Busting The Myths About The President07:56
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President Barack Obama speaks about manufacturing and jobs during a visit to Intel Corporation's Ocotillo facility Wednesday. (AP)
President Barack Obama speaks about manufacturing and jobs during a visit to Intel Corporation's Ocotillo facility Wednesday. (AP)

A recent Washington Post opinion piece picks at what the author calls "Five myths about Barack Obama."

Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter writes in the Washington Post that:

Barack Obama’s rise in politics was so rapid, and his background so unusual, that he was immediately subjected to malicious myths — from the bogus story that he was raised Muslim to the lie that he wasn’t born in the United States.

Alter says there are five genuine misconceptions about the presidency:

  • That Obama is a socialist
  • That he's a tool of Wall Street
  • That he's an effective public speaker
  • That his stimulus package failed
  • That he's a weak leader

Guest:

  • Jonathan Alter, columnist for Bloomberg View, author of "The Promise: President Obama, Year One"

This segment aired on January 26, 2012.

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