Last night President Obama told CNBC reporter John Harwood that he believes that he has “bent over backwards” and kept his “rhetoric down” in order to make sure that he was not central to the debate over the government shutdown.

Harwood asked Obama about his “tone” over the course of the debate leading to a government shutdown. Harwood asked if it was Obama’s intention to create the impression that he thinks his Republican opponents are “either craven, or stupid, or nuts.”

“John, I think it’s fair to say that, during the course of my presidency, I’ve bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party,” Obama said. “And have purposely kept my rhetoric down.”

No Really! This isn’t one of those satire posts where my Cousin Ben the Spy ends up providing secret information. He really said that! The record will show that Obama is either lying or suffering some sort of memory loss.

Remember how he bent over backwards the day after the Navy shooting?

“I can’t remember a time when one faction of one party promises chaos if
it can’t get 100 percent of what it wants. … that’s what happening
right now”

Remember when Chief Justice John Roberts his opinion at the last minute and supported Obamacare? He tweeted this:

Of Course he has to bash the GOP because they want to take away all government programs and give the money to the rich;

“The Republicans in this race, they’ve got a fundamentally different
idea,” he told a small crowd who paid at least $10,000 to attend the
private affair at a home in Palm Beach Gardens.

“Their basic deal is that if they dismantle government investments in
infrastructure or clean energy research, or education, if they give it
all away in tax cuts to folks like me and some of you who don’t need
them and weren’t even asking for them, that that somehow makes America

Anyway, all the GOP really wants to do is destroy the environment:
“My plan says we’re going to put teachers back in the classroom,
construction workers back to work rebuilding America, rebuilding our
schools, tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for hiring veterans,
tax cuts if you give your worker a raise,” said Obama. “That’s my plan.
Then you’ve got their plan, which is, let’s have dirtier air, dirtier
water, less people with health insurance. So far at least, I feel better
about my plan.”

 And for those Republicans who do not believe the global warming myth:

“We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-earth society.”

 Obama’s “truth” is that the GOP is distracted:

“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony
scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,”

They don’t care about the middle class they just want to play mind games:

“Unfortunately right now, the debate going on in Congress is not
meeting the test of helping middle class families,” Obama said. “They’re
not focused on you. They’re focused on politics. They’re focused on
trying to mess with me. They’re not focused on you.”

While most of the above quotes are recent, there are plenty more where that came from (and it doesn’t even include the nastiness coming from those who speak in his name such as David Plouffe’s recent suicide bomber statement).

Since he first arrived on the national political stage this President has persistently spewed hateful comments about the GOP, the Tea Party, and anyone else who would dare to disagree with his policies.   It’s hard to come up with another Commander-in-Chief who has spoken out with such venom, and as often as Barack Obama. If this is what he means by “keeping the rhetoric down,”  one would hate to see would happen if he decided to get real nasty.