President Obama earned the dubious honor of receiving the ‘Lie of the Year’ from PolitiFact, the truth-telling organization that checks the accuracy of leaders’ statements.
Obama told the American people numerous times during the campaign that they could keep their health care insurance after his health care plan became law. Thousands of people have found out that isn’t the case.
“The problem is he said that hundreds of times during the campaign. It became probably the most quoted line during the course of the campaign. And it clearly wasn’t true. and unfortunately, they knew it wasn’t true at the time,” Gross said.
Democratic activist Jerry Crawford conceded the misstatement could give the president a credibility problem. But he doubts that will happen.
“Unless it becomes a permanent stain on the president’s credibility,” Crawford said.
“Once you’ve lost credibility with the American people, then it’s a serious challenge. I don’t think this rises to that level,” he said.
Other finalists for the PolitiFact ‘Lie of the Year’ award included statements by politicians Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz and Ann Coulter.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Americans are more dissatisfied than ever with Obama’s performance. The poll showed 54 percent disapprove of the job he is doing.