They are lacking the ability to fact check their own talking points. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/apr/15/joe-scarborough/heres-scoop-obama-has-worked-ice-cream-business-am/
Below, compiled from and cross-checked among a host of sources, is what we believe to be the most thorough account of the president's work history.
1975 or 1976 — ice cream scooper, Baskin-Robbins — Honolulu — Obama claims to have lost his taste for ice cream during this, his first job.
deli counter clerk, — Honolulu — Obama had a summer job at a deli counter in Hawaii, making sandwiches.
1980 — gift shop sales clerk — Honolulu — Obama worked at a gift shop in Hawaii selling island souvenirs the summer after his freshman year at Occidental College in California.
1981-1983 — construction worker, business name unknown — New York — Obama cleared a construction site for a summer on Manhattan's Upper West Side while attending Columbia University, the Associated Press reported. Obama referred to this job in Dreams From My Father .
1981-1983 — New York — During his years at Columbia University, Obama worked one summer for a private company processing health records of either police or firefighters, his spokesman said during the presidential campaign.
1981-1983 — telemarketer, company unknown — New York — During one school year at Columbia, Obama was a telemarketer in midtown Manhattan selling New York Times subscriptions over the phone, his spokesman said during the presidential campaign.
1983-84 — research assistant, Business International Corporation — New York — At this firm that helped American companies do business abroad, Obama was a researcher and writer for a reference service called Financing Foreign Operations; among his duties was writing a newsletter called Business International Money Report.
1985 — project coordinator, New York Public Interest Research Group — New York — Obama mobilized student volunteers at City College in Harlem for NYPIRG, a nonprofit organization that promotes consumer, environmental and government reform. He promoted activism around issues such as mass transit, higher education, tuition, financial aid and recycling.
1985-1988 — community organizer, Developing Communities Project — Chicago — Obama advocated for asbestos removal, job training and public-works services at this community organization on Chicago's South Side.
1988 — research assistant, Lawrence Tribe — student assistant to this Harvard Law School professor and renowned constitutional scholar.
1989 — summer associate, Hopkins & Sutter — Obama held this job the summer between his first and second years of law school.
1990 — summer associate, Sidley & Austin — After his second year of law school Obama was a summer associate for one of the world's oldest and largest law firms, where he met Michelle Robinson, his future wife.
1990-1991 — president, Harvard Law Review — Obama was the first African-American to hold this prestigious position.
1991-1992 — executive director, Project Vote — Ran a campaign that registered nearly 150,000 black voters for the 1992 elections.
1993-2004 — associate and partner (starting 1996), Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland — Chicago — defended clients ranging from landlords to a securities trader, and handled employment-discrimination and voting-rights cases at this Chicago law firm.
1993-2004 — part-time lecturer, University of Chicago Law School — Chicago — lectured on constitutional law.
1995 — author, Times Books — published memoir, Dreams From My Father.
1997-2004 — state senator, Illinois — senator from Illinois' 13th District on Chicago's South Side.
2005-2008 — U.S. Senator — represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate.
2006 -- Author, Random House — published The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.
2009 — President, United States — Washington — In his current position, Obama is the head of state of the most powerful country in the world. He runs the executive branch and serves as commander in chief of the armed forces.
There you have it. Obama earned paychecks from 11 for-profit businesses, compared to just six nonprofit or government employers.