This is pretty funny, but also pitiful, a little scary and finally a small demerit for Barack Obama and a bigger one for Mitt Romney in the honest-discourse department.
In 2008, the New York Daily News quoted an unnamed John McCain adviser saying “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”
Obama, not knowing who said it, nonetheless quoted it as McCain’s strategy. That was, of course, captured on tape.
Now Mitt Romney’s first campaign ad digs up the tape of Obama saying “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,” but the ad doesn’t bother to indicate that Obama wasn’t referring to himself as the one who couldn’t afford to talk about the economy. Here’s the ad:
Romney got dinged by the truth squadders for committing deception-via-missing-context, but the Romney campaign defended the ad.
The liberal group ThinkProgress decided to have some fun. OK, if the truth-telling standard is that any words that ever came out of a candidate’s mouth can be attributed to that candidate, absent any context that might completely changes its meaning, here’s a video of some words that came out of Romney’s mouth: