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“Sounding Very Much Like A Used Car Salesman”

RNC Communications - June 7, 2011

Fact Checkers Review Obama’s Auto Bailout Claims, Conclude He Sounds Like A Used Car Salesman

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Said Everything Obama Claims “Needs An Asterisk Just Like The Fine Print In That Too-Good-To-Be-True Car Loan”:

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Gave President Obama’s Claims On The Chrysler Bailout THREE Pinocchios. (Glenn Kessler, “President Obama’s Phony Accounting On The Auto Industry Bailout,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 6/7/11)

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker: “What we found is one of the most misleading collections of assertions we have seen in a short presidential speech.” (Glenn Kessler, “President Obama’s Phony Accounting On The Auto Industry Bailout,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 6/7/11)

  • The Washington Post’s Fact Checker: “Virtually every claim by the president regarding the auto industry needs an asterisk, just like the fine print in that too-good-to-be-true car loan.” (Glenn Kessler, “President Obama’s Phony Accounting On The Auto Industry Bailout,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 6/7/11)

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker: “The president is straining too hard. If the auto industry bailout is really a success, there should be no need to resort to trumped-up rhetoric and phony accounting to make your case. Let the facts speak for themselves.” (Glenn Kessler, “President Obama’s Phony Accounting On The Auto Industry Bailout,” The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, 6/7/11)

FactCheck.org Said Obama Is “Sounding Very Much Like A Used Car Salesman”:

FactCheck.org: The President Is “Sounding Very Much Like A Used Car Salesman” When He Describes The Success Of The Auto Bailouts. “Notice the president — sounding very much like a used-car salesman — used the phrases ‘during my watch’ and ‘under my watch’ when describing the TARP loans as being ‘completely repaid.’” (Eugene Kelly, “Chrysler Paid In Full?” FactCheck.org, 6/6/11)

FactCheck.org: “Read The Fine Print” - The Obama Administration Is Not Getting Back $1.3 Billion It Gave To Chrysler. “Taxpayer beware: You have to read the fine print to know what the president means when he says Chrysler has paid back 'every dime' of loans it received 'during my watch.' The company got $12.5 billion in bailout funds under the Bush and Obama administrations, but — despite what the president said — isn't expected to pay about $1.3 billion of it.” (Eugene Kelly, “Chrysler Paid In Full?” FactCheck.org, 6/6/11)

FactCheck.org: The Obama Administration Forgave “A Significant Portion Of The Original Loan” Made To Chrysler. “We take no position on whether the government's investment in Chrysler was good public policy. We leave that for you to decide. But before you do, you should have all the facts. And the facts are that the automaker has not completely repaid the investments made by U.S. taxpayers, and that's the result of a decision by the Obama administration to forgive a significant portion of the original loan made by the previous administration.” (Eugene Kelly, “Chrysler Paid In Full?” FactCheck.org, 6/6/11)


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