Another Day, another Obama lie. This time about the Teamsters.
This man will say and do anything to get elected.
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Barack Obama is an addict. We need to just admit it. Actually, he needs to admit it -- that's the first step to recovery.
Obama is addicted to lying. He just can't help himself. Another day, another lie. Today, it's on the teamsters.
The Wall Street Journal reports Obama wants to scrap federal government oversight of the Teamsters.
Read on . . .
Mr. Coli [a top Teamsters official] said he spoke with Sen. Obama and his staff a half-dozen times leading up to the Illinois Democrat's decision to side with the Teamsters. Mr. Vietor, the Obama spokesman, said the candidate agreed to support reducing the oversight of the Teamsters in July or August 2007.
In March 2008, the Obama campaign released a statement on its position. That statement, obtained by The Wall Street Journal and verified by the Obama campaign, says "it is time for the Justice Department to begin negotiations with the Teamsters regarding the elimination of the IRB and alternatives that will put the union's future back in the members' hands."
A statement given to The Wall Street Journal by the Obama campaign last week said: "Sen. Obama believes that the IRB has run its course."
Heck, the Teamsters released audio of Obama saying
he couldn't guarantee a change, but said he would be "a president with the authority to appoint an attorney general who actually understands the law."
Of course, while the Obama campaign was confirming to the Wall Street Journal that he thinks it is time to scrap the Internal Review Board ("IRB"), he was backpeddling furiously with the New York Times.
Bill Burton, the Obama campaign’s national press secretary, said that “Obama’s position on this is old news.”
“Obama has not said he would take the Teamsters out of the consent decree — he’s said it has run its course,” Mr. Burton added.
But, there still remains the Teamsters official, Mr. Coli, who said Obama had been "pretty definitive that the time had come to start the beginning of the end."
Here's how this all actually works: a judge would have to end the IRB. But the judge would not do it without a decision from the Justice Department. So let's go back to Obama's own words. According the Wall Street Journal:
On the recordings, Sen. Obama told the union that day that if he was elected, they would see a change from the Bush administration "in terms of how we evaluate these consent decrees." He added that because it is a legal matter under the auspices of the Justice Department, he couldn't guarantee a change, but said he would be "a president with the authority to appoint an attorney general who actually understands the law."
Let me just call B.S. here.
Obama did everything he possibly could as a candidate for office to tell the Teamsters that he would appoint an Attorney General who would petition the court to drop the IRB — something the Bush administration has refused to do. Consequently, he got the union endorsement.
Now Obama is yet again running away from his position as fast as he possibly can. Except he's not.
Tommy Vietor, an Obama spokesman, confirmed that Obama did make that commitment.
People who lie habitually usually get trapped by their lies. Obama needs to learn that lesson.
“Sen. Obama’s position is clear on the issue,” Vietor said.
Yes, he is clearly trying to have it both ways. The lengths at which Dem candidates will lie for a Teamsters endorsement is hilarious.