The Obamameter and Truthiness

President Obama and his administration probably prefer the portmanteau-word “Obamameter” (which refers to a tally on the politifact.com site) to “Obamacare,” which is, of course, the portmanteau-word used by his political opponents to help undermine health-care reforms being pursued. At the same time, the President probably doesn’t spend too many seconds thinking about either word, and it would be hard to blame him for nodding off when someone was talking about “Obamacare” because the word is such a lame re-tread of “Hillarycare,” a word which is a degradation of “Medicare.” How about some new material, propagandists and demonizers?

In any event, according to politifact’s extensive, elaborate Obamameter, President Obama’s administration has kept 44 campaign promises, has compromised on about 20 [and we note that, in a sense, to “compromise” is to “promise with”], has broken 7, is stalled on several (I suspect Congress may be implicated), has 99 “in the works” (their phrasing), and has taken no action on 342.

One of the promises on which no action has been taken is . .

No. 107: Establish standards of care for traumatic brain injury treatment

So you can see the degree of detail into which politifact.com goes. Good for them. They treat this stuff seriously, and they rate hundreds of items related just to Obama, not to mention other politicians and officials.

Indeed, politifact.com keeps track of all sorts of statements made by politicians, opiners, operatives, pundits, and even the First Lady, who on today’s Politifact.com main page is said to have told the truth about women and domestic violence.

Today, a statement by Sean Hannity fares well, too, earning a “mostly true”:

“Our own National Security Agency says that (Iran’s) nuclear ambitions are advancing, and at the same time…we are slashing our own nuclear arsenal.”

Politifact.com notes that the U.S. has been reducing its nuclear arsenal for decades. It does not seem to note the non sequitur in Hannity’s statement (the “meter” might not be that complex), The U.S could reduce its arsenal for innumerable more decades and still have a more massive one than Iran and almost anyone else, and if some nations’ leaders decide to tell their armed forces to try to destroy Iran’s bomb-making facilities, one hopes those armed forces don’t use nuclear weapons. So while Hannity’s statement may be mostly true, it is rhetorically diseased. “My point,” Mr. Hannity seems to be suggesting, “is that I have no point.”

Mr. Hannity’s pointiness aside, we might note that by using the marker “mostly true,” politifact.com seems mostly to be supporting Stephen Colbert’s concept of “truthiness.”

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