Thursday, May 10, 2007

Obamanation: Barak's '10,000 dead in Kansas' is not the first 'mistake'

The coverage of Obama's assertion that the tornados in Kansas killed 10,000 people is being catgorized as a 'mistake':
Oops! Obama mistakenly says 10,000 died in Kan. tornadoes

...White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), in the midst of a rousing stemwinder Tuesday night, vastly over-stated the number of people -- 10,000, not 11 -- who died in the tornado that hit Kansas last week.

Obama injected a new element in his stump speech -- the tornados last Friday that devastated sections of Kansas and the town of Greensburg. His point was that the National Guard in Kansas did not have the equipment to properly respond because it was in Iraq...
Readers of Porkopolis are reminded that another mistake lie was documented here with regard to Obama's assertion that Military Commissions Act resulted in the "...elimination for the first time in our history of the principle of Habeas Corpus.":
...One would think that the Harvard Law School grad would know well that President Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus during the Civil War. His statement that the act would result in "elimination for the first time in our history of the principle of Habeas Corpus" is wrong and a lie. This is one of the most fundamental principles taught in all law schools; especially the top law school in our nation...

Update: More 'mistakes' (HT: Instapundit) via the Chicago Tribune:
Obama this week flew to Detroit to deliver his message that the U.S. auto industry is the villain for "investing in bigger and faster cars while foreign competitors invested in more fuel-efficient technology."

The domestics certainly haven't flooded showrooms with gas/electric hybrids like the Japanese. But in fairness, the newest Japanese assembly plant in the U.S. produces 14-m.p.g. Toyota Tundra pickups, not Prius hybrids rated at 60 m.p.g.

"While our fuel standards haven't moved from 27.5 miles per gallon in two decades, both China and Japan have surpassed us, with Japanese cars now getting an average of 45 miles to the gallon," Obama said.

"I'm not sure where he got that figure," Toyota spokesman Mike Michels said. "No carmaker gets 45 m.p.g. Ours is closer to 30 m.p.g."

If elected president, perhaps Obama's first appointment should be a fact-checker.

Not just for number crunching but also because neither China nor Japan mandate fuel-economy standards. And the 27.5 m.p.g. standard was set by the government, not the automakers.


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