Fact Checking President Obama’s Speech

I did not watch President Obama’s speech last night, which, perhaps, may surprise some.  While I’m normally a State of the Union watcher (and this was rather like a State of the Union speech), my family was doing other things, and I figured I could catch the video today.  Actually, seeing the picture on the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning of Speaker Pelosi over the President’s shoulder convinced me to check out the transcript, first.  I try not to be political, but — if I can be frank — seeing Mrs. Pelosi calls to my mind partisanship of the worst sort, and I’m not sure I could have given the President my attention seeing her over his shoulder the whole time.

Today the AP has its “Fact Check” machinery in full swing and they take a crack at the President’s speech.  While I find these various Internet “Fact Check” articles to be of sometimes dubious value, this one isn’t too bad.  For instance, I liked how they noted that the “deregulation” approach did not originate with the Bush administration but, rather, with the Clinton administration — though mentioning those currently sitting in Congress (“Mr. Frank, paging Mr. Frank…”) who had a hand in making things so much worse might have been nice, as well.

Another pro and con: I also like how they explain the political nature of some of the statements (e.g., “This budget will X, Y, Z” when, in reality, this budget can’t X, Y, and Z.)  But I wish they had exposed the pretense behind the President’s comment about passing a recovery plan “free of earmarks” — since many of the spending items may not have been earmarks in name, but they were, in reality, as earmarky as earmarky can be, indeed.  (By the way, feel free and use that word “earmarky” as much as you like, royalty free.  Consider it my gift to the English language!)

Check out the AP’s fact check work for yourself: “FACT CHECK: Obama’s words on home aid ring hollow”

You can also check out the CBS transcript of the speech “as delivered” here: “Transcript: Obama’s Speech to Congress”

Finally, let me say that the President’s speech did not truly touch on the real problem America faces.  America has a date with its Creator, Protector, and Sustainer ahead of it, and it is HE who gives power to create wealth (Deuteronomy 8:11-12, 17-18), not the god of Socialism nor the god of Capitalism.  We need to do more than restore integrity to Wall Street — we need to help a nation see the need to repent and seek the God who created it for His purpose.  Without that, $800 Billion — even $800 Trillion — is nothing more than a band-aid.

3 thoughts on “Fact Checking President Obama’s Speech

  1. Internet Elias

    To the surprise of many, the United States government is not run by Republicans nor Democrats. God is the soveriegn over His ordained governments. Nothing happens that He doesn’t allow or perpetuate….for reasons known only to Him. But a faithless people wring our hands in fear as to where things are heading politically, economically, and ultimately. Perfect love casteth out fear!

    Da 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

    Da 4:25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

    We are without doubt living in the last days of measured time. It’s opportunity for light to shine in darkness. It is not the place of the church to judge nor condemn. The job of the church is to Love.

    ‘Love never faitheth!’

    I am internetelias.wordpress.com

  2. Howdy, Internet Elias —

    Well, yes, the church must love. But love is an action — comprises multiple actions, really. Ezekiel 3 & 33 make it clear that we must warn our nation of what is coming — to “cry aloud, spare not” in telling the nation of its sins (Isaiah 58:1). Christ judges and condemns (cf. John 5:30, et al.) — just as He saves and protects — and the Church, as the Body of Christ, must be the mouthpiece for Him who is its Head.

    Yes, no government exists without God’s allowance, yet that does not mean that the government’s choices are to be seen as His choices. For His purposes (as you mention) He allows our leaders to act on their own free will — His sovereignty gives no cover nor excuse nor freedom from accountability (e.g., Ezekiel 22:27, 31). And while we should not fear, there is good reason to “sigh and cry” (Ezekiel 9:4)…

  3. A sound bite I’ve heard is that the bailout was 2/3 spending. The President emphases infrastructure jobs. The inference is blue-collar jobs. Why some sectors and not others? He shamed CitiGroup out of taking a jet they ordered 2yrs ago. Later I missed a CNN program showing how the jet industry is affected by the recession. Hmmph, but The President take a photo-op at Caterpillar

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