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Congressman Bill Young lies about, err, misremembers President Obama telling his opponents to ‘Shut up!’

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In a speech to the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee on November 9, Republican Congressman Bill Young talked passionately about how he “will not forget” President Barack Obama telling “those who oppose (his) policies…to just shut up and go away.” Here is the video of Young’s speech:

In case you can’t make it out, here’s what Congressman Young said: “During one of his visits to Virginia, at a loud, exciting rally put on by the Obama campaign organization, (Obama) made this comment, and I will not forget it: He said for those who oppose our policies, you should just shut up and go away.”

The only problem: President Obama never said such a thing. So how can Congressman Bill Young remember it so clearly?

What Congressman Young is “remembering” comes from a story by CNN’s Lou Dobbs. According to CBS the President said, “I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to just get out of the way so we can clean up the mess!”

Here is the You Tube video of Dobb’s report:

Conservative commentators have exacerbated the story further. After the incident that never happened, David Limbaugh wrote “Our pseudo-cool leader himself has become conspicuously unglued. And, of course, most every conservative blogger writes posts like this.

The president’s opponents are lying about what he said so that they can incite the same kind of reaction Congressman Young did at the PCREC. At the tail-end of the video of Young’s speech, you can hear someone yelling “You’ll have to kill me first.” Presumably that is exactly the kind of red-meat reaction Congressman Young hoped to elicit from the crowd.

If this blog were like PolitiFact, I would rule Congressman Young’s statement False.

Update: November 12

Interestingly enough, PolitiFact weighed in with their own assessment of Young’s statement.

Update: November 16

Congressman Bill Young passionately responded to criticism of his speech.

Here we go again.

In a speech Monday discussing how President Obama’s policies were dividing the country, I referred to Obama’s political speech on behalf of his candidate for Governor in Virginia, who by the way lost in a major landslide, in which he said, those who disagree with his policies should “go away.” But the St. Petersburg Times Politifact with a large headline claimed my statement was false. They say that Obama actually said that we should “get out of the way.” But in my mind whether he said “go away” or “get out of the way,” his message to those who disagree with him is still the same. The Times Politifact even quotes a Wall Street Journal columnist who heard the same speech I heard and concluded “Obama’s petulant demand that his critics shut up and get out of the way.”

Either way, I meant what I said — we’re not going to shut up and we’re not going to go away!

Whether you think Congressman Young is right or now, I’ll tell you one thing: he doesn’t sound like someone seriously considering retiring from public life.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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