In the latest bit of misinformation to waft off the podium of the White House briefing room, President Obama Friday issued a false warning that janitors and security guards in the U.S. Capitol were facing a pay cut because of the sequester.
Said the president of the United States:
Starting tomorrow, everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol — now that Congress has left, somebody is going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage — they’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.
Actually, it’s not real.
The Superintendent of the Capitol was forced to write a letter reassuring understandably disconcerted folks who clean floors that the sequester will neither cost them their jobs nor impact their pay.
From the letter, which was obtained by Politico:
There was a specific mention in the news today by a high ranking official that said ‘The employees that clean and maintain the US Capitol will receive a cut in pay’ (not a specific quote but close to it). This is NOT true.
The high ranking official in question would be one Barack Hussein Obama.
The White House has already been forced to walk back claims made in the briefing room by Cabinet Secretaries about massive teacher layoffs and flight delays.
But, not to be outdone by his employees, the president himself has now stepped in it too.
In my years at the White House, the rule has always been that officials can spin, mislead, and obscure. It’s just the nature of the business. But they were not permitted to lie outright or provide information that was grossly inaccurate.
Well, that seems to be changing.