Only hours away from a 2011 State of the Union address during which President Barack Obama is, unbelievably, expected to either call for more spending or propose partial freeze (which is it?), I decided to revisit the effort that earned him so much criticism — as a liar — in 2010.
During that speech, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was caught on camera (see video above) shaking his head in disagreement and then mouthing the words, “Not true,” in response to President Obama saying, “With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the flood gates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.”
The president was, of course, referring to the Court’s Jan. 21 ruling in the case of Citizens United v. FEC when the court rendered the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation void and made it clear that corporations have First Amendment free speech rights that translate into the ability to contribute to political campaigns.
One day after the speech, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) reacted with a back-handed compliment for the president during a radio interview with Joe Kelley of Tulsa radio station KRMG which I highlighted in this post.
“This guy can say things that aren’t true with greater conviction than anyone I’ve ever seen,” said Senator Inhofe.
Comparing President Obama’s 2010 speech to the first SOTU address by Bill Clinton, Inhofe said he honestly thinks that Obama is better.
“When he says things that he knows are not right, we know these are his weakest points and he tries to make them into his strongest points, things like we will do our work openly,” Senator Inhofe explained, “everybody knows, Joe, that all these deals on his government-run health care were done literally behind closed doors.”
Senator Inhofe also criticized the president for devoting only seven of 70 minutes on national security and for trying to appear as if he’s committed to tax cuts when he was the one who tried to pass huge tax increases related to health care reform and cap and trade legislation.
Can’t wait for reactions to tonight’s SOTU. Expectations remain low.
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