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Obama Fires IRS Acting Commish: WKRP in Cincinnati Returns!

TurkeyObamaPresserAPBarack 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.

The Daily Caller:

“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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What do we know? First, this is not WKRP in Cincinnati. Loni Anderson isn’t running the station and Obama isn’t the hip, smooth-talking morning man. At least he is not anymore.

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.

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2 comments on “Obama Fires IRS Acting Commish: WKRP in Cincinnati Returns!

  1. Tallgrass Palms
    May 17, 2013

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the question was did the White House know about the IRS abuses and obama’s answer was he didn’t know anything about the IG’s report until it was leaked; in other words, he did not answer the question.

    Richard Nixon never used the IRS to harass his opponents although he did joke about the possibility in a conversation caught on the tapes. Actually, Nixon’s own campaign organization had recently been audited by the IRS.

    The obama administration clearly used the IRS to harass, intimidate and destroy certain organizations so, to compare Nixon to obama is a disservice to Nixon. A better comparison would be to the tin-horn dictators in Africa or South America.

    • Regular Right Guy
      May 17, 2013

      I believe I stated in that particular blog that ‘someone in the White House knew’. If what Jay Carney said is accurate, WH counsel knew and that almost certainly brings it inside the door. However, one of the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon was criminal misuse of the Internal Revenue Service. But do I think this is bigger that Watergate? Yes, I do.

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