Debunking Almost Every Republican Lie Against President Obama

boehnercantormcconnellI’ve read thousands upon thousands of comments by Republicans in the 18 months since I founded my page Right Off A Cliff.  Usually what they say doesn’t bother me, because often it’s just ridiculous.  The thing that does drive me nuts is that about 95% of what they say is completely inaccurate.

Let me shred some of their Fox News fed rhetoric:

Obama has been the biggest spending President in history!  FALSE.  Year to year spending increases have been less than 1%.  They’ve also been at their lowest rate of year to year increases since Eisenhower.

Obama has spent more than all other Presidents in history!  FALSE. On January 20, 2009 our national debt was $10.6 trillion, today it’s $17.6 trillion—for a $7 trillion increase.  For the mathematically challenged, $7 trillion is less than $10.6 trillion.  This also doesn’t factor in the money spent in 2009, which gets tagged to President Obama, was actually passed by Bush.

*This also doesn’t take into account much of the cost of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had not been put on our books by the Bush administration.

Obama is a Muslim!  FALSE. You’re an idiot and I’m not even going to explain why.

Obama isn’t an American!  FALSE.  See above.

Obama is responsible for the immigration crisis! FALSE. He’s actually just following the law signed in 2008 by George W. Bush dictating how we must treat immigrants from non-contiguous countries.

Obama is the reason why our troops were pulled out of Iraq! FALSE.  Actually we pulled our troops out of Iraq because of a SOFA agreement that was signed by George W. Bush.

Obama has ruled like a dictator with his use of executive orders! FALSE.  He’s actually on pace to issue fewer executive orders than both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

Illegal immigration has been out of control under Obama! FALSE.  Actually, illegal immigration was much worse under Ronald Reagan.

Obama is a Communist/Socialist/Fascist!  FALSE.  They’re all different—it’s impossible to be all 3.  Then with stocks setting new records and increasing by more than 100% since their lows in 2009 - he would be the worst Communist, Socialist or Fascist that has ever existed.

Obama is always on vacation!  FALSE.  President Obama took 131 vacation days in his first 4 years in office.  That puts him on pace for 262 days during 8 years in the White House.  By contrast Bush took 1,020 days (including a 5-week vacation–the longest by any President in nearly 4 decades), and Reagan took 484 days.  Once again for the mathematically challenged, Obama is on pace to take fewer vacations than both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

The economy has gotten worse under Obama!  FALSE.  Are you insane, have selective memory or both?  In February 2009, we lost  651K jobs.  In February 2014, we added 175K jobs.  Again, for the mathematically challenged, that’s a positive shift of 826K jobs from our losses in February 2009 to our gains in February 2014.  We’ve also created 9.9 million private sector jobs for 53 consecutive months of private sector job growth.

I’ve seen the rebuttal to these numbers, so I’ll squash it right now before moving on:

Those jobs numbers are a lie!  No, they’re from the same source which Republicans have used to saddle Obama’s job losses (from his first year in office… and only his first year).  So you can’t use a source to support your argument, then ignore that very same source when it no longer supports what you want to believe.

Unemployment is at record highs!  FALSE.  Unemployment hit a high during November 2009 of 10%, it’s now at 6.2%.

I can already hear the Republican rebuttal to this one as well, “But that doesn’t include the people who have stopped looking for work!”  I hate to burst your bubble, but the unemployment rate never includes those who have given up looking for work.  This isn’t a shift in what defines our unemployment rate, this is how it has been calculated for quite some time.

Fun history lesson:  When Reagan took office, unemployment was at 7.5%.  Within his first 18 months in office unemployment shot all the way up to 10.8%.

Obamacare is unconstitutional!  FALSE.  The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, signed by the President and the Supreme Court ruled that it was in fact Constitutional.

Obama has been terrible for business!  FALSE.  Corporate profits are up 171% since President Obama took office and are at their highest levels, relative to the size of economic growth, since 1947.

Obama has waged a war on the rich! FALSE.  We’ve set a new record for number of millionaires in the United States at 9.6 million.

Obama is out to take away our Second Amendment rights!  FALSE.  Well, not anymore than Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush wanted to.  He wants to put back in place the assault weapons ban that was supported by Reagan and Bush that expired in 2004.  He also wants to limit magazine size to 10 rounds and require universal background checks for all gun purchases–something that is overwhelmingly supported by most Americans, regardless of political affiliation.

I’ll stop there.  I could have continued, but I’d risk going into fringe stories such as microchips and FEMA concentration camps that really don’t deserve anyone’s attention.

The point is, these statements comprise the vast majority of comments I read from Republicans, and they’re completely inaccurate.

This is why political debate goes absolutely nowhere these days.  It’s hard to have rational discussion with people who are starting their argument based on complete lies.  Not only do they base their argument on these lies, they want these lies to be true.  Even when you present them with indisputable factual data that contradicts their beliefs, it makes absolutely no difference.

And therein lies the problem.  They’re suffering from cognitive dissonance.  Simply put, it’s where the brain creates it’s own reality when faced with two conflicting beliefs.  You see this often in abusive relationships.  One partner is abused, but wants to believe their partner loves them–because that’s what they’re told.  They then equate abuse to love and convince themselves that it’s okay, because they want to believe that the person abusing them actually does love them.  Their brain can’t comprehend the conflicting realities, so they create some alternate form of reality which justifies these conflicts.

That’s where we’re at with Republicans.  They want to believe the lies they’ve been fed, even though reality doesn’t support them.  With this conflict they’ve created an alternate reality where facts don’t matter, science doesn’t matter, reality doesn’t matter, history doesn’t matter and math doesn’t matter…

And that’s very dangerous.

*Some changes have been made to this article to reflect updated numbers and events since the article was first published. Last edit on August 10th, 2014.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

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  • brainunwashing

    republicans bad, democrats good. democrats bad, republicans good. bah

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  • davids64

    I blame FauxNews: Murdoch, Ailes, and company have made LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY hatemongering in this manner. Why should they care that they are driving Americans apart? They are getting rich from it!

  • Jeana

    WoW, You can tell you’ve been watching tooooo much fox. But oh well I think you are still funny just like they are. fox news is a spoof on the truth aren’t they?

  • nick

    i dont watch fox i watch nbc, the democratic news channel and i still think this is bullshit

  • Chris martin

    And by balls you must mean military spending. Or do you mean loud rhetoric? Sir you are just another dinasaur. The world is changing faster than ever and the right wants to go backward and reward corporations who are their masters . Why else would they defiantly go against the wished or their constituencies? The wrap horseshit in a package with a tough guy bow on it for you and you but it line s Walmart sale. THINK about what you say and how silly it sounds. It is completely baffling how suckered we are by all this. Rome is burning while the right wing fiddles people. If you REALLY want change and truth and representation you get the money OUT IF POLITICS. Congress should wear their corporate donators logos on the suits like a stock car racer where’s his sponsors logo’s. At least we would know who they are working for. Cuz they AIN’T WORKING FOR YOU. They lie to you. Make it sound _____ (fill in blank) so you feel good but “you still fucking peasants as far as I can see”. ( bet you don’t know who said that either) have a Walmart Starbucky Day!!!

  • Jack

    Who knows what FOX is they just sit there everyday and night crushing CNN, HLN, MSNBC, NPR, CNBC, C-Span combined. They just laugh all the way to the bank while the low IQ district just fumes and curses watching the other channels.

  • Rodney Cockeram

    You must not be educated? If you look at history you will see

  • John Seitz

    You are absolutely correct Mr. Martin. It really doesn’t matter what news source we watch. Almost all of the main stream media, television, radio, and newspapers, are owned by 5 corporations. Their sole purpose is to promote a corporate agenda of fascism.

    fox promotes this agenda in a manner that can get through to conservatives, and NBC promotes this agenda in a manner that can get through to liberals.

    Everything else is a smokescreen to divert attention away from extreme income inequality. Anyone of the ten wealthiest people in this country has enough money to pay the housing costs for every single homeless person in this country. It just doesn’t get any more obscene than that.

  • Janet

    John Lennon, Working Class Hero

  • Susan

    I couldn’t agree more!

  • Susan

    John, I couldn’t agree more!

  • Ron S

    John, Does this mean that they should provide housing for everyone? Even if they have earned their wealth by hard work and brains, they should provide housing for ALL homeless, even the ones who are too damn lazy to get a job, are pigs on 2 feet or want to be left alone. This does not encompass all the homeless for sure, but there are many out there I wouldn’t give a shoe box to. You want a real education, try reading “Atlas Shrugged” and have your eyes opened. And BTW, BOTH sides of the aisle are lying to all of us every day. It’s how they keep us at each other’s throats and our minds off of the fact they are a lying , thieving bunch of hypocrites.

  • The Other Bob

    Fox’s ratings are declining. Even the sore-loser mentality is starting to wear down, evidently.

  • Scott

    If by crushing you mean the mass uneducated crowd that watches Fox News. Then yes, they own those idiots. Thankfully we don’t have to deal with them in government much anymore as they have split into social, economic, and greedy idiots.

  • Susan

    Regardless of ratings, it wasn’t enough to win the 2012 Presidential election!

  • Jack

    To the other bob you needed the other one here so you could take baby steps with him. Viewership is down not the ratings. The ratings are just a percentage of those watching that evening. The number of people is gone down. The worse hit is NBC. Do you realize that The History Channel’s show The Bible has generated higher ratings then anything on the so called big networks over that time period. That the food channel has more viewers then MSNBC and CNN not just combined but doubled? Attack FOX all you want but pity the liberal version for being despised.

  • Jack

    Poor little Susan once again. George Bush won re-election. Augusto Pinochet won re-election. Adolf Hitler won re-election. Winning re-election if you knew anything at all about history is meaningless.

  • Susan

    “Poor little Susan once again. George Bush won re-election. Augusto Pinochet won re-election. Adolf Hitler won re-election. Winning re-election if you knew anything at all about history is meaningless.”

    Jack, it’s clear that you despise and are threatened by intelligent women, and that you have the only valid point of view on the planet. You are completely unable to have a civil discussion of issues with those who disagree with you. I’ll just take a wild guess and make the assumption that your career is not in mediation.

    I thought I would share a few facts with you:
    Less than half of U.S. presidents who have served have been re-elected to a second term in office. Obama won in spite of Citizens United (69% of outside money benefited Republicans) and attempts to suppress voting. Even Michael Medved argued that, “history and logic say that Obama will likely lose.” Right wing pundits like Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, George Will, and Dick Morris all predicted a close but definitive victory for Romney.

    For the record, I am not an Obama fan.

  • Jack

    Susan you populate a world made of one, yourself. I am still attempting to figure out your bizarre reasoning so you say John F. Kennedy was a bad President because he never served a second term? You are aware that people died in office? Anyone tell you that lately? Hmmm? Anyone?
    Let me see that $1 billion that came from God knows where (BO’s) treasury can’t identify where all the money came from that was a happenstance? Just a quirk? You lack the capacity to foster or enjoin in an intelligent discussion because you bring just headline. You bring the condensed 5 second version of a year long battle and then scream Ah Hah there I proved my point.
    Bring an intelligent woman in here and let her speak. In the meantime little girl go back to impressing your office mates while they staple the coupons that I find in my Thursday mail collection.

  • edeevee

    “Jack, it’s clear that you despise and are threatened by intelligent women, and that you have the only valid point of view on the planet. You are completely unable to have a civil discussion of issues with those who disagree with you. I’ll just take a wild guess and make the assumption that …” At this point I was absolutely certain the next line was going to be … you penis is of inadequate size. Lol.

  • Susan

    No, I’ve never heard of John F. Kennedy? Who is that? He died in office? Really?

    I haven’t seen you prove a single point, and there has been no “Aha” moment. You, in fact, are the one who shows no reasoning behind your thinking–only ideology and no rational thought. Your only way of defending your beliefs is to call names and attempt to malign others. If anyone uses “headline thinking”, it’s you.

    Finally, just to burst your bubble, my office mates are rocket scientists and aerospace engineers. I’m a published scientific author, former mayor, and former campaign manager for a U.S. Congressman. It’s time for you to come out of the dark ages and realize that not all women work as secretaries in 2013.

  • Susan

    Another subscriber of “me” versus “we”, and typical assumption of conservatives and subscribers to Rand that the homeless are just a bunch of lazy bums. I dare you to spend some time with homeless people. Homelessness is, in fact, caused by tragic life occurrences like the loss of loved ones, job loss, domestic violence, divorce and family disputes. Other issues such as depression, untreated mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical disabilities are also responsible for a large portion of the homeless. Many factors push people into living on the street.

    Rand’s “thought,” such as it is, boils down to two simple ideas. One is that selfishness is the highest of moral virtues. The other is that the masses, above all resentful of success, are parasites living off the hard work of capitalists far superior to them in every way.

  • Jack

    Susan you need to go and live amongst the homeless. You have so much learning to do and I hope enough time to rid yourself of the insane notions you have come to learn what life is about. You are aware that homelessness is also a game that people uses to rip off the government. Tell me little girl have you heard of the circus? the trip? Have you lived in a homeless shelter?

  • Ron S


    I have not enjoyed the personal attacks you ha e endured by some others here, but am beginning to believe you might deserve it. Instead of reading EVERY word of my post, you chose to grab at a few, lumped everyone into generalities, then proceeded with your rant. Please, at least make an attempt to aspire to intelligent thought processes. You also haven’t read the book, but instead are just regurgitating what someone of lesser intelligence has said, probably after they never read it either. You missed my point entirely.

  • mike waterson

    Jack, Ii feel sorry for you. It must be quite painful to live with so much hate in your heart. I’ll pray for you. Jesus can heal your heart if you let him.

  • Jack

    Ahhh little Mikey Paterson why are liberals so predictable? They use the same what they suppose to be funny lines. They write the same (only monosyllables), and they always wish to jump in and give advice where no one has asked. They also have never seen first hand the terrible plight of the homeless that BO has given this country. They refuse to look at the soup lines. They turn back on the suffering of humanity and then declare that all who have compassion in the lives for those who have suffered so are full of hate. Poor Mikey you were nothing yesterday, you are nothing today and tomorrow you will be nothing squared.

  • Jack

    Wow and you actually believe that anyone alive would wish a discussion with you? Such great intellect that only you laugh at your own jokes. edeevee go get your mom off the street corner so you can have a conversation more on your level for the day’s activities.