The PJ Tatler

Caught on Tape: Obama Admits to Stealing Ideas from Jonathan Gruber

President Obama now dismisses Jonathan Gruber as some guy he barely ever heard of, but that wasn’t always his story.

At the Brookings Institution’s “Restoring America’s Promise of Opportunity, Prosperity and Growth” conference in April of 2006, the future president bragged about using one Jonathan Gruber’s ideas.

Obama said, “You have already drawn some of the brightest minds from academia and policy circles, many of them I have stolen ideas from liberally, people ranging from Robert Gordon to Austan Goolsbee; Jon Gruber; my dear friend, Jim Wallis here, who can inform what are sometimes dry policy debates with a prophetic voice.”



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