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Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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"President Obama having a democartic house and senate to start, he still made over 923 executive orders in 3 1/2yrs"

If you rely on chain e-mails as a source of info you will not only be misinformed but perpetuating blatant lies.

Obama has not issued 900 executive orders. He has signed slightly fewer orders than President George W. Bush during this point in his first term, according to the University of California, Santa Barbara, which tracks executive orders. Obama has issued 139 executive orders as of Sept. 25. (The U.C. website listed 138 orders on Sept. 25, the same day Obama signed order 139). Bush issued 160 executive orders through Sept. 20, 2004, a comparable amount of time.

Ogden, UT

To SS 1:36 p.m. Octo 5, 2012

In case you haven't figured it out yet, Romney IS one of the biggest liars in the history of political arenas. He showed that clearly in the debate. Romney is the liar and the flip-flopper. He is the candidate that the United States absolutely doesn't need (I don't like and don't want Obama and won't be voting for him, but Romney is much, much worse). It amazes me that people ignore that fact.

Salt Lake City, UT

@ SS
"How can you honestly believe that Obama can turn anything around when you have NO evidence to back it with."

31 straight months of private sector job gains, unemployment now at 7.8% after a high of around 10%, stock market gaining 40% or so since Obama got into office?

"All facts show from the last four years is that America is 6 trillion dollars more in debt to other countries"

Which is why I want to end the wars, reign in defense spending (which doubled under Bush), and get rid of the Bush tax cuts on everyone. After all, the largest drivers of the deficit are the recession, the tax cuts, wars/defense spending increases, and increases in entitlement spending. You care a lot about the deficit... so I'll ask you, how is Romney going to cut a trillion dollars of spending? He wants lower taxes, he wants more defense spending, he wants to get rid of Obamacare but if he restores Medicare spending and gets rid of Obamacare taxes then it doesn't reduce the deficit (CBO analysis) and he wants to go after Big Bird. Where's the deficit reduction? Arithmetic would be appreciated.

Fresno, CA


First of all, it should be noted, I didn't vote for George W..

Yes, the recession started there, but on Obama's watch unemployment went from 7.8% in Feb 2009 to 8.3% and stayed there until just today when it FINALLY returned to 7.8%, the average American household lost its wealth by 50% and the number of Americans on food stamps have increased by 10 million. I don't know what the President has been doing, but it was not fixing the economy. The economy got worse and worse under his watch.

Romney is taking heat for flip-flopping, but let's review Obama's record: In 2008, he promised to repeal the Patriot Act, close Gitmo, decrease our national deficit by half and fix the economy. Instead, he signed an extension to the Patriot Act, allocated more money to Gitmo, increased the deficit by 45% and further killed the economy. His party controlled Congress for 2 years out of the 3 1/2 he's been in office and they had enough power to push through Obamacare. So, why can't he be a grown-up and take responsibility for HIS Presidency?

Ogden, UT

To ProudUtahn 1:17 p.m. Oct. 5, 2012

I've seen the viral email you must be referencing with the claim that President Obama has signed over 900 executive orders. It is a bald-faced lie. The viral email that claims Obama has signed 900 executive orders lists 13 orders as evidence, all of which previous presidents signed in the 1960s and 1970s. President Obama has signed 139.

Presidents number their executive orders consecutively. The first executive order that President Obama signed was EO-13489, which dealt with presidential records. Obama’s predecessors signed any executive order with a number lower than 13489. The first executive order the email lists and attributes to Obama is 10990, which John F. Kennedy signed in 1962. The order reestablished a council to oversee safety of civilian federal employees. It did not — as the email claims — allow a government takeover of the nation’s seaports, highways and other modes of transportation. Gerald Ford signed the last executive order listed, 11921, which updated how various federal departments and agencies prepare and respond to national emergencies.

A complete list of executive orders can be found on the WhiteHouse website.

Belching Cow
Sandy, UT

What are you doing Mitt? This was a big mistake, you don't have anything to apologize for. We need a president with some backbone and this action did not show you have one.



From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
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Obama only had a filibuster-proof majority 72, (not consecutive) days. Actually he accomplished quite a bit considering Republican's "do-nothing" uniform opposition. The only group which has a lower rating than Congress are Republican legislators.

Pleasant Grove, UT

It to bad that Mitt has to say sorry...becasue he is right and if all the obama lovers want to talk about a flip flopper then look no further than obama, I love the how he tried to change his tone on all those promises that he made 4 years ago that even gave him the chance to be in the oval office. But obama fans are either blind to the truth or theyu are part of the 47 percent who want another 4 years of free loading. Wake up or be ready to keeep this joke of a president in for another 4 years so we can pay $7.00 dollers a gallon... or have you all found away to get the goverment to cover that cost for you as well.

Sugar City, ID

This is why I support Mitt Romney. He does not come across as a know it all who believer in his own opinions so much that he cannot change for the better. Grid lock will be a thing of the past and more right decisions will be made by our government under his leadership than in recent memory. We will prosper as never before under his presidency. The debates will continue to show who he really is and I will ignore things said in the past. He masterfully overcame the primaries that were designed in hell to prevent good from being accomplished. I am convinced that what we are seeing now is the real deal.

Far East USA, SC

"he still made over 923 executive orders in 3 1/2yrs (21.98 a month) to by pass congress. More than all the past presidents combined. "

Wow, do you folks even bother the fact check things before posting?

I am pretty sure that you can find things that are true to beat up Obama over. Why resort to these easily proven lies?

Cedar Hills, UT

HA.. I actually thought what Mitt said was right on the dime. Freeloaders and victims make up the bulk of the Obama zombies. What else is new ?



"HA.. I actually thought what Mitt said was right on the dime. Freeloaders and victims make up the bulk of the Obama zombies. What else is new ?"

Considering the enormous amount of rich and wealthy on his side, your claim doesn't hold its ground.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Sometimes you don't need to say what people want to hear. Even fat cats for 50 large.

Ogden, UT

His comments were at very best, stupid. At worst they were lies.

Does he now apologize for his stupidity or for being a liar?

Would we rather have a stupid president or a lying president?

How about a lying, stupid president?

Clearfield, UT

He wasn't wrong, he was completely right!! He is only backtracking to appease the voters. Sounds like a typical politician to me. Apologizing for the truth! What has this nation come too????

Sitka, AK

Mitt Romney only regrets getting caught saying what he said. Ask him tomorrow what he thinks about it and I'm sure he will give a different answer. What on earth does this guy really believe in?

salt lake, UT

I think we need to have a debate where just all the Mitt Romney's can get up and debate the many conflicting points of view. the only problem is I am not sure there is a stage big enough to hold them all.

Durham, NC

Patriot said "HA.. I actually thought what Mitt said was right on the dime. Freeloaders and victims make up the bulk of the Obama zombies. What else is new ?"

Then next we will hear how he is a puppet for all the Wall Street types that support him. If one story doesn't work, try another one. Don't worry that they contradict each other. The important part is to have cute little zingers that are supposed to prove...... not sure yet what they prove.

Patriot.... look at the numbers, please. Really... not politically and ratings driven pseudo news.

Fresno Girl.... lets look at it this way. We are driving down the road really fast, the driver took reckless chances (banking deregulation), the car ran off the road and caused a bunch of damage. We turn the car over to someone else to get us back on track, but now we aren't goings as fast as we used to. So now people want to turn the keys back over to the same people who got us in the wreck in the first place, even knowing he will undo the safeties that were put in place.

Does that make sense?

Fresno, CA


Sorry, you can't play your George W. card with me -- I didn't vote for him.

My point is that Obama is very quick to take credit for things that go well (Did he shoot Bin Laden? Did he gather the info on his whereabouts? Nope. But he sure is quick to take the credit for it). But, like a teenager, he absolutely refuses to take responsibility for things that go wrong.

On his watch, unemployment raised from 7.8% February 2009 to over 8% and stayed there until today when he finally got them back to 7.8%. On his watch, the average American household has lost 50% of its wealth. On his watch, we have increased our national debt by 45% instead of cutting it like he promised. He also promised to repeal the Patriot Act and close Gitmo. But he quietly signed an extension for the Patriot Act and allocated even more money for Gitmo. HE did that.

His party controlled Congress for 2 out of the 3 1/2 years of his term. They had enough power to push through Obamacare. So, when will Barry take responsibility for HIS Presidency?

Fresno, CA


So, the Republicans made Obama raise the national deficit by 45%? I'm quite certain it was Obama and the Democrats who did that. As I recall, he promised us that he would lower it by half, not raise it by almost that much.

Was it the Republicans who forced him to submit budgets that not even a single member of his OWN party would vote for? Kind of hard to balance a budget when you can't even get a vote of confidence from your own party. But it does speak volumes about your lack of leadership skills and your understanding of economics. Not one single vote from his OWN party. Ouch!

I'd also like to point out that both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were successful at leading even when the opposition party held Congress. They had that skill set. Obama is not an effective leader. But, then again, effective leaders don't take all the praise and pass all the blame. They stand up and take responsibility for everything that happens on their watch.

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