Barney Frank criticizes Obama Administration: ‘They just lied to the people’

In an interview with the Huffington Post, former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) made an interesting admission: He believes the Obama Administration made a big mistake when they chose to lie about the details of Obamacare.

President Obama’s infamous ‘if you like your plan, you can keep your plan’ has come back to haunt him and was even named’s “lie of the year” in 2013. Now Frank his expressing his dismay with the President’s handling of the rollout.

“The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled — I don’t understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis,” Frank told the Huffington Post. “But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people.”

He went on to say Obama would have been better off telling the American people some healthcare plans were going to be deemed inadequate under the new law. Instead, the President lied.

“Any smart political adviser would have said, ‘Don’t lie to people, because you’re gonna get caught up in it and it’s gonna have this tsunami that you now have,'” Frank continued. “My political motto, very simple. I have always told the truth, and nothing but the truth. But I don’t volunteer the whole truth in every situation.”

While it is certainly interesting to hear such rhetoric from a former Democratic insider, Glenn questioned Frank’s credibility in the matter on radio this morning. Frank left office in 2013 after some 30 years representing Massachusetts 4th Congressional District, and he played a role in the passage of Obamacare.

“Barney, weren’t you there,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “Why didn’t you come out and say that? A lie of omission is the same as a lie.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    Aldous Huxley:
    Great is truth, but even greater is slience about the truth.

    Didn’t Barnie say he doesn’t volunteer the truth?

  • Bee Wuu

    Politicians, are “are supposed to work for Americans”. They aren’t supposed to make laws for us and exempt themselves. It’s supposed to be a privilege to serve your country, not extortion or a treasure-hunt.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll tell you why Obama wasn’t checking on it every week…because he is extremely LAZY. He lied & cheated his way to the top. A leopard doesn’t change its spots.

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      • Anonymous

        SHUT UP!

  • Anonymous

    Obama lied, DUH !

  • How Much Mr President

    wasn’t he tokin’ it up with the boyfriend then? How could he be sure of who is lying, he’s a Democrat!

  • Red West

    “I’ve never lied… I just don’t tell the whole truth”.

    “Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac are not in financial trouble… they’re very strong… I would invest in them without hesitation… there is no housing bubble…”

    And these jackasses STILL get elected time and time and time again. Now tell me we can fix what’s wrong with this country with elections?

    • denisemain

      not gonna happen as long as you have people with the IQ of a slug voting

  • Yo Mamma

    ‘They just lied to the people’ And Bush didn’t?

    No thats not a question we all know he did, but so what. They’re human

    • Edward Worthington

      Lying is okay because you’re human?! That is a stupid statement.

      • Yo Mamma


        Animals don’t lie.

        Insects don’t lie.

        Fish don’t lie.

        But because I said that “humans lie”, you think that stupid? Hello


        Hello kettle, here is pot and he’s calling you

        • denisemain

          animals, insects, and fish don’t lie because they are not sentient beings. Humans are sentient, and we have free will to make a choice. if you choose to lie then you are knowingly committing wrong doing. It’s not allowed in the court room, so why should anyone think it’s okay outside the court room? If someone lies, you can’t trust them. Bush told the truth as he knew it. Not once, ever, has obummer ever told the truth about anything he has spewed to the American people, ergo, you can’t trust him.

          • Yo Mamma

            Oooh sentient, a big word for such a dim person.

            You’re so high and mighty

            Above all

            Better than

            Yeah baby, you’re not and dust ye shall be

            Just like animals, insects, and fish

            All this stuff you thing you’re better than can make a conscience decision to eat you up in little bite size pieces

          • denisemain

            Psalm 14:1 – “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” I would ask what you are smoking, but I think it’s obvious. Btw, do you like in Colorado?

          • Yo Mamma

            You just have no idea what you’re up against. I tried explaining, but you’re a stubborn bunch

      • Anonymous

        You’re right, but stupid is as stupid does!

    • Bob

      Bush lied…exactly when?

      • Yo Mamma

        WMD ring a bell? The war is over?

        • Bob

          1. Bush believed that Iraq had WMD. As did England, France, Germany, Canada and many other countries. Closer to home, believers included BOTH Clintons, Kerry, Kennedy, Pelosi, Reid, and MOST Democrats in congress that voted to go into Iraq.
          2. Bush NEVER said the war was over.
          Get your facts straight.

          • Yo Mamma

            Just because everybody is wrong doesn’t make Bush right. He was the top guy. He should be all the wiser.

          • Bob

            Your comment is totally nuts. If EVERYONE who saw the intel came to the same conclusion, it must have been pretty convincing intel. Added to verified instances where Iraq USED WMD against the Kurds and probably in the first Gulf war, I think the call was legit.

          • Yo Mamma

            I guess it was ‘mission accomplished’ too right?

            10 years later

            ‘mission accomplished’


            The Bush love wars. They are geared to profit from wars. And you Americans love to be paid pennies on the $ to fight them, for the bushes.

          • Bob

            Again, you spout off either without knowing, or ignoring the facts. The “Mission Accomplished” banner referred to the end of the participation of the carrier Bush spoke on. It was put in place by the Navy FOR the naval personnel that were coming home.
            YOU foreigners really do need to do some research before you spout off with your lies.
            What an idiot.

        • denisemain

          they did have WMD, they just moved them and Saddam used them on his own people to experiment – so, again, your point?

          • Yo Mamma

            The point is it was yet another Bush war. Lies were told and Americans put their patriotic hat on to support the Bush treasure trove. Americans died, the Bushes got very rich.

            After 911, you would have thought world opinion would have lingered on and continued to favor the suffering America, but no, Bush killed all that. Now most of the world hates America. You can thank the Bush family for that. And I don’t bring in the 2 party fiasco into my debate

    • Anonymous

      And you are an idiot! Yo mama should have washed out your mouth with lye! Those who would put up with lies from others because “they’re human” is himself a deceiver and deserves to be deceived. In case no one’s told you before, yo mama, you’re a moron.

      • Yo Mamma

        yet another jesus follower. Go with it – You made your choice and I would rather be a maroon and an idiot than a dead jesus follower. Oh, thats per the Torah, not my words. Remember the Canaanites and the hitites and the jebusites and their idols? You’re no different

        What I love about Torah and you Christians is you’re dumb enough to leave these very tough conditions right in front of everything else telling you that IF YOU DON”T FOLLOW THE WORD, you get fried. And you still don’t. Now thats beyond stupidity, thats genetic mutation

        Oh another one christian, which cheek did you turn on this one? Turn your freekin cheek so I can smack you on the other, is pretty dumb

        • denisemain

          You obviously don’t know enough of the Bible to understand what you are saying, which is pitiful. The Bible does not say “if you don’t follow the word you get fried”. What is does say, is that you must be born again to enter the kingdom of heaven. You must believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God and you will be saved. This is the truth whether you choose to believe it or not.
          What tough conditions are you referring to anyway? That statements makes no sense. The “turn the other cheek” phrase you have also taken out of context. This is in reference to not answering back a person who verbally attacks you out of spite and meanness, as in Jesus’ turned the other cheek toward his attackers when they made fun of him and laughed at him.
          This does not mean we are supposed to be doormats and let evil walk all over us. Those who are able should defend and protect the weak, and that includes standing up against a fraudulent potus who cannot be trusted, who is against America in everything he says and does, and who is dead set on ruining this country. He doesn’t care whether you are on his side or not, he will ruin everyone, dummycrats, republicans, and libertarians alike.

          • Yo Mamma

            The Bible does not say “if you don’t follow the word you get fried”.

            Sure it says so baby, you just skip over the Torah section. Forget about what you call the OLD TESTAMENT, thats not my game baby, we’re only taking 5 Books baby.

            You don’t follow rules/laws/covenants in 5 Books baby, you get fried. But you skip to the fun stuff your man god jesus said

            Focus on 5 Books baby, your existence depends on it

          • denisemain

            Hmm, so you read the Torah, but you don’t read the New Testament. That explains your singular lack of understanding. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law of the Old Testament, therefore I don’t need to be afraid of the wrath promised in the Old Testament. I’ve been washed in the blood of the Lamb (that would be Jesus) which means on judgement day, I’ve got no worries. I will pray your soul finds the same.

          • Yo Mamma

            You will pay for the sins of your fathers. It says so in Torah. Yes, I know your fascination in your god, but so you know, I am pleased you have made a decision.

            Being washed in blood is not ideal – Blood is life and that blood is scared to God alone. Don’t mess with it. But all this stuff you should read for yourself in those teeny weeny 5 Books.

            Now available next to every Christian bed in hard copy, paperback and on their iphones.

  • Anonymous

    Their lips are moving = a politician lying

  • landofaahs

    Who cares what the deviant says….Frankly?

  • Anonymous

    “My political motto, very simple. I have always told the truth, and nothing but the truth. But … not … the whole truth in every situation.” – Barney (the dancing queen) Frank.
    Translation? “I tell the truth, but only those facts that don’t incriminate me.” Isn’t that what Obama did? Barney, you’re a classic idiot! You withheld the truth about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and how many people lost out? You’re a despicable human being who cared only about yourself and your political career. But judgment cometh, Franky boy. And there you won’t be able to withhold the truth. There is no hope for you because you’re just like your boss whom you helped promote.

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