Fact-Check Gives Obama 'Upside-Down Pinocchio'
Debt ceiling position a 'major flip-flop'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 15, 2013 4:58 PM CST
The upside down Pinocchio is seen in this screenshot.   (Washington Post)

(Newser) – The Washington Post's "Pinocchio Rating" has become a fixture in politics, but it's pretty rare to see the iconic wooden liar standing backward and on his head. But you can see him that way today. In light of Obama's combative press conference yesterday, the paper decided to turn its gaze on Senator Obama's 2006 floor speech against raising the debt limit, and awarded him the rare "upside-down Pinocchio" rating, which signifies a "major flip-flop."

While 2013 Obama has been loudly decrying Republicans who oppose raising the debt limit as irresponsible and worse, 2006 Obama sounded downright "Tea Partyish," the paper says. He called raising the limit "a sign of leadership failures," bemoaning the need to borrow money from foreign countries—both comments that are eerily similar to ones made by Mitt Romney during his presidential campaign. Obama has since admitted that his 2006 vote was a "political" one, but the fact-checker isn't letting him off the hook. "This," he writes, "is why many Americans hate politics."

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Jan 16, 2013 1:08 PM CST
Gof forbid anyone in Washington use their brain, re-think past decisions, change their attitude... that's flip-flopping in today's political parlance. Its also patiently riduculous as it would mean politicians are not supposed to think, to grow and evolve. If I wanted an America of the 1800s, we could simply vote down all the Supreme Court decisions.. disband most of our military... do away with cellphones, TV, radio, video cameras... reinstate the taxes to support the Episcopal and Congregational Churches... dump all the social, mental health and any ideas of the 20th and 21st Century! That the Washington Post had to go back almost five years, shows there isn't much in the way of political skeletons to dig up! I guess anyone who's changed their minds is now a "liar"?
Jan 16, 2013 10:46 AM CST
what? he is a liar? nooooooooo the thing i love about this circus is how truly similar obama and this congress are. limp...lame....and lying. checks and balances dont work when this many idiots are running thinggs
Jan 16, 2013 9:05 AM CST
"I'm not going to hold a gun over the american public reguarding the debt ceiling, but if we can't reach a deal, social security and veterans checks may not go out on time." Right, I'm not holding a gun.