Phony scandals or phony president?
Published: Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Last week the president of the United States was back on the campaign trail again doing what he does best, making speeches. He addressed select audiences in several states touting the so-called economic recovery in the nation. In the process he chastised Republicans for “political posturing” and dwelling on “phony scandals.” He is taking a lot of heat for the latter words, and rightly so.
“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said last week. Columnist Michael Graham writing in the Boston Herald, asked, “Question: How many Americans have to be murdered in an al-Qaeda attack on a U.S. consulate before it stops being a ‘phony’ scandal? Answer: If Barack Obama is president, more than four.” Writing about the president’s long speech again, Graham asks, “How can a man talk for more than an hour on a single topic (the economy), as Obama did on Wednesday, and say absolutely nothing new?” The answer, of course, is that the president has absolutely nothing new to say about the economy.
Graham says liberals complain that all conservatives ever say is “Cut taxes and cut spending!” He opines that perhaps maybe they are right, but that these are two more ideas than Barack Obama has offered during his entire presidency. This is why his scripted comments about “phony scandals” in Washington got so much traction after his nothing-new speech on the nation’s economy.
Almost a year after the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, we still don’t know where the president was when the attack started, whether the military was ordered to stand down and leave two ex-Navy SEALS and others to die or why the administration continued to push the phony story of a Muslim video weeks after it knew it was a terror attack and not a movie protest.
Graham rightly points out that there is nothing phony about the fact that the IRS targeted American citizens based on their ideology. The discussion of this issue has led all the way up to the president’s hand-picked IRS counsel William Wilkens who met with Obama last April just two days before “new guidance” on how to handle Tea Party applications was sent from Washington to IRS operatives in the field. What a coincidence. Then there is James Rosen, FOX News reporter, who was being spied on by the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder lying about his knowledge of “potential prosecution” of the media by his department.
We did lose four Americans in the Benghazi terrorist attack and it is a national disgrace that we are not getting answers to any questions relating to the incident. You have to ask yourself if this attack had occurred while a Republican president was in the White House, would the media have brushed it off as no big deal. It is a big deal that we allowed such a security breech to occur, no immediate help was sent and no one has been held accountable. To make matters worse, the administration conjured up a cock and bull story about some offensive video.
No, Mr. President, these are real scandals and not “distractions, political posturing and phony scandals.” It’s long past time you got down from your high horse and shed some transparency on these issues that beg for answers. Instead, you are out there on your never-ending campaign, touting your non-existant economic successes.
It is your presidency that is phony, not the on-going scandals that continue to plague your administration.
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