Apr 13, 2011

Now Vs. Then: President Obama Engages (Again) In Scare Tactics That He Once Derided

President Obama’s speech may have been light on specifics, but it certainly didn’t lack shameless political attacks and scare tactics. Therefore, we thought the President might need a brief refresher of his own words from just over a year ago, when he claimed that spending talks could not start by thinking about “how can we make the American people afraid of the other side.”

NOW: President Obama Claimed That Republican Budget Cuts Would Target “Someone’s Grandparents,” “Poor Children,” “Children With Autism Or Down’s Syndrome,” And “Kids With Disabilities.” OBAMA: “This is a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit. And who are those 50 million Americans? Many are someone’s grandparents who wouldn’t be able afford nursing home care without Medicaid. Many are poor children. Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome. Some are kids with disabilities so severe that they require 24-hour care. These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 4/13/11)

THEN: In January 2010, President Obama Claimed That Long-Term Deficit Reforms Would Not Be Possible If One Party Claims The Other Is “Being Irresponsible” Or “Trying To Hurt Senior Citizens.” OBAMA: “I raise that because we’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, ‘Well, you know, that’s — the other party’s being irresponsible. The other party is trying to hurt our senior citizens. That the other party is doing X, Y, Z.’” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At House Republican Retreat, Baltimore, MD, 1/29/10)