Rep. Bachmann: "Candidate Obama Was A Very Reasonable Fellow"

November 10, 2010 10:03 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) may be a conservative superstar now, but it wasn't long ago that she was still a relatively unknown member of the House. In October 2008, Bachmann was just a backbencher in the Republican minority when she suggested on national television that then-candidate Barack Obama was "anti-American." That infamous statement vaulted her into the spotlight and positioned her as a leader of the right-wing backlash that began soon after Obama moved into the White House.

Earlier this year, Bachmann boasted that her notorious criticism of candidate Obama made her "look like Nostradamus." However, Bachmann was singing a very different tune last night during an interview with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News. Asked whether House Republicans would be able to work with President Obama, Bachmann responded that they could if the president lived up to the ideas he campaigned on. "Candidate Obama was a very reasonable fellow," she said.

BACHMANN: Where we can have common ground, I think, is with candidate Obama. Candidate Obama was a very reasonable fellow, who didn't want any more deficits, he actually wanted to cut people's taxes, deeply it seemed, and he actually wanted to cut the costs on health care. That's not happening, clearly, with this government takeover of health care, so let's take candidate Obama at his word. I do.


Bachmann's facts are as bad as her memory. Obama has followed through on those campaign ideas, which included the dreaded "government takeover" of health care. The Recovery Act gave tax cuts to 95 percent of Americans, and the president remains committed to making the expiring Bush tax cuts permanent for all but the richest 2 percent of Americans. Meanwhile, the Republican plan to repeal Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit by $455 billion in the next ten years.