President Lies to His Bosses
Technically, the president isn't lying. He's just deceiving. Watch how cleverly the words are chosen to make you think that no one has gotten a raise in the White House since Obama took office.
By the way, people who work in the White House, they’ve had their pay frozen since I came in, our high-wage folks. So they haven’t had a raise in two and a half years, and that’s appropriate, because a lot of ordinary folks out there haven’t, either. In fact, they’ve seen their pay cut in some cases.
Some people have had their pay frozen, which would imply lots haven't. Then he says "our high-wage folks." How many is that? The holes in his statement render it useless, but the strong impression is created that he froze wages when he came in and no one has gotten an increase. Which, of course, is not the case.
How big is the trick the president is playing on the people who pay him to run the country?
An analysis by the gossip website Gawker, that was widely circulated and posted on the internet, compared the salary increases to those of what staffers got last year. The site found that 75 percent of staffers who stayed on got raises from 2009 to 2010.
And this year, the figure isn't quite as big - but of 270 staffers who have been at the White House for more than a year, more than 50 percent got raises with an average increase of 8 percent.
This is what I call lying - a failure to convey the truth - and it comes from a guy who has a fiduciary responsibility to give us the truth about what goes on in government.