President Obama has dismissed the very real, very chilling improprieties of his administration as “phony scandals” and “fabricated issues” geared toward “ginning up” conservative voters.
That’s right. According to him, the aberrations spawned by his imperial presidency – the Fast and Furious scandal, the Benghazi cover-up, IRS intimidation, deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals, the Bergdahl POW fiasco – are all just one big Republican-concocted ruse.
So move along, the godhead of the American left says. There’s nothing to see here. And pay no attention to what’s behind the curtain as you move past.
In case you missed the president’s comments, made ironically in Minnesota during a two-day trip to “gin up” liberal voters, here they are:
“Sometimes the news that’s being reported on is really important. I mean what’s happening in Iraq is relevant. But sometimes the news that’s coming off, these are just Washington fights. They’re fabricated issues, they’re phony scandals that are generated. It’s all geared toward the next election or ginning up a base. It’s not on the level, and that must feel frustrating. It makes people cynical, and it makes people turned off from the idea that anything can get done.”
“Outrageous” isn’t a strong enough word to describe this chief executive. Shameless? Disgraceful? Atrocious?
Imagine being the parents of Brian Terry, the U.S. Border Patrol agent killed with one of the Fast and Furious guns the Obama administration approved for sale to Mexican drug lords. Could this president look them in the eye and tell them their son died over a “fabricated issue”?
Could he tell Pat Smith, mother of slain State Department official Sean Smith, that his death at the hands of terrorists in Benghazi was part of a “phony scandal”?
Could he tell all the Americans whose free speech was gagged by partisan IRS bureaucrats just before the 2012 presidential election to stop being “cynical”?
Could he tell the loved ones of all the veterans who died while languishing on secret waiting lists at VA hospitals that their rage isn’t genuine – that it’s geared toward “ginning up a base”?
Of course he couldn’t. But it’s easy enough to say in a Minneapolis park before a crowd of fawning reporters still captivated by his signature cool and populist-yet-vacant rhetoric.
But that pixie dust may be wearing off. Even reliably leftist members of the mainstream media are tired of shaking pom-poms for a president so petulant, dictatorial and opaque.
CNN’s John King, Time magazine’s Mark Halperin and former AP Washington bureau chief Ron Fournier all have chided their colleagues for under-reporting Obama administration scandals in recent months.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said he believes the president senses his shtick is wearing thin with reporters, and that he’s hoping to keep what has been a mostly compliant media on a leash.
“What he’s trying to do is intimidate the press. What’s happening right now is you’ve got liberal reporters ... who are coming forward saying to their industry, enough is enough,” Bozell said on Fox News’ The Kelly File. “You’ve got to start covering these scandals. This is bigger than Richard Nixon. And they’re nowhere to be found. And that’s what Barack Obama is seeing and that’s why he’s going after the press. He sees the cracks.”
The U.S. economy he pledged to fix continues to stagnate under his policies. His foreign policy, or lack thereof, has made the world a more dangerous place and more hostile to American interests. The judicial and legislative branches that his power-mad executive branch has unconstitutionally run roughshod over are pushing back.
Obama’s house of cards is falling all around, and his failures are only getting harder for the media to spin or ignore.
NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd declared Obama’s abysmal ratings in a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was a sign that “essentially the public is saying your presidency is over.”
And there’s still two years to go. What’s next for the commander in chief who already presides over the most scandalous administration in American history? Will he adopt the bunker mentality of Nixon – the second-most scandalous president? Will he tell reporters at some point they “don’t have Barack to kick around anymore”?
Or will he claim to be the victim of a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” as Hillary Clinton did on behalf of her husband – the nation’s third-most scandalous president – during the waning days of his administration?
Really, if President Obama can insinuate his administration’s numerous and deepening scandals are all partisan fabrications being perpetuated by the media, then he’s capable of just about any leap in logic.
And given how far he’s pushed the envelope on propriety, it’s only a matter of time before a new scandal arises that the media must fight to ignore.