What Happened, Mr. President?

Not a great week for the Obama folks, as the scandal du jour tour has firmly taken hold. Every day it seems another federal agency is exposed as either intimidating, snooping, covering up, or going to Vegas on the taxpayer dime. Zimbabwe is even making fun of us.

On January 21, 2009, in remarks welcoming his new presidential staff, Barack Obama said: "Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."

So what happened, Mr. President? Why so much stonewalling?

Let's take this one by one. Barack Obama has to know that nobody is buying the assertion that Ambassador Susan Rice made a simple error when she blamed the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Stevens on a spontaneous Muslim uprising caused by a stupid anti-Islamic video. No one believes that was an honest mistake, Mr. President!

So it is on Mr. Obama himself to explain the Rice deal and also why armed U.S. assets in Tripoli were not immediately sent to help the Ambassador and other Americans under siege in Benghazi.

But for eight months, the President has refused to explain.

The IRS chaos is newer and the president was forced to respond by firing Steve Miller, who ran the agency. But again, how could the powerful IRS get so out of control? Was it loyalty to a liberal president that made agents unfairly target conservatives? We need some clarity here.

On the Associated Press front, all the president has to do is what Attorney General Holder refuses to do – explain in general terms why the Justice Department thought it necessary to secure the phone records of AP reporters. Explain why there was an urgency to the investigation. Mr. Obama can certainly do that without compromising national security. So why isn't he doing it?

The answer to that question lies in accountability. When has Barack Obama ever been held accountable for anything? The press has largely covered for him when mistakes were made and the public seems to be in a very forgiving mood, especially on economic matters where, according to some polls, almost half the voters believe the sluggish economy is Bush's fault.

Sensing blood in the water, the president's ardent opponents will continue to take the scandals as far as they can. The only way this stops is for Mr. Obama to take control, admit whatever mistakes were made, explain how and why they happened, and hope the public understands.

If he doesn't do that, his second term could well be a national nightmare.

  • Homer

    “The only way this stops is” to change the public.
    Sadly, very few care

  • sheila0405

    And now we have the DOJ investigating Fox News personnel. I wonder who else they are snooping on at this very moment? Does anyone believe the AP incident is isolated? Not me. What has happened to America?

  • Marvin Katzen

    Liberals are arrogant, mean and stupid. They generally have a limited sense of humor and are easily insulted.

  • Mari Jo O’Neill

    The same old story, the Press has made it possible for this President & his Administration to do whatever they want to do with no blow back. Then all of a sudden Benghazi and the cover up and the lies. Why,because they knew they could probably get away with it. The IRS is another story because they were doing exactley what Obama wanted, to demonize his opposition in the Presidential race. He had his enemies list and wanted to shut them up. This is not what America stands for. Freedom of speech, liberty and everything the Constitution enables us to be about. This President has lied to the American people from day one. He has trampled on the constitution every time it doesn’t agree with his social justice progressives. This in itself is a travesty and it is pathetic that these people think they will get away with whatever they try to do. With the IRS if people do not think it could happen to them they are living in La LA land. The no or low information voters do not realize what is happening right under their noses and that also is pathetic. People need to wake up to this “fraud” in the White House and the sooner the better.

    • Homer

      I wonder what was the impact of the IRS on Ohio’s elections

  • Big Truck Joe

    Barack Obama has never had to answer for anything because he knows he can simply stall and the press, while throwing a brief temper tantrum, will end up covering for him. Not only that, the MSM (Chuck Todd – chief political commentator for NBC) now is floating the idea of how these scandals can be damaging to the Repubs if they push them too much. Read – MSM will decide whats a scandal and what isnt, and if you Repubs keep pointing fingers, we’ll make it come back to haunt you. Barack O’bama could be hulking over the still warm corpse of a dead harp seal with a bloody club in the middle of Antarctic and the press will focus on how the Repubs are going to use this event against him to their own political benefit. Thats how Obama was elected and thats how he has governed- with the complicity of the press. He’s had to do nothing, gets credit for everything good, and no blame for anything bad. Please, somebody, give me something that Obama did (an accomplishment) before he became president? Anyone? Bueller? What did he do as a Community Organizer? What did he do as guest/visiting lecturer at Univ of Chicago? Anything notable? He has gotten a free pass from the MSM and that’s why we have the most inexperienced president of the US ever and thats why he knows he can obfuscate and get away with it. He’s done it all his life.

  • Drew Page

    Bill O’Reilly has created a very successful news analysis program. He touts the program as being ‘fair and balanced’ He answers his critics who say he is afraid to condemn Obama by saying that he will not report that Mr. Obama is guilty of anything without facts to back it up. It may not be popular with a lot of conservatives, but it’s a smart move. He’s not going to say that Obama’s birth certificate is false, or a forgery unless it’s proved to be. He is not going to lead the charge investigating this because if it were to be proven that Obama was really born in Hawaii, he would look like a fool and lose any credibility he ever had. Same thing goes for Obama’s Social Security #. If the S.S.# is valid, even though it appears to be issued from a state where Obama never lived, anyone determined to prove it a fraud would wind up looking like a dope with a personal grudge against the president. Bill O’Reilly is not a fool or a dope. He is not about to risk his reputation and career by chasing rumors to prove Obama is a fraud. Time will determine that.

  • Lucky3511

    You surely joke. Obama come clean! If you believe that I have a bridge in San Francisco I could offer you very cheap.

  • Lucky3511

    How can he take control for a second term. He has committed ten times the crimes which got Nixon impeached. Now we no this communist creep will never step down, but based on his full time life of crime from covering up four murders, hiding causing the death of six seals. To large scale intimidation using IRS, the DHS, DOJ., He should be dragged out of the white house by whatever method The government has to overcome criminals running the Whitehouse, His impeachment should come within the month.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      It’s because the media have been in the tank for Obama from the get-go. The media didn’t like Nixon.

  • nickshaw

    How could the second term be any more of a national nightmare than the first, Bill?

    Other than he has had practice and he is probably getting desperate to fill all the civil service slots he possibly can before time runs out. I’m not talking about direct appointments, of course. It’s those that he uses to facilitate filling all those mid level positions with true blue progressives.

    You know those people will never be dislodged by any new administration and Pantsuit, heaven forbid she be elected, will set the civil service in progressive concrete for decades!

    It’s the bureaucrats who really run the government.

    As to Benghazi, when are you and all the rest of the pundits going to step back and realize that it was Skeeter and that odious Powers woman who are the ones directly responsible for the deaths of those fine young men?

    There was no reason in the world for the US to provide air cover and weapons to the islamists of Libya yet, Skeeter led from behind (while he was in Central America, safely separated from the Congress from whom he would never seek a by your leave, to attack Libya) to advance some vague responsibility to protect policy.

    Gaddafi only wanted to put down a rebellion of islamists in, where else, Benghazi. Just as Skeeter would have wanted to put down a rebellion of TEA Party activists in Des Moines had they “technicals” running around the city in pick ups with heavy machine guns mounted in the back and breaking into military bases for weapons.

    In this example, even I might support him as would the rest of the world.

    Why was it different for Gadaffi? Even Rev. Wright, Calypso Louie and Cynthia McKinney had kind words for him.
    No, Gaddafi was doing something Skeeter and much of Europe couldn’t accept. He was promoting and leading an Africa centrist movement with the added threat (to Skeeter) of being anti islamist. Europe, in particular, did not want a united Africa. Continued disarray suits their purpose splendidly!
    So Skeeter authorizes the protection and arming of islamists in Benghazi, home to the greatest numbers of foreign fighters killing Americans in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
    Now, they might as well fly the al Quada banner over all the government buildings there.
    Then, you have to throw in the new policy, backed by Skeeter and the milquetoasts of his administration, of not using uniformed, armed Marine guards at American diplomatic missions in the Middle East. Don’t want to be too “in your face” with America’s military might, don’t you know! Those guys just rub the sensitivities of the locals the wrong way!
    So that’s the long and the short of it. Skeeter’s policy of appeasement and naivete regarding islamist aims is at the bottom of this whole mess.
    And he’s about to do the same thing in Syria. Again, with the help of some mush minded RINOs in congress. Just like Libya.

    • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

      We don’t need term limits on congressmen and senators because they answer to the voters (assuming the election process can be cleaned up).

      What we DO need is to shut down one federal agency after another. They are the engines of tyranny.

  • worldwatchers

    Chicago Gangster Politics

    Those three words sum up what is happening to the United
    States of America going back before Capone we had Chicago politics it is now
    become national and is run like a gangster organization. In every department or agency of the United States government has been infiltrated by people who wish to see this country burn.
    The head of the snake cannot be removed because he has become a dictator and he knows very well his people will burn this country down.

    This is the type of Country we have allowed then to turn us in to. Over
    thirty years of socialists teaching our children have turned Americans in to
    mindless sheep so frightened of hurting feelings. Unable to call people what
    they are!

  • GarandFan

    “The only way this stops is for Mr. Obama to take control, admit whatever
    mistakes were made, explain how and why they happened, and hope the
    public understands.”

    Ain’t gonna happen. The Chosen One makes no mistakes. The Obamassiah commits no error. Barry-poo accepts no responsibility for policy failures. It’s ALWAYS the fault of others. If only we would kneel and obey, all will be well.

    • Drew Page

      How can Mr. Obama accept responsibility for mistakes when he knows nothing about them? “What are you taking about man, Benghazi was a long time ago. We did all we could. Are those damned Republicans trying to politicize this thing?” “IRS targeting conservative groups for tax audits? I don’t know, I just read about it in the papers like you”. “What’s the Associated Press?

  • veeper

    where did you get the idea that congressmen pay any attention to the general public ?

  • veeper

    If he doesn’t do that, his second term could well be a national nightmare.

    so was the first term…..

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      I find it amazing that conservatives cannot see that O’Reilly has very poor investigative skills or that he has very incompetent investigators working for him or he is just too cheap to find good investigators. At every turn O’Reilly will go out of his way to make excuses for this President. You would think that would wear off after watching how many times this President has screwed up in his first term.
      One example of pitiful investigating on O’Reilly’s part happened a year ago when he attempted to cover for Barack Hussein Obama’s fraudulent and E-verified flagged SS#. He said that the number was probably issued from Connecticut because Obama’s father lived there. An absolute lie and when confronted about the lie he dodged those confronting him. I don’t know how many times O’Reilly points to the famous Hawaiian “birth announcements” as an excuse for slandering the so-labelled “birthers.” The Obama fraud and criminal activity is the biggest scandal ever committed against the United States and O’Reilly choose to not only ignore the FACTS and EVIDENCE he hinders the patriots who are doing what he should have been doing for years now.

      • veeper

        want to see incompetent skills….

        check out obama’s administration…

        by their own admission…..none of them know anything…..

      • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

        I consider O’Reilly to be an obnoxious, arrogant blowhard – I think his demeanor has done a great deal of harm to the conservative cause.

        • Drew Page

          If you don’t like him, don’t watch him. You might feel more at home with Chris Matthews or Rachel Maddow. Their comments may be less harmful to the conservative cause.

  • 49corvette

    Glad to see you on this website—as per your commentary—Obama has a “messiah complex”—he is in the White House only because of the free tickets to Disneyland that were promised—this Presidency will implode sooner or later—the rest of us have already “got out of Dodge”—hope and change has crashed and burned—my2cents—thanx for reading

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      O’Reilly has decided to jump on these scandals and it seems he is finally realizing what a scum bag this Fraud in Chief is. With that being said, O’Reilly actually believes that this President would not be capable of directing these scandals right from the White House. I haven’t heard the names Valerie Jarrett or David Axelrod come off the lips of O’Reilly and he is suppose to be the best in the media business. Obama does not escape if Jarrett and Axelrod had anything to do with the talking points and the IRS probes. Both smell of Jarrett and Axelrod. Not a peep from Bill.

      • Lucky3511

        Bill is clearly the scarediest cat in the American media. He is pitifully scared Obama will pull him out of his cushy office. When in reality, I imagine Obama regards him as an ally.

      • ConservativeRracists

        I never tire of being right! Anyone who hates Barack Obama IS a racist AND a bigot AND an extremist hater!

        Calling Obama a liar for saying something that he is told to say is hilariously dishonest! But you are a Republican, no surprise here.
        Because some Republicans are acting like the idea of a president having some one in uniform hold an umbrella for them is an outrageous breach of protocol.

        It fits into the ongoing myth that Obama is some radical hater of
        America, rather than the reality that he’s a center-right politician who
        made the mistake of being in the “wrong” political party (and for some
        people having the wrong skin color).

        The pictures of Bush, Reagan, etc are not digs at those men, they are
        digs at those like the author of this blog who are totally ignorant of
        history and think that everything that Obama does is some new outrage.

        The disgrace in this country comes from one source…the Republicans. The dysfunctional Republicans keep trying the strategy that failed them for over 5-years. It has not worked an will not work to fulfill their stated mission plan to make the president fail. A good president is attacked and held back by a disgraceful party which continues to intentionally hurt our country instead of support it. President Obama is still cleaning up their mess at the same time they continue to make it. Remember this in 2016 and when we vote on the state level.

        Oh my god!!! It’s military personnel doing their job! The shame! The
        disgrace! How dare they! President Obama should have been like President
        Reagan! Oh wait…. this is what he did…well damn, what other straw
        can we grasp at now? OH! Obama’s not American! Yeah let’s go back to
        that one! When in reality we just don’t like him because he’s black.
        Damn you Obama, thinking your equal to a white president. I think Obama
        traveled back in time and made Lincoln sign that piece of paper… what
        was it again the emancipation proclamation? Yes! Obama traveled back in
        time, planted these thoughts of free black people in Lincolns head, also
        went back and tainted with Kings head too… tricky tricky Obama! I’ve
        unveiled the conspiracy!- P.s.- I would not be surprised that this is
        the next article I read.

        Obama is not destroying America. Congress is

        Obama does not hate America if he did then he would not be president

        Obama is not a communist. He has ordered bombings of Communist Countries

        Obama is not a dictator. If he was we would not be on the internet and

        ObamaCare would have passed and Congress wouldn’t exist anymore.

        If Obama was an usurper then we wouldn’t be talking right now

        Obama is not a fraud. What proof do you have that he is?

        Obama is Obama

        Obama is not evil

        He is not a Marxist.

        He is NOT a Traitor!

        Calling the POTUS a POS and a fraud seems to the usual calling call for you right-wing racists and bigots like you!

        Obama HAS done NOTHING worth being impeached expect Presidenting While Black. That’s Why you want to impeach him! No you’re just racists who can’t stand the fact a black guy is the CiC. you racist right readers truly are the scum of the earth.

        • Drew Page

          I am sure this is why Obama doesn’t believe he is lying. He’s just reading other people’s words written for him to parrot from the teleprompter. But If someone tells you to lie and you do, you are still a liar. To correct the situation, I suggest that Obama issue the following disclaimer at the end of every speech, “The comments expressed in the speech I just delivered are not necessary the opinions held by myself.”

          You apparently believe that anyone who disagrees with Obama’s policies, actions and inactions is a racist because he is black. Actually Obama is half black, does that make those who dislike him or his policies “half’-racists” ? Your comments suggest that you hate conservatives and anyone who disagrees with Obama. Would make you an “extremist hater” or just a regular “hater”?

        • DonaldYoungsRevenge

          Barry Soetoro (aka Barack H. Obama, Harrison J. Bouinel, Barack Obama Soebarkah, Barack Soetoro – pick one he has used them all at one time or another) is 50% White, 43.25% Arab (thus all the Arab names on Daddy’s side and his own name) 6.75% African/Negro so please spare us of the dopey “racist” line we are all getting tired of it. Cry “racism” when you find a legitimate black man.

      • Drew Page

        Donald, how do you know what O’Reilly ‘really’ believes? Has he confided his personal thoughts to you? Axelrod and Jarrett advise, Obama decides. Advisors can’t be impeached or voted out of office. Going after Axelrod and/or Jarrett in the news would be pointless and just the kind of distraction the Obama would love. It would take the spotlight off him and make the Republicans look desperate to cast blame on the president’s team because they had nothing on the president. I’m pretty sure this is one of the reasons O’Reilly doesn’t go after Obama’s advisors.

        • DonaldYoungsRevenge

          If the advisors are involved in any of these scandals you have brought the scandal into the White House (our house) and Obama is in trouble. He will NEVER be impeached for his part in these scandals. He has committed no crime but he has proved he is incompetent but we already knew that. I don’t have to “know what is on O’Reilly’s mind” it is to BIG for me to comprehend anyway, but watching him defend this Fraud in Chief gets old.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    One of the upsides of the IRS scandal is that Steve Miller can now return to his band full-time. ♫ Abra-abra-cadabra / I wanna reach out and grab ya …

  • Bruce A.

    Not only will the second term be a nightmare, this adminiatration will be regarded as one of the greatest disasters ever to hit the US.

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      You haven’t seen anything yet. As these present day scandals fade away and fade away they will because the Republicans do not how to close out an investigation, the grand kahuna of scandals will explode on the scene. Despite O’Reilly’s and Fox’s attempt to cover up this upcoming scandal it will eventually explode on the scene. There has been an intense criminal investigation of Obama going on for two years now and not ONE word about it from O’Reilly nor Fox. Shame on them!!! There is a huge eligibility case going on in Florida and Alabama, how much have your heard about those? The case in Alabama is being brought before the court by Attorney Larry Klayman, founder of Judical Watch, and being heard by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, that’s right, Roy Moore. Moore has had a problem with the legality of the Obama Presidency and rightfully so.

      • Drew Page

        There are/were a number of investigations into Obama’s place of birth, including one by Donald Trump, another by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other interested parties. So far, no proof has been submitted to verify the suspicions of those investigators. If Obama were indicted or even charged with committing fraud every news agency including Fox would headline the story. Right now, the case being brought before the Alabama court by Judicial Watch is being looked at to determine if Obama’s birth certificate is fraudulent. Even if Alabama concludes it is a fraud, what bearing will that have on other states that believe it is legitimate? All Alabama believes the birth certificate to be a forgery the only recourse they would have is to take this to the Supreme Court of the U.S..

        • DonaldYoungsRevenge

          Once the April 27th, 2011 birth record is proven in court to be a forgery that will expedite the crime onto the news feeds. With the controversial figure such as Justice Roy Moore it will become news. There has been an affidavit from Lt. Mike Zullo that is 56 pages long and that represents about 10% of what he has for evidence. This investigation has also proved that Obama fraudulently registered with the Selective Service in 2008 not 1980 as people would like you to believe. Obama’s registration is the ONLY registration with a TWO digit year stamp. Document experts have proven the bc to be a forgery, having it pointed out in a court of law has been the goal for three years now. They finally have “STANDING.” No need for the Supreme Court to convict a person of using fraudulent documents and Obama has THREE fraudulent documents. He will not survive this scandal.