Mayor Nutter, DA Williams, Others Unveil Obama ‘Truth Team’
Mayor Michael Nutter and several other local politicians met this afternoon in City Hall to unveil the local arm of President Obama’s “Truth Team,” a national effort meant to promote the president’s achievements in office and fight back against what supporters say are right-wing distortions of his record.
“We’re here today to…make sure people know the truth about what the president has done while in office and to respond to and anticipate the Republican attacks,” said Mayor Nutter, who was joined by DA Seth Williams, State Rep. Babette Josephs, City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, City Controller Alan Butkovitz and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen these attacks already and know they’ll be coming soon to Pennsylvania.”
The Truth Team probably isn’t as 1984 as it sounds. It’s basically an extension of then-candidate Obama’s “Stop the Smears” meme set up in 2008, when your grandma was absolutely positive he was a devout Secret Muslim. (Now, of course, he’s simply at “war” with religion. All of them.) Truth Teams are set up all over the country, consisting of both politicos and civilian volunteers. Pennsylvania’s entire Team consists of 35 politicians.
In addition to information at Obama’s website, the campaign has launched KeepingHisWord.com, KeepingGOPHonest.com and AttackWatch.com—all of which will be a sort of “Media Matters” and “Fact Check” of the president’s campaign for re-election.
Right-wing news sites and blogs have already begun smearing the Truth Team idea, the philosophy of which we’re not going to try to rationalize here, for fear of our heads exploding. Newsbusters called the idea “pretending that what is true really isn’t.” And Big Government has referred to an Ohio-based Truth Team as “Obama’s attack dogs.” It’s in that vein Obama’s supporters feel such an effort is necessary.
“Mitt Romney has already proven that he will literally say anything to distort the president’s record and his own,” Nutter continued. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, he said, “is out of step with most Americans. Pennsylvania voters clearly rejected him soundly last time he was on the ballot and if somehow, some way he is the ultimate winner, we will be sure to remind Pennsylvania voters why they rejected him many years ago.”
Nutter’s comments were in line with a Pennsylvania for Obama email sent out last night, which asks Obama supporters in the state to remind themselves and each other of who Santorum is, and what he did.
DA Seth Williams spoke, as well, telling those in attendance he’s not just an Obama supporter, but as the District Attorney, “I’ve already sworn to uphold the truth,” saying he takes the issue both seriously and personally.