Obama’s worst whoppers in past State of the Union addresses
President Obama, like all politicians, typically misleads in his speeches. Two of his worst offenses against the truth have come in his State of the Union addresses.
In fact, they came in the 2010 State of the Union.
Famously, Obama evoked a shake of the head and the words “not true” from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in 2010 by misrepresenting what the Citizens United rule did. Obama said:
Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.
This was wrong in a few ways. First, the “century of law” claim is false. If Obama was referring to anything, it was the 1907 Tillman Act, which banned corporate contributions to political campaigns. Citizens United did not touch corporate contributions to campaigns — those are still illegal — but instead the ruling struck down rules about corporations exercising political speech separate from a campaign. ...