In the past week there have been two instances where President Obama or a member of his administration were far more candid than usual. Maybe it was because both were not in front of Teleprompters or scripted on poll-tested talking points. President Obama and his administration have continuously altered the facts to prepare the landscape for this year’s reelection campaign. With the uncommon frankness from President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the narrative that Team Obama and the mainstream media have been trying to push unravels.
The first instance was an underreported back and forth between Secretary Geithner and Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) at a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing last week. To put this telling exchange into context, one has to rewind to February 2009 when President Obama said in a major address from the White House:
“[T]oday I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay – and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”
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