Back in the 1980 presidential debate, Ronald Reagan brushed asideÂ Jimmy Carter’s attacks with the remark, “There you go again.” While the Gipper used the expression to dismiss the then-President’s baseless accusations, perhaps we should use it in this campaign to highlight the attempts of Carter’s candidateÂ to rewrite his record.
Just today, the presumptive Democratic nominee claimed, “What I said even at the time of the debate of the surge was that when you put 30,000 American troops on the ground, of course it’s going to have an impact. There’s no doubt about that.” (Statement at 6:05 minute mark.)
What he actually said at the time:
I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse. I think it takes pressure off the Iraqis to arrive at the sort of political accommodation that every observer believes is the ultimate solution to the problems we face there. So I am going to actively oppose the president’s proposal. . . . .I think he is wrong.
I guess since the “surge” succeeded, Obama now wants us to believe he always supported it, even if he refuses to acknowledge its success.
The guy misrepresents his own record — and not for the first time. If he were a Republican, this rewriting of history would headline the news.
Once again, Obama does stand for change, changing what he stands for to suit the needs of the moment.
UPDATE: Editors at USA Today ask: Why can’t Obama admit the obvious? The surge worked. (Via Instapundit.)
UP-UPDATE: Obama, a “serial liar“? One blogger speculates . . . .