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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:47 am, Sat Oct 20, 2012.

A lie is a lie. I agree with Jeff Lindenberg (Letter to the Editor, The Record, Sept. 20) regarding Paul Ryan's lie about his marathon time, but I would like to ask Mr. Lindenberg, if he is so adamant about holding Paul Ryan to his "lie," is he using the same standards with President Obama by holding him to all his lies, the most egregious one being the president's denial of the recent terrorist attacks on 9/11 in Egypt and Libya?

And how can Mr. Lindenberg justify President Obama's most recent behaviors: missed more intelligent briefings than any other past president; would rather do radio interviews with "Pimp with a Limp" and attend fundraisers with Jay-Z and Beyonce than meet with Benjamin Netanhayu? The day after the 9/11 attacks that killed four Americans, Obama missed a security briefing to fly to Las Vegas to do more campaigning.

He issued another apology, this time to Pakistan, using $70,000 of U.S. taxpayer money to fund an ad apologizing for the anti-Muslim video, but failed and refused to ask for an apology from the Middle East for burning and desecrating the American flag.

He chose to appear on "The View" rather than to meet with world leaders.

I would also like to ask Mr. Lindenberg, where are President Obama's priorities? And where is his loyalty?

Oddly, it appears Mr. Lindenberg and other Obama supporters seem more upset with Paul Ryan for misstating his marathon time than with President Obama for his continued lack of honesty and integrity with the American people.

Jayne Nielsen


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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:39 pm on Sun, Oct 21, 2012.

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    Note, let us look at the actual transcript re" Ryan'sclaim...
    H. H.: Are you still running?
    P. R.: Yeah, I hurt a disc in my back, so I don’t run marathons anymore. I just run ten miles or [less].
    H. H.: But you did run marathons at some point?
    P. R.: Yeah, but I can’t do it anymore, because my back is just not that great.
    H. H.: I’ve just gotta ask, what’s your personal best?
    P. R.: Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.
    H. H.: Holy smokes. All right, now you go down to Miami University…
    P. R.: I was fast when I was younger, yeah.

    Then Ryan's explanation later...

    Ryan gave The New Yorker a statement:
    “The race was more than 20 years ago, but my brother Tobin—who ran Boston last year—reminds me that he is the owner of the fastest marathon in the family and has never himself ran a sub-three. If I were to do any rounding, it would certainly be to four hours, not three. He gave me a good ribbing over this at dinner tonight.”

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:32 pm on Sun, Oct 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    jayne stated...And we are not wriing anti-Obama letters. We are writing PRO AMERICAN LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR THIS COUNTRY obviously something you and YOUR President have NO clue about.

    Exactly! Thank you for making that point! Outstanding letter and post.

  • Jayne Nielsen posted at 1:19 pm on Sun, Oct 21, 2012.

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    So Eric, you and other Obama supporters claim to be "more upset about Romney's changing stance on important issues and his evasiveness about his politics" but what about Obama' s never-ending distortions, deceitfulness, and slanderous lies about Mitt Romney?! Why do you think Obama and his pundits have removed all of the attack ads from the battleground States? It's because they KNOW those aren't working anymore. People now realize the lies Obama has been touting about Mitt Romney were just that.....LIES.

    As for being "nervious". True Americans are just fed up with four years of Obama's failed economic policies, four years of failed Foreign Policy that resulted in the assassinations of four Americans in Libya, constant cover-ups, stonewalling (Fast and Furious and now w/the 911 terrorist attacks), playing the race card, class warfare, the war on women, the stupid Big Bird and the Binder women arguements, and Apology Tours. And these are Obama's "achievements and proudest moments".

    In addition, while Americans have been and continue to suffer financially, Obama has shamelessly taken numerous lavish family vacations, has played 100+ rounds of golf, has treated his daughter and 25 of her friends to a Mexican vacation, and has used Air Force One to take Michelle on date nights to New York City.

    Nervous is NOT how we're feeling, Eric. Disgusting and nauseating describes Obama's behavior and we are just FED UP!

    And we are not wriing anti-Obama letters. We are writing PRO AMERICAN LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR THIS COUNTRY obviously something you and YOUR President have NO clue about.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 11:53 am on Sun, Oct 21, 2012.

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    Actually we are more upset about Romney's changing stance on important issues and his evasiveness about his policies, You know who backed out on their View appearance? Romney no way was he going to sit down with Whoopy, sent his wife to cover for him. 14 anti Obama letters in one day somebody is getting nervous.


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