Thursday, August 30, 2012
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-OH) took to the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last night resembling a 42-year old newspaper delivery boy with a distracting nervous tic.
He also shamelessly lied about President Barack Obama. Case in point, Ryan repeated an anecdote about a GM assembly plant closing in his hometown of Janesville, OH.
Ryan wove his tale before the throngs of adoring Republicans:
“Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said, ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.”
The problem with Paul Ryan’s homily is, President Obama was not sworn into office until January 20, 2009 — in 2008, he was still a U.S. senator from Illinois. President Obama did not “break his promise” to keep the GM plant open that closed in 2008 – before the Democrat took office.
This is not the first time Paul Ryan told the fable. Earlier this month, he told a similar yarn at a campaign stop at Walsh University in North Canton, OH:
“I remember President Obama visiting it when he was first running, saying he’ll keep that plant open. One more broken promise. We used to build Tahoes and Suburbans. One of the reasons that plant got shut down was $4 gasoline. You see, this costs jobs. The president’s terrible energy policies are costing us jobs.”
In fact, President Obama made no such promise and the GM plant halted production in December 2008, when President George W. Bush was still office.
I understand at the national level it’s the job of the vice presidential candidate to play bad cop to the presumptive presidential nominee’s good cop but this still doesn’t give Rep. Paul Ryan permission to outright lie.