Let’s Just Lie — ‘Americans are lazy’

Watch this Rick Perry ad that starts with a flat-out lie: The President thinks that what is wrong with America is that Americans are lazy.

David Weigel at Slate has the story in, No, President Obama Didn’t “Call Americans Lazy”,

The clip that begins the ad is taken completely out of context. It’s from a Q&A at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. The question, and the answer, were about the government’s role in making America a more attractive place to invest, not about the relative get-up-and-go of Americans.

QUESTION: I think one related question, looking at the world from the Chinese side, is what they would characterize as impediments to investment in the United States. And so that discussion I’m sure will be part of whatever dialogue you have. And so how are you thinking about that?

OBAMA: Well, this is an issue, generally. I think it’s important to remember that the United States is still the largest recipient of foreign investment in the world. And there are a lot of things that make foreign investors see the U.S. as a great opportunity — our stability, our openness, our innovative free market culture.
But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America. And so one of things that my administration has done is set up something called SelectUSA that organizes all the government agencies to work with state and local governments where they’re seeking assistance from us, to go out there and make it easier for foreign investors to build a plant in the United States and put outstanding U.S. workers back to work in the United States of America.

Start getting used to this sort of thing. You’re going to see a lot of it.

About Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Founder and principal author at Seeing the Forest, and a blogger at Speak Out California. Dave is a frequent public speaker and talk-radio guest and a leading participant in the progressive blogging community. He does a regular weekly segment on the popular Fairness Doctrine radio show. A featured contributor at Huffington Post, his work also appears at many other sites including TruthOut, AlterNet, Smirking Chimp and Common Dreams. Currently Dave is a Senior Fellow with Renew California working on progressive messaging, a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, where he writes about issues involving American manufacturing, trade, what might be called industrial policy. In another life Dave helped co-found Carbon Tracing, Inc., a company developing the desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US. Before this, Dave had over over 20 years of technology industry experience and has previously held senior industry positions including CEO and VP of Sales and Marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic, and he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers.
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