- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Barack Obama told a crowd in San Diego gathered at the Association for Talent Development Conference that he is “worried about our country” because nobody in leadership is insisting on “facts,” and that “like, facts are really useful” to sound decision-making.

Agreed, Mr. Ex-President. Like, facts are really useful. And like, facts could’ve been really useful during the Obama administration as well — something this former president seems to have overlooked while taking potshots as this current White House.

For instance, like, facts could’ve been really useful when Obama when was selling his socialist-minded Obamacare as a “you can keep your own doctor,” “you can keep your own health care plan” type of deal.

Can you say Jonathan Gruber?

“Lack of transparency,” this Obamacare craftsman was caught saying, “is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to get this thing [Obamacare] to pass.”


Or, like, facts could’ve been really useful when Obama took to the Jay Leno Show and insisted the National Security Agency was not, as Edward Snowden claimed, spying on Americans.

Or, like, how about Fast and Furious facts? Or, like, all the faked facts about firearms pushed on to the people in the face of each and every gun-related crime that took place at schools during the Obama administration?

The list goes on.

Make a game of it and come up with your own.

And then compare all that to this, Obama’s most recent not-so-thinly-veiled hit at the Donald Trump administration, in San Diego: “When I get worried about our country, or the world, it is not around a particular issue. I worry when our values are not being upheld. Our democracy, just like any organization, can’t work if, for example, we don’t insist on facts. Like, facts are really useful. We can’t make good decisions if we don’t at least agree on the facts.”

Yada yada, blah blah — he goes on for a bit, as Breitbart noted.

But fact is — like, facts, are indeed important. And the country could’ve used a whole lot more of them from the prior administration — from the mouth of the very one now pointing to this administration as factually challenged.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley.

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