President Obama spun a work of creative nonfiction yesterday in his latest pitch for his jobs plan, fudging the facts 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 master’s 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?”
There's just two little things wrong with this story: Obama never met Baroz, and Baroz is still employed. Other than that, Obama's story is 100% truthful...
Now, with an unbiased media, this story would have received at least as much attention as, say, George Bush serving a plastic turkey to US troops at Thanksgiving. I mean, Obama's story about Robert Baroz is "fake but accurate", right?
Why, then, does a Google search on "Robert Baroz" turn up only local news stories? Shouldn't this be of at least passing interest to national media? The president twists a story - when he had no need to - about a big city teacher into something that it wasn't in order to shore up his jobs bill. To push a bill Obama has claimed is needed to prevent a second economic downturn, he has to resort to folding, spindling, and otherwise mutilating the truth? If the bill is needed that badly, shouldn't Obama have found, oh, a true story?
I guess we should be happy he didn't stand behind a plastic teacher, right?
That is all.