UPDATES: Memeorandum.com is tracking the story; CNN’s Political Ticker and several blogs have reported Obama’s (to be polite) misstatement. The Chicago Tribune has picked up the story. I’m certain that MSNBC and Keith Olbermann will be alllllll over this too, especially since Keith constantly criticizes other news networks for not being “fair and balanced.” LATEST UPDATE:THE FINE LINE BETWEEN PANDERING AND LYING.”

(I used to say, “Imagine if Hillary had said this.” Now, I say, “Imagine if McCain had said this. It’d be reported at the top of every news show.”)

At today’s press conference, Barack Obama said that the U.S. Senate’s banking committee is his committee, which will surely come as a surprise to the chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committee, Christopher Dodd, an Obama sycophant.

Not only is the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs not HIS committee, Barack Obama is not even a member of the committee:


Perhaps Senator Obama is having a “senior moment”? It’s reminiscent of his stating that there are 57 states in the U.S. Actually, I think that Obama probably doesn’t remember which committees he is on, given his dilatory, lackluster inattention to his duties on the committees on which he does serve. Shall we bring up his failure to hold a single hearing as Chair of the Subcommittee on European Affairs, which is part of the Senate’s Foreign Policy Committee? As Joseph Wilson wrote here:

As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Europe, with jurisdiction over NATO, he has held not a single oversight meeting because, as he admitted, he was too busy running for president, even though NATO’s presence in the Afghanistan war is critical to success in that venture.

    — “Legitimate questions of judgment, experience” by Joseph Wilson, May 4, 2008

As the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee subcommittee on Europe, he has not chaired a single substantive oversight hearing, even though the breakdown in our relations with Europe and NATO is harming our operations in Afghanistan. Nor did he take a single official trip to Europe as chairman. This is the sum total of his actions in the most important responsibility he has had in the Senate. What are his actual experiences that reassure us that when the phone rings at 3 a.m. he will know what to do, which levers of power to pull, or which world leaders he can count on?

    — “Obama’s Shallow Credentials on National Security Are Dangerous for the Country” by Joseph Wilson


Thanks to PPM for sending me the link to the video.

I find this appalling on many levels.

First, it is wholly inappropriate to refer to any committee as “MY” committee. It is not only ungentlemanly, it is egotistical.

Second, it is a flat-out lie that shows his utter lack of attention to his Senate duties in the VERY short time he has been a U.S. Senator.

Third, here is the list of committees on which Senator Obama theoretically serves.

  • jrterrier

    by the way, it just dawned on me that rezko may be the october surprise the clintons always warned about.

    for one, rezko is cooperating. you’d be surprised what a 20 or 30 year sentence hanging over your head will do to your memory of details.

    two, last night on Saturday Night Live, in a mock debate, SNL dropped several Rezko comments, including about Obama paying money to keep him quiet and about all the corruption in Chicago.

    JOHN MCCAIN, PLAYED BY DARRELL HAMMOND: Jim, what the American people need to understand, and what Senator Obama does not understand, is that the real problem here is excessive government spending, especially congressional earmarks and pork barrel projects. … And how about this? $8.2 million for something called “Tony Rezko Hush Money.”

    BARACK OBAMA, PLAYED BY FRED ARMISEN: John, I withdrew that earmark right after [UNCLEAR WHETHER ARMISEN SAYS “I” OR “he”] began cooperating with prosecutors, and I think you know that.

    MCCAIN: Senator, the fact is, to fund all the other programs, your planning will require a massive tax increase.

    OBAMA: John, once again, you’re not being truthful about my proposals. Under my tax plan, not only would every American making less than $250,000 per year get a tax cut, so would most members of the Chicago City Council, as well as city building inspectors. That’s because my plan would not tax income from bribes, kickbacks, shakedowns, ”

    it is quite funny. it also mocks Obama for using the race card.

    That can only mean that MSM will start focusing on it — they won’t be able not to.

    three, remember what dislodged the sexist anti-Hillary bias in the media was the mocking from SNL. so hold on to your seats.

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  • ester jurado,los angeles,usa

    This man has some serious MENTAL HEALTH issues, he cant help himself, he actually believes what he says and the fuckin’ media & S.D. ASSHOLES that are up his ass enable him. PENDEJOS!!!!!!!!!

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  • Idiocracy08

    awwww, he was just messin with us, man!

    the guy is mental…and yet another nickname for him: Sybil.

  • Poor Chris Dodd. This is the second time that Obama has taken credit for his work. Remember when he tried to take credit for a bill Dodd was pushing?

    Just this week, as the financial markets were roiling in the wake of the Bear Stearns collapse, Obama made another claim that was greeted with disbelief in some corners of Capitol Hill. On March 13, Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, unveiled legislative proposals to allow the Federal Housing Administration to guarantee new loans from banks willing to help homeowners in or approaching foreclosure. Obama and Clinton were in Washington for a day-long round of budget voting, but neither appeared at the housing news conference.

    Yet Obama on Monday appeared to seek top billing on Dodd’s proposal.

    “At this moment, we must come together and act to address the housing crisis that set this downturn in motion and continues to eat away at the public’s confidence in the market,” Obama said. “We should pass the legislation I put forward with my colleague Chris Dodd to create meaningful incentives for lenders to buy or refinance existing mortgages so that Americans facing foreclosure can keep their homes.”

    Dodd did say that Obama supported the bill, as does Clinton. But he could not offer pride of authorship to the candidate he wants to see in the White House next year.

    “I’ve talked to him about it at some length,” Dodd said. “When Senator Obama was there for that full day of voting, we had long conversations about it. He had excellent questions and decided to support it.”

  • beebop

    The obots are turning their little lips purple with their koolaide foaming at CNN and ABC. I am just loving it. Misstatement? My AXX!!!! I guess the word “Lying” is racist?

  • PuppyDogMom

    He didn’t make a little slip. He arrogantly tried to lead people to believe that it IS his committee. Everything’s his.

  • Catherine

    It amazes me that other high level Democrats are not taking issue with narcissistic types of comments. I said yesterday I would be posting on another narcissistic comment as they occur and already here it is. Never a day goes by when this candidate’s arrogance is not noted. Thanks for the clip.

  • terri

    God, the man is just as FRIED as Dubya. What genius decided the U. S. needs another crack-head in the WH? Donna Brazile, I guess.

  • MIDem

    May I say that Barack Obama is just so full of shit!


    I cannot believe how the media keeps covering for this
    odoriferous piece of bull.
    When will it stop?

    I would have to be on drugs or brain dead to support his smarmy ass.

    Are there any responsible journalists out there
    that will call him on this bs?

    If he is this insufferable now, can one imagine
    how bad he will be should he be elected?

    I cannot accept corruption as the status quo.

    PUMA rocks
    I say NObama ever!

    And to the anti-PUMA dems, tough effing shit!
    Harassment will not get my vote.

    end rant

  • A pathological liar eventually spins out of control.

  • hillary is ready on day one
    this guy will never be ready

    • ester jurado,los angeles,usa


  • Deborah C

    As KING of the world and soon to be elected President of this country, every committee works for him, so in theory it is his committee….. At least for next 10 years or so they do. Maybe we can send him a book to help him out. “Presidency for Dummies” (special foreward by George W. Bush).

  • NoQuarter…
    are you going to call this “worrisome” and a “senior moment?”

    That is making light of this.

    He’s blatantly lying and the media is not covering it.

    To say “my committee” about the Senate Banking Committee that he’s not on and would not have attended even if he were is a huge fucking lie.

    So why are you using “worrisome” to describe it. It’s blatant.


    • beebop

      Please quit bring this fracking anti HRC link here asshat.

  • barko

    I just ran across a article today saying that critics were piling on McCain for his gaffes and how that is suppose to make people wonder how lucid McCain maybe. So then what’s Barack’s excuse? Why doesn’t the MSM ask the question how or why does a 40 something year old man, keep making these mistakes? Or why this supposed brilliant man can’t even talk coherently?

  • obamaphobe

    Brit Hume just mentioned the lie on Fox. He did not show the video and he said Obama “mistakenly” said it was his committee. Then went on to show the video of Pres Bush saying “wallstreet got drunk”. I’m disappointed. I think the bigger story was the lie and the video should have been shown.

  • Katmoon

    That a$$hole Cafferty just posted a question live, Why do come Hillary Clinton supporters want to derail Obama’s nomination

    When referring to PUMAS,(wanting to put Senator Clinton’s name in nomination)he said we were in the “cut off your nose to spite your face category”


    July 23, 2008
    Why do some Clinton supporters want to derail Obama?
    Posted: 04:50 PM ET

    FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

    PUMA is an acronym that stands for “Party Unity My A–.” It’s the rallying cry for a group of disenchanted Democrats – “PUMAs.”

    Many are supporters of Hillary Clinton who just can’t quite get over the fact that she lost and Barack Obama won.

    • beebop

      Caffries is the cut off your nuts to spite your penis type. 😉

  • Grace

    Obama is a bum wrote:

    ” I would love to see huge rallies protesting Obama, this clown is truly insane.”

    Interestingly, I ‘ve also had the same fantasy. I think it ‘ll eventually happen. “What goes around, comes around.” It never fails. When people get disappointed after trusting somebody so blindly as they have w/Obama, they will go from adoration to hate and desire for revenge. It’s called the woman’s or man’s scorn triggered by their LOVER OBAMA’s betrayal.

  • Tyrione

    Obama: You aren’t even a talented bullsh*t artist, let alone a credible US Senator.

    What’s next? Do we get to hear about the hardwork you did when you visited Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq and more? Do you consider basketball part of the job?

  • Leigh39

    I think lies come as naturally as breathing to that fraud. He is pathological.

  • hank48188

    The most important things said by Obama today were his first words at a Press Conference in Israel. The fist thing Obama said was “See that guy over there, (pointing to the left) He will be calling on Reporters to ask questions, if you don’t get called on you know it’s NOT MY FAULT, I want you guys TO LIKE ME” Obama is so WEAK he doesn’t have the TESTICLES to DECIDE who gets to ask a question, he put the blame on someone else so he could remain the “PEOPLE PLEASER”. The BOTS want to get Obama elected to the Position of DECIDER and he can’t even make a choice at a Press Conference. He is VERY DAMAGED by being abandoned by both parents, a fatal flaw

  • LOL! My God, what a bunch of crap.

    Hillary hasn’t even been campaigning, and she beats McCain by 50-42 in national polling.

    Hillary is bullet-proof. What else could you possibly say about her?

    Sorry chief. If HRC is our candidate your boy McCain is absolute toast.

    And you know it.

  • anna shane

    he meant the barking committee, he’s headed that since he was a child, living in a foreign country, gaining valuable foreign policy barking experience.

  • Obama is a bum

    I would love to see huge rallies protesting Obama, this clown is truly insane. The media is afraid to hold him accountable and prefers to just nod their head so nobody will call them racist. Obama is being held to extremely low standards due to his race.

  • Grace

    After reading these posts..LOL, it makes me wonder why is that comedians feel that Obama is difficult to mock because of his race (they don’t want to sound racist). What about his megalomania, narcissism, dependency on teleprompters, stuttering (uhh, ahh, ehh), taking credit for other people’s work, and many others: all of this has nothing to do with race, since stupidity and mental illness are equal opportunity diseases.

    Or perhaps comedians are afraid of backlash? It sounds like the former Soviet Union when censorship was used to silence dissent and alienate any artistic work that didn’t agree w/the government’s ideology.

    • K Lynne

      You do know that it isn’t politically correct to make fun of the mentally ill, don’t you??

      • imustprotest

        You’re right. Too bad for the comedians that Obama isn’t a woman, apparently sexist/misogynist jokes are a-okay in this country.

      • Grace

        K Lynne wrote:

        “you do know that it isn’t politically correct to make fun of the mentally ill, don’t you?

        I wasn’t making fun of the “mentally ill.” Narcissism and Megalomania are listed as mental disorders, and that’s why I wrote that they are “equal opportunity” diseases, because they can affect people of different races, either gender, religions,levels of education, socioeconomic backgrounds, and political ideologies.

        The comedians who ‘d dare to mock Obama,wouldn’t be making fun of mental illnesses but of Obama himself, who happens to be a narcissist.

        • K Lynne

          Sorry, I forgot the /snark. ;-).

          • mahaska

            Don’t worry, K Lynne, I did get it. we’re just a tad touchy lately.

    • lilibet

      Jon Stewart has no trouble mocking Obama and it has nothing to do with race.

  • BoboBolinski

    Obama is truly the greatest thinker of the 21st century. Unlike you supporters of Hillary and McCain who supported that dumb war in Iraq, Barack is working on a smart war that we liberals can believe in. Obama brings hope and change when we his supporters contemplate war – unlike you anti-Obamans whose wars only bring despair.

    • Darryl

      Barf! Are you trying to sell an Ipod or what?

      • beebop

        I think he’s trying to earn an Iphone. If he posts enough words he wins an Ipone.

    • Darryl

      I have a master’s degree in Molecular Bilogy. Obama is NOT the greatest thinker of the 21st century. Do you jerk off to his poster at night?

      • rjj

        what thesis topic?

      • mahaska

        What exactly is bilogy?

    • workingclass artist

      Bobo….I think you have something there….It explains why Dear Leader has been busy redrawing new maps….inventing new stuff to put in the new Book on his Life that is surely coming….Inventing accomplishments to pad the Holy Resume….Shopping for Cool shades and teaching B-Ball…..( sigh ) How does Dear Leader stay in shape to meet with all those foreign leaders……

  • Retired

    None of this matters. He is The One, the Kwisatz Haderach. What he says, is. Get used to it.

  • otbjr

    He was just tired. You know, walking on water and turning water into wine is exhausting.

  • MMiller

    I believe since he is in bed with Chris Dodd..he believes he runs the Committee now!

  • typical.white.person

    McClatchy: Out of bounds! Obama falsely claims to be Banking Committee member

    “Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee — which is my committee — a bill to call for divestment from Iran as a way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.

    Why that’s wrong: Obama is not a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

    Ironically, a man who traveled with Obama to the Mideast this week, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., is a member of the committee. He was one of the “no” votes when the committee passed the bill July 17 on a vote of 19-2.

  • wodiej

    Dodd and the rest probably were in on it too…told him it would boost his credentials. And Obama figures the media won’t do anything about it. Unless the Republicans are all in on this w Obama, I expect they will jump on this. Maybe Dobbs will do it.

    • beebop

      Liddy Dole isn’t in on it. I want to hear her PUMA roar!

  • Cooney

    Imagine if he didn’t have handlers and speechwriters. These guys in my day were called compulive liars, what they didn’t know they would make up, anything to make themselves sound good. The amazing thing is they usually believe what they say.

    • wodiej

      also called pathlogical liars, had a cousin like that, she lied so much she believed her own lies. I think they go into this little fantasy world of make believe.

  • yttik

    He didn’t mispeak,he wasn’t tired, he just flat out lied. You don’t accidentally add an entire phrase, “which is my committee.”

    He really believes the whole world revolves around him. We kind of joke about how he’s just so used to taking credit for other people’s work, but that’s exactly what it is. Everybody is an extension of Obama.

    • I, Bama

      Right…”which is my committee”. Not a flub, but an expository statement.

    • Annie Oakley

      Exactly. He’s gotten way too much slack, but this was a blatant resume-padding LIE.

  • wodiej

    I think Obama did it thinking most people would not know he isn’t on the committee! He is trying to pad his “resume” and make it look like he’s actually done something. Slowly he is unraveling. The fun is just beginning.

  • Masslib

    Maybe he was on the Il banking committee back when he was a part-time state leg, and he got it confused. That was only like 3 years ago, right? 😉

  • Faustina

    Mistakes are one things. Lies are one thing. Delusions are something even worse than either of those.

    Barack the Delusional.

    Calling Keith Olbermann….perfect topic for a special comment here.

    • obamaphobe

      Good luck with that one.

  • pcmck

    CNN just reported this. It’s actually getting coverage.

    • obamaphobe

      Darnit…i missed it. It’s such a rarity for them to report the truth about BO.

      • Annie Oakley

        Wait and check – getting coverage and reporting the truth are two different things.

  • Sassy

    Dodd recently made news with his own “favorable” mortgage. I think these guys will grouse in private, but they won’t risk being sent to the Chicago “training Camp”! I think we need to send flowers and thank-you cards to Iowa…they really started a spectacular event! Hope they are proud!

  • Of course! He misspoke! Now why didn’t I get that? Oh snap! He “Never” intended to give the impression that this committee was his! You know how I know this? Because MSNBC told me so! And, we all know that this “NEWS” organization has been so spot on when it comes to Obama-bin-lying! They would NEVER lie for him would they?


    he said exactly what he meant! He wanted to give those Empty headed, Kool-Aid drinking zombies the impression that he is all knowing and all seeing. This man has no shame. His delusions of grandeur are dangerous!

  • PS

    MSNBC just did an interview with a reporter and they’re calling it a “misspeak”. BO saying “my committee” is not just an error; it was clearly to make it appear he was either the head or a member of this committee, which he is neither.

  • Blu

    Obama is the festering head of the New Democratic Party. Members of the New Democratic Party are on the Senate Banking Committee. Therefore the Senate Banking Committee is Obama’s committee. Besides, if Obama says it’s so then it is so, get use to his new rules of logic or else!

  • He already is MEDICATED! Ask Larry Sinclair! Obama just loves him some Crack!

    • workingclass artist

      and some of that of the cocain variety….scuse….could not pass on that…chuckle….

    • A. Nony Mouse

      It’s John McCain who’s on medication. The prescription sleep aid that’s been recently linked to weird somnambulistic behaviors such as sleep walking, sleep eating, even sleep driving. There’s a new warning on the FDA package insert. If you notice any such uncommon side-effects you’re supposed to discontinue taking the medication and consult your physician.

      So far the package insert doesn’t include special instructions to Presidents about 3 AM phone calls and somnambulistic military responses. It only says you shouldn’t operate machinery for 8 hours after taking the stuff…

  • I think Obama is a true megalomaniac.

  • Bell’Artista

    The Brie has slipped off his cracker BIG TIME

    I think BoBo is Coo-Coo
    he needs to be medicated and put in a safe place where he is no longer a danger to himself, or others.

    • K Lynne

      I really truly wonder if the reason BO is not releasing more than a single page report from his doctor (as opposed to the hundreds / thousands?? of pages released by McCain’s doctors) is because there is confirmation of recent / current drug usage?

      To be perfectly honest, the reports of BO’s college cocaine usage didn’t bother me a whole lot. But his recent behavior / ridiculous gaffes and outright lies has me questioning whether the drug use is ongoing.

      If Obama continues to hint that McCain’s gaffes are because of his old age, perhaps McCain should start suggesting that Obama’s are due to drug use??

      • TeakwoodKite

        OH my my You can’t do that!!!

        Last time someone did that …all hell broke loose!