Why Isn't Obama's Teacher Lie National News?

-By Warner Todd Huston

During the latest campaign appearance disguised as a presidential press conference, President Obama uttered one straight out lie that stands out above the rest of them. To help sell his “jobs bill,” Obama claimed to have met a Boston-based teacher named Robert Baroz and intimated that Baroz had no job despite his excellent teaching credentials. The problem is, neither claim is true. Obama simply lied. So, where is the national Old Media to pin Obama to the wall over this out right lie?

During his presser, Obama introduced teacher Baroz into the national discussion of his “jobs bill.” Obama claimed to have met Mr. Baroz and lamented that Baroz was out of work.

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. Why wouldn’t we want to pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids?

The problem with this little tale of woe? Firstly President Obama did not meet teacher Baroz. Robert Baroz did attend a Rose Garden press conference last September with a few other teachers, but the closest he ever got to the president was Baroz’ front row seat during the event. The two never came face to face, never shook hands, never actually met. Baroz saw Obama up at the lectern and Obama may have noticed Baroz sitting in the audience. That hardly makes for a meeting.

Secondly, Baroz is not out of work. He actually does have a job in the public education system in Boston. According to the Boston Herald, Baroz, “now 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.”

This is exactly the sort of out right lie that Old Media outlets usually love to make the issue of the day. In fact, this one is a perfect case for an exercise in if-Bush-Did-it. What if Bush was working hard to push a major initiative and uttered a bald faced lie like this one? Without a doubt today the media would be engaged in a feeding frenzy over the incident while ignoring the initiative part of the story.

Yet where is this story? Pretty much just centered in the Boston press. The rest of the Old Media establishment is ignoring this straight out lie.

Meanwhile, the press is also ignoring the fact that this whole “jobs bill” is likely just cynical Obama reelection campaign theater anyway. Neither Obama nor his Democrat Party are really interested in actually voting on this bill. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) tried on Thursday to bring Obama’s jobs bill to a vote and the Democrats under Reid actually went to the extent to change long-standing Senate rules to prevent a vote on the bill.

It is clear that Obama and the Democrats want all the benefit of saying they have a jobs bill but not actually getting said bill passed into law. They just want something with which to beat up Republicans. In essence, this whole debate is another lie.

There is another example of this sort of cynical political game being played by Democrats and Obama that the Old Media has refused to properly report. For at least two years Obama has been chiding Congress in general and the Republicans in particular for not passing the several free trade agreements that he claimed to want. But the truth is, Obama himself was holding the agreements in his pocket not sending them to Congress for consideration.

So, while Obama was complaining that Congress was refusing to consider the free-trade agreements, the truth is Obama never gave them the agreements to even vote on. He was holding them so that he could use them for a talking point. Sadly, instead of reporting this story as a lie perpetrated by Obama on the American people, the Old Media simply repeated Obama’s scolding of Congress as if his claim was true on its face.

This president routinely employs lies, wild stories, and hyperbole in an effort to control the narrative. Unfortunately, the Old Media not only allows him to do it, but assists him in the lies.

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  • Sorry to point this out to you, but it looks like you might be lying or at least the site you reference in your post is lying. The president didn't mention that he was out of work, he said that the teacher received three pink slips. Here's the actual quote:

    In his remarks this morning, the President said he was concerned that budget and staffing pressures had threatened Mr. Baroz’s job three times in the last few years. “He’s got two decades of teaching experience. He’s got a master's degree,” the President said. “And the last few years he’s received three pink slips because of budget cuts. Why wouldn’t we want to pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids?”

    Using stimulus funds and an allocation from the 2010 Congressional Jobs Bill, BPS has been able to save Mr. Baroz’s job three years in a row despite budget pressures from higher teacher salaries and increased health care and transportation costs.

    http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/news/president-obama-praises-boston-teacher-jobs-related-news-conference

  • In reply to xtrmntr:

    And this is why people like you make our political climate so bad, xtrmntr. Did Obama say the words "he's out of work"? No. But he said "three pink slips." So, what does that MEAN? It means he's out of work by inference. You, like this lying president, lied by omission. You LEFT OUT the part that the guy's pink slips were not final and that he is still working.

    And it is interesting that you glossed over the bigger lie, that Obama MET this teacher when he didn't.

    You should be ashamed of yourself for being such a partisan hack, xtrmntr.

  • I'm a partisan hack, really? I'm sure you criticized conservatives on your blog, right?

    Here's the transcript:

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/10/obama_oct_6_2011_press_confere.html

    Can you please show me where the president said that the teacher was out of work? You can attack the president all you like, I don't have any problem with that. That's why I read your blog. Just be honest and don't resort to lies.

    "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. I had a chance to meet a young man named Robert Baroz. He's an English teacher in Boston who came to the White House a few weeks ago. 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 reply to xtrmntr:

    I don't need your transcript. I reported what he said in my original PLUS put a link to where I got it. I did not alter what he said.

    The FACT is he MEANT to relate to people that the teacher was out of work and that he met the man. You can play semantics and word games all you want but it was the Liar In Chief that misled, not me.

    It's as cynical and illicit as when Clinton tried to define what "is" is.

    But let's try it this way. I am going to write something for you to analyze...

    "You know, some people like xtrmntr really are as stupid as they come."

    Now, what did I just say there?

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    To a liberal it isn't a lie if it works or can be easily dismissed somehow. Liberals can't lie if they hold no principles or have no standards. Everything is relative to the achievement of a goal. If the goal is achieved then the thing some call a lie is just the means to an end and if it worked you can move on to the next lie and be dismissive or call an accuser a racist.

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