This happened years ago, but I missed it. Now this video is making the rounds for obvious reasons:
So it’s funny that critics are calling this a “lie,” when it’s so much more than that.
(I googled and apparently the White House said afterwards that Obama had misspoken, and meant to claim a $3,000 reduction in premiums.)
I often defend people who say dumb things on camera, claiming that until you’re in front of a crowd, you don’t realize how sometimes your brain can freeze up. But on this one, I have to say–unless it was a mistake in a teleprompter and he was reading it–that this is D-U-M dumb. Even if someone absentmindedly says a price could drop 3,000% without catching himself or raising an eyebrow, that shows a gross ignorance of math and/or business.
For years I have not fully bought into the standard right-winger talking points that Obama was an empty suit, but I think I may have overestimated him.