A big lie. From the English rhyming slang 'porky pies', which rhymes with lies.
Joe Biden and Michelle Obama repeated porkies about President Obama's mother at the Democrat National Convention. Porkies which originated with Barack Obama.
Barack, as a young man, they had to sit at the end of his
mother's hospital bed, and watch her fight with their insurance
company at the very same time that she was fighting for her
The actuality was somewhat different.
Obama also often spoke as if he had been at his mother’s side, “watching . . . as she fought cancer in her final days, spending time worrying whether her insurer would claim her illness was a pre-existing condition,” as he said in a 2009 speech to the American Medical Association. “I remember just being heartbroken,” he said in a 2007 campaign appearance, “seeing her struggle.”
But Obama had not seen his mother for some months when she died in a Honolulu hospital in 1995, according to Scott’s book and to friends whom The Washington Post interviewed in 2009. Dunham had returned to Hawaii early that year for treatment of the cancer, which was first misdiagnosed as indigestion in Indonesia, where she had completed field work for her doctoral dissertation in anthropology and had worked for the Ford Foundation in development.
She flew to Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York for a second opinion and learned her cancer had advanced rapidly. Her son was in Chicago, planning a run for an Illinois state Senate seat.
His mother died Nov. 7, a day before her son arrived.
Obama himself admitted in 2008, after the death of his grandmother, that he never made it to his mother's bedside.
Obama said the decision to go to Hawaii was easy to make, telling CBS that he "got there too late" when his mother died of ovarian cancer in 1995 at 53, and wanted to make sure "that I don't make the same mistake twice."
Biden also repeated the porky that Barack Obama's mother did not have health care insurance. Obama has been repeating that porky for years, despite evidence to the contrary.
“I’ll never forget watching my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final days, spending time worrying about whether her insurer would claim her illness was a preexisting condition so it could get out of providing coverage,” Obama told the American Medical Association in June 2009, a story he repeated often during the push to change the health-care system. Scott, however, uncovers correspondence that indicates Dunham’s fight with her insurance carrier, Cigna, was over disability payments, not coverage. And if her son “watched,” it appears to have been in his mind’s eye, since there is no record presented that he interrupted his state Senate campaign to go to her side.
This is a cold calculating man who will not put himself out personally for others. He pays lip service to 'caring' to further his career/political goals, but in practice, no one ranks highly enough with him to rate any real caring. His only 'caring' is done with other people's money and time.
He was and is willing to exploit his mother for political gain. He was willing to diss his grandmother as she lay dying of cancer (a typical white person). In his memoir he mocked his grandfather incessantly.
"Dreams From My Father" is as imprecise as it is insightful about Obama's early life. Obama offers unusually perceptive and subtle observations of himself and the people around him. Yet, as he readily acknowledged, he rearranged the chronology for his literary purposes and presented a cast of characters made up of composites and pseudonyms. This was to protect people's privacy, he said. Only a select few were not granted that protection, for the obvious reason that he could not blur their identities -- his relatives. And so it is that of all the people in the book, the one who takes it on the chin the most is his maternal grandfather, Stan Dunham.
It is obvious from the memoir, and from interviews with many people who knew the family in Hawaii, that Dunham loved his grandson and did everything he could to support him physically and emotionally. But in the memoir, Gramps comes straight out of the plays of Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill, a once-proud soul lost in self-delusion, struggling against the days.
His African family, which he also verbally exploits for political gain, isn't even a blip on his radar. It would take very little to improve the village in Kenya that he uses as a racial backdrop to his fantasy biographies. A small portion of his royalties from the books that he wrote would build a school or a clinic.
Just who does Obama care about? Obviously, Michelle and his children, but who else, really?
Certainly not the unemployed. He has had nearly 4 years to improve their situation and the future economy of this nation, but most of his time has been spent on other things. Golfing, perfecting his bowling so he could beat WH staffers at his 2012 'birthday challenge', crisscrossing the country incessantly (at taxpayer expense) to fundraise.
He even outsourced his 'signature' legislation, The Affordable Health Care Act, to the odious horse trader, Nancy Pelosi. He did not care that the majority of Americans did not want Obamacare then and that the majority does not want it now. He used heart-tugging lies about his mother to try to convince Americans to his position on government mandated healthcare in 2008. He used the same lies when he and his Democrat hench-persons rammed it through in 2010 and he is using those same lies again in 2012.