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Obama: Pinocchios

The Washington Post’s fact checker gives Obama four Pinocchios for saying on 60 Minutes, “Over the last four years, the deficit has gone up, but 90 percent of that is as a consequence of two wars that weren’t paid for, as a consequence of tax cuts that weren’t paid for, a prescription drug plan that was not paid for, and then the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

“We are not trying to make excuses for the fiscal excesses of the Bush administration — and Congress — in the last decade,” the Post writes. “But at some point, a president has to take ownership of his own actions. Obama certainly inherited an economic mess, and that accounts for a large part of the deficit. But Obama pushed for spending increases and tax cuts that also have contributed in important ways to the nation’s fiscal deterioration. He certainly could argue that these were necessary and important steps to take, but he can’t blithely suggest that 90 percent of the current deficit “is as a consequence” of his predecessor’s policies — and not his own.”

Here’s Obama’s second ad hitting Romney for his 47% comments. It notes that people pay other taxes than just income taxes.

This past weekend, per NBC’s Kirstin Garriss, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, urging delegates to vote this November while using the history of the organization to remind members of the importance of their vote on Saturday night. “And make no mistake about it: This is the march of our time -- marching door to door, registering people to vote. Marching everyone you know to the polls every single election,” she said. “See, this is the sit-in of our day. Sitting in a phone bank, sitting in your living room, calling everyone you know.”

Also during her speech, Garriss adds, Mrs. Obama  reflected on civil rights events such as the Montgomery bus boycott and the March on Washington as examples of regular people working together to get the right to vote. She called on the African Americans in the audience to take their right to vote seriously. “So when it comes to casting our ballots, it cannot just be ‘we the people’ who had time to spare on Election Day. Can't just be ‘we the people’ who really care about politics, or ‘we the people’ who happened to drive by a polling place on the way home from work.  It must be all of us,” she said.