Tuesday, February 12, 2013

AP fact checkers skewer Obama's State of the Union

AP, normally a reliable backer of President Obama, assigned its fact checkers to look into the veracity of tonight's State of the Union Address.

Obama's claims didn't stand up well. Where were these fact checkers during the campaign season?

Here's one:
OBAMA: "After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs."

THE FACTS: That's in the ballpark, as far as it goes. But Obama starts his count not when he took office, but from the point in his first term when job losses were the highest. In doing so, he ignores the 5 million or so jobs that were lost on his watch, up to that point.

Private sector jobs have grown by 6.1 million since February 2010. But since he became president, the gain is a more modest 1.9 million.

And when losses in public sector employment are added to the mix, his overall jobs record is a gain of 1.2 million.
AP also skewers Obama's boasts on automobile gas mileage, ObamaCare, illegal immigration, and Head Start.

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