Barack Obama seems to think that just pandering isn't enough, he has to lie while doing it. The latest example is a quote relating to his appearance at the LULAC convention :
"I want to stop talking about the outrage of 15 million uninsured Hispanics in this country, the largest group of the uninsured in the U.S., and start actually doing something about it."
Obama lied about yet another statistic; in 2006 there were 21.2 million non-Hispanic whites who were uninsured (link). Unless we're doing ObamaMath, 21.3 million is greater than 15.3 million. And, since the Census Bureau also counts illegal aliens that implies that Obama wants to extend insurance to illegal aliens as well.
There is, however, one other explanation: unlike the U.S. Census Bureau, BHO doesn't perceive non-Hispanic whites as a "group". In his mind, only Hispanics, Asians, and blacks are distinctive "groups". See, for instance, this example of Barack Obama's racial demagoguery.
So, Barack Obama either lied, or he's more in the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson mold than many are willing to admit. I'll leave it up to his supporters to decide which it is.
READING COMPREHENSION UPDATE FOR OBAMA SUPPORTERS: It's true that there are more Hispanics as a percentage of their group who are uninsured than a similar statistic for non-Hispanic whites, but that's not what BHO said. However, if you'd prefer that explanation, then there's a third choice. With that choice, BHO was simply being egregiously misleading. Would that work better for you?
Politics · Mon, 07/07/2008 - 11:23 · Importance: 1