President Obama will do just about anything to get his controversial jobs bill passed and that includes stretching the truth.
During a midday press conference yesterday to push his bill, the president sang the praises of a young, talented, Boston schoolteacher he recently met who lost his job three times due to budget cuts.
However, according to the Boston Herald,
there are two major dissimilarities between Obama’s words and reality. First, the president never actually met the teacher and second, the teacher is still gainfully employed.
Obama had the chance to meet the teacher, Robert Baroz, last month when he was giving a Rose Garden press conference on the jobs bill. Baroz was sitting in the front row, but he never actually met the president.
It is also true that Baroz was let go three times, but in every instance, his job was saved thanks to either the 2010 Congressional Jobs Bill or through stimulus funds. Baroz currently works as a literacy and data coach in Jamaica Plain at the Curley K-8 School.
Baroz, an Obama supporter, says he doesn’t mind if the president or his speechwriters got creative with the facts. He says Obama was simply using him as an example to spark a dialogue on education and out of work teachers.
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