President Stretches Truth in SOTU Address

unnamed (4)The President’s last State of the Union address on Tuesday night was difficult for conservatives to sit through. President Obama took credit for many things we would consider a detriment to the country, and some facts were skewed to fit his narrative. Perhaps the most egregious truth-stretcher was the one that made it sound like we’ve never been more prosperous:

“More than 14 million new jobs; the strongest two years of job growth since the ’90s; an unemployment rate cut in half. Our auto industry just had its best year ever. Manufacturing has created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years. And we’ve done all this while cutting our deficits by almost three-quarters.” 

  • The number of job losses hit bottom in February, 2010. The 14 million new jobs have been added since then.
  • The number of manufacturing jobs during his tenure has actually gone down by 230,000.
  • The deficit was $1.4 trillion in 2009, and $438.9 billion in 2015–yet it has increased during Obama’s tenure more than during all other presidencies combined!

If the economy is so great, perhaps the President would like to explain why the median income in the U.S. is $30,000, and why the number of food stamp recipients has exceeded 45 million for 54 straight months. College graduates are finding it tough to get a job, and the numbers leave out those who long ago gave up on finding employment.

But perhaps the most difficult moment of the address was when Mr. Obama touted the “freedom in every state to marry the person we love,” reminding us that 2015 was the year the Supreme Court granted legal status to same-sex marriages.

How to Pray: Father, thank You for keeping our President and his family safe. We ask Your mercy on believing Americans and that You would hamper the President’s ability to work against what is right. Prepare us for the election process ahead and make ready the man or woman who will take his place. We ask for a smooth transition and a monumental change for the better.

 

1 Tim 2:1-2 – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

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