President Obama just makes things up. Yesterday he claimed that Capitol Hill janitors would get a pay cut thanks to his sequester that he’s blaming on everyone else. Even that was a lie.
The president’s mention prompted Carlos Elias, the superintendent of the U.S. Capitol building and the Capitol Visitors Center, to email his employees within hours of Mr. Obama’s comment.
“The pay and benefits of EACH of our employees WILL NOT be impacted,” Elias wrote.
“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 specific quote but very close to it),” Elias continued.
“This is NOT TRUE,” wrote Elias. “Therefore, I request that you please notify all of our employees about the importance of ignoring media reports.”
The president’s apparent error comes days after critics of the administration’s messaging on the sequester’s effects pointed out Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s failure to back up a claim he made on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. (Read More)
If he had been telling the truth about the janitors, at least 300 of them would have been spared pay cuts if he skipped his golf trip with Tiger Woods.