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The president who cried ‘Sequester!’


Marc Thiessen |

March 4, 2013, 2:27 pm

The sequester is only four days old and it has already done untold damage — not to teachers, air traffic controllers, or the military, mind you, but to President Obama’s credibility.


Obama has been caught in one misstatement after another about the sequester — from lying to Americans about its origins to exaggerating its impact. Obama is fast becoming the president who cried “Sequester!” And the price he pays for his exaggerations will be lasting.


The first untruth came on October 22, 2012, during Obama’s final debate with Mitt Romney, when Obama

, “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.” When everyone from Bob Woodward to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Max Baucus came out and said it was indeed the president’s idea, White House spokesman Jay Carney was finally forced to admit that “the sequester was one of the ideas put forward, yes, by the president’s team.” Scissors-32x32.png
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