head, gave me a look that told me that they would lie, cheat, and steal to get my vote. An authentic, consistant politician is a rare breed, and it’s most likely true that you’ve never met one.

So when it was reported yesterday that, during an interview with Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama called Mitt Romney a “bullshitter,” I had a good laugh. Not because it was funny, but because this is true of almost all politicians, including Obama himself.

There is a lot of outrage from Republicans about the comment, mainly because it showed a lack of class from a sitting president to attack his opponent in such a manner. For all of his talk about a “new tone” in political rhetoric, Obama’s campaign is certainly doing a bang up job in leading by example.

Republicans may have a point in saying that Obama’s comments were classless, but it’s unlikely to cost Obama many votes. To his point, Obama’s was pretty accurate. Many of us slammed Romney for his constant flip-flops during the last two cycles. These inconsistancies earned Romney the nickname “Multiple Choice Mitt.”

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