Michelle Bachmann lied her face off on day three of the CPAC convention, confidently accusing President Obama and the First Family of living in opulence at the expense of the American people who are suffering under his policies.
Here’s an excerpt of what she said,
We believe the president and first family deserves the best security, to live in the White House, and fly on a private plane. But there are five chefs on Air Force One. There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater and even sleep in the White House in case the first family wants to watch a late show. I hate to be petty here, but can’t they just press the play button? We are paying someone to walk the president’s dog, but we can’t pay for a veteran to go on a White House tour?
Tuesday night, on his show AC360, Anderson Cooper stated outright,
The claims of $1.4 billion in White House perks and excess, they fail on the facts in simple fairness. Congresswoman Bachmann apparently got her information from a 131-page self-published book by a long-time Republican lobbyist. The book provides no specific sourcing for the claims it makes. No sourcing. According to the ‘Washington Post,’ which dug into this the only scholarly work on the subject was published in 2010 by the left leaning Brookings Institution. It found the Bush White House in 2008 cost about $1.6 billion to run. Nearly $1.1 billion of which went to the Secret Service and the White House chopper fleet, not perks. If Congresswoman Bachmann is right and that’s a big if, the current occupants are actually $200 million cheaper.
So Cooper sent CNN correspondent Dana Bash tried to chase down Bachmann to have the Tea Party nit-wit explain herself. That didn’t go so well!
Watch Bachmann run away when asked to explain herself after trashing President Obama, courtesy of Talking Points Memo: