How Many Times has Obama Said Let Me be Clear?

Let me be clear has probably won out as Obama’s favorite phrases, it makes it into just about every speech he makes. It’s not a complete list, but here is Obama being clear in his own words?

“Now let me be clear: There will be no debt-limit increase unless it’s accompanied by serious spending cuts and real budget reforms”

“Let me be clear Guantanamo will be closed in one year and the “criminals” tried in the US within 1 year.”

“Let me be clear: Africa is not the crude caricature of a continent at perpetual war.”

“Let me be clear: these terms are not negotiable. These terms are not subject to negotiation. If Gaddafi does not comply with the [UN] resolution, the international community will impose consequences, and the resolution will be enforced through military action.”

“Let me be clear:  If N. Korea fires that Intercontinental ballistic missile there will be serious consequences.”

“Let me be clear if N Korea goes ahead with that nuclear bomb test there will be serious consequences.”

“Let me be clear: Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the United States, but to Iran’s neighbors and our allies.”

“But let me be clear: The choice we face is not between some oppressive government-run economy or a chaotic and unforgiving capitalism.”

“Now, let’s be clear, it’s not enough just to change parties in this election. . . . If we hope to truly transform this country, we have to change our politics, too.”

“Let me be clear: I never would have begun this campaign if I weren’t confident I was going to win.”

“Let me be clear: I am going to get tough with China and force them to float their currency.”

“Let me be clear: Afghanistan is the good war the just war the war we have to win.”

“Let me be absolutely clear here: I opposed this war in 2002. I opposed it in 2003, ’04, ’05, ’06 and ’07.”

“Let me be clear: We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued. And they must be defeated.”

“Let me be clear: Those days are over.”

“Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.”

“Now I want to be very clear: While we are making important progress towards fiscal responsibility this year in this budget, this is just the beginning.”

“Let me be clear: If you like your doctor or health care provider, you can keep them.”

“Now let me be clear: We are indeed at war with al-Qaida and its affiliates.”

“Let me be absolutely clear: Medicare is in place, and as long as I’m here, Medicare will continue to be in place.”

“Let me be clear: Success should be judged by results and data is a powerful tool to determine results.”

“Let me be clear: The United States government has no interest in running GM. We have no intention of running GM.”

“Let me be clear: This is not charity.”

“Let me be clear: America wants a strong, peaceful and prosperous Russia.”

“Now let me be clear, let me be absolutely clear: because I know you’ll end up hearing the same claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people”.

“Let me be clear: The surge is not the solution to Iraq’s problems because it is not achieving the political benchmarks that were the stated purpose of our troop increase.”

“Let me be absolutely clear. It would be pretty hard for me to be condescending towards people of faith since I’m a person of faith and have done more than most other campaigns in reaching out specifically to people of faith.”

“Let me be clear: Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the United States, but to Iran’s neighbors and our allies”

“Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country.”

“Let’s be clear: What we’ve seen the last few days is nothing less than the final verdict on an economic philosophy that has completely failed.”

“Now let me be clear: When I am president, I will spare no expense to ensure that our troops have the equipment and support they need.”

“But let’s be absolutely clear: After eight years of Bush-McCain economics, the pie is shrinking.”

Opposing Clear Statements

“But let me be clear: The United States has made a lasting commitment to defeat al Qaeda, but also to support the democratically elected sovereign governments of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
V.S.
“And I want to be clear: We cannot turn a blind eye to the corruption that causes Afghans to lose faith in their own leaders.”

“Let me be clear: The United States strongly supports the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security”
V.S
“Let me be clear: America is committed to Israel’s security. And we will always support Israel’s right to defend itself against legitimate threats.”

“So let me be clear: Al-Qaeda and its allies . . . are in Pakistan and Afghanistan”
VS
“Now, let me be clear: None of this will be easy. The struggle against violent extremism will not be finished quickly, and it extends well beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Unclear Clear Statments

“So let it be clear: I am open to every demonstrably good idea, and I want to take every responsible step to accelerate job creation. We also, though, have to face the fact that our resources are limited.”

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3 Responses to “How Many Times has Obama Said Let Me be Clear?”

  1. I tell everyone when he raises his finger and says “let me be perfectly clear” you need to get your BS meters out and see if he is going to blown them off the scale.
    I think that is the only time when he knows it’s a lie. The rest of the time I believe the lies are just him letting his mouth run without a teleprompter in front of it.

  2. He’s just proving that he is carrying through with what he PROMISED at the beginning….TRANSPARANCY! HA! What a joke.

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