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Barack Obama is nothing if not consistent. His whirlwind no-questions press conference last night was as blustery as the Windy City and as exciting as a Keeping Up with the Kardashians episode.
Today’s lunch briefer was even less eventful. The question of course is who in the administration knew about this mysterious “rogue operation” in Cincinnati? Which Obama ran from like a field mouse who’s stumbled into a cat show.
“I can assure that I certainly did not know anything about the [inspector general] report before the IG report had been leaked through the press,” he told reporters during a Thursday lunchtime press conference held in the White House Rose Garden. [More]
In other words…
I am Barack Obama, who is president, and I did not know anything about this, but I will not tolerate these kinds of things that happen repeatedly in my administration and never seem to get resolved. Next question. Thank you, Brian Karl? Yes… Well, I am Barack Obama, who is president, and I did not know anything about this, but I will not tolerate… Next question?
Even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has been dethrilled. Where is the brilliant leader he just knew was lurking under that thrill running up his leg? Well, Chris, as Raymond Chandler said, “The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine.” After that he takes your clothes off.
And the thrill is fading fast for a lot of his former admirers.
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The level of sophistication in this attempt to derail the Tea Party movement’s 501 applications screams of organized Chicago politics at its worst. Second, the commissioner was a donor to Campaign Obama. Third, someone in the White House knew.
Let’s dispense with the “Did Obama Know?” question. It is ridiculous. The president normally would not know about an illegal operation targeting opposition political groups by his White House or campaign staff. They call it “plausible deniability.”
President Obama does not have to know to be culpable. He is the President of the United States, and he is just as responsible to the American people as his acting IRS director was to him. Regardless of the President’s level of personal knowledge regarding any of these scandals, he sets the tone and direction for his administration.
Obama has created a national malaise over the course of his presidency: a spirit of division rather than unity, an attitude of “us against them” rather than mutual cooperation.
Of the three current scandals the President is only directly responsible for one, that we know of—Benghazi. He should have been on the job and clearly was not. Whether or not he knew of any of the rest—the IRS targeting, the AP records snatch—he is stuck with the ramifications of a corrupt, slipshod administration he created.
Barack Obama is responsible for all of it. He is the president.