MSNBC’s First Read reports how Obama has taken McCain to task for recent remarks he has made on the economy:
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Obama didn’t let go of his attack on McCain in Williamsport yesterday afternoon, continuing to criticize the Republican nominee for a comment that he made about the economy making progress under George W. Bush.
“Our economy is in shambles,” Obama said before listing off statistics about how a community likes Williamsport had been affected over the last few years, citing losses in manufacturing jobs at sewing plants and window plants in the area.
“Lycoming County unemployment is at its highest point in three years and family incomes aren’t keeping up with the rest of the country,” Obama said. (Williamsport is in Lycoming.)
“Now, that’s what’s going on here, but I don’t need to tell you this, it’s going on all across the country. John McCain yesterday said that we are, that, that during George Bush’s tenure, the economy actually made great progress. That’s his quote,” Obama said.
However, the attack, like the one earlier today parsed McCain’s comments, quoting him on saying that the economy had grown but not including the fact that McCain acknowledged job losses and had said that the economic statistics brought “no comfort” to those suffering the most from the recent downturn.
Obama, himself, earlier in the day at a town hall in Erie, also acknowledged that the economy had made progress.
“Our economy actually expanded over the last seven years, that’s true,” he said, before going on to talk about how the expansion was unprecedented because wages had not increased along with the rise in GDP.
Obama, parsing McCain’s statements yesterday, added: “Now, keep in mind, this is a guy who called me out of touch.”
Thankfully as you can see from the bolded part of what I quoted, MSNBC called Obama out on what they imply is a gross distortion of McCain’s comments on the economy. The following video cuts right to the core of Obama’s attack, and proves that it’s more than just a gross distortion – it’s an outright lie (via Instapundit):
First it was his repeated lies about McCain’s “hundred years in Iraq” statement. Now this.
Is this is supposed to represent moving beyond the “politics of the past”? Senator Obama has once again proven that when it comes to saying what you mean and meaning what you say, his talk is nothing but, well, “just words.” And crowds as big as 35,000 continue to be mesmerized by these blatant lies, because Obama makes them “feel good” about themselves as part of some sort of “movement” …. a movement full of the same types of lies and distortions he and his campaign routinely criticize his opponent for. All with the eager help of so many in the mainstream media who also have been hoodwinked into “believing” his bogus “message” about the “politics of hope and change.”
Related: Tom Maguire discusses Obama’s record on gun control, and it’s not good news at all for supporters of the 2nd amendment.
Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.