On his YouTube channel, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) describes himself as “a regular guy with a big job.”
Unfortunately, this regular guy just uploaded a big ol’ lie.
The video above was published on Boehner’s YouTube channel on January 20, 2015. It purports to “fact check” President Obama’s statements during the State of the Union address.
However, Medill Washington noticed that the Republicans’ version of the President’s address seems to be missing a few things…
Not only does the official GOP commentary omit Obama’s rebuke of Republicans for answering “I’m not a scientist” when faced with questions about climate change, it also cuts out his comments on torture, drones and antisemitism.
“As Americans we respect human dignity even when we’re threatened,” said Obama – though not in the Republicans’ version.
“I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists,” said Obama, “that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities.” At the 43:25 timestamp, this section of the speech is cut out.
In the actual state of the union – the one Republican voters may never see if they get their news straight from YouTubers like John Boehner – President Obama said that he prohibits torture, that the use of drones should be properly constrained, that America fights resurgent antisemitism and that climate change is a real and growing threat.
But not in the GOP’s version.
Readers of George Orwell’s book 1984 may be familiar with this concept: