Shocker: President Obama Lied About Pay Cuts For Janitors And Security Guards


“Starting tomorrow, everybody here, cleaning the floors at the Capitol. They’re going to have less pay,” said President Obama whilst fear mongering about the looming sequester cuts. “The janitors, the security guards. They just got a pay cut. They’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.”

Well, turns out it’s not real, according to the Architect of the Capitol who made it clear that no janitors, or security guards, would be getting pay cuts:

Obama’s remarks continue the administration’s pattern of overstating the potential impact of the sequester, which we have explored this week. But this error is particularly bad–and nerve-wracking to the janitors and security guards who were misled by the president’s comments.

We originally thought this was maybe a Two Pinocchio rating, but in light of the AOC memo and the confirmation that security guards will not face a pay cut, nothing in Obama’s statement came close to being correct.

In other words, Obama was using figures from the Department of Things I Just Made Up.

Did Presidents always lie this audaciously? Maybe they did, and in a previous age bereft of the sort of easy and swift access to information we enjoy today, they did and nobody knew about it. But perhaps the most important question is, were we always thing inured to lying?

To be sure, the word “lying” gets thrown around a lot in politics. One side is always accusing the other side of lying about something that is really just a matter of disagreement. In this instance, however, there isn’t room for debate. President Obama told an intentional lie, intended to mislead Americans into believing something that isn’t true.

President Obama pops off whoppers all the time, and they’re routinely fact-checked and found wanting, and yet there seems to be little concern from the populace. Or the media. That’s just a politician being a politician, we seem to feel. They lie. That’s what they do.

That cynicism isn’t serving us well, I think.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • sbark

    Obama lied is a shocker………….only to someone who has no curiousity about his photoshopped up Birth Certificate ……or who has no curiousity about Obama’s Conneticutt SS number of a dead man……
    Find where Obama has told the truth……those few times are the shockers……but they get covered up quickly………….”spread the wealth, take a pill to the 100 yr old woman, cling to their bibles and guns”………are just a few.

  • Roy_Bean

    If you took his comments and replaced “millionaires and billionaires” with “Jews” they would sound disturbingly like a politician who was elected in a central European country about 80 years ago.

    • flamemeister

      It is well worthwhile to read William Shirer’s “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” Shift blame to some already suspect group (Hitler—> Jews & communists; Obama —> the “wealthy” & Republicans). Blame everything bad that happens on these groups. The sequester was a trap. Now every bad thing that happens with the economy will be successfully blamed on the Republicans, even though it was Obama’s idea. Obama is now home free on economic issues. Republicans are going to have to chew off a leg to get out of this one and thereby remain permanently crippled.

      Part II: Up to Hitler’s time, Germany was composed of several states, each with its own assembly. There was, in fact, certain states’ rights in existence. These State Diets were undermined and dissolved. Stay tuned. …

      • two_amber_lamps

        The sequester was a trap. Now every bad thing that happens with the
        economy will be successfully blamed on the Republicans, even though it
        was Obama’s idea.

        Brought to you by the letter “M” (as in media, aka the Democratic A/V Club), and the number “4” (as in the alleged “Fourth Pillar” of Limited Government who’s now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Left).

        • Kambing congek

          I think the left and right alike have the goodness to offer. also must have some vices. natural as possible. what’s the odds that just cause turmoil that waste energy

  • flamemeister

    For the last 4 years Obama and the Democraps have been lie-testing the public. They are now confident that a critical mass of the American population can be told anything and it will be believed by enough people to make the “risk” worthwhile. Stand by for “The Moon made of green cheese,” Obama backs fool-proof perpetual motion machines,” “Obama feeds 5,000 with two sh*t sandwiches and a quart of horse piss and receives rave culinary reviews.”

    • Thresherman

      Dan Quayle, despite being a successful newspaper publisher, was branded an idiot by the media because he screwed up the spelling of potato because the flash card he was given has it misspelled. But this drooling simpleton Joe Biden can go about telling people to fire their shotguns through the front door and the press treats him like some sort of demigod.

  • Thomas

    This is not news. I have not once heard him tell the truth.

    When President Obama speaks, over ninty percent of is is a lie. He only tells what he desires the American people to hear, even if it has no basic in facts or truth.

    I have learn the truth is the opposide of what President Obama says.

  • Thresherman

    Obama and his minions lie because they know that the great media will not call them on it. When Republican holds the office they are all about “speaking truth to power” but when a Democrat holds it the truth suddenly becomes what power says it is.

  • awfulorv

    Would one be incorrect to label these last few years as a “Political Mondo Cane”?

  • Simon

    A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St.
    Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him.

    He asked, ‘What are all those clocks?’

    St. Peter answered, ‘Those are Lie-Clocks.

    Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock.

    Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move.’

    ‘Oh,’ said the man, ‘whose clock is that?’

    ‘That’s Mother Teresa’s. The hands have never moved,
    indicating that she never told a lie.’

    ‘Incredible, ‘ said the man. ‘And whose clock is that one?’

    St. Peter responded, ‘That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The
    hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire

    ‘Where’s President Obama’s clock?’ asked the man.

    “Obama’s clock is in Jesus’ office.

    He’s using it as a ceiling fan.”

  • yy4u2

    Biden gaffes and obama lies. What to learn from this? Everybody is better off if they would just keep their mouths shut.

    • two_amber_lamps

      If a lie/gaff happens and the media fails to report it… it did not happen.

  • $16179444

    i eagerly await for the brain trust known as Hannitard to somehow spin this

  • WOOF

    You have him now.
    They have never had to deal with
    such clever fact checking..

    They’re sweating in the briar patch.

    • Thresherman

      It is called accountability, that may be a new concept to you but if the media is going hold the GOP to it then it should hold the Democrats to the same standard. But I suppose that in your mind double standards that favor your side is just par for the course.

      • WOOF

        The capitol’s janitorial salaries are hardly gonna turn opinion.

        • JoeMN

          Then why the lie ?

          • WOOF

            Probably just a piece of mistaken info. There’s enough contraction that stuff does not need to be made up.

          • JoeMN

            Surely Shake down Al will get it right.


            BTW That sure was a low ball segment with Al not so Sharpton and a sitting Congress critter.
            Liberals must really have a need to be talked down to.
            If those two were rodeo clowns, my guess would be a steer somewhere is missing it’s horns.

          • jl

            What’s contracting?

          • Thresherman

            Right.. That is why when the Architect Of The Capital released a statement saying that there would be no furloughs, the Administration doubled down by saying that because he said that overtime might be cut, then that equaled a pay cut. But when questioned if the janitors were getting overtime prior to this, they switched again to say that since they were contract workers and the Architect Of the Capital said that contracts might be cut this then meant that their jobs might be cut, even though the AOTC definitely said they would not be. When you go to that length to defend a statement I doubt that it was “just a piece of mistaken info” because all that then would have required would have been a clarification. But they didn’t do that now did they?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Let’s not forget about cutting the non-existent federal entity…


  • lessthantolerant

    I wish they would catch Obama telling the truth, that would be more shocking!

  • mickey_moussaoui

    perfidious charlatan

  • Stuart

    We had one brave man who shouted out liar..liar at the Presidential Address concerning Obama Care..then renege on his convictions because he knew of the consequences of Chicago thuggery and scorched earth policies. Then Woodwad came out against the Liar and chief, yet still some trust this man? How many lies dos he have to tell to be know as a pathological liar. 10, 20,40 or 100 ?

    Those of you who voted this Chicago thug should have your heads examined! But you might find out from an MRI that you lie to yourself and might have to own it!

  • OldmanRick

    One thing is consistent about the divisive, disingenuous, narcissistic brat. Most everything he says turns out to be a lie except when he speaks about fundamentally changing the US into a marxist state.

  • Geoff Bosse

    What happened to those 800000 layoffs which were supposed to happen immediately

    • silverstreak

      According to Maxine Waters 170 million people are going to lose their jobs.
      The only problem is that number is about 27 million more people than is in the workforce even if you count the military.
      Maybe she’s getting her figures from the same people that counted Obama;s votes!

      • Onslaught1066

        Maybe she’s just jumping the gun on the announcement that the US has been annexed by the Peoples Republic of China in lieu of being able to repay our debt to them. That would then leave a few workers left over to pay taxes.

        • silverstreak

          Or maybe Waters is just pulling the numbers out of her a$$ because she knows that no one from the MSM or her district will call her on it.

          • Onslaught1066

            … Even if they were aware of it… which they’re not.

  • silverstreak

    Let’s face the fact that there is no fat in the federal budget to cut.
    If the government hadn’t spent this money,old folks and children would have starved! (sarcasm)

    A whirligig park in Wilson NC

    Replacing new sidewalks in Boynton, OK with newer sidewalks that lead to a ditch.

    Replacing the windows at the Mount St. Helens visitors center that has been closed since 2007 and The Forest Service has no plans to reopen the center.

    Teaching hookers in China how to drink responsibly.

    Answers to questions that has perplexed mankind since the beginning of time.
    Such as…why chimps throw poop and does cocaine cause Japanese Quail to engage in risky sexual behavior?

    A multi- level parking garage for an empty building

    Exercise equipment for shrimp

    $1.5 million for the Rep. Richard Gephardt Archive at the Missouri Historical Society
    $1 million for the Woodstock Museum.

    $4.8 million for a polar bear exhibit

    And…how would we ever survived if the government hadn’t spent $500K to paint a fish on a freaking airplane?

  • spintreebob

    Nobody has ever been able to point to a single quote of Bush about the war that was a lie. Bush lied..about Katrina when he said “nobody knew” when in fact the National Weather Service accurately predicted 8 days in advance precisely what would happen to New Orleans. Clinton had the art of weasel words. Did Nixon ever tell the truth?

    • Neiman

      We ALL use that word LIE too easily, too often. To lie means that one had to know something was factually untrue and deliberately, consciously asserted something to the contrary designed to deceive. Also, when in leadership, I have discovered that most people people are so in love with their own wisdom and sound of their own voice that, they shoot from the lip without thinking and thereby create the impression of a lie, by speaking before they had all the facts and before they measured every word to make sure people could believe exactly what they said.

      I notice you did not include Obama on your list or Carter or Reagan, yet all in various ways engage in Washingtonspeak, which like the old description of diplomats was that, if they ever said exactly what they meant, it was a slip of the tongue. Sad, but I don’t know of any not thus guilty.

  • Goon

    Big Shock Obama lies…. News at 6:00…

  • toppr8

    If he is worried about those janitors taking a pay cut, maybe he could spread the wealth a little and give them a bit of what he has!