Bob Barr

According to the Chinese calendar, 2013 was the Year of the Snake. For Americans, however, the year just drawing to a close will be known as the Year of the Lie. Not since the Nixon Administration -- which ended with Richard Nixon resigning in order to avoid being impeached -- has the credibility of a President been held in such low esteem.

Mired in more scandals than fingers and toes on which to count, it seems President Barack Obama and his defenders spent more time this year fibbing to the American people than actually running the executive branch. From the scandals that rocked the IRS, to the disaster that is ObamaCare, the lies emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have indeed come – to coin a phrase – “Fast and Furious.” Herewith, the Top Ten Lies of 2013.

Lie Number 10: “[The debt ceiling] is not something that is a negotiating tool. It’s not leverage.” - President Barack Obama, 12/20/13. Obama’s words in December differ drastically from the actions his Administration took during October’s government “shutdown.” While Republicans worked for a budget resolution, the White House intentionally made the shutdown as worse as possible for citizens and government workers, including using barricades to block visitors from open-air national monuments.

Lie Number 9: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.” - President Barack Obama, 9/4/13. Obama’s lack of experience in matters of diplomacy and international affairs is most obvious in his haphazard approach to foreign policy in the Middle East. Addressing the matter of chemical weapons in Syria, Obama sent a “warning shot” to the Assad regime in Damascus, deliberately using the term “red line” in August to describe what would prompt America to take military action. When the American public turned against Obama’s rush to war, he tried amateurishly to flip the script with a lie, contradicting what he said just weeks before.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.