Suddenly the White House press corps has shifted from celebrating the self-destruction of the Republican Party to examining the unraveling of Barack Obama’s presidency.
The bungling and deceit of this administration has apparently become too obvious to ignore. And as the spotlights are finally being switched on, what’s revealed is a president who lacks the skill and the will to lead.
The first cracks in the Obama Teflon came when it was confirmed the IRS targeted his political enemies, soon followed by reports his Justice Department tapped the phone and email of journalists and his National Security Agency was tracking nearly every call and email in the United States.
The White House howled that these were manufactured scandals. Well, the scandal factory is still churning them out.
Last week, the New York Times produced an Oval Office tick-tock leading to Obama’s decision to seek a military strike against Syria. The report depicts an ambivalent and indecisive president, reliant on a divided team of advisers who finally left him beholden to Vladimir Putin, and left Bashar al Assad free to keep slaughtering his own people.
CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired an investigative report Sunday verifying what Fox News has been shouting for a year: The Benghazi embassy attack in which four Americans died was well-planned and executed by al-Qaida, and not the spontaneous uprising invented to fit Obama’s campaign narrative that the terrorist group was dead. CBS also presented evidence that desperate warnings about security gaps at the consulate were ignored.
An NBC investigation challenges the Obama administration’s pretense of surprise that millions of Americans are losing their health insurance policies due to Obamacare. Documents examined by the network show changes to the law as the administration was writing the implementing regulations made it obvious as early as 2010 that many consumers wouldn’t get to keep their policies, even as the president was promising them they could.
In what Politico this week called Obama’s “in-the-dark” defense, the White House put forth the preposterous explanation that the president was unaware the NSA eavesdropped on foreign leaders, even though his top aides received regular briefings on the program. The administration similarly said the president was caught off-guard by the meltdown of the poorly-tested Obamacare website.
If it’s true the president was clueless about such critical matters, it calls into question his competence; if he’s lying about what he knew and when, it calls into question his character.
Finally, ABC touched the tip of what could be the next big scandal — nine top military commanders have been recently fired, raising suspicions of a purge of generals who oppose Obama policies.
It’s amazing what reporters uncover when they play watchdog instead of lapdog.
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