Is the luster coming off?

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on April 30, 2009

Earlier this month I noted that the Associated Press' "Fact Check" feature was more critical of President Barack Obama than's when it came to whether or not the increased cigarette tax violated Obama's pledge not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000.

On Obama's 100th day, the AP came out with another fact check, and again it is more critical of the president than we are used to.

"That wasn't me," President Barack Obama said on his 100th day in office, disclaiming responsibility for the huge budget deficit waiting for him on Day One.

It actually was partly him - and the other Democrats controlling Congress the previous two years - who shaped the latest in a string of precipitously out-of-balance budgets.

And as a presidential candidate and president-elect, he backed the twilight Bush-era stimulus plan that made the deficit deeper, all before he took over and promoted spending plans that have made it much deeper still.

I encourage you to read the whole thing. It will be interesting to see how much Obama has to spend -- how big Obama's deficit is compared to Bush 43's -- before the Big 3 broadcast networks, CNN and MSNBC stop buying Obama's blame-the-other-guy excuse.


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