Piker and I had a lengthy exchange today on Twitter, with a portion of our discussion centering on how Obama had suggested that sequester cuts would be felt immediately on specific workers. Piker asked me to point to specific quotes from the President where he stated that.
Clearly, Piker hasn't been paying attention.“Starting tomorrow everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol. Now that Congress has left, somebody’s going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage. They’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.”
— President Obama, news conference, March 1, 2013
That's probably not specific enough for our friend from California.
Further in the piece, we see this:
Obama’s remarks continue the administration’s pattern of overstating the potential impact of the sequester, which we have explored this week. But this error is particularly bad--and nerve-wracking to the janitors and security guards who were misled by the president’s comments.
We originally thought this was maybe a Two Pinocchio rating, but in light of the AOC memo and the confirmation that security guards will not face a pay cut, nothing in Obama’s statement came close to being correct.
The phrase "continue the administration's pattern of overstating the potential impact of the sequester" probably isn't enough for Piker as well.