The truth about the “Obama phone” has resurfaced, revealing just how confused voters are and just how much committed to welfare and government programs are both parties.
A video has surfaced of a woman at an Obama rally in Cleveland, Ohio who claims she was given a free mobile phone, which she called an “Obama phone.”
The video was originally featured on DrudgeReport.com, a right leaning publication. Naturally republicans nationwide jumped at the chance to use this video as evidence against President Obama’s policies in an attempt to discredit him. It might have worked, except the “Obama phone” does not exist.
This matter is resurfacing now, but it was originally debunked back in 2009 by Factcheck.org. . . .
As it happens the “Obama phone” actually was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008. The program is called “SafeLink Wireless.” An article from August 2008 confirms this.
Fox News reveals that the larger program actually goes back to the Reagan administration:
The video is drawing attention to the government program — Lifeline — as a national debate unfolds on entitlements and the growing percentage of Americans who pay no income taxes and get a long menu of government benefits. But even though some beneficiaries may credit President Obama for providing the phones, Lifeline is an extension of a program that has existed since 1985. Still, critics including Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., note the program has swelled from $772 million in 2008 to $1.6 billion.