The article:

A history lesson for Obama on Social Security, Medicare

By Louis Jacobson
Published on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 2:07 p.m.

In a Dec. 7, 2010, press conference, President Barack Obama cited Social Security and Medicare as programs that were products of legislative compromise that grew to be large and much broader.

"Not everybody agrees with us," Obama said. "I know that shocks people. The New York Times editorial page does not permeate across all of America. Neither does the Wall Street Journal editorial page. Most Americans -- they"re just trying to figure out how to go about their lives and how can we make sure that our elected officials are looking out for us. And that means because it"s a big, diverse country and people have a lot of complicated positions, it means that in order to get stuff done, we"re going to compromise. This is why (President Franklin D. Roosevelt), when he started Social Security, it only affected widows and orphans. You did not qualify. And yet now it is something that really helps a lot of people. When Medicare was started, it was a small program. It grew."

Our ears always perk up when we hear a historical claim, so we put Obama's claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

About this article:


See Truth-O-Meter item.

Researchers: Louis Jacobson

How to contact us:

We want to hear your suggestions and comments.

For tips or comments on our Obameter and our GOP-Pledge-O-Meter promise databases, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the wording of the promise.

For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.

Browse The Truth-O-MeterTM: