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Chuck Todd: Obama 'Did Not Believe He Lied' About Health Care Promises

"The law got rushed through, and there are parts of the law they wish they had fixed or changed, and they never did. Well, look at the mess it’s gotten us into now."

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After NBC News' Chuck Todd conducted his exclusive interview with President Obama earlier this week, Todd reflected on the deeper indicators he picked up from the president during a chat with the Hugh Hewitt radio program and guest host Carol Platt Liebau.

Among Todd's more interesting takeaways is that he doesn't sense Obama believed he lied to the American people when he said that under Obamacare you can keep your current health care plan and doctors if you want.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Port of New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in New Orleans. (Image source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

"You know, he did not believe he lied on this, and that’s the sense I get," Todd told Liebau on Friday, adding that he used a column by Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune ("The truth? Obama told a whopper") as a jumping-off point to ask Obama about telling "political lies."

More from Todd:

I felt like he did not sit there and say he intentionally lied. He said that he...thought he was going to be able to keep this promise. I thought what was revealing in that answer, when I asked him that direct question about this — "Was this a political lie that you started to believe it?" — was he talked about well, you know, it turns out we had trouble in crafting the law. He used this phrase about "crafting the law." And I remember just looking at it again, you know, sometimes you’re in the middle of it and you don’t hear everything. And you’re like "crafting the law"? Well, this goes to the big criticism that there has been about this from a lot of Republicans, which has to do with this law got rushed together, it got pushed through. Now there were plenty of political reasons, and Democrats will say it’s because Republicans were holding it up. Whatever the case, it doesn’t change the fact. The law got rushed through, and there are parts of the law they wish they had fixed or changed, and they never did. Well, look at the mess it’s gotten us into now.

You can listen to Liebau's interview with Todd here: 11-08hhs-todd.

(H/T: Gateway Pundit)

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