President Obama has lately been touting the claim that he's created 5.2 million new jobs as President. His fantastic boast is featured in a new TV ad. But FactCheck.org says not so fast. Those claims are "inflated," to say the least.
FactCheck notes that the 5.2 million claim is accurate, such as it is. But what makes it "inflated" is that the jobs number refers only to jobs created after 2010 and does not include the 4.3 million that were lost earlier in Obama's term.
Further, according to FactCheck, Obama's number counts only private-sector jobs and does not include the "continuing losses" of jobs in the government sector as state and local jurisdictions find their budgets so overspent that pink slips have resulted.
FactCheck goes on to note that far from an actual gain of 5.2 million, once earlier losses are removed, Obama has in fact only realized some 967,000 jobs, which includes a credit of 453,000 private-sector jobs which will be added through the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) benchmarking process.
FactCheck also slaps Obama for his website claim that Mitt Romney said he thought the end of the war in Iraq was "tragic." Romney did not actually say this at all. What Romney actually said was that the pace of Obama's troop withdrawal was tragic. He never said ending a war was tragic.
Here is what Romney actually said:
The precipitous withdrawal is unfortunate. It's more than unfortunate. I think it's tragic. It puts at risk many of the victories that were hard-won by the men and women who have served there. I hope the risk is not realized. I hope instead that the Iraqis are able to pick up the baton, and despite the fact that we will have walked away on a too-rapid basis.
Even the New York Times has this fact correct.
These aren't the only outright lies Obama has been repeating ad nauseum both on the campaign trail and in his TV ads. Obama continues, for instance, to claim that Mitt Romney has proposed a "$5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy." This is, of course, an outright fantasy, as Patrick Brennan reported earlier this month.
That isn't all. Obama has issued a passel-full of lies about Paul Ryan's Medicare reform proposals, as well.
For more, John Nolte also explored Obama's constant campaign trail lies about Mitt Romney.
It seems it's been one lie after another for team Obama since the beginning.