Politics

White House Covers Up Obama’s Unpaid Bills

Neil Munro White House Correspondent

The White House is doubling down on its lame effort to hide the president’s mildly embarrassing confession that he left unpaid bills in his Chicago home when he took up residence in the White House.

The White House censored the Monday night transcript of Obama’s speech at a Chicago fundraiser to hide his confession of unpaid bills.

The pool reporter at the event, however, included a mention of the statement in her initial Monday night report, and then highlighted the censored passage in a late-night email to reporters.

But the White House pushed back Tuesday morning by issuing an edited transcript that claimed the embarrassing statement was inaudible.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest also staked his credibility on the incredible claim. “I can tell you there was a problem with the recording of the event,” he told reporters at the Oct. 21 daily press conference.

According to the pool reporter, Obama actually said; “One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule. Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills (laughter) — I think eventually they got paid — but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”

The initial White House transcript with the deleted passage says “unpaid bills (laughter) — I think eventually they got paid — but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages.”

So the White House transcript declared that Obama said “One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some — newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”

On Tuesday morning, the White House sent out a revised transcript that claimed the deleted section was inaudible.

“One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some — *(inaudible) — newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”

There no reason to assume the unpaid bills were never paid. It’s likely — but not inevitable —- that the First Family paid their backed-up bills once they settled in their new house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The White House rarely edits the transcripts, but the nation is only two weeks away from a critical midterm election that may switch the Senate from Democratic control to Republican control.

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