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Did the Washington Post claim Obama promised to cut social services.

Remember President Obama’s 2008 campaign where he promised to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid? Yeah, that was where he said, “yes we can.”

Okay you probably don’t remember it because if he ever said he wanted to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, the media strangely did not bother to report it. But that does not stop Fred Hiatt from claiming in his Washington Post column:

President Obama came into office five years ago promising to make hard decisions, not to kick the can down the road, not to let entitlement programs — primarily Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — swallow the rest of the budget.

This is the Washington Post so perhaps we should not expect much in the way of accuracy, but even for the Post this is pretty far out. After all, in the real world Obama never said anything remotely like this in the 2008 campaign. Hiatt is just putting his senior-bashing agenda in the mouth of President Obama, hoping he can fool some readers. That is really pathetic.

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economy and Policy Research. He also writes a regular blog, Beat the Press, where this post originally appeared.

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