PBS’ Gwen Ifill refused the opportunity to offur any counter-commentary to President Obama’s assertions that “by every measure, the country is better off than when he took office.”
He continued, “millions of Americans don’t yet feel enough of the benefits of a growing economy where it matters most, and that’s in their own lives and these truths aren’t incompatible. Our broader economy, in the aggregate, has come a long way, but the gains of recovery are not yet broadly shared.”
Conversely, while PBS refused to discuss the facts of the matter on Fox News Lou Dobbs chose to expose the fallacious nature of President Obama’s claims.
LOU DOBBS: First, a few comments on what I said yesterday would not be an October surprise, but rather an October of more presidential denials, deflections, and diversions. An easy forecast because that’s how the Obama administration has conducted itself over the past five and a half years. Remember, back in March, when Russia annexed all of Crimea and President Obama immediately responded with a pivot to shift the world’s focus.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Russia’s actions are a problem, they don’t pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.
DOBBS: Of course, if that’s the number one problem, why isn’t he concerned enough to tighten security in the airports or along our borders? Mr. Obama, as usual, does what he does. He just moves on, counting on the public and the press to lose interest or lose their notes. They nearly always do. Just as most will forget that he told us only two weeks ago, there was low probability of Ebola outbreak here. You might think the President would today be reassuring the American people that his administration is successfully handling, resolving, dealing with the threat from the Islamic State and the arrival of Ebola in America, but no. Our President went to Northwestern University to insist to the American people that he deserves credit for what he sees to be a much improved economy.
OBAMA: So it is indisputable that our economy is stronger today than when I took office. By every economic measure, we are better off now than we were when I took office.
DOBBS: Indisputable by every measure? Well, there he goes again. The President has misspoken, and he’s just plain wrong. A new Fox News poll, by the way, out today, reveals the mood of the country on the issue of are you better off? It finds just 24 percent of voters saying we are, in fact, better off. 28 percent say worse. 47 percent say just about the same as 2008. Indisputable, Mr. President? No, here we go, here we go. The national debt, when Mr. Obama came into office: $10.6 trillion. Today: $17.8 trillion. The debt is crushing in size and its impact on our government and taxpayers alike. Median household income, back then, was nearly $57,000. Now it’s down to $54,000. Indisputable, Mr. President? The labor participation rate back then was nearly 66 percent. It’s now 63 percent. The home ownership rate back then: 67 and a half percent. Today under 65 percent. The number of Americans on food stamps, then: 32 million. Now: 46 million and the President wants to talk economy? Because he doesn’t have a clear strategy to destroy the Islamic State and thinned off the pesky Republicans at the polls? How about securing our borders or protecting Americans from Ebola? We’re in the midst of a global health emergency and the federal government still hasn’t revoked the visas of some 13,000 people from west Africa who have visas to visit the United States. He has not established screening programs at our ports of entry. The President often reminds us elections have consequences. I hope voters do remember that next month when we all go to the polls.