"The president -- as you know, he was in a group of people that were -- I think he was this close to the president as you are to me. And the president knows his story. ... I mean, it's just indisputable -- as we found out again this morning -- that all around the country, teachers are being laid off. The president has a plan to solve, OK, or to address that problem. ... So I think the principle is just indisputable, as Mr. Baroz himself makes clear."
How would Carney have reported on such narrative-stretching spin when he was covering the Bush administration for Time magazine?
Obama's tall teacher tale is of a piece with the rest of his economic stimulus fables -- from the Ohio bridge he stood in front of that wouldn't see any jobs act money until 2015, if ever, to the thousands of promised construction jobs that would only go to a sliver of union-exclusive projects, to the pie-in-the-sky green jobs funding for weatherization projects that have mostly benefited Obama cronies.
All the little lies serve the larger Obama fraud of endless Keynesian intervention as a "cure." It's a deception even Senate Democrats refused to whitewash: "If spending money would solve our problems and crisis in America, we wouldn't have a problem right now because we sure did our share of spending money in the last few years," West Virginia Senate Democrat Joe Manchin said last month in casting doubt on the doomed Obama jobs bill. "It's just common sense to me. If some of the recommendations that are out there hadn't worked in the past, why would we do them over again?"
For his part, as an Obama true believer, the teacher Robert Baroz is excusing his hero's fabrications because they serve a supposedly higher truth: "To me, the question he posed to the people was a rhetorical question. The emphasis was on 'like Robert.' It's people who are like me, highly qualified, and are not working. That's the spirit of it."
Egad. If Baroz uses the same logic in his "literacy and data" coaching methods in the Boston schools, perhaps students would be better off without him.