Conservatives Spend the 4th of July Lying About President Obama

As you were happily eating your French freedom fries this Independence Day, the armchair patriots of the Republican Party via their conservative media outlets were stewing in a marinade of right wing lies about your President. The usual suspects — Karl Rove and Breitbart’s site — are involved. They kicked off the celebration of our independence by lying on Saturday.

Sure, this is nothing new, but this time around the lie was so blatant, so horrifically obvious, that it should be noted for it tells us something important about the Republican Party and its followers.

The conservatives have decided that the President is spending July 4th in Paris, France to raise money for his campaign. They are outraged, I tell you! OUTRAGED!

What kind of Muslim Kenyan Socialist spends 4th of July in Paris!? Oh, well, yeah. Okay. It kinda makes sense if you believe everything they say. And therein lies the rub.

Here’s Ezra Klein sitting in for Rachel Maddow and detailing the latest big right wing lie:

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In reality land, the President is actually spending the day at the White House giving a barbeque for our troops. Sinner! Here’s their announcement:

“Happy Fourth! In each of the past three years, President Obama has marked Independence Day with a celebration at the White House featuring a concert, organized by the USO, to honor members of the U.S. military and their families.

Tonight, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will continue the tradition by hosting more than 1,200 troops and military families for fireworks and a concert featuring country music star Brad Paisley.”

And of course, it’s worth noting in passing that it is W. Mitt Romney who lived in France while dodging the draft, speaks fluent French, and is spending his Fourth ensconced in an 8 million dollar elite paradise that his son hopes real Americans don’t discover and ruin because they like having it to themselves. Rah rah.

First of the big outlets to spread the lie about Obama spending the 4th in Paris was Andrew McCarthy of the National Review made this announcement, writing:

Final Jeopardy – Category is OBAMA: The answer is: Fundraising in Paris

Karl Rove tweeted out McCarthy’s obvious lie on June 30th:

Final Jeopardy – How will Obama be spending American Independence Day this week?

It’s now July 4th, and Rove hasn’t corrected his Tweet.

How could Andrew of the National Review have known this was a lie? Well, for starters, he linked to I kid you not. It’s as if they don’t know or don’t care that Breitbart’s site is a known source for lies, selectively edited tape, and emotionally questionable bullies.

Obama Campaign Celebrates Independence Day … with Fundraiser in Paris

Apparently tiring of US soil as a source of campaign dollars, the Obama campaign is headed overseas — with its celebrity friends in tow. The European Obama campaign starts next week in Paris on July 4 with a reception organized by various fundraising heavy-hitters. Independence Day fundraisers in Paris – now that’s a flag-waving campaign.

Breitbart’s writer Ben Shapiro was of course outraged in all his patriotic glory, and offered a thin bridge from Obama campaign to Obama sorta, by sneering that maybe only in France can Obama still find cheering throngs. That leads the reader to think that Obama will indeed be there.

But Shapiro got his story from the Hollywood Reporter, whose story was headlined “George Clooney to Appear at Mega-Dollar Obama Fundraisers in Geneva”

Yes, the story is about Geneva but if you dive into it, in the last two paragraphs we learn that they will kick off in Paris. Clearly Obama wasn’t going to BE THERE , as it reads:

Meanwhile, the Continental branch of the Obama fundraising effort will kick off next week in Paris with an Independence Day reception at the Rosenbloom Collection on the chic Rue du Chevaleret. Organizers Forrest Alogna, Pamela Boulet, Zachary James Miller, Valerie Picard, Joe Smallhoover and Curtis Young will host an early-evening event whose ticket prices range from $250 to $1,500.

This led predictably to the outraged Fox army condemning the “socialist” President on Twitter.
@FoxNewsMom wrote:

Fitting: Comrade Obama Campaign to Celebrate 4th of July in Socialist France:…

And much ado about how the President hates America, blah blah yada puke.

I know you’ve run into these folks in person, if not online. It doesn’t matter what facts you send their way. They are convinced that only they know the truth, and they’re super, duper angry.

Since we occasionally see a person spouting such right wing outrage go off their rocker (“one bad apple” defense should be turned into “poisoned right wing apple orchard”) and either run screaming from the cockpit of a plane or go on a shooting rampage to get rid of the socialist garbage, it’s time to ask ourselves how to deal with people who live in an alternate reality.

Do you think reality has any bearing at all on the Right? No, you know better than that by now. It matters not what the AP reports or the White House or the fact that there are itineraries for the President and the schedule is available to any who wish to look. The pictures and video won’t matter. Facts don’t matter.

On July 2nd, Michele Bachmann was on Piers Morgan spreading the utter fabrication that Obama was charging Americans a 3% tax on their houses to pay for ObamaCares. This lie came from a chain email that was debunked years ago. Conservatives spent the Post-ACA ruling days steeped in Death Panel revivals and numerous other conspiracy theories involving God and epilepsy.

What kind of party purposefully exists on lies? What kind of people fall for the lies and then thuggishly, angrily throw them in the faces of everyone they know for months with nary a care when you reply all with Snopes.Com debunking them?

The time has come to declare our independence from the lying cons on the Right, whose insane army of drone thugs never, ever show even a moment of shame for maliciously lying – even when doused in facts. They are immune to facts. And the really sad thing is, some of these people – the cult members – are nice people in person. They are our relatives, our friends, our co-workers, and our neighbors. But when the President comes up, they turn into slobbering zombies of hate. It’s okay if they scare you a little bit. They should.

We are not meant to accept pure fabrications as reality, nor is this politics as usual. When one party operates within a demonstrably proven false reality, we have a problem.

They claim you are divisive when you fact check them. They call you a partisan or accuse you of being an Obama loving Socialist. You may well be an Obama loving Socialist, but that isn’t why you are bothered by reality nor does it discount or disparage your accurate version of reality as it’s intended to.

Sadly, this accusation is only a projection from people who believe everything they are told and do not believe facts when they read them. They believe everything the Republican leaders and conservative media tell them. They are tools of the highest order, being used and abused. They don’t care about fact checking and Google is only there to help them spread the latest chain email of lies.

I suggest to you that this July 4th be our independence day from the lying liars and their thuggish behavior. It’s time to say enough. It’s time to shake your head in calm condemnation of the liar over dinner. It’s time for people of all political beliefs to insist that at the very least, political leaders and media be accurate about something so clear and so obvious.

If we don’t take a stand for reality, we’re heading to dangerous waters. Demand that reality prevails and refuse to accept alternative, paranoid reality of the deranged conservative cult.

Does Karl Rove have no shame? Does the National Review have any standards at all? Where are the retractions or corrections? This is shame worthy behavior, and they deserve to be ridiculed and mocked for it. The Republican War on Reality is a sign of just how empty their party has become. When all you have are outright lies, what do you stand for?

While the Right wing lies about President Obama’s Fourth of July, he will be spending it as he always has since he became President — with the troops.

18 Replies to “Conservatives Spend the 4th of July Lying About President Obama”

  1. Thanks. You’re right, it’s time we recognized the angry baboons for what they are, and take a (metaphorical) stick to whack their nasty asses back into the bush.

    “That’s a lie.” pause. repeat. pause. repeat….

  2. I don’t agree with everything that President Obama has done, but why tell an outright lie that he is in France???

    Someone needs to tell the dysfunctional Right that LYING is wrong. Also a sin.

  3. Basically, the Machiavellians behind the screen are breeding a Myrmidon army of Hammerheads to do their dirty work- their lie-spreading, their shouting, bellowing, intimidating, mobbing, violence, and eventually insurrection and assassination- for them. The pupppeteers know these are lies. The Hammerheads really know these are lies, too, but they seize on them because: (a) they hate our black President; (b) they hate him because he is black, but they know they’re not suposed to; (c) therefore, they hate him because he is “evil”; (d) in the absence of any concrete evidence that he is evil, they seize on every harebrain rumor to “prove” he is “evil”; (e) and it gives them such a thrill of pleasure to “prove” he is “evil” that they engage in selective stupidity to tune out actual facts and evidence against their hypothesis that the black man in the White House is “evil”. They furthermore greet every contradiction with such squalls of narcissistic rage that sane people won’t talk in front of them any more, thus creating the spiral of silence their puppeteers can use as evidence of consent to their agenda and to validate their fiction that only Hammerheads are “ril uhMericuhns”.

  4. Reynardine- I agree with your assessment, but can you do it without the obscure references? Myrmidon? a greek land, enemies in a video game? It dilutes your astute observation.
    I have posted something similar in discussion groups, telling people that this is an ancient tactic used by the elite, wheher it’s emporers, barons, kings, fascists, or corporatists- get the people riled up over fake issues, and throw them into the Coliseum to fight it out while WE steal their lands, crops, wives.

  5. Republicans lying about our President again. It’s all they have, fabrications with no basis in fact. Will the media cover the White House event?

  6. “…President Obama’s Fourth of July, he will be spending it as he always has since he became President — with the troops…”

    I’m waiting for the “Na-Naah! That was staged! It happened 2 weeks ago! There were no troops at the White House and if there were…well, HE wasn’t there…it’s all staged!”

    Soooo predictable.

  7. “Slobbering zombies of hate”.. Now that’s a good description!

    But how do we counter the National Review or Breitbart or some of these other outlets? Should hordes of truth-tellers (usually liberals) jump on their comment streams or accost them on Twitter and Facebook and insist that they tell the truth?

  8. Ronin, I forget some people are young.

    “Myrmidon” was a term used in the political speech of the Seventies to indicate a thuggish, low-brow group tacitly encouraged by the polite members of an ingroup to behave violently towards outgroup members in order to keep them down: for example, men culturally incited to rape or beat women, or “poor whites” culturally incited to commit arson and lynching against “uppity” blacks. In this way, nondominant groups are pitted against each other; the targets of violence are intimidated from taking part in society, while the direct perpetrators are simultaneously tarred as perpetrators. The simplest model of this, of course, is where black men are portrayed as raping white women, who in turn are portrayed as mendacious false witnesses harming black men. Now that “Mooslins” “cultural Marxists” “wetbacks”, and “terror babies” are in the mix, along with “the gay agenda”, it’s still more interesting. The President has been tarred with every one of the above allegations except being a biological female.

  9. It won’t do any good to tell the right-wingers the truth about anything, buckeyewill. They either dismiss the facts or ignore them. There was a poll in my online newspaper here in Middle GA today that asked whether the poll’s respondents believe the ads about Romney. It didn’t surprise me that most of them said that they don’t believe them. People like Rove, the Foxbots, and the crew at Hotair and Breitbart are immune to facts. They’re so blinded by their own ideology that facts can’t penetrate the fantasy world they’ve created for themselves.

  10. I’m still battling now-ancient lies… thinking there’s value in it, this campaign season.

    For example, there’s a little remarked fact from American history: although we’ve been notably a naval power, only one President was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (top 10% of the class, too).

    Now who was it? Hint: his successor in the Presidency had branded him as weak on national defense. To give you the time-frame, he was also hand-picked for“>Hyman Rickover’s nuclear navy.

  11. Interesting article, although making falsehoods of supposed falsehoods is not a way to try and get your point across.

    The Karl Rove tweet actually mentions “this week” at the end of the answer. Anyone with half a brain on either side of politics would understand the reference is to the Obama Campaign. I will agree he should have put “Campaign” after Obama, but he might not have had the space.

    I am curious on this dodging draft thing liberals keep bringing up. The only thing I can figure, is that the draft was instituted under Democrat presidents, under a Democrat started war, and is a mandatory action where people didn’t have the freedom to choose to volunteer, as it is now. I guess it’s because it’s an insult to the Democrat way of doing things.

    The Breitbart site actually had the story right in that it’s the Obama campaign is in Europe raising funds. It didn’t imply anything else. I am wondering though, why is the Obama campaign raising funds from foreigners if it’s illegal?

    Oh and another thing, yes there is a 3.8% medicare tax on unearned income (capital gains, property, etc.) CHAPTER 2A—UNEARNED INCOME MEDICARE CONTRIBUTION

    ‘‘Sec. 1411. Imposition of tax. (1) APPLICATION TO INDIVIDUALS.—In the case of an individual, there is hereby imposed (in addition to any other tax imposed by this subtitle) for each taxable year a tax equal to 3.8 percent of the lesser of— …”

    You also joking refer to “death panels” that have been brought up by conservatives. It’s interesting that liberals gloss over the 15 member IPAB that is in charge of deciding what is and isn’t covered. According to the Independent Women’s Forum – “To carry out this duty, IPAB will make decisions about Medicare payment
    policy that will impact access to health care for millions of seniors. Since end-of-life care is typically the most expensive kind of health care, these restrictions will weigh most heavily on the oldest and sickest.”

    I put facts before you, yet say I’m of those lying cons. Who’s the lying one now?

  12. The ACA bill does not remove the Congress from it’s legislative duties. i.e. The IPAB can be changed or removed by legislative process. And on the 3.8% Medicare tax you talk of, the Tax
    Foundation states: “The bill would impose essentially a capital gains taxes on some home sales made by a limited number of taxpayers. (The health care law contains a new 3.8 percent tax on “unearned income” for high-income taxpayers. Unearned income includes capital gains.) To be hit by the 3.8 percent capital gains tax, you first have to be a married couple making more than $250,000 in adjusted gross income or $200,000 if you are single. The capital gain on the home sale must also exceed $500,000 if this is a primary home and you are a married couple ($250,000 for singles).” And, the tax would only apply to amounts above those profit levels. So, this may impact only those in the top 1-2% of earners. the 99% won’t be affected. And, if you are lucky enough to find someone who will buy your home at over $250-$500K more than you paid, I’d say good for you. You have found the stupidest buyer in the world.

  13. I believe that if the right continues, they are setting the stage for both genocide of the GLBT community, and civil war. Anyone who disagrees with them is now in danger of being ineligible to vote.

    History is repeating itself, Hitler is gaining power again, genocide and war is coming. The frustration level is so high in the GLBT community that if Romney is elected, he will have to take extreme measures to stay alive.

  14. These Right Wingers is some very sick People Lying Stupid MORONS, they Prey on the Weak and Uneducated and Southerns, this is KARL ROVE behind this Big lie, these same People that PUSH THIS COUNTRY OFF the CLIFF, KARL ROVE THE THUG, who should be sitting in JAIL RIGHT NOW, we just don’t understand how PEOPLE CAN TRUST THE SAME PEOPLE WHO PUSHED THIS COUUNTRY off the Cliff, they sit there and Clapping and Cheering off lies, the People are just as Evil as these LYING MONSTERS, this is WHY ALL THESE STORMS, FIRES, and FLOOD to much evil to many people are now SERVING SATAN, they should label themselves as ANTI-AMERICAN. The PRESIDENT spent today CELEBRATING with our MILITARY MEN and WOMEN and their Families, INDEPENDNECE DAY, THESE EVIL MONSTERS HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO BUT SPREAD LIES. PEOPLE only Believe what they Want, they should have known the President spents the 4th JULY EVERY at the WH. with the MILITARY and their FAMILIES, every year, Plus it was announce.

  15. No matter how many times you tell them, that he spent 4th july at the White House with the troops, they will purposefully tell everyone that will listen to their horseshit, that the President hates America so much, He cound’nt stand to spend his holiday here. Even if they know it’s false, they love the talking point, anything to hurt this President. The Republicans have let their hate grow into a true mental health problem, Their “outrage” over healthcare, they are truly having a major mental health breakdown, with elements of mass hysteria, and paranoid delusions, the next step is probably ignoring the law, and resorting to violence.

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