Armed to the teeth with some pretty basic questions about all of Michele Bachmann’s lies at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CNN correspondent Dana Bash chased down the Tea Party champion and proficient power walker.
Handsomeface journo Anderson Cooper set up the hunt: “We believe in facts. We think when your elected represenatives—Republicans, or Democrats, or Independents—speak, they should, to the best of their abilities, speak the truth.” Senator Bachmann has a well-documented history of pants on fire, so perhaps Coop’ is asking too much.
At CPAC last Saturday, during a widely criticized speech chock full of disinformation and mistruths, Bachmann highlighted the supposed life of “excess” that elitist black guy president Barack Obama and his family enjoy at the expense of the taxpayer:
A new book is out talking about the perks and the excess of the $1.4-billion-a-year presidency that we’re paying for. And this is a lifestyle that is one of excess. Now we find out that there are five chefs on Air Force One. There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater. They regularly sleep at the White House in order to be readily available in case the first family wants a really, really late show. And I don’t mean to be petty here, but can’t they just push the play button? We are also the ones who are paying for someone to walk the president’s dog, paying for someone to walk the president’s dog? Now, why are we doing that when we can’t even get a disabled veteran into the White House for a White House tour? That isn’t caring!
Anyway, Bash tackled Bachmann and was like, “Hey, those things are lies and you’re usually so honest with the American people,” and Bachmann was all, “La, la, la, I can’t hear you! Benghazi! Don’t you care about dead Americans?” Puff of smoke, and she’s gone.