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November 19, 2013 - 6:33 am

A House ally of President Obama defended his misstatements about being able to keep your health insurance under Obamacare, saying the president may have misspoke but certainly didn’t mean to mislead.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), who once famously branded a debt deal Obama made with Republicans a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich,” said on MSNBC last night that it was “phenomenally silly” for the GOP to compare Obamacare’s sad rollout to disasters.

“The great tragedy is that I think many of my colleagues on the other side are actually hoping for rain instead of sunshine. Because they fear the sunshine because it will give people insurance and they think it will be political repercussions that will hurt them instead of saying all of that aside, my number one goal is the American public,” Cleaver said.

On Obama’s broken promise, “at the worst, that the president misspoke and maybe made a mistake in speaking.”

“But it was not to mislead,” Cleaver declared.

“I think the other part of this that is extremely important is that I think in the absence of an agenda, this is the GOP agenda for the next year. And so, in the absence of an agenda, they’re going to concentrate on trying to dismantle something that will help the American public,” he continued.

“Healthcare was one of the chief causes for bankruptcy in this country. And they’re talking about this was something good that the president has destroyed? That’s absolutely ridiculous. We can fix this. As the great theologian said, we’ve seen the enemy and it is us, it is the Congress for failure to fix something that can be repaired rather easily I think.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Obama "misspoke" the same erroneous phraseat least 36 times, And none of his staff noticed? Or sought to correct his error?

And it wasn't to mislead? What WAS the purpose of repeating that lie?

Cleaver is full of Crap, like most Democrats.
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If Obama misspoke why didn't anyone offer him clarification?

Forget this. The man lied through his teeth and he, along with the majority of the Democratic pols in Washington and their lapdog supporters, are continuing to lie now.
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With the remarks quoted above Cleaver is committing the exact same fraud that Obama did with his "keep it" assertions - neither one of these snake oil sellers was misspeaking and they both mean to mislead.
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Spot-on.
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