After hyping the TARP, Obamacare, Stimulus I and EduJobs spending behemoths as economic saviors, Obama just couldn't help overselling his half-trillion-dollar American Jobs Act. The teachable moment of "truthiness" for this taxpayer-subsidized scam came last week when Obama made an unwitting Boston teacher the botched poster child for his campaign.
"Hundreds of thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers have been laid off because of state budget cuts. This jobs bill has funding to put a lot of those men and women back to work. It has funding to prevent a lot more from losing their job," the Pinocchio of Pennsylvania Avenue told reporters during his East Room press conference in Washington, D.C., last Thursday.
For example, Obama spelled out: "I had a chance to meet a young man named Robert Baroz. He's got two decades of teaching experience. He's got a master's degree. He's got an outstanding track record of helping his students make huge gains in reading and writing. In the last few years, he's received three pink slips because of budget cuts."
Going in for the heartstring-tugging kill, Obama lamented: "Why wouldn't we want to pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids?"
Well, for one thing, Obama never "met" Baroz. They were in the same place at one point for a jobs bill rally at the Rose Garden in September. But the two never shook hands, never took photos, never spoke and never communicated with each other in any way that might be even remotely construed as "meeting."
Which would help explain why Obama got the most basic fact about his sob story wrong: Baroz doesn't need Obama's jobs bill to "put him back in the classroom teaching our kids" -- because he already has a job. As the Boston Herald reported, Baroz "works as a literacy and data coach at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, analyzing MCAS data and applying it to teachers' everyday lessons."
Let me spell that out again for the reading comprehension-challenged: Baroz doesn't need Obama to redistribute other people's money to get him a job. He already has one.
White House press secretary and former Time magazine journalist Jay Carney attempted to gloss over Obama's crystal-clear whopper about having met Baroz and his transparent insinuation that the teacher would benefit from passage of the bill: