Why Obama Pretends That Global Warming Caused His Daughter’s Asthma

Any politician knows how to tell lies. A skilled politician knows how to exploit his children as props. To make it to the top of the big brown pile, you need to know how to exploit your children to prop up lies:

Doubling-down on his campaign to tie global warming to respiratory illness, President Obama told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that global warming gave his daughter, Malia, asthma when she was a toddler.

Scary stuff, but there’s just one problem for Obama: comments a couple years ago made by his wife Michelle suggest that being in a crowded circus with lots of dust and particles in the air triggered their daughter’s asthma, not global warming. Their daughter also has a peanut allergy, and circuses are usually teaming with peanuts.

What’s one more lie? Add Malia Obama’s former respiratory problems to The List.

The lie didn’t pop out of Obama’s mouth at random. It was part of a campaign.

On Tuesday the White House launched a campaign to illustrate the effects global warming will have on public health, in particular the White House said that global temperature rises will make asthma worse for kids across the country.

Anyone who doesn’t want to sacrifice what’s left of our freedom and standard of living to the debunked global warming hoax can now be denounced as insensitive toward children.

Even when unavoidable climate change brings welcome warmer temperatures, the connection with asthma is tenuous at best:

For starters, the basic argument that warming will make asthma worse — mainly through increased episodes of extreme heat, ground-level ozone and smoke from wildfires — lacks support.

Asthma prevalence has increased in the U.S. while major air pollutants like ozone, particulate matter and carbon monoxide have fallen dramatically, according to government data.

But Obama et al. are hardly likely to let factual reality stand in the way of a contrived disinformation campaign:

“Polar ice caps and the polar bears have become the climate change ‘mascots,’ if you will, and personify the challenges we have in making this issue real for many Americans,” according to an EPA memo from March 2009.

“Most Americans will never see a polar ice cap, nor will most have the chance to see a polar bear in its natural habitat,” the memo reads. “Therefore, it is easy to detach from the seriousness of this issue. Unfortunately, climate change in the abstract is an increasingly — and consistently — unpersuasive argument to make.”

“By revitalizing our own Children’s Health Office, leading the global charge on this issue, and highlighting the children’s health dimension to all of our major initiatives — we will also make this issue real for many Americans who otherwise would oppose many of our regulatory actions,” according to a memo obtained by Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner through a Freedom of Information Act request.

With the media dutifully laboring on their behalf, they will actually be able to convince some idiots that more taxes and regulations will save the children from asthma.

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Polar bears aren’t working; let’s try asthmatic kids.

On tips from Henry, Bodhisattva, Dean D, and Stormfax. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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