Obama Advisor: If Obama Hadn’t Lied, He Would Have “Violated his Promise” to Americans

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


"I do solemnly swear to lie to you for your own good."

“I do solemnly swear to lie to you for your own good.”

Obama is so honest that even when he lies…  it’s only to be honest. Sure Obama lied to Americans… but it was for their own good. He was only lying to Americans in order to keep his promise to them.

Dan Pfeiffer’s crazy spin on Obama’s now infamous  “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” lie may be more addled than Orwellian. It goes through more contortions than a gymnast falling out of a plane.

Plugging in the now familiar claim that the cancelled plans were somehow “substandard”, Dan Pfeiffer tries to argue that Obama had to choose between two betrayals of the American people. Either he had to lie to them about their coverage or let them keep their “substandard” plans.

On ABC’s This Week, Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer argued, if Obama were to allow people “to have those plans be downgraded, or insurance companies to keep selling barebones plans… he’d be violating even more important promise to the American people, that everyone would have a guarantee to access of quality affordable health insurance.”

So if Obama had allowed people to keep their health plans, after promising them that they could, he would be violating another promise that he made to them.

This is like a car salesman who overcharges you and then tells you that he did it to keep his promise to you about including floor mats. It’s somewhere between disgusting and laughable.

It’s not even an argument that deserves to be taken seriously.

The ObamaCare plans with their high premiums and deductibles and small networks don’t guarantee access to quality affordable health insurance. But even if they did, Pfeiffer’s argument that one lie justifies another, that Americans can be tricked by lying about being able to keep their plans in order to force them into the plans that are good for them are at the heart of everything wrong with the mindset of liberalism.

This is why Romney has correctly said the ObamaCare lie is rotting Obama’s second term. It’s his “Read my lips, no new taxes” and “I did not have sex with that woman.”

Last year’s losing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s “fundamental dishonesty” on the Affordable Care Act has “put in peril the whole foundation of his second term.”

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Romney said Obama’s handling of Obamacare’s promises “has undermined the foundation of his second term – I think it is rotting it away.”

He added that what “has really undermined the president’s credibility in the hearts of the American people is that he went out, as a centerpiece of his campaign and as a centerpiece of Obamacare over the last several years, saying time and time again that fundamental to his plan was the right people would have to keep their insurance plan, and he knew that was not the case….”

He said “had the president been truthful and told the American people that millions would lose their insurance and millions more would see their premiums skyrocket… there would have been such a hue and cry against it, (that) it would not have passed.”

It destroys his credibility no matter how often he and his surrogates squeal about “bad apple plans” and “scam insurance”.

  • V

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, OBAMA IS A LIAR ? HOW DARE YOU? I DON’T BELIEVE IT FOR A SECOND. OF COURSE SARCASM ADDED.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    He might be cracking up. See http://clarespark.com/2012/04/06/diagnosing-potus/. “Diagnosing POTUS.” if he really is a narcissist, then when his supplies are removed, he could fall apart. Seriously. If not a narc, then he will either go full throttle fascist or fade away.

  • http://isuckatgolf.net/ ISUCKATGOLF (Ken)

    He’s not 1/2 as smart as he’s been given credit for. Without the total and unconditional backing and cover of the liberal media he never would have gotten anywhere near this far. He’s fumbled every ball handed to him and his excuse of “I didn’t know” would never have flown with any other president. Is it because he is black? Is it because he’s progressive or just because he’s not George Bush? Whatever the reason when the media turns on him it is over, and I don’t think the media can keep any credibility at all if they don’t start to report the truth. Except Chris Matthews of course, that tingle he gets up his leg or whatever body part of his tingles when Obama speaks will have to stick by his man. You go Chris, and good luck with that “Hardball” show of yours, where you debate for an hour with guests who agree with every word you say. That’s riveting stuff.

    • zoomie

      it’s because he’s their boy

  • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

    That Pfeiffer is a senior advisor tells it all. Each time I see him I am less convinced.

    I suspect he is a whiz at running campaigns.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    You plebs don’t know the meaning of anything.

    Don’t you know what “promise” means?

    Don’t you even know what “affordable” is?

    Some times you are even confused over the word “is.”

    No wonder you need us to run your lives.

    • glpage

      There are people who tell us that those words mean what they want them to mean. So, I guess it doesn’t really matter what I think they mean because I’m probably wrong. Or something like that.

  • popseal

    “Politics of the Moment” is Obama’s Orwellian verbal gymnastic meaning, “I told a lie for the good of the cause”.

  • bob e

    bari’ malik shabazz, son of malcom x..not tell the truth. why, that’s impossible..

    • Veracious_one

      because telling the truth is Un-Islamic

  • tickletik

    What sinteresting to me is how each side projects its own flaws onto the other. We on the right constantly say that those on the left are stupid, and those on the left say that we kn the right are evil.

    But the truth is the reverse. They are actually the smart ones, not us. They realize the truth, that the public is greedy and fearful, which makes them desperate, forgetful and stupid. They happily and confidentally repeat lies and nonsense because they know that to the ignorant frightened masses, the appearance of confidence is more important than any substance for the same. They are bored while reading speaches because they know there is no real threat to themselves if what they are saying is false or true. No one cares about that.

    We are the good ones, not them. We work hard and study hard and do our best to present the most honest arguments we can, because we care about the results of our actions. We confuse that with smarts and cleverness; but really its more about ethics and honesty. Unfortunately, we are also pretty stupid. We just dont grasp the innate realities of power as well as our scumbag opponents do. Those walking piles of disease ridden excrement understand the realities of power, because they are conscienceless sociopaths they can effortlessly lie and deceive everyone into believing that up is down, black is white, that racism is liberal, and that they are good and we are evil.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Sorry. Cristopher Hitchens is dead. There are no intelligent leftists. At all.

  • Lanna

    Obama lied to the people about keeping their healthcare provider and doctor, and the cost PERIOD…no ands, ifs, or Buts about it…..Government does not know whats best for us…so remove your Pinocchio noses from our private lives and do something productive, instead of destructive!

  • quillerm

    I tried to watch a few minutes of MSNBC’s Morning Show but the whole group were trying to justify Obama’s lies about Obamacare. Don’t they realize they we, the audience, are not a bunch of ignorant sheep? We know that Obama and his key Officials conspired to deceive the American people, through lies and misinformation, about Obamacare. We can’t keep our doctors. We can’t keep our current Insurance. Most of us will pay far more for Medical care. In fact, millions can’t afford the new premiums and deductibles. We will be FORCED TO DROP OUR MEDICAL COVERAGE AND PAY FINES TO THE IRS. This is the most disgusting corrupt Administration we have ever had in America. They should be treated as criminals, for perpetuating this massive FRAUD ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. The freedom for us to choose has been taken away through fraud, lies and deceit by the Democrat Party.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    If Obama hadn’t lied, he wouldn’t have been re-elected president in 2012. Therefore, his reelection is illegitimate.

    Meanwhile, where are the spineless Republicans going for the throat by impeaching him? Not that the alternative, spineless Republicans, would be much of an improvement.

    • Erudite Mavin

      Perhaps if it wasn’t for the the spineless sit at home and third party enablers of Obama, this would all be moot.
      also the Democrat Senate is not going to impeach Obama.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Call me a third party enabler or whatever you want, but I won’t ever vote for a spineless Republican. Indeed, I may as well vote for a Democrat as soon as I vote for a Republican, since they are both leftwing and spineless. Indeed, thanks to the two Bush’s the Republican Party was morphed into the second coming of the Democrat Party, which is clear by the way they lied to the American people about the scourge of Islam and to the way they also grew government like Democrats on steroids during the last Republican administration. Hence, like Detroit the US is doomed since the left has managed to coral a monopoly for itself. Thus, why die a slow death? Vote Democrat and shorten the lingering. The Republicans would only prolong the lingering.

        • Erudite Mavin

          Libertarian is another word for Democrat. Same views with National Security, anti war, social Liberal and enable Democrat victories

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Haven’t you ever heard the adage that one should never assume? Who said I’m a Libertarian, you? Indeed, you are utterly hilarious.

          • ziggy zoggy

            You helped Obama get elected.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Nah…not really, as I didn’t vote for him. Instead, since Obama was so bad, I actually held my nose and voted for Romney who I thought was the most conservative out of a bunch of liberal Republicans that were running. In any event, I don’t think I will even do that in the future, especially since the Republican Party has now clearly moved even further to the left. If no true conservatives run in 2016, then I won’t even vote for the most conservative Republican next time around, as I have now completely written off the Republican Party.

  • CowboyUp

    I’m guessing no one at NBC pointed out to Dan Pfeiffer that he was admitting that Obama can’t be trusted to tell the truth and nobody should believe a word he says.

  • pupsncats

    What creditability has Obama ever had?

  • zoomie

    squealing like stuck pigs

  • impact1

    Aren’t Muslims trained through their ‘Religion’ to Lie in order to achieve their ‘end result’ whatever that ‘end result’ may be??

  • SteveGilmore

    Absolute BS. He is a liar. His followers are liars. His wife is a liar.