Obama altered his health care promise on Monday evening in a speech to about 200 of his campaign supporters and health care activists, claiming “what we said was” you can keep your health care plan “if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed.”
Megyn Kelly was outraged tonight that Obama made this change without even acknowledging the former version of the statement was a lie. “It’s shocking to think the president explicitly misled millions of Americans about their healthcare!” she exclaimed. A lie that affected “relationships with their doctors and their children’s relationships with their doctors …knowing that it was untrue….because it was more salable to say it they way he did!”
She had former Bush speechwriter, Marc Thiessen on to talk about what he called Obama’s “premeditated lie.”
Marc wrote at the Washington Post, Monday: A Dishonest Presidency:
It’s not easy to get a lie into a presidential speech. Every draft address is circulated to the White House senior staff and key Cabinet officials in something called the “staffing process.” Every line is reviewed by dozens of senior officials, who offer comments and factual corrections. During this process, it turns out, some of Obama’s policy advisers objected to the “you can keep your plan” pledge, pointing out that it was untrue. But it stayed in the speech. That does not happen by accident. It requires a willful intent to deceive.
In the Bush White House, we speechwriters would often come up with what we thought were great turns of phrase to help the president explain his policies. But we also had a strict fact-checking process, where every iteration of every proposed presidential utterance was scrubbed to ensure it was both accurate and defensible. If the fact-checkers told us a line was inaccurate, we would either kill it or find another way to make the point accurately. I cannot imagine a scenario in which the fact-checkers or White House policy advisers would tell us that something in a draft speech was factually incorrect and that guidance would be ignored or overruled by the president’s political advisers.
Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!