252 Examples of Obama’s Lies, Lawbreaking & Corruption

barack-obama-195(Hat tip: Aaron Shuster.)

The following is a contribution from Dan from Squirrel Hill. The original title of the article is “Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 252 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.” it’s lengthy, but is a ‘one-stop shop’ for all the dirty details on the Obama presidency.

Every President, every politician, and every human being tells lies and engages in acts of hypocrisy. But Barack Obama does these things to a far greater degree than anyone else that I have ever known of. His campaign promises were so much better sounding than anyone else’s – no lobbyists in his administration, waiting five days before signing all non-emergency bills so people would have time to read them, putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN, reading every bill line by line to make sure money isn’t being wasted, prosecution of Wall St. criminals, ending raids against medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, high levels of transparency. Obama’s promises of these wonderful things sounded inspiring and sincere. They sounded so much better than the promises of any other President. So when Obama broke these promises, it felt so much worse than when other Presidents broke their promises.

In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I voted for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for the Green Party in future elections.

Some of the things on this list are major events that should scare the daylights out of any true liberal who cares about civil liberties.

Other things on this list are medium things that some Obama supporters may dislike, but would be willing to overlook in light of the things that Obama has done which they like.

And some of the things on this list may seem trivial, but I still think they are an interesting reflection of the kinds of policies that Obama supports.

Every claim that I make in this list is sourced. Click on the blue text to see the sources. I have cited a wide variety of sources, from right wing, to left wing, to middle of the road.

I welcome any comments and criticisms that you may have. If you say my list is wrong, please back up your claim by citing specific examples.

And now, on with the list:

1) Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval

In June 2011, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said that Obama had violated the Constitution when he launched military operations in Libya without Congressional approval.

2) Gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton – just like Bush did

In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011, just hours after the Justice Department had said it would pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of using kickbacks to get foreign contracts.

3) Has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldn’t have any

While running for President, Obama had promised that, unlike Bush, he would not have any lobbyists working in his administration. However, by February 2010, he had more than 40 lobbyists working in his administration.

4) Has close ties to Wall St., but pretends to support Occupy Wall St.

Although Obama claims to support the Occupy Wall St. movement, the truth is that he has raised more money from Wall St. than any other candidate during the last 20 years. In early 2012, Obama held a fundraiser where Wall St. investment bankers and hedge fund managers each paid $35,800 to attend. In October 2011, Obama hired Broderick Johnson, a longtime Wall Street lobbyist, to be his new senior campaign adviser. Johnson had worked as a lobbyist for JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Comcast, Microsoft, and the oil industry.

5) Broke his promise to close Guantanamo Bay

Obama broke his promise to close Guantanamo Bay.

6) Supported the $700 billion TARP corporate-welfare bailout just like Bush

While Senator, Obama voted for the $700 billion TARP bank bailout bill. The bailout rewarded irresponsible and illegal behavior. It redirected resources from more productive uses to less productive uses. It punished the hard working taxpayers who had played by the rules and obeyed the law. It created horrible incentives, and sent the wrong message. The bailout was evil because it rewarded the bad people and punished the good people. No society that does this can expect to remain free or prosperous. Instead of bailing out these corrupt corporations, we should have let them cease to exist, like we did with Enron.

7) Waged the biggest war against medical marijuana of any president, which was the opposite of what he had promised

In May 2008, Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said that Obama would end DEA raids on medical marijuana in states where it’s legal. Also in 2008, Obama said that he supported the “basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs” and that he was “not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws.”

However, in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana grower in Highlands Ranch in Colorado, a state where medical marijuana is legal. Also in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Culver City in California, a state where medical marijuana is legal. In July 2010, the DEA raided at least four medical marijuana growers in San Diego, California. Also in July 2010, the DEA raided a medical marijuana facility in Covelo, California. Then in September 2010, the DEA conducted raids on at least five medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, where medical marijuana is legal. In 2011, the DEA conducted raids on medical marijuana in Seattle, Washington, West Hollywood, California, and Helena, Montana, all places where it is legal. In April 2012, the DEA carried out several raids on medical marijuana in Oakland, California.

In February 2012, Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Obama’s war against medical marijuana went “far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush.” In April 2012, Mother Jones magazine wrote: “The president campaigned on the promise that he’d stop federal raids on medical marijuana operations that were in compliance with state laws, a vow that Attorney General Eric Holder repeated after the election. But then the Obama administration raided more than 100 dispensaries in its first three years and is now poised to outpace the Bush administration’s crackdown record.” In May 2012, the Washington Post wrote: “Obama has become more hostile to medical marijuana patients than any president in U.S. history.” In May 2012, U.S. Congressperson Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said she had “strong concerns” about Obama’s forced closure of five medical marijuana facilities in Pelosi’s congressional district. In April 2012, commenting on Obama’s crackdown on medical marijuana, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) said, “I’m very disappointed… They look more like the Bush administration than the Clinton administration.”

In July 2012, federal prosecutors filed civil forfeiture actions against  Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, CA, which claims to be the world’s largest, and which claims to serve more than 100,000 medical marijuana patients. In April 2012, federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, an educational institution in Oakland, CA, which teaches people about medical marijuana. In April 2012, federal agents raided a medical marijuana facility which had been serving 1,500 patients near Lake Elsinore, CA. In June 2012, the Obama administration filed asset-forfeiture lawsuits against two landlords who rented their buildings to medical marijuana stores in Santa Fe Springs, CA. The Obama administration also sent warning letters which threatened similar legal action to dozens of other, nearby landlords. During the first seven months of 2012, the DEA shut down40 medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, all of which had been operating in compliance with state and local law.

In July 2013, the DEA conducted multiple medical marijuana raids in Washington state, including the cities of Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle.

In May 2012, ABC News reported that during Obama’s youth, he often smoked large quantities of recreational marijuana.  Obama’s marijuana smoking wasn’t even medical – it was recreational. And yet now, he is taking large scale, widespread action to prevent people with AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other illnesses, who have prescriptions from their doctors, from using their prescription medicine – how cold hearted can a person be?

8) Nominated a six-time tax cheater to head the government agency that enforces the tax laws

Obama nominated Timothy Geithner, a repeat tax cheater, to head the government agency that enforces the tax laws.

Prior to his nomination, Geithner had:

1) Illegally failed to pay more than $34,000 in social security and Medicare taxes

2) Illegally declared the cost of his children’s summer camp as a form of day care.

3) Illegally failed to pay the early withdrawal penalty when he took money out of his retirement plan

4) Illegally declared non-eligible items as a charitable deduction

5) Illegally declared something which was ineligible as a small business deduction

6) Illegally declared utility expenses which had actually been for his personal use

9) Gave tax dollars to AIG executives, then pretended to be outraged about it

Obama signed a stimulus bill that spent money on bonuses for AIG executives. Prior to signing this bill, Obama had said, “when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” However, after reading “line by line” and signing the stimulus bill that protected the AIG bonuses, Obama pretended to be shocked and outraged at the bonuses, and said, “Under these circumstances, it’s hard to understand how derivative traders at A.I.G. warranted any bonuses at all, much less $165 million in extra pay… How do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?” and also said that he would “pursue every single legal avenue to block these bonuses.”

10) Expanded Bush’s unconstitutional government faith based programs

Obama expanded the federal government’s faith based programs which had been started by President George W. Bush.

11) Supported Bush’s unconstitutional Patriot Act

In May 2011, Obama signed a renewal of the Patriot Act.

12) Increased the national debt more in one term than Bush did in two

The national debt increased more during Obama’s first three years and two months than it did during all eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency.

13) Agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without filing any charges

In December 2011, ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero criticized Obama for signing a bill that gave the U.S. government the power toindefinitely detain U.S. citizens without any charges being filed or any trial taking place.

14) Agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, warrantless wiretapping

President Obama has defended warrantless wiretapping.

15) Avoided prosecution of Wall. St criminals

Although Obama had promised to prosecute Wall St. criminals, during his entire first term, his administration did not file any criminal charges against any of the top financial executives.

16) Had four U.S. citizens killed without judicial process

Obama had four U.S. citizens killed without judicial process.

The ACLU accused Obama of violating the U.S. Constitution for doing this.

U.S. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said that Obama’s actions might be an impeachable offense.

17) Ordered private company to fire 1,000 employees

In 2011, after Boeing had hired 1,000 new employees to work at its new factory in South Carolina, the Obama administration ordered Boeing to shut down the factory, because the factory was non-union.

18) Stole money from retired teachers and police officers

During the Chrysler bankruptcy, Obama violated the Fifth Amendment and more than 150 years of bankruptcy law by illegally treating secured creditors worse than unsecured creditors. Some of these secured creditors were retired teachers and police officers from Indiana. Richard A. Epstein, a law professor at New York University School of Law, wrote, “Upsetting this fixed hierarchy among creditors is just an illegal taking of property from one group of creditors for the benefit of another, which should be struck down on both statutory and constitutional grounds.” Todd Zywicki, Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, wrote that Obama’s treatment of secured creditors was “dangerous to the rule of law.” The Economist wrote that Obama’s actions could “establish a terrible precedent. Bankruptcy exists to sort legal claims on assets. If it becomes a tool of social policy, who will then lend to struggling firms in which the government has a political interest?” Francis Cianfrocca, the CEO of Bayshore Networks, wrote that Obama’s actions were “an astonishingly reckless abrogation of contract law that will introduce a new level of uncertainty into business transactions at all levels, and make wealth generation more difficult going forward… An extraordinary uncertainty has been created when the most powerful man in the world can rewrite contracts and choose winners and losers in private negotiations as he sees fit. Since this is an unquantifiable uncertainty, and not a quantifiable risk, its effect on business and investor confidence will be large and unpredictable. As in the 1930s, a time when government also cavalierly rewrote private contracts, the prudent approach for business will be to invest minimally and wait for another administration.”

19) Supported release of convicted mass murderer

In 2010, Obama supported releasing Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (who had been convicted of murdering 270 people) from prison.

20) Illegally put thousands of guns into hands of criminals

In Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration ordered gun storeowners to illegally sell thousands of guns to criminals.

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  • AlexanderGofen

    Just wonder: If the author takes efforts to list as many as 252 Examples of Obama’s Lies, Lawbreaking and Corruption instances. Why does he omit something that really had not ever taken place for any of the preceding presidents. To begin with,

    1) Which is the real name of the person in the White House: Obama? Soetoro (used in Indonesia)? Soebarkach (in his mother’s passport)? Bounel (stolen together with the social security number from a deceased person born in 1890)?

    2) Who else in the entire US history of presidentship happened to be an identity thief?

    3) How about the 2011 production of a “true” BC copy – a 1961 document containing the then non-existing terminology and numerous other indications of a coarse forgery?

    4) Finally (apologizing for the reference to something akin to rocket science): How about recalling the definition of the US Natural Born refreshed as recently as in the 2008 Sen. Res. 511 on McCain? (http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm ). This definition was as INAPPLICABLE to Obama in 2008, as it is INAPPLICABLE to Cruz and Rubio now.

    Doesn’t these items above constitute lawbreaking and corruption? Then why are not they in the head of the list? Does the author really challenge the intelligence of the readers?

    • http://churchofsmoke.org/ Jose

      The title is “252 Examples.” There is plenty of room for more, but 252 is a good start.

      • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

        The point that is being made is that the fraudulent documents should be enough to land the guy in prison orange. If Congress would just work on the three fraudulent documents all the other 252 are rather meaningless. Congress and the Conservative media are cowards. We expect the liberal media and liberals in Congress to remain silent but why do the Conservative choose to be silent?

        • http://churchofsmoke.org/ Jose

          We’re finding out from leaked documents, possibly from Snowden, that we almost had a military coup because of Clinton giving military secrets to the Chinese.

          • RLJR1

            jose where can i find out more about this, i’ve never heard about this before

          • http://churchofsmoke.org/ Jose

            The insomniacs who listen to Coast to Coast Radio in the middle of the night know about it. You may be able to find it mixed in the the reports that google search might reveal:

            Princess Diana assassination

          • trooper4truth

            How do you know about Coast to Coast? AH Haaaaaa!

    • Michael Formoso

      Ok, considering that Social Security wasn’t established until 1935, and the first card wasn’t issued until 1937, how he be issued a number belonging to a guy who died in the 1800s? Also why is anyone with cognitive thought still talking about his BC? Even the majority of the GOP has stopped using that as a talking point because, it’s a dead issue. And as far as the Executive Order for that recall on the word INAPPLICABLE, I will need an EO number outlining him doing that. If you can find it in public records, because he made no such order. Every EO made by every President, ever, is issued a number that can be found in public records for everyone can read. If such an EO exists, then touché.

      • AlexanderGofen

        You are wrong. Bounel was born in the 1800s. He applied for the S. Security very late in his life (perhaps in the 40s) as many of his age did. The majority of GOP is a treasonous organization guilty in the 2008/2012 double coup – i.e. in COLLABORATION with the opponent that the opponent win. We need deDemoGOPization no less than Germany needed de-Nazization.

  • http://churchofsmoke.org/ Jose

    Other presidents have been sanctimonious about their lies. Obomber doesn’t even seem to care.

    The credibility of presidential elections will sink to new lows in the future and possibly empower third party candidates.

  • Cold_Drake_80

    Their are a couple amusing points about this article.
    1) Despite it’s title of 252 examples FPM lists a mere 20. Could it just be a plug (payola?) for another site? Sure. Or it could be a cynical acknowledgement the overseers of FPM don’t think their base has the attention span to slog through the whole list.
    2) Many of these examples could be summarized as, “Obama is just as horrible as Bush the Lesser!” While true it’s amusing to see FPM throw Bush II under the bus after attacking anyone who expressed doubts about him with the fury of a coked up gang banger during the Bush administration.
    That says to me they love Bush/Obama policy but they want to score cheap political points and will do it no matter how inconsistent and intellectually bankrupt it shows them to be.

    • RandScot

      If you click the link at the bottom, “Read more at FreedomOutpost.com” you can read all.

      • hrwolfe

        I did and it what I read was beyond Obama and Bush is more than equally trashed. I do have my issues with Bush I&II but the piece seems to blast anything and everything. I did not see 9/11 truther stuff but I was starting to expect it. I do not mind honest critiques but Ron Paul rants turn me cold.

      • Cold_Drake_80

        I saw the link but that isn’t the point. FPM didn’t bother to actually post the whole list. Worse still they indulge in grotesque levels of hypocrisy. Throughout the reign of Bush the Lesser they openly worshipped the stupidest decisions of that hayseed wanna be fascist.

        FPM is so dishonest that they publish an article damning Obama by comparing him to Bush. I presume their wasn’t a single blush in their entire shabby little office when posting this piece.

        • AG

          FPM is running a lot of articles. All that data takes up space and would take away from other functions of the site.

          • Cold_Drake_80

            Lets say that the text of the article takes up too much bandwidth. Text doesn’t need much but say the banner ads, graphics etc does. Then what about FPMs hypocrisy? Their are siting connections to their boy of evidence of Obama’s wrong doing. It would have been better if they had said nothing about the policies during Bush’s reign. Instead they gave all his most regressive policies their full throated endorsement. Their only real complaint was he wasn’t extremist enough for their tastes.
            Now that their gang doesn’t run the white house these policies are elevated to “bad” and must stop? Please, they had plenty of time to protest before. FPM is a den of hypocrites and liars.

          • JReezy

            So its bush’s fault again?!?

  • bluffcreek1967

    Only 252?! Seriously, though, our Kenyan president’s intentions to destroy this once great nation are obvious for all to see – so long as the blinders aren’t on. Obama is so arrogant and drunk on power that he doesn’t even try to tone down his grand scheme. He knows that most Americans are still asleep, and he’s surrounded himself with “yes men and women” who will justify all that he does.

    The MSM does not hold him to account, the Republicans are scared of him, and those few voices that speak out in opposition are quickly shouted down or dismissed as having ‘racist’ motives.

    Americans, unfortunately, are getting the kind of president they deserve. This is what almost 50 years of liberal dominance has brought us.


  • tokoloshiman

    next hillary to continue the farce like act 2 of a badly scripted tragedy

  • AG

    Only 252? Did you run out of steam, narrowed it down to the most important ones, or contain it to only his first term?

  • 8ball

    ” In the 2012 election, I voted for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.”

    So why should I read an article written by an idiot who helped re-elect Obama. Eff yourself, moron,

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    I can’t believe that you left out the fact that Barack H. Obama has been using a forged birth certificate, a fraudulent selective service card and a flagged SS#. All three are crimes and the man should be in prison. He doesn’t need to be impeached, just arrested.

    • Kookie

      That’s so true. How does he get away with it?

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    David Horowitz and Front Page should be ashamed of themselves for not joining hands with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lt. Mike Zullo and all the other investigators who have been conducting a criminal investigation into Barack H. Obama’s fraudulent activity. This is much worse than anything that Front Page has done over the past 6 years looking into the radicalism of this administration.

  • Donald J DaCosta

    “So when Obama broke these promises, it felt so much worse than when other Presidents broke their promises.” It felt so much worse to whom? This phony, pontificating, self absorbed, lying, posturing, hypocrite was re-elected in 2012. On the basis of what? Because he’s “pretty”? Because he has a nice
    smile and can “get down” with the regular folk? Because he’s interracial? Was he judged by the color of his skin rather than the content of his character? Does that last question make me a racist?

    To quote the former democratic Governor of NY, Andrew Cuomo, speaking about G. W. Bush, a successful businessman with considerable experience as such, graduate of Yale and the Harvard Business school and two term Governor of Texas, in the 2000 presidential campaign, Cuomo repeatedly said “he has no gravitas.” Nice choice of words. But for Obama, community
    organizer and US Senator for four years with no business or military
    experience, no record of real accomplishments, and a past that remains a mystery, “Gravitas” was not an issue? Talk about a blatant hypocrisy totally ignored by the media and an uninformed, disinterested public.

    But this is not about broken promises and hypocrisy. It’s about the flagrant ignorance and apathy of a citizenry with no skin in the game concerning the destiny of the country of their birth. It’s, “HoHum! I’ve got mine, so why do I
    need to worry?” Or “the government owes me [for what?] and the Dems will pay me my due; someday”! All the feel good, never fulfilled promises or expectations promised by a conniving, deceitful, progressive, socialist, idealistic “democrat” and their inevitable unintended consequences that are now on the verge of destroying America, unremarked and ignored by the apathetic, gullible American voter.

    Is it any wonder why the outcries from the “democrats” about the “discriminatory” voter I.d. Laws? The left wants everyone to vote, especially those most susceptible to their deceptive campaign rhetoric. It’s a question of numbers, not voting rights. If it’s true that conservatism requires maturity, intelligence and careful, thoughtful analysis of the issues and the proposed solutions, the Democrats have hit on a formula to guarantee them a majority in the three branches of government in perpetuity.

    The majority of American voters, assuming the 2012 election wasn’t rigged, did not feel “worse.” America is suffering from that now and will for the next three plus years unless Obama can legally be removed from office; highly unlikely given a rogue conspirator as head of the DOJ, a weak kneed, fractious
    “republican” party consisting of dupes like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, John Boehner, etc. and a cabal of media, academia and glitterati with lips firmly pressed to Obama’s derriere. He’s their “star.” They hold the public ear with a firm grip. Will some “higher power” help us……please.

    • whateverish

      I’ve been reading this thread for what seems like hours, and your post is the most eloquent and articulate bottom line thus far! THANK YOU.

      • flungo

        Fantastic post. Love it, copied it and will use it in my next argument with a libtard.

  • Sally Smith

    The author has published an updated version of his list: Please show
    everyone these 271 well sourced examples of Obama’s lying, lawbreaking,
    corruption, cronyism, etc:

  • trooper4truth

    Obama apparently also illegally gave Sen. Harry Reid money form the Department of Education for his reelection in 2010. :-[]

  • Kookie

    252 lies and corruption of destroying America, includes every department in Washington, DC. and every citizens life. Name just one he hasn’t destroyed.

  • GrumpyOne

    “2) Gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton – just like Bush did”

    …and Clinton before that!

    • Hi guys it is a British person

      This is just terrible. Here is some more examples:
      Terrorized Iranians
      Illegal weapons
      No need to place our hand on our chest, but do it any way
      Michelle said she loved the country only because his husband governs it.

  • Jonathan Shupe

    Bush never had anything to do with the NDAA act.

  • Jonathan Shupe

    Bush never had anything to do with the NDAA act.

    • larry

      National Defense Authorization Act act?

  • NessieIncident

    The FIRST official lie would be “I do solemnly swear… “You know good and well he had no intention of upholding the Constitution.

  • I DISAGREE SOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!

    What the FUCK you assholes!!!!

  • Right Sided Smart Person

    This whole page was written by a flaming liberal. whats your problem with bush! He ten times better than our current horrible president.

  • 99ways2die

    No complaints here man, looks like you hit the nail right on the head. Only ones who are going to complain are the Libtards who either believe in marxism and want to see Bill Gates dreams come true or the lazy POS’s that don’t want to lose their food cards. I like how you made sure to throw Bushes name in thereas well man ;) Kill two POS’s with one stone. Technically 3 POS’s.

  • Peep

    How about the time he inserted the moratorium on drilling recommendation into the report by scientists (?) on the BP oil spill when they made no such recommendation?

  • http://www.thecontract.us scotthudson

    Everyone needs to read The Contract On The Government. It is the book the politicians and bureaucrats DO NOT want you reading. Find out more here: http://www.thecontract.us/