Obama’s Clown

Tait Trussell is a national award-winning writer, former vice-president of the American Enterprise Institute and former Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.


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“Good old Joe,” as Obama calls him. If only Joe Biden’s veracity matched his charming smile. But it doesn’t. Biden has a lengthy history of outright falsehoods as well as careless gaffes.

Biden warned earlier this month that more people would likely be raped and murdered if President Obama’s jobs bill wasn’t passed. The Weekly Standard quoted Biden as saying at a campaign event: “In 2008, when Flint (Michigan) had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city. In 2010 when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65, and rapes…climbed to 229. In 2011, you now have only 125 shields. God knows what the numbers will be if we don’t rectify it” (by passing the president’s phony jobs bill, which includes $35 billion to supposedly avert police layoffs).

Biden repeated the dire warnings at a later Philadelphia event.

But according to Fact Check, Joe’s figures were way off base. They don’t “square with FBI data.” And since then he has said rapes in Flint have tripled and even “quadrupled.” But FBI data show that rapes, instead, have gone down 11 percent from 103 in 2008 to 92 in 2010.

As for the claim that the city’s murder rate has “tripled,” the city says there were a record high 66 murders that year, double, not triple the 32 murders that occurred in 2008.

Violent crime is “bad in Flint, no doubt, but Biden makes it out to be worse than it is.” A Fact Check update Oct. 23 found that the rape figures reported by Flint to the Michigan State Police confirm that rapes declined in the city from 2008 to 2010. “We also found that the broader category of criminal sexual conduct also was down.”

State police figures show a 10 percent reduction in total criminal sexual conduct reports between 2008 and 2010. Also murder, rape and robbery are declining this year in spite of police layoffs in Flint, according to the most recent official report by the State Police.

Biden was wrong when he said the murder rate has tripled.

Fact Check explained:

In 2008, there were 32 murders in a city of 113,462 people for a murder rate of .28 murders per 1,000 residents. In 2010, there were 66 murders and a population of 109,245 for a rate of .60 murders per 1,000. That’s an increase of 115 percent, more than double but not quite triple.

Could it be that Old Joe is confusing crime with the deficit and debt which has tripled and quadrupled since Obama and Old Joe took office?

Is a shortage of police a new phenomenon? Hardly. Back in 2003, for instance, the Hartford, Conn. police union griped that budget cuts plaguing the state had forced the city to hold off filling department vacancies. The union said there “are not enough officers to fill beats and not enough to back each other up.”

Hartford was not alone. “Other cities, including Bridgeport and New Haven are also down officers,” said a July 27, 2003 report in The New York Times.

In 2004, USA TODAY reported Cleveland’s mayor reported staffing problems in police and fire departments.

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  • StephenD

    All of his gaffes could have been forgiven until…he went into a 4th grade classroom to try and use the children as a media ploy to push the jobs bill. There is NO EXCUSE. He is a vulture with the moral turpitude to go with it.
    What a wonderful reflection of the moral ground this President is willing to abide. Watch how nasty it gets leading up to election time. Apparently, there is nothing out of bounds and no limit to what they will do. I expect to see pure Alinsky tactics employed as soon as it gets down to a few candidates. They'll try to "Pick their target, Isolate, personalize and attack…." I am embarrassed for our country.

  • fiddler

    And they will have unfailing help from the media: hide what is embarrassing to them; trumpet any Republican "meanness"; embellish any "accomplishments" they make. It is time to name names as far as media malpractice. As with calling Michael Moore out as one of the "1%", the "dispassionate" media needs to be called out for political chereleading. If FOX is accused of the same, it should be evidenced as an attempt of moral equivalence to get them off the hook.

  • Howard

    It’s the mathematics of the Democratic party and the left. 2+2=6. Or perhaps 8, if thats what it takes to arouse the passions of your base and garner new supporters who don’t bother to read Fact Check or anything else that might be contrary to the official party line.

    Still, you have to be amazed at this administrations political skill (read as utterly phony and self-serving pandering) to simultaneously be in the pocket of the public sector and other unions while collecting gigantic contributions from corporations and Wall Street, and simultaneously expressing sympathy and support for the anti-capitalist views of OWS and the environmental left.
    No wonder Hollywood loves these guys. Both are engaged in createing illusions for public consumption while makeing enormous sums of money and wielding extraorinary power over public opinion.

    Has anyone else noticed that the OWS protests are taking place in a number of major US cities, but not in Washington DC? Do I sense that there may be a fear on the part of the organizers that protests in the capitol may reflect badly on the administration in this election year?

  • Steven Zak

    To argue that crime really hasn't gone up all that much is almost to concede Joe Mendacity's point that the "Republican economy" caused the rise. But this is Obama's/Biden's economy. If crime has gone up because of it, then the fault lies with them. So turn the argument back on them: Joe says bad economies cause crime? Fine. Then stop trying to raise taxes, stop profligate spending, repeal Obamacare. Stop wrecking the economy. Stop causing unemployment, foreclosures .. and crime, you dishonest, destructive, anti-American radicals.

  • FRONTPAGEsubscriber

    Bingo!!!! You hit the nail ON THE HEAD!! I heard that name a # of times!! ((He doesn't take
    that real well … but, isn't that some of his own doing?))

  • Asher

    Biden is like the Court Jester, he makes so many crazy and rediculous gaffes you have to wonder if Obama picked him so he could control him. This guy is the most unsavvy idiot we have ever had as Vice President.

  • Anamah

    The guy is he living proof of the folly of this administration. How lower can fall the politician of this country. The complete Democratic Party smell fishy.