President Obama stretched the facts to underscore political points about national security and the improving economy during a speech to House Democrats. Fact Check,
- Obama quoted a Republican as saying it’s “not the end of the world” to “have the Department of Homeland Security not functioning.” Actually, the congressman said Homeland Security would still function even if Congress fails to meet a funding deadline, so it would not be “the end of the world” to miss the deadline.
- Obama also boasted that “there is no economic metric by which we are not better off than when I took office.” Here are a few: The number of long-term unemployed has risen, as has average duration of their joblessness; the number of Americans receiving food stamps is up; and the rate of home ownership is down.
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