The Washington Post has given President Barack Obama four Pinnochios for remarks about the Sherman Minton Bridge that bore no resemblance to the truth. This is not Obama's first truthiness problem with an Ohio River bridge.
Recall that last September, the Post gave Obama three Pinnochios for his remarks about the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky. Obama made a big show for standing on a bridge that connects the home state of House Majority Leader John Boehner to that of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Obama tried to blame the crumbling bridge on Republican obstruction of his job bill - even though there is bipartisan support to fix the bridge and construction is scheduled to start in 2015, regardless of the jobs bill.
Yesterday Obama blamed Republican obstructionism for preventing the Sherman Minton from being repaired. According to Obama,
There are bridges between Kentucky and Ohio where some of the key Republican leadership come from, where folks are having to do detours an extra hour, hour-and-a-half drive every day on their commute because these bridges don’t work. They still said no.”
As the Post points out -- and as most everyone in Kentucky and Indiana knows -- the Sherman Minton is open; it has been for months. It was finished ahead of schedule. And without a dime from Obama's jobs bill.
It is embarrassing, really, that Obama's staff does such a bad job fact-checking that they make the man look look like he's dissembling about something that the citizenry can verify first hand, every time they commute to and from work. This sloppiness with basic facts reflects either incompetence on the part of the administration or an indifference to the truth. Or both.