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Networks Have Acknowledged Only 5 Of Obama's 12 'Number One' Priority Claims

By Dan Gainor | January 23, 2012 | 4:17pm EST

With just two weeks before the Super Bowl, sports fans know there’s only one “number one.” Unless you play by Washington rules.

Since taking office three years ago, President Obama has averaged four separate “number one priority” items each year – from jobs or the economy to taking down Osama bin Laden so-called healthcare reform. The problem is that many of them often conflict or overlap.

And don’t expect the old-school media to tell you about it if they do. Not once have they pointed out that he often has multiple such priorities at the same time. In, his three years as president, ABC, CBS and NBC have mentioned just five of the 12 “number one priorities.” And only the economy was mentioned by all three networks. With the State of the Union coming up, will Obama add another to his list?

Killing bin Laden was supposedly a “number one priority” from day one, as Vice President Joe Biden told the troops at Fort Campbell, Ky, on May 6, 2011. He explained that Obama “decided, when he got into office, because of the fight you all were in from the beginning, that the number one priority was to get Osama bin Laden.”

Of course, if true, that conflicts with up to eight other “number one priorities” announced by the administration during that time.

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