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Ah, family gatherings. Nothing says the holidays quite like a tense dinner with your extended family. Especially those cousins and uncles who spent the last six months decrying Barack Obama as a Kenyan, socialist, fascist, Muslim, white-hating, health-care-destroying, tax-raising, gun-stealing sham of a president. Just in case that particular topic comes up, we’ve put together a selection of smart responses – complete with facts, charts, and comebacks – to help you win the holiday brawl. Let the merriment begin!
If you have a relative who watches Fox News, we can almost guarantee they’ll be frothing at the mouth to discuss the SUPER SEKRIT BENGHAZI COVERUP!!!!!
First of all, you can show them this:
(via Americans Against the Tea Party)
And then say this: How long did it take Bush to figure out who was responsible for 9/11? Like, three years and two wars? Yeah. This took a week. Obama called it an act of terror on Day 1. Four Americans died that day, which is tragic, but by serving as consulates in dangerous places like Libya, they accepted a certain level of risk.
Conservatives have tried to link every single thing that’s happened since the Benghazi attack back to Benghazi. Hillary Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State … because she’s gearing up for her 2016 campaign. Petraeus resigned … because he leaked classified information to the biographer he was having an affair with. And, yeah, Obama isn’t commenting on Benghazi any more. He’s not commenting on the Aurora shooting or Trayvon Martin any more either. Because they happened in the past, and he – like every other sane person – has moved on and is allowing the process of justice to unfold.
For more information, see Media Matters’ great article on myths and realities about Benghazi, and Mother Jones’ piece about the history of embassy attacks.
2. The number of states planning to secede is proof that America doesn’t want Obama as their president!
Response: No state has filed a formal petition to secede. Many people have started Internet petitions, but those don’t have any legal bearing. (See: Best of ... secession petitions to the White House). Gov. Rick Perry went on the record saying Texas has no plans to secede. And a Supreme Court ruling from 1869, Texas v. White, stated that seceding from the Union is illegal because there is no Constitutional right to secession.
Also, many of the people who signed those petitions didn’t live in that state, so lots of those signatures are invalid. Finally, while the White House does say it will respond to any petition with more than 25,000 signatures, “will respond to” does not mean “will give in to.” And there aren’t nearly as many petition signers as there were Obama voters, so it seems like most of America still wants him around – you know, since he won that whole election thing.
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