Usually when I hear the folks over at the Obama campaign speaking, it takes a matter of minutes and a good internet connection to recognize that what is coming out of their mouths is a slew of lies. They lie so often, it’s commonplace.
While it may mean the freezing over of the seventh circle of hell is inevitable now, as is the aerial ability of swine, the Obama campaign finally had to tell the truth. How sad it is that the truth meant admitting they had been lying, and lying rather blatantly.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was no longer pleading ignorance about the story of a man who has appeared in both a super PAC ad and a campaign ad.
“No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads. He was on a conference call telling his story,” Psaki told reporters on Air Force One.
Missouri steelworker Joe Soptic starred in an Obama campaign ad and participated in a conference call with the campaign in May, as POLITICO reported Wednesday. He resurfaced this week in a Priorities USA Action super PAC ad, charging that his wife died of cancer after Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm laid him off.
Distancing themselves from the controversial ad, Obama campaign staffers initially denied knowledge of Soptic’s story — despite the fact that he was in an Obama campaign ad.
Adviser Robert Gibbs said he didn’t know “specifics,” while deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said on CNN: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”
And yesterday on Air Force One, Psaki said, “we don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family.”
As a reminder, this is an ad that Brent Budowsky of the Hill said:
“It is sickening. It is despicable. It is unworthy of a sitting president. It is unworthy of a candidate for president. It is unworthy even of the campaign from hell we are witnessing.”
It is all of these things and more. The question now is the same thing we would ask our kids in a similar situation – What is worse, the act itself, or the lies trying to cover it up?
Should we really be questioning and reprimanding the President of the United States as if he were a child?
As a reminder, here is the disgraceful ad in question, which itself has been debunked as a lie…