As Alana just wrote, two days ago, President Obama made this claim: “We said working folks deserved a break, so within one month of me taking office, we signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history, putting more money into your pockets.” Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s fact-checker, calls that claim “ridiculous” and a “whopper,” which is a colloquial way of saying Obama’s claim is a lie.

Perhaps this is what a desperate president does at times like these. But Obama needs to be careful; if he isn’t, the public will not only turn on him because of his manifest incompetence (which Americans are doing in rather large numbers these days), but also because of his deeply flawed public character.

More and more these days, the president’s rhetoric can be fairly judged to be cynical, hypocritical and untrue. Even the Washington Post says so.