Charles Koch Says It’s Undignified for the President to Tell the Truth About The Kochs


It would be a stretch to find a person over the age of seven that has never heard, or cannot grasp the meaning of, the saying “the truth hurts.” Likely because they are pathological liars, Republicans and their various conservative and religious cohort basically cannot understand why any human being, much less a politician, would ever utter the truth when they can lie; especially when the truth can be so brutally hurtful. On Monday while in Nevada, President Barack Obama spoke the truth about the dirty filthy energy industry during an energy speech and it obviously hurt poor beleaguered Charles Koch’s feelings and the White House could not care less and was unafraid to tell Koch he is a liar.

During his Monday speech on renewable energy at the  National Clean Energy Summit, President Obama said, “You start seeing massive lobbying efforts backed by fossil fuel interests, or conservative think tanks, or the Koch brothers pushing for new laws to roll back renewable energy standards or prevent new clean energy businesses from succeeding — that’s a problem.” It is difficult to discern if Charles Koch’s feelings were hurt because he personally identifies with fossil fuel interests, conservative think tanks, or “the Koch brothers” even though all three are the Kochs, but he lashed out at the President for daring to tell the truth about the Kochs et al (fossil fuel industry, conservative think tanks).

Koch said that it was a low blow for the President to speak the truth and also that he was absolutely “flabbergasted” that a politician had the temerity to speak honestly about the Kochs. He said, “It’s beneath the president, the dignity of the president, to be doing that.” By doing that Koch means President Obama told an audience what they are very well aware of; not only are the Kochs waging war on clean and renewable energy, they are the “problem” and fund the “massive lobbying efforts to eliminate renewable energy standards and obstruct new clean energy businesses from even starting, much less succeeding.

Apparently, Charles Koch wants  Americans to believe the he and his billionaire brother, the fossil fuel industry, Koch-funded ‘belief tanks like Americans for Prosperity and Heritage Action, are rabid supporters of clean and renewable sources of energy and it was “beneath the President” to dare say otherwise. Koch portrayed President Obama’s remarks as an unwarranted personal attack and claimed he could not believe the President would say “so many things about us that were the opposite of the truth. I was really dumbfounded. I didn’t expect that from the president.” No, what Koch did not expect was that the President of the United States would have the temerity to tell exactly the truth about the billionaire oil magnates’ attempts to thwart every possible effort to shift America to clean and renewable energy.

Charles Koch is a typical pathological liar because two years ago the brothers’ state-level legislative arm the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity embarked on a massive campaign and crusade to do exactly what President Obama accused them of; pushing legislation to roll back clean energy standards to kill jobs and keep air and water quality on par with third world developing countries. During his rant over having his billionaire feelings hurt by the President, Koch said Koch said “We are not trying to prevent new clean energy businesses from succeeding. As a matter of fact, we’re investing in quite a number of them, ourselves whether that’s ethanol, renewable fuel oil. We’re investing a tremendous amount in research to make those more efficient and create higher-value products;” products that are not remotely clean or efficient compared to solar and wind and solely related to, as President Obama noted, the fossil fuel industry.

The White House did not back down from the truth about the dirty Koch brothers and  White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Koch’s comments do not match with reality; in street language he called Charles Koch a dirty liar. He said, “I’m not sure whether to describe those comments as remarkably rich or utterly predictable. It’s that when the president is advocating the end of tax subsidies that benefit oil and gas companies, that somebody who has made billions of dollars leading an oil and gas company, might not think very highly of that policy proposal.”

Earnest continued in response to questions about the President’s truth hurting the Kochs. He said, “I think what is also interesting is the claim that somehow Koch Industries hasn’t advocated for the continuation of those oil industry tax subsidy policies. The fact is that Koch Industries has spent at least hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying Congress, these are public disclosures, in support of those kinds of policies, to say nothing of the millions of dollars that they have spent punishing those candidates that didn’t side with them.”

What Earnest did not elaborate on, or even mention, are the millions upon millions of dollars the Koch’s and their fossil fuel cohort spend every year on legislative repeal efforts to put an end to renewable energy standards and thwart the availability and usage of clean and renewable energy like wind and solar by Americans. In fact, during the President’s speech in Nevada he came out in support of consumers battling a giant energy supplier’s efforts to put an abrupt end to Nevada’s nation-leading solar panel industry with valuable assistance from the Koch-funded ALEC.

What bothers Charles Koch the most is that finally there are Democrats who are calling them out by name and alerting the public to their evil machinations to snuff out clean and renewable energy to maintain their dirty monopoly on energy. Charles Koch could not believe that the President of the United States would do something that “flabbergasted” the dirty billionaire like telling the truth about how the Koch brothers are spending heavily on lobbying to roll back clean energy standards to maintain fossil fuels grip on all energy in America.

If Charles did not appreciate the President calling out the Koch brothers by name, he was likely astonished that the White House would dare “hit back” at the Kochs and call them out on their continued lying. Earnest said he was not sure if Koch’s comments were “remarkably rich or utterly predictable,” but he clarified the White House’s position when he said, “Koch’s comments do not match reality.” In other words, he called Charles Koch a liar who is so ensconced in mendacity that it is highly likely that the President’s truth did hurt poor Charles and David Koch.

35 Replies to “Charles Koch Says It’s Undignified for the President to Tell the Truth About The Kochs”

  1. I love the “UNLEASHED” President Obama. If the truth hurts the GOP, it’s about time. They and their policies have been hurting the nation for a very long time. And Charlie, supporting “clean fuel oil” is not the same thing as supporting clean energy, and you damn well know it. And rolling back every regulation for clean air and water is not only stupid and dangerous, it’s insane. I’m sure you and yours will fight tooth and nail to keep fracking 200 miles from your homes, but what about the rest of us? man up, admit you’re a lying thief, and take your dirty billions and go away.

  2. Remember that how Obama bad mouths and tries to shut up anyone who doesn’t get his line when you whine and complain how Donald Trump told that Mexican Ramos to shut the fuck up.

  3. ‘Beneath the dignity of the President to attack us’…. HA! What a load of crap!

    The Kochs are Public Enemy #1. It is NOT beneath the dignity of the President to do everything in his power to take down Public Enemy #1… what would be beneath his dignity is to basically bend over and let the Kochs have their way with him like they have with everyone not named Trump in the clown car.

  4. Politifact: Obama Completed or is Working on 77% of his Promises
    PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
    We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.

    The report card above provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

    Let’s pause for a second to consider that he came in with three disastrous wars, a great recession and a crashed stock market. And still, he was able to get 77% of his agenda through with recalcitrant, despicable, racially insensitive adversaries.

  5. No one should ever forget, either that old Fred worked with Josef Stalin to exploit the oil resources of the Soviet Union. Of course, Fred was so naive that he never knew he was dealing with a murderous communist dictator when he was doing this, oh no, he had his big revelation about the nature of the other psychopath, Stalin, after he had made his money and gotten back to the United States. I wonder how much of the labor supplied for the Koch’s oil business in the Soviet Union was supplied by ‘zeks’, the prisoners in the Gulag. These kochs are among the most detestable, slimy, filthy brigands to ever infest the face of the earth.

  6. And Republicans STILL use words like “libtard” if you support Obama or think he’s doing a good job. In their world Obama is the worst president ever, a total failure, yadda yadda. It’s amazing that after a complete miserable failure like Bush, anybody could claim that Obama is a failure.

    But that’s the right wing for you. Totally divorced from reality and racist to the core.

  7. Koch feeling the heat? Surprised he came out of his cave to make this announcement.

    Go back under your rock you worthless old fool.

  8. I didn’t hear, anywhere in his speech, President Obama telling anyone to shut up. The only thing I heard was The President calling out the lobbying and deceptive (read lying) advertising that the Kochs and their lobby groups have been putting out as well as the money spent trying to keep real clean energy from happening.

  9. President Obama must really have touched a nerve when he uttered the name “Koch.” The Koch brothers have prided themselves on operating secretly pulling the strings from behind the scenes. If the President of the United States points a finger in their direction, the whole world might learn of the Koch duplicity and of their ownership of the 21st century GOP. It serves those criminals right; their names should be smeared all over the newspapers and politicians who take money from them should hang their heads in shame.

  10. …truth to tell, BM…I’d rather see thier heads hanged…the scaffold around the Capitol looks to be a high occupancy gallows…

  11. Sorry Charlie, but the President isn’t one of your “employees”. Maybe you can get your boy Scott Walker to give a speech and straighten us all out.

  12. I almost shared this with the caveat, “biased, but concerning.” Then I read the article in the link and found myself closer to sympathy for the Kochs than I’ve ever approached. This “report” ascribes quotes and motives that are not reflected in what was written there. I have grave concerns about Citizens United and the influence of money in general, but this piece was largely propaganda and invention.

  13. While I agree with this article, its point could have been made in half the length or less. Why must online writers (especially blog writers) routinely take 1,500 to 3,000 words to make their point? Please, edit! This is guaranteed to strengthen the writing and increase the number of readers, thus getting the message out there more successfully.

  14. What do people have against reading? From politians to regular people they always complain its too long. Not everything needs to be microwaved

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