Words have power: the power to inform and the power to deceive. The Obama administration is adept at using words to mislead. Sometimes, they cross the line into outright lies.
As printed in the Wall Street Journal's main editorial today, the Obama campaign is running an ad "blitz" trumpeting that during Romney's tenure as governor, Massachusetts "fell" to 47th place in the country for job creation. The truth is that when Mr. Romney became governor, Massachusetts was 50th in job creation, at the bottom of the barrel. So, when Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts actually climbed to 47th place. This is a distinction the Obama campaign doesn't want to make and, unfortunately, many people won't look any further to discern the truth.
Mr. Obama doesn't want to put his own record out there as justification for a second administration, so he's trying to make his opponent look bad, taking the focus off his own pathetic record. So far, it hasn't seemed to work. I think many people now know that Mr. Obama's figures are, at best, half-truths, if that.