I have increasingly been hearing the claim that Barack Obama should have done much more, because he had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate at the same time Democrats controlled the House. Chris Wallace at the Republican Ministry of Propaganda, Fox, actually claimed that Obama had it for two full years. You can use that to fertilize your veggies!
Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday made the false claim that the Democratic Party had a 60-vote majority for two years after President Barack Obama took office…
…As Talking Points Memo observed, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) temporary replacement wasn’t sworn in until Sept. 24 of 2009, giving Democrats a filibuster-proof majority for four months and one week until Republican Scott Brown filled Kennedy’s seat after a special election.
"The claim that Obama ruled like a monarch over Congress for two years — endlessly intoned as a talking point by Republicans — is more than just a misremembering of recent history or excited overstatement," the Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn wrote. "It’s a lie."
"It’s meant to represent that Obama’s had his chance to try out his ideas, and to obscure and deny the relentless GOP obstructionism and Democratic factionalism he’s encountered since Day One," he explained. "They seem to figure if they repeat this often enough, you’ll believe it." [emphasis added]
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Here’s the video:
It’s rare that a well spoken Democrat is allowed on Faux Noise.
There is one more factor that the article did not cover. Even during the 4+ months that Obama had a filibuster-proof majority, he never actually had one in reality. There were two Senators in that majority that were Republicans in disguise: Benedict Arnold Nelson (NE) and Traitor Joe LIEberman (CT). This enabled Republicans to block literally hundreds of bills.
So the next time a Republican, or a lefty that would foolishly dilute the vote, tells you Obama had a valid opportunity to enact his agenda, you will know that the former is either lying or brainwashed, and the latter is uninformed.