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Liar In Chief

- May 10, 2016

Obama's Signature Foreign Policy And Domestic Policy Were Sold To The American People With Lies, With The Support Of Hillary Clinton

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • In a recent New York Times' profile piece on Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, it was revealed that the Obama administration "manufactured" a false narrative to sell the Iran deal to the American people.
  • Obama's other signature policy, ObamaCare, was also sold on PolitiFact's 2013 "lie of the year" that "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."
  • Clinton has been a central figure in both of Obama's big policy lies to the American people, and has touted her role in each major policy shift.

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LAST WEEKEND IT WAS REVEALED THAT OBAMA'S SIGNATURE FOREIGN POLICY ACHIEVEMENT, THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, WAS BUILT ON A "LARGELY" MANUFACTURED NARRATIVE "FOR THE PURPOSES OF SELLING THE DEAL

The New York Times' Profile Piece On Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes Showed The Administration "Largely Manufacturing" The Narrative On The Iran Deal "For The Purposes Of Selling The Deal"

The Way That The Administration Presented The Iran Negotiations "Was Largely Manufactured For The Purposes Of Selling The Deal." "The way in which most Americans have heard the story of the Iran deal presented - that the Obama administration began seriously engaging with Iranian officials in 2013 in order to take advantage of a new political reality in Iran, which came about because of elections that brought moderates to power in that country - was largely manufactured for the purpose for selling the deal." (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

  • "Even Where The Particulars Of That Story Are True, The Implications That Readers And Viewers Are Encouraged To Take Away From Those Particulars Are Often Misleading Or False." "Even where the particulars of that story are true, the implications that readers and viewers are encouraged to take away from those particulars are often misleading or false." (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

"The Idea That There Was A New Reality In Iran Was Politically Useful" By Evading "What Might Have Otherwise Been A Divisive But Clarifying Debate Over The Actual Policy Choices The Administration Was Making." "The idea that there was a new reality in Iran was politically useful to the Obama administration. By obtaining broad public currency for the thought that there was a significant split in the regime, and that the administration was reaching out to moderate-minded Iranians who wanted peaceful relations with their neighbors and with America, Obama was able to evade what might have otherwise been a divisive but clarifying debate over the actual policy choices that his administration was making." (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

  • In The "Story" That Rhodes Shaped And The Administration Presented, Moderate Forces Inside The Iranian Regime Provided An Opening And Willingness To Negotiate When They Came To Power In 2013. "In the narrative that Rhodes shaped, the 'story' of the Iran deal began in 2013, when a 'moderate' faction inside the Iranian regime led by Hassan Rouhani beat regime 'hard-liners' in an election and then began to pursue a policy of 'openness,' which included a newfound willingness to negotiate the dismantling of its illicit nuclear-weapons program." (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

The Significant Part Of The Negotiations Began When Iranian Hardliners Were In Charge, With Clinton's Top Aide, Jake Sullivan, Playing A Major Role In The Negotiations And "Thinking Through All The Angles" Of 'Spin'

The Meaningful Part Of The Negotiations Began In Mid-2012, Before "The 'Moderate' Camp Were Chosen In An Election Among Candidates Handpicked By Iran's Supreme Leader, The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei." "While the president's statement was technically accurate - there had in fact been two years of formal negotiations leading up to the signing of the J.C.P.O.A. - it was also actively misleading, because the most meaningful part of the negotiations with Iran had begun in mid-2012, many months before Rouhani and the 'moderate' camp were chosen in an election among candidates handpicked by Iran's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei." (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

In July 2012, Jake Sullivan, Clinton's Close Aide At The State Department, Traveled To Oman For The First Meeting With The Iranians To Engage In "A Serious Discussion" With Iran On A Nuclear Agreement. "In July 2012, Jake Sullivan, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, traveled to Muscat, Oman, for the first meeting with the Iranians, taking a message from the White House. 'It was, 'We're prepared to open a direct channel to resolve the nuclear agreement if you are prepared to do the same thing and authorize it at the highest levels and engage in a serious discussion on these issues…'" (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

As Subsequent Meetings With The Iranians Followed, Clinton's Top Aid And Deputy Secretary Of State Were Given "Huge Amounts Of License To Explore What The Terms Of The Deal Would Look Like." "Subsequent meetings with the Iranians followed, during which he was joined by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns. 'Bill and I had a huge amount of license to explore what the terms would look like, within the negotiating parameters,' Sullivan says. 'What the precise trade-offs would be, between forms of sanctions relief and forms of restraints on their programs, that was left to us to feel out.'" (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

  • Sullivan And Rhodes Spent Hours "Thinking Through All The Angles." "Sullivan and Burns spent hours before and after every session in Oman with the president and his closest advisers in the White House. When the president wasn't present, Rhodes always was. 'Ben and I, in particular, the two of us, spent a lot of time thinking through all the angles,' Sullivan says. 'We spent three, four, five hours together in Washington talking things through before the meetings.'" (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

By March 2013, Sullivan And Deputy Secretary Of State Bill Burns Finalized Their Proposal For An Interim Agreement, "A Full Three Months Before The Elections That Elevated Hassan Rouhani To The Office Of President." "In March 2013, a full three months before the elections that elevated Hassan Rouhani to the office of president, Sullivan and Burns finalized their proposal for an interim agreement, which became the basis for the J.C.P.O.A." (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

Former Director Of The C.I.A. And Secretary Of Defense Leon Panetta Disputed A Crucial Component Of The Administration's Public Narrative On Iran: That The Regime Is Divided Between "Hard-line" And "Moderate" Camps

Former Director Of The C.I.A. And Secretary Of Defense Leon Panetta Disputed A Central Feature Of The Administration's Narrative On Iran, Stating That "There Was Not Much Question" That The Supreme Leader Ran The Country With A Strong Arm, Leaving Little Room For Opposing Views. "At his institute at the old Fort Ord in Seaside, Calif., where, in the days before he wore Mr. Rogers sweaters, he served as a young Army intelligence officer, I ask him about a crucial component of the administration's public narrative on Iran: whether it was ever a salient feature of the C.I.A.'s analysis when he ran the agency that the Iranian regime was meaningfully divided between 'hard-line' and 'moderate' camps. 'No,' Panetta answers. 'There was not much question that the Quds Force and the supreme leader ran that country with a strong arm, and there was not much question that this kind of opposing view could somehow gain any traction.'" (David Samuels, "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru," The New York Times, 4/5/16)

Yesterday, White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest Refused To Say No Senior Official In The Administration Lied About The Iran Deal

Josh Earnest Spent 3 Minutes Of Yesterday's Briefing, Dodging Whether The Administration Ever Lied About The Iran Deal Details. QUESTION: "Can you state categorically that no senior official in this administration has ever lied publicly about any aspect of the Iran nuclear deal?" WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST: "No…Kevin, I think that the facts of this agreement and the benefits of this agreement make clear that the national security of the United States of America has been enhanced, and Iran's effort to acquire a nuclear weapon has been set back. In fact, Iran has now committed to not seeking to acquire a nuclear weapon and we can now verify that they are not able to acquire a nuclear weapon. It is our critics who either falsely or just wrongly suggested that Iran would never go along with the agreement. They have. They falsely or wrongly suggested that we would never be able to verify through the international community that Iran would abide by the agreement. They have. It is our critics who have suggested that Iran would experience hundreds of billions of dollars in benefits, a financial windfall, from this agreement. They have not. In fact, we have seen the Iran government complain about the fact that they haven't gotten the kind of financial benefits that they expected. So I recognize that there is an attempt by those who lied or got it wrong to try to re-litigate this fight, but the fact of the matter is, when you take a look at the concrete results of this agreement, Iran is not able to obtain a nuclear weapon. We can verify that their nuclear program is only focused on peaceful purposes, and we have succeeded in making the United States safer, in making Israel safer, and making our partners in the region safer because Iran is not able to obtain a nuclear weapon. This was not just a priority identified by President Obama. Preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon was a priority that was identified by Prime Minister Netanyahu and other leaders in the Gulf that work closely with the United States to advance our national security. That is the crux of this argument, and the facts indicate that the strategy that the president laid out was remarkably successful." (White House Daily Press Breifing, 5/9/16)

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Clinton Is "Very Proud" Of The Deal That Was Knowingly Sold To The American People On False Pretenses

Clinton: "I'm Very Proud Of The Iran Nuclear Agreement. I Was Very Pleased To Be Part Of What The President Put Into Action When He Took Office." CLINTON: "Well, I'm very proud of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. I was very pleased to be part of what the president put into action when he took office. I was responsible for getting those sanctions imposed which put the pressure on Iran. It brought them to the negotiating table which resulted in this agreement." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Democrat Primary Debate, Charleston, SC, 1/17/16)

  • Clinton: "I Was Responsible For Getting Those Sanctions Imposed Which Put The Pressure On Iran. It Brought Them To The Negotiating Table Which Resulted In This Agreement." CLINTON: "Well, I'm very proud of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. I was very pleased to be part of what the president put into action when he took office. I was responsible for getting those sanctions imposed which put the pressure on Iran. It brought them to the negotiating table which resulted in this agreement." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Democrat Primary Debate, Charleston, SC, 1/17/16)

OBAMA'S SIGNATURE DOMESTIC POLICY, OBAMACARE, WAS SOLD ON A PROMISE THAT AMERICANS COULD KEEP THEIR PLAN, A PROMISE NAMED THE "LIE OF THE YEAR"

PolitiFact Called Clinton And Obama's Keep Your Plan Promise "Lie Of The Year"

Obama: "If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan. If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor." OBAMA: "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. I can tell you, as the father of two young girls, I would not want any plan that interferes with the relationship between a family and their doctor." (President Barack Obama, Remarks On Health Care Reform, Washington, D.C., 3/3/10)

  • Clinton Was The Original Author Of The Promise That You Could Keep Your Health Plan Under The Health Reform Law . CLINTON: "Well, let me start by saying that this is the passionate cause of my public service. I started trying to expand health care many years ago, first to children, then to rural areas in Arkansas, and obviously tackled it during my husband's administration. And the reason why I have designed a plan that, number one, tells people, if you have health insurance and you are happy with it, nothing changes, is because we want to maximize choice for people." (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Primary Debate , Los Angeles, CA, 1/31/08)

Obama Was Forced To Apologize For Misleading The Public On Health Plan Cancellations: "I'm Sorry That They Are Finding Themselves In This Situation Based On The Assurances They Got From Me." OBAMA: "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this." (Chuck Todd, "Obama Personally Apologizes For Americans Losing Health Coverage," NBC News , 11/7/13)

PolitiFact Named The Promise "Lie Of The Year" In 2013. "Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology. For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,' the Lie of the Year for 2013." (Angie Drobnic Holan, "Lie Of The Year: 'If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It,'" PolitiFact, 12/12/13)

On Charlie Rose, Obama's Speechwriters Laughed About The "Lie Of The Year"

On Charlie Rose's PBS Show, Former Obama Aids Laugh About Writing "Lie Of The Year" Line. CBS'S CHARLIE ROSE: "My point is do you have equal impact on serious speeches? Because it's about style, use of language, etcetera?" FMR. OBAMA SPEECHWRITER JON LOVETT: "I really like, I was very - the joke speeches is the most fun part of this. But the things I'm the most proud of were the most serious speeches, I think. Health care, economic speeches." FMR. DIRECTOR OF SPEECHWRITING JON FAVREAU: "Lovett wrote the line about 'If you like your insurance, you can keep it.'" LOVETT: "How dare you!" [laughter] LOVETT: "And you know what? It's still true! No." (PBS' Charlie Rose, 5/9/16)

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Clinton Takes Credit For ObamaCare's Provisions

Clinton: "Before It Was Called Obamacare, It Was Called HillaryCare." CLINTON: "Before it was called Obamacare, it was called Hillarycare, as you remember. I fought really hard. The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, 3/4/16)


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