It seems that lately each day brings either a new scandal or some sickening new wrinkle to an existing one. Naturally, this administration does what every administration does, only the Obama White House seems to have turned it into an art form. They spin, obfuscate, deny, point blame, or just lie when they have to. It’s gotten to the point where even his Palace Guards in the mainstream press can’t ignore his scandals, especially since some of them are targeted at the guards themselves. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If the president wanted to he could resolve all of the scandals in a manner that would satisfy conservatives, leave his critics reeling, and make his presidency and ability to push a leftist agenda stronger than ever. If I were the president’s teleprompter’s speech writer, I’d give him something like this to read:
“My fellow Americans, as many of you are aware there are a number of scandals that have come to light recently. Although I have not been personally involved in them, as President ultimate accountability ends with me, and I will now briefly address each scandal individually along with how I plan to remedy each:
Pigford – The Pigford scandal involves paying restitution to black farmers who had been discriminated against by the USDA. Unfortunately I learned by reading the New York Times that this program has been riddled with fraud and abuse. I am having an immediate investigation launched, and in addition to prosecuting those committing fraud, any savings through nullified payouts will be used to restore funds that had been cut due to the Sequester.
Fast and Furious – This was the nickname for Operation Gunrunner, the continuation of a flawed Bush-era policy, only with less intelligence. Forcing American gun dealers to sell weapons to Mexican drug lords without any means to track them, or even any seeming goal in mind is just plain stupid. Innocent people have been murdered by weapons from this program, including one Customs and Border Control agent. A scandal of this magnitude goes up to Attorney General Holder, and he must be held accountable. I’ll speak more about the Attorney General in a few minutes.
Obamacare Shakedown – It has come to my attention that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been placing calls to private Health Care companies seeking donations to help promote the law’s new mandates. Given the power she wields over the industry this is an abuse of power at best and possibly extortion at worst. I have asked for Secretary Sebelius’ resignation, and have called for a full investigation into this possible criminal activity.
Benghazi – The attacks on September 11, 2012 on our embassy that resulted in the deaths of four Americans has been mishandled from start to finish. From ignoring the security threats prior to the attacks, ordering stand down orders for potential military reinforcements, blaming the attacks on a YouTube video, the many rewrites of how we would present the story to avoid blame, and now the obfuscation are all inexcusable. While we can’t bring back those who were killed, we can take steps to bring accountability. Rather than a weekend document dump, we are providing a complete, concise list of all of the e-mails involved in the cover up, and former Secretary of State Clinton will be issuing a formal apology to the families of the fallen, as well as to the president of Libya for hurting his credibility by contradicting what we knew was the correct narrative. I can offer no excuses, other than that in the heat of an election campaign it is easy to get caught up in spin and polling numbers and forget that it’s my place to serve as leader and do the right thing. And for that I apologize to the American people. In addition to holding individuals in our own administration responsible for wrongdoing, we must also send a message to those serving overseas as well as their families that they do not need to fear the repeat of such an incident in the future. On that note, our intelligence has identified the responsible parties, who are becoming acquainted with several coordinated Navy Seal teams and drone strikes as we speak.
Attacks on Journalists – This is a multi-faceted scandal, from digging into the AP reporters’ records, to doing the same to Fox News reporters. This has also included individual reporters being either denied access or facing IRS harassment, from a CBS national reporter all the way down to a humble local reporter in St. Louis. Such attacks on the press can have a chilling effect on free speech in this country and can not be tolerated. Personally, as one who has taught Constitutional law, it would destroy my own credibility if I were to tolerate such a blatant attack on the 1st Amendment. Again, Attorney General Eric Holder claims to have no knowledge of the workings behind any of these scandals. While it is impossible for for someone at the top of any organization to know of every activity happening, to claim ignorance over two scandals of this magnitude and the culture that allows them to happen is inexcusable. I have called for the Attorney General’s resignation, and we will launch a full investigation and punish any and all parties responsible.
IRS targeting of Tea Party Groups – Finally, we have seen a gross violation of the Internal Revenue Service’s power in unfairly discriminating against groups simply because they may be opposed to this administration’s objectives. This shows a disturbing abuse of power for partisan purposes, and at a time when public trust in government is in question this is intolerable. I have had placed on leave any and all parties known to be involved in the scandal, and those found guilty will be fired, have their pensions revoked, and banned from public service for life. Lois Lerner, and any employee pleading the Fifth in defense can not and will not face criminal charges for doing so, but are terminated effective immediately. This will sound odd to Washington Beltway insiders, but in the private sector when one engages in unethical and possible illegal activity, the result is usually termination, not a paid vacation and certainly not a promotion. For a group that has the power by law to demand by force transparency to the point of violation of privacy to put itself above scrutiny is unacceptable.
In reaction to this scandal on Tuesday, May 21st a number of these “Tea Party” groups launched protests at IRS offices around the country. While some complained of DHS Security being present to monitor them, this was not the purpose of the DHS presence. During the protests agents raided each of these offices, confiscating the computers and records of any employees being investigated. It is important for the American people to know that such abuse of power will not be taken lightly. And one final note, since the IRS scandal in particular shows a cultural problem in the organization that will not be solved with removal of a few individuals, I have added one additional remedy. Going forward, all IRS employees will be required to go through specially targeted Diversity training, so that they can learn to respect the values of all American citizens, even those with whom most federal employees may have philosophical differences. This training will also include education regarding the Constitution, and the principles that all of our IRS agents should respect.
Who will conduct this training, you ask? We will actively seek out members of those Tea Party groups who were the subject of IRS discrimination. For those groups that do not have trained facilitators to represent them we will provide training for their representatives. Hopefully seeing the faces belonging to the taxpayers rather than numbers will help to improve the culture of the IRS, and dispel this sad notion that diversity can only be skin deep and not apply to ideas (this is my favorite part – BB).
Overall, the events that have taken place recently cast a shadow on this administration, and on the public faith in our government itself. While I have not had a direct role in these scandals, I have had a role in allowing the individuals responsible to assume, and abuse their power. To show the American people that I am serious about improving the culture in this town, effective immediately I am placing on hold all legislation regarding my presidency’s signature legislation, known to some as Obamacare1. We are going to step back, place some measurable objectives in place for remedying each of these scandals, and only when these have been met, whether producing all documents regarding a scandal, disciplining those responsible, or launching programs to improve the culture in Washington and only then will my signature legislation again move forward. The American people know how important health care reform is to me, so this step will show you that I am serious and will be personally involved in remedying each of these situations. In a recent speech I told some recent graduates of Ohio State University that
“…you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
In my speech I downplayed those who would warn of tyranny at the hands of our government. To make such a speech in the midst of these scandals makes me look at best out of touch with reality and at worst complicit in these scandals. I hope that the actions I take will help to restore the faith of the American people in both myself as well as the office of the presidency. Thank you and good night.”
The beauty of this is that there is plenty here for both conservatives and leftists to like. The appeal for the conservatives is obvious, but the lefties may be scratching their heads. If you’re not seeing it picture how this plays out from the moment this speech ends. Yes, there will be some casualties, and there will be some setbacks to activities that are very near and dear to the Chicago-politics thuggery crowd. But the press would immediately beginning falling over each other to see who can scream “Statesman!” the loudest. An apology and punishment to those responsible will go a long way to restore the faith of the president’s most important constituency, the press. Hillary takes a hit, but it is only a temporary one. This country loves humility and redemption, so in her 2016 presidential run she can use Benghazi as a positive to show how she has learned difficult lessons and grown into a better presidential candidate as a result. The press can go back to throwing out the labels “sexist” or “partisan” like hot dog vendors at a ball park when the inevitable criticism comes from her Republican opponents. The story would completely shift away from any activities concerning the attacks themselves and the press could make it about her critics, as they so love to do with this administration.
As for the president himself, while admitting to mistakes gives his credibility a short term hit, showing a sincere apology and acts of punishment to those responsible would make it easy for the press to sell him as a tough minded reformer (forget that it’s his own culture he’d be reforming), and that any Republican criticism on these issues going forward would be far easier to dust off as distractions, partisanship, etc. The temporary delays to Obamacare show some sacrifice on his part, and his remedies will make it easy to create the illusion of the president being an actual leader, as opposed to pretending to be one. With public approval he has not enjoyed since he was first elected and a completely flummoxed opposition the president would have a much easier time pushing forward whatever his major agenda items are, such as punishing the poor with Cap and Trade, adding single payer to Obamacare, adding more tax increases and even more stimulus spending to throw out to his supporters, or simply opening our borders and allowing unconditional amnesty for all.
Yeah, I don’t see this happening either. Given what such a speech could lead to maybe it’s for the best that I don’t have a career in politics.
Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog
1 What, did you think I was going to have the president resign? If that sounds like a good idea then I ask that you to say aloud these two words: “President Biden”
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Brother Bob, what have you been smoking?
This constitutes a massively improbable occurrence. Zippy can never give such a speech, nor any part of it, without going back on his entire career.
I agree that these are words which a Leader would speak. Chair is not a leader. He leads from behind.
Were such a speech to take place, I would conclude that brain transplants were a reality, and an ethical brain had replaced the neurons of the ChiTownThug.
Like the Sun coming up in the West, this is an activity which will not occur.
Chicago politics does not allow for taking blame or responsibility for anything except for the good thengs the previous administration does. There is always someone else to blame.
Sorry, you are just dreaming aloud. The damage to your liberties are immense. The IRS should be disbanded and a flat tax brought in. The smell from these scandals should linger to the 14 elections. Corruption is his legacy.
So, Bro Bob….
You would NOT ”double down???”
Obama has doubled down!
And, what else?
Obama set Holder up to talk to the press OFF THE RECORD!!!!
Well, the press is having none of it.
Obviously, you are no politician, Bro Bob.
Look what Obama does….and learn.
Don’t forget about hiding the Patraus sex scandal until after the election.
Just wanted to add one more scandal that most aren’t paying attention to, Bro Bob. That would be Kathleen Sebelius’ shake down of private industry for donations to Obamacare, that is likely to collapse under the weight of increased, and unfunded, Medicaid rolls. I had posted a Most Wanted article on it back mid May when it came out… 31 views, no comments.
It’s getting a bit more news now, with Malkin, PJMedia, the Hill, and even MSNBC and Reuters doing some brief reporting on it. But it hasn’t made “the hot list” of official scandals with the public yet.
What might amuse people is how they think all of this would be coming down under an alternative universe President Romney. Perhaps karma has Obama right where he needs to be.. fielding all that has happened under his admin coming his way. The bulk result of this is likely to be a very neutered, earlier than usual, lame duck POTUS.
Is that what is referred to as poetic justice?
Yup, another vet. Or put another way, “just desserts”.
@Nan G: No surprise – Damned shame that the president is too brilliant to learn from his mistakes
@MataHartley: I briefly mentioned Sebelius’ scandal here, and I’m surprised your initial post didn’t get any traffic or comments. I have to admit to being guilty of missing your post myself – I’m guessing that it just got lost in the flood of Scandalpalooza.
@mathman & oil guy: That was one nasty bender I went on last night! I have a vague memory of submitting a post to Flopping Aces before passing out. Why do you ask; did I post something strange lately? =8^)
@Brother Bob, that’s okay, Bro Bob. You missed the original Most Wanted – which generally doesn’t get the attention that a post does. And I’m guilty of not noticing your brief mention here. But then, if many aren’t familiar with the latest HHS doin’s, that’s going to slide right over their heads.
What’s of particular interest is that specific scandal can trace it roots not only back to the WH but to Congress, who has a vested interest in their expanded Medicaid program. Surely Congress did not build such agency power into their legislation? But with 2000+ pages, who the hell knows for sure. You have to search the documents for specifics when these things crop up.
Congress, granting such powers to Sebelius, goes back to a comment I made on another thread, referencing a Jonathan Turley article that addresses this off kilter separation of powers, passing the baton of power from Congress to civil employees of the never ending agencies and their power to regulate and enforce. These bureaucrats wield far more power over citizens and their daily lives than the legislative and admin branches themselves.
Maybe if we both keep repeating it enough, a few more people will notice what Sebelius is up to, and why.
BTW, I thought your statement in your speech struck a good balance… i.e. that individual Presidential admins can be destructive, but that the power of our founding principles should prevail. There is truth, as oil guy says, that liberties have been steadily eroding. However that has been going on for 7-8 decades, and can’t be pinned on one admin or Congress.
“That would be Kathleen Sebelius’ shake down of private industry for donations to Obamacare,…”
The ‘Private Citizens’ are next in line for the Obamacare “Shake down” and noon are going to be very happy about it… in fact there is going to A LOT of “Shocked” American Private Citizens when that “shake down” occurs…people are clueless about this horrible monstrosity…that’s because it had to be passed before we can find out what is in it….
I love how Politicians like Pelosi, Reid, the President and others – always say in their speeches to ‘convince’, ‘sway’ or be compelling….”the American People Want this [or that] …the American people have spoken and we should….
I always wonder… what do they ‘base these kinds of statements on’??…. What??? Just because tons of clueless young Liberal/Progressive [seriously blinded] people voted for you?….a lot voted based on your skin color??? And down a party Line? THOSE are the Americans who are deciding our future [of certain doom]???
We are a Nation…not just a voting base of clueless people….not ‘everyone’ wants what you have to offer…I’m sorry… I mean not everyone wants what you want to shove down our throats…
@MataHartley: As one member at one of our Arlington Tea Party meetings said a few years ago: “We haven’t had an administration with so little respect for the Constitution since the last administration!” =8^)
No doubt about it Obama’s selection of Biden was an insurance policy. The one saving grace about having a President Biden is that he would make Ford, Carter and even W Bush appear to be geniuses in comparison. In fact, I think for Republicans it could be the best of choices, for Obama to resign and bump Biden up. It might even keep Hillary from running in 2016 esp. if Biden want’s a second term. The public will finally see what an utter tool Biden is, and he would soon be way over his head. But Biden is a perfect example of the Peter Principal and he is just cocky and fool enough to convince himself into thinking he could win a second term.
We could even see a repeat of the 2008 V.P. debates if we could run Palin against President Biden in 2016. (Hey if Brother Bob can have his daydream, so can I.)
I would like to add another major scandal, namely:
Extortion 17 – The cover-and set-up of the murder of our Seals
Barry can never give such a speech because he is the ‘head’ of the sanke, followed by Valerie Jarrett. Congress need to investigate her; she is the cause of many scandals.
What they want is control. They want their beliefs to become everyone’s beliefs and will try to force it down our throats through legislation and intimidation if we don’t willingly convert. What they really desire deep down is a one party system with no opposition or dissenting opinions, i.e. a dictatorship.
YOUR COMMENT made me think of the scandal from the BENGHASI, FROM THE IRS on ELECTION previous time, the scandal of the PROBE on JAMES ROSEN ,
OF course one of them surely was meant to hit MITT ROMNEY if he would have WON,
HE WOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A MADE UP SCANDAL as he would begin as PRESIDENT,
I think they are so corrupt as to do it to demean the new PRESIDENT.
I realize how jaded I have become, when I read the story about Ricin being sent to BHO and I feel that it was sent by his own people to grab a headline away from the scandals.
yes that is why we know they hit the bottom,
you could have put your finger on something there,
it was never investigated, was it,
and why some mentionned it was a leak coming from the WHITE HOUSE
remember at that time it was said and repeated that the ENEMIES where tipped up,
and we know now there are MUSLIMS in the WHITE HOUSE, it’s so easy from there to communicate
and they can keep it secret. they didn’t answer to the claim of whoever made,
how to win an argument?
WINK AT THEM.
Obama stayed too long at the FAIR, he should not hd his loyals screwed the ELECTION,
tou got to know when to play and you got to know when to fold,
I love that singer, KENNY RODGERS
he never knew either,
you disappear, but I got you on my site,
I wish you a long POLITICAL LIFE,
you will do just fine , because you are the needed for today,
the last biggest battle of AMERICA,
Perhaps Bees could translate better, but it sounds like it’s only a spam advertizing post.
Yeah, it looks like spam. Gonna can it.
you are good in that translation, I COULDN’T have done better,
his message is in broken FRENCH,
I think , it might be a covert message from someone,
IT’S THE WORD CLOCK THAT BOTHER ME,
it’s better to keep his name and adress,
THE BUNDY RANCH IS waiting for an federal army who said to come again,
AND BREAK THINGS IN THERE,
there is 50, 000 MILICIA COMING TO PROTECT CLEVEN BUNDY AND HIS FAMILY,
THE, FBI WAS there IN A HOTEL, and someone video tape their language< how to break bones,
when they come back with an army of many men,
is in it EVIL ?
HARRY REID, YOU BETTER STOP THAT WITH OBAMA, YOU ALL WANT TO PUNISH THE RANCHER,
BUT YOU ARE NOT WINNING THIS ONE, THE CITIZENS ARE WITH CLIVEN BUNDY,
YOUR BLM HAS DONE ENOUGH DESTRUCTION,
leave them alone, and scew yourself,
this page fit right in today, one year after, like many ,
of your OTHER POST WE HAPPEN TO RUN IN TO ,
best to you,