Our good friend, Charles Lemos, has done some work on the facts as presented by Senator Obama in that now famous talk to his millionaire friends. And I want to share what he’s done with everyone:
I am still fuming that no one in the media is calling Obama on his mistatement in San Francisco.
Obama needs to be taken to task over the inaccuracies of his comments:
“And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Jobs did not fall during the Clinton Administration. I went and looked at the BLS for the top 100 US markets under Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43. Bush 41 led in 12 (Gary, Honolulu, Des Moines, El Paso, Little Rock, Fresno, Seattle, Witcha, Riverside/San Bernardino, Tacoma, Raleigh/Durham, Madison). Clinton led in all the rest or 88. None for GWBush.
Here are numbers for Pennslyvania markets:
GHW Bush Clinton GW Bush Allentown 0.59% 1.72% 0.00% Harrisburg 1.18% 1.73% 0.31% Philadelphia -0.95% 1.51% 0.14% Pittsburgh 1.10% 1.24% -0.51% Scranton 0.42% 1.10% -0.75%
Someone needs to point this out and soon.
The data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If I can get it and I’m in Colombia right now, the US media can surely do a better job of vetting the very junior Senator from Illinois.
Obama got SO many things wrong in his little San Francisco talk — my head reels from the arguments floating around in my head. But Charles is absolutely right about this one.
Things were much better for all of us during the Clinton years. And Obama’s a lying liar. And he has no right to lie about it.
(Also, I can’t help but be curious, what does Obama mean by this, “the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration” — what successive administrations is he talking about?)
[Update] I meant to add this link to more Obama rebuttals: Obama mocks Hillary.