Consider if you will this item from today’s Boston Herald concerning a tall tale told yesterday by President Obama at his press conference:
President Obama spun a work of creative nonfiction yesterday in his latest pitch for his jobs plan, fudging the fact of a Boston schoolteacher’s White House visit as he cast the man as a poster boy for the hot-button bill.
“I had a chance to meet a young man named Robert Baroz,” the president said at a midday news conference. “He’s got two decades of teaching experience. He’s got a masters degree. He’s got an outstanding track record of helping his students make huge gains in reading and writing. In the last few years, he’s received three pink slips because of budget cuts. Why wouldn’t we want to pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids?”
Two problems: Obama never met Baroz. And Baroz remains happily employed.
Now it’s true that Baroz has received three pink slips in the past four years but his position has been saved (as in created or saved) either by stimulus funds or the 2010 jobs bill. For his part, Baroz has no objection to President Obama’s creative license because it was done for “a higher truth”:
People who want to fuss over the word choice are missing the point. It’s about our investing in education and in communities, Baroz said. “It was technically correct; yes, I did lose my position three times within four years in the Boston Public Schools. To me, the question he posed to the people was a rhetorical question. The emphasis was on ‘like Robert.’ It’s people who are like me, highly qualified, and are not working. That’s the spirit of it.
It’s quite telling that President Obama couldn’t find a highly qualified teacher in the Boston Public Schools to talk about who is actually unemployed. It would seem that liberals who accused President Bush of lying about WMD don’t care if President Obama lies if it promotes a cause with which they agree. It’s OK for President Obama to lie if it is in service of “a higher truth.” The ends justifies the means. So what else is new?