How Many Lies Did Obama Tell At His Twitter Townhall?

I have no idea, I’m just askin’. I didn’t watch, but you know there had to be at least a few good whoppers.

Here’s at least one , according to Weasel Zippers:

We froze federal pay for federal workers for two years. Now, that wasn’t real popular, as you might imagine, among federal workers. On the other hand, we were able to do that precisely because we wanted to prevent layoffs, and we wanted to make sure that we sent a signal that everybody’s going to have to make some sacrifices, including federal workers. By the way, people who work in the White House, they’ve had their pay frozen since I came in, our high-wage folks. So, they haven’t had a raise in two and a half years, and that’s appropriate because a lot of ordinary folks out there haven’t either. In fact, they’ve had their pay cut in some cases.”

Video, here.


The White House released its annual salary report last week, and as usual, it’s nice to work for Barack Obama: Most staffers who were there for more than a year got a salary bump. A bigger one than you did.

The last time we checked in on White House salaries, we found that an astonishing 75% of continuing staffers got raises from 2009 to 2010—a huge number given the fact that, according to compensation experts, most companies had skipped routine raises that year in reaction to the economic crisis that the White House was busy failing to solve. This time around—from 2010 to 2011—the ratio is a little less dramatic. Of the 270 White House staffers who have been there for more than a year, 146—or 54%—received raises. The average salary increase was 8%. If you look at only staffers who got raises, the average increase was twice that.

Obama says, “by the way, people who work in the White House, they’ve had their pay frozen since I came in, our high-wage folks”.

21 White House staffers receive the maximum allowable salary of $172,200 a year, so I guess you could technically say, those “high wage folks” have had their salaries frozen.

See Also:

Gateway Pundit: Obama Fails to Lead, Lies and Promotes Failed Policies in Twitter Town Hall Disaster

AoSHQ: Obama Tuesday: “Leave Political Rhetoric At The Door” Obama Wednesday: The GOP Should Not Use Debt Ceiling Fight used as a gun against the heads of the American people”


Here’s the whole God-forsaken thing if you want to do your own fact-checking:


(Via Beth C.) Tomorrow: Facebook Town Hall with Paul Ryan:

Join Congressman Paul Ryan for a Facebook Town Hall. He’ll answer your questions LIVE.
Excellent. I guess he wasn’t all that intimidated by US Uncut’s recent FB Flashmob action against him:


Hump-Day Link-Around

Lisa Benson cartoon via Townhall.

Michelle Malkin has a great piece today on All the President’s High-Paid “Engagers” who work in the “Office of Public Engagement” (OPE) or “online engagement” — basically administration flacks who work for Valerie Jarrett and are paid with taxpayer dollars to shill for Obama.

First rule of Obama transparency: If it’s a holiday, it’s time for a White House document dump. Over the Independence Day weekend, the administration released its 2011 annual report to Congress on White House staff salaries. While economic data for the rest of America remains bleak, the financial outlook for Obama flacks looks rosier than the president’s complexion after his latest round of golf.

In total, President Obama’s 454 employees at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. will rake in $37 million. That’s up $4 million from the income of George W. Bush’s staff in 2008, back when the unemployment rate was three points lower, the federal government workforce was 12 percent smaller and the massive deficit was still measured in hundreds of billions, not trillions. One in three of Obama’s employees makes more than $100,000 a year.


Ed Morrissey covers Director of Progressive Media and Online Response , Jesse Lee, who has turned out to be the WH official Twitter-response Czar in  WH tweeting at gnats:

Little did I know just how far below their weight the White House would punch.  Heritage Foundation’s Rob Bluey analyzes Lee’s feed and discovers that 15% of all his rebuttals in the month since he took the job have been directed at one user, and it’s not Jake Tapper, Bret Baier, Chuck Todd, or even Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck.  Instead, Lee has spent almost one-sixth of his twitter time rebutting …  Kevin Eder.


LOL, sounds like @keder is keeping Jesse Lee distracted, which is not a bad thing.

A related reminder from Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin: #AskObama: Today’s Twitter Townhall:

As we speak, the teleprompter is being reprogrammed so that all evasive answers do not exceed 140 characters:

Starting at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, President Obama will hold the first ever “Twitter Town Hall,” to discuss jobs and the economy. The president will be speaking, not tweeting, but his questions will come from Twitter.

Go @keder!


Not so funny is the long piece at the American Spectator by Paul Kengor on the architect of all this nonsense, Valerie Jarrett, AKA “Obama’s brain”, who wants us to Let Obama Be Obama:

One of the most notorious Communist front groups ever was the American Peace Mobilization, created by the Soviet Comintern in concert with CPUSA, organized in the summer of 1940. Congress would rightly dub the American Peace Mobilization “one of the most seditious organizations which ever operated in the United States,” “one of the most notorious and blatantly Communist fronts ever organized in this country,” and an “instrument of the Communist Party line.”

The group’s goal was to keep America from going to war against Hitler or even providing Lend-Lease to nations like Britain being savaged by Hitler. The group took this position because, at the time, Stalin’s USSR was allied with Hitler. It was the Soviet line, and the ringleaders of the group were pro-Soviet patriots.

Among the antiwar rallies organized by the American Peace Mobilization was the 1st Illinois Conference of the National Negro Congress, held November 9–10, 1940, on the corner of 38th and Wabash streets in Chicago, held at the Wabash YMCA. Listed on the surviving letterhead for the event were several prominent American Communists, as well as endorsers like Frank Marshall Davis and, listed directly under Davis, Robert Taylor. Though no middle initial appears, this is almost certainly the same Robert R. Taylor who was Valerie Jarrett’s grandfather.

Robert R. Taylor of Chicago also appears in the major 1944 congressional report “Investigation of Un-American Propaganda Activities in the United States,” done by the Special Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, 78th Congress. On pages 609 and 2,100 of the voluminous report is Robert R. Taylor of Chicago. Taylor was flagged because of his role in the “Arrangements Committee” that organized the July 1939 Chicago Conference on Race Relations, which included as leaders several top national Communist figures.


Can it be true? Dick Morris reports: OBAMA LOSES JEWISH VOTERS…AT LAST!!!

In this video commentary, I predict that Obama, who carried Jews by 78% of the vote in 2008, would find his vote share diminished to only 56% today. This is the key finding of a survey of 1,000 Jewish voters I conducted from June 20-27 using telephone and Internet interviews.

To access the video – Go here!


Is it time to worry about  Agenda 21? The Daily Caller  has a report out, today, that suggests, yes: UN environmental initiative is the Tea Party’s new nightmare

Agenda 21 is a UN initiative that 178 governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) adopted in 1992 under the auspices of saving the environment. It bills itself as a coordinated plan of action to help nations and local government ensure “sustainability.”

“Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment,” the U.N. website explains.

While the aim sounds innocent enough, Tea Partiers argue that it is just a means to an end. The end, they say, is the usurpation of American sovereignty, a planned economy and redistribution of the wealth.

The media may be quick to dismiss this as the breathless caterwauling of a minority of Americans, but American Policy Center president Tom DeWeese says not so fast. According to DeWeese, these concerns are legitimate and repercussions of Agenda 21 are already visible, in urban growth schemes across the country.


The Alliance For Natural Health clues us in to another gift bestowed on the country over the holiday weekend courtesy of the most transparent administration, ever: FDA’s New Sneak Attack on Supplements:

Just before the July 4 holiday weekend, hoping to limit media attention, the FDA dropped a bomb on dietary supplements. Don’t let them get away with it! A new Action Alert.

On July 1, the US Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance for complying with the New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notification protocols contained in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).


Yes, and as Obama conducts his *ahem* “unprecedented” review of burdensome regulations…the New York Times reports: E.P.A. Chief Stands Firm as Tough Rules Loom:

In the next weeks and months, Lisa P. Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is scheduled to establish regulations on smog, mercury, carbon dioxide, mining waste and vehicle emissions that will affect every corner of the economy.

She is working under intense pressure from opponents in Congress, from powerful industries, from impatient environmentalists and from the Supreme Court, which just affirmed the agency’s duty to address global warming emissions, a project that carries profound economic implications.

The new rules will roll out just as President Obama’s re-election campaign is getting under way, with a White House highly sensitive to the probability of political damage from a flood of government mandates that will strike particularly hard at the manufacturing sector in states crucial to the 2012 election.


A red alert from the Daily Caller: ACORN Continues To Receive Taxpayer Cash, Group Says:

In spite of a law aimed at de-funding the controversial organization, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is still receiving taxpayer money through an offshoot group.

Legal watchdog group Judicial Watch discovered that the Obama administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a $79,819 grant to an ACORN offshoot, Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA). (NEA’s Obama endorsement comes as union’s influence wavers)

Though HUD intended the grant to be for AHCOA to “educate the public and housing providers about their rights and obligations under federal, state, and local fair housing laws,” the government website listing federal expenditures labels the recipient of the grant “ACORN HOUSING CORPORATION, INC.”

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told The Daily Caller this newly discovered grant appears to be in violation of an October 2009 law President Obama signed banning all funding of “ACORN and any ACORN-related affiliate.”


More good news from Doug Ross: Fecal Matter hitting the Fan in Europe:

President Obama and the Democrat Party are busy pursuing the same failed, socialist welfare state policies that are about to topple Europe. Endless wealth redistribution, socialized medicine, powerful unions, massive deficit spending, and corrupt, power-hungry politicians — these are the characteristics that define the modern Democrat Party and President Obama, specifically.

Tell me: what do you call the pursuit of policies that are today failing, have in fact never worked, can never work, and are always guaranteed to fail?


Don’t expect the drones to see the connection, Doug.

Amazing pictures at the Daily Mail, too.


The Blog Professor: Video of Advisor/Czar Van Jones: ‘America Is Not Broke… We Were Robbed, and Somebody’s Got Our Money!’


Today’s Operation Valour IT post via Wollfe: Valour It and remembering………

Now we get personal….. and give the reason for my accepting the ‘Comission’ of Team Leader for the Marines at Valour IT……

Hope you don’t mind, and really….. well, I don’t mind if you do…….. so long as you contribute, and leave me a friggin’ comment…. Jeebus, I alone out here?

I dedicated my part of this year’s fundraiser to my Dad, the “Sar’Major”, who passed a couple of weeks ago.

In later posts, I’ll celebrate a Good Man’s Life…..for today, I’ll give you a glimpse of Him, A Marine first and foremost…. then a Husband, and a Father….. we disagreed about numerous things, but….. well, he was better armed, and ‘outwardly’, afraid of nothing.

This is his First Commendation…… Yup, Silver Star…….

Come on, open your wallets and pull out your credit card….. it’s nothing compared to the Men and Women that protect you.

They need help.

Don’t make me invoke my Big Brother that died in Viet Nam….only twenty years later from Agent Orange……

Dammit, let’s get it together People! Those on the Marine Blogroll over there….-> -> ->
Start writing, motivating, e-mailing everybody you know!!

Do NOT make me say ‘please’…… You would seriously not like that…..

Blatherings …..has a piece up and a cool video…..

You can donate to the Marine team, here.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!


Report: ATF’s Melson Tells Congressional Investigators He Knew Nothing About Gun-Walking Until the Controversy Erupted

Kenneth Melson was expected to testify before Congress at some point in July,  as part of a deal between Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy  and the committee’s top Republican, Iowa’s Charles Grassley.

According to John Solomon reporting for The Daily Beast,  that  deposition took place on the 4th of July: Gun Sting Surprise:

While many Americans celebrated over barbecues and fireworks, acting ATF director Kenneth Melson arrived Monday with a private attorney on Capitol Hill for the interview, the sources said, speaking only on the condition of anonymity.

During hours of questioning, Melson told investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he has recently learned that other federal agencies may have withheld crucial information about possible drug cartel connections to the gun trafficking ring that his agency had tried to crack during a 15-month operation that used controversial tactics, the sources said.


In his interview, Melson said most of the operational decisions for the Fast and Furious operation were approved by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, which was leading a special strike force on gun trafficking, and that even he didn’t know about the specific orders to let straw buyers walk off with guns until after the controversy erupted, according to the sources.

He told the investigators he has subsequently learned that ATF agents during the operation did observe straw buyers transferring guns they had purchased to third parties, a possible legal violation, but did not interdict the weapons at the instructions of their immediate supervisors, the sources added.

Under questioning, Melson confirmed information the congressional investigators had received elsewhere that DEA and FBI had information about possible cartel connections to the gun trafficking ring under investigation but did not share it with ATF at the time. He expressed his own concerns about the flow of information from other agencies during a critical time in the war against Mexican border violence, the sources said.

Congressional investigators now want to know whether any of the players belatedly disclosed to the ATF had been working as assets or informants for other federal agencies, the sources said.

Melson also disclosed the existence of documents about the ATF case that have not yet been turned over to congressional investigators, the sources added.

Read the full report at The Daily Beast.

It sounds to me like they might be going for the “communication breakdown” defense – the lack of information sharing between agencies  is supposed to explain  how more than 1,700 weapons were allowed to walk across the border straight into the hands of criminals.

Hmmm. It still doesn’t make sense. It’s like they want to make the fall guy, the ‘communication breakdown’. But there has to be someone who knew what was going on, and was giving the orders.

See also:

Hot Air: Video: Mexican officials want Fast & Furious officials extradited for trial


Hans Spakovsky of PJ Media has more on Melson’s “the secret testimony” to congressional investigators: Gunwalker: The ATF’s Kenneth Melson Blows the Whistle on the Justice Department:

This morning, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley released a copy of a letter they sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on July 5 about Melson’s testimony. Melson’s revelations raise even more serious issues not only about the operation itself, but about apparent attempts by the Justice Department to mislead Congress on the details of the operation.

Contrary to the Justice Department’s denials, according to Melson, ATF agents specifically witnessed transfers of weapons from straw purchasers to third parties without taking any further action. Melson claimed that it was not until the public disclosure of the operation that he personally reviewed the “hundreds of documents” related to the case. He said he became “sick to his stomach” when he learned the full story. Even more shocking is that some of the “gun trafficking ‘higher-ups’ that the ATF sought to identify were already known to other agencies and may even have been paid as informants” by agencies such as the FBI and the DEA.

I was afraid some sort of  fix was in, but no – this looks very bad for the Justice Dept. I didn’t realize that he was meeting with investigators behind their back…

The details of Operation Fast & Furious just keep getting worse from the standpoint of prosecutorial ineptitude and incompetence.  But with Melson’s testimony, it is also appears that the Justice Department and specifically Deputy Attorney General James Cole have been obstructing Congress and engaging in a cover-up to prevent Congress and the public from finding out just how much the leadership of the Justice Department was involved in this expanding scandal.