Today’s meme: Obama’s too passive and disinterested to have had a direct role in these scandals

posted at 11:21 am on May 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

I had the same thought as Matt Lewis when reading through the news this morning. There’s too much smoke now from the IRS, DOJ/AP, and Benghazi scandals to pretend there’s no fire. If you’re sympathetic to O, it’s time to shift messages from “what fire?” to “Obama should have done more to put out these fires set by other people,” which conveniently leaves Bambi in the virtuous role of firefighter. It’s a classic plea bargain: He’s guilty of negligence, maybe, but of nothing more serious. Lewis:

The media is helping. Obama isn’t a bad guy, he’s merely out of the loop, we’re told. He is “President Passerby,” as Dana Milbank calls him. And besides, as David Axlerod said this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” government is just so vast that nobody can really know what’s going on (as one of my Twitter followers noted, why didn’t Bush think of that to explain Abu Ghraib away?)…

Being out of the loop doesn’t exonerate him in my mind (though it might in the public’s.) The buck is supposed to stop at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — and it makes little difference to me whether you order — or inspire (and tolerate) — a culture of corruption where “Chicago-style” politics are carried out with a wink and a nod.

But people are more forgiving of a bumbling leader than of a corrupt politician. And staffers and bureaucrats can always be dispatched.

Yes, Axelrod really said that, but let’s save that for another post. Lewis is right that Milbank’s piece on the “passive president” is the big one in this vein this morning, but the meme is popping up elsewhere. Here’s his old pal Gibbsy:

Gibbs said the White House should have immediately proposed a bipartisan panel of former IRS commissioners to investigate, and criticized the administration’s response as “exceedingly passive.”

“I think they would have a much better way of talking about this story rather than simply kind of landing on the, ‘well if this happened, then we’ll look at it’,” Gibbs said. “It sounds exceedingly passive to me.”

Saying that Obama has been passive this week in reacting to the IRS scandal overlooks the fact that, by Carney’s own admission, people in the White House must have been aware that tea-party groups were complaining of unfair treatment last year. Did anyone pick up the phone to inquire, or were they content not to know in case it was true?

More passivity and disinterest from Firefighter Obama at Politico:

Experts and former officials say the White House’s laissez-faire approach to the Justice Department — adopted in part as a response to the politicization there under President George W. Bush — allowed prosecutors’ naturally aggressive tendencies to burst through unchecked…

”This White House, out of concern to distance itself from what was seen as excess politicization of DOJ by the Bush administration, had not engaged DOJ at all on leak cases,” said Columbia University law professor David Pozen, who spent several months conducting a major review of the federal government’s love-hate relationship with national security leaks. ”

In previous White Houses, even those railed publicly against leaks, officials sent “cautionary signals to the Justice Department … urging restraint and sensitivity to political, policy and constitutional concerns,” Pozen said. But the administration’s distancing policy, said Pozen, meant that prosecutors were “being given more leash than they had previously to do what they do.”

That was part of Carney’s defense yesterday vis-a-vis the IRS too. The White House had to maintain “distance” from the agency, he said, in order to eliminate any risk of “politicization,” which stands reality on its head insofar as the IRS was apparently already politicized. Maintaining distance simply enabled it. If this is seriously their defense to malfeasance in the executive branch, that they can’t meddle to try to stop it for fear of somehow tainting the malfeasor with politics, then there’s really no limit to what their underlings can get away with. And if that’s the case, that they’re deliberately keeping their distance from bad actors below them, then what’s the difference between “passivity” or “disinterest” and intentionally looking the other way? The cornerstone of Obama’s public persona since day one has been his “above the fray” adult-in-the-room shtick; almost without fail, if there’s an attack to be launched on his ideological opponents, it’s tasked to some surrogate in order to keep O’s hands clean. That’s not “passivity,” it’s a deliberate strategy to inoculate himself from “politics as usual” in order to protect his brand as some sort of genteel, post-partisan non-politician. So why give him the benefit of the doubt now? If he really didn’t know all of this was going on, why not assume that that’s because his staff is instructed to keep stuff like this away from him? And if that’s true, what’s the difference between “negligence” and intent?

Here’s Chris Matthews lamenting that Obama doesn’t seem to have his hands on the wheel of the ship of state. That’s fine; the important question is why. Is it because, as the press so often claimed about Bush, he’s “incurious” about what his underlings are doing? Or is it because the people steering know what direction he wants to go in?


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Today’s meme: Obama’s too passive and disinterested to have had a direct role in these scandals

He was above it all, instead spending his time thinking Big Thoughts about Big Things and making Big Plans.

Der Fuhrer Dear Leader does not have time to spend on bureaucratic details. But you can be sure that when he learns mistakes have been made he will quickly get to the bottom of it, correct them, and dispense firm disciple where needed.

farsighted on May 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Having the IRS targeting conservative orgs goes neatly with the homeland security report early on in the admin which talked up the supposed threat of right-wing “extremism”. There was another study recently that purported to say the same thing. If you think there’s a threat from such groups, you’re going to naturally take a closer look at their financials. This wasn’t a case where rogue agents just took this up as a hobby…the admin signaled early on they would be going after political opponents, period.

changer1701 on May 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Obama has his head tilted, nose in the air for 5~6 years.

He and his Alinsky-Thugs-In-Power have been operating without impunity and deserve every nasty bit that comes their way.

Sir Napsalot on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I don’t have to have Obama impeached and removed. Having him politically helpless, flailing around and worthless, dragging the rest of the Dimocrat party down into political oblivion with him for the next 3 years would be fine with me as well.

Meople on May 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I could live with that…

sandee on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Then why is he remaining in the presidency?

He’s been elected to be the chief executive, in charge of and ultimately responsible for all of the operations of the executive branch of the federal government, and commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

thatsafactjack on May 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM

The meme is missing a big point. The rat-eared passerby is passive and disinterested in the governance side of the job. He and the shaved Yeti he is married to love the perqs of office. The fawning toadies, the vacations, the parties, the attention. There is no passivity or disinterest when it comes to “free” lobster or trips on Air Force One to visit his Hollywood pals.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Having the IRS targeting conservative orgs goes neatly with the homeland security report early on in the admin which talked up the supposed threat of right-wing “extremism”. There was another study recently that purported to say the same thing. If you think there’s a threat from such groups, you’re going to naturally take a closer look at their financials. This wasn’t a case where rogue agents just took this up as a hobby…the admin signaled early on they would be going after political opponents, period.

changer1701 on May 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I wonder how Big Sis was involved in this..? hmmmm

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Msdnc anchors are copying. Axlerods defense against morning joe
Gop wanted admin to find the leaks but now are crying foul

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

The last resort will be: Obama’s not intelligent enough to understand this complicated scandal.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Msdnc anchors are copying. Axlerods defense against morning joe
Gop wanted admin to find the leaks but now are crying foul

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I missed Matthews talking about second-term Presidents having problems because they are surrounded by psychophants.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Chris Matthews always sounds like he’s drunk. Like one of those really obnoxious old drunk guys in suits in lame hotel bars in DC.

WhatSlushfund on May 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

We DO have the numbers. We just didn’t go to the polls in 2012. That’s why we lost. Too many conservatives were dissatisfied with Romney and the GOP as a whole(can’t blame em, of course), so they stayed home. If that can be remedied in 2014, the Dems will get smoked.

Doughboy on May 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

If our numbers couldn’t get off their complacent butts to vote Obama out of office I think it’s utterly hopeless. I still think it’s more likely that the numbers simply aren’t there.

So we either have complacent, petulant voters who can’t be bothered to remove the worst president in history or we simply don’t have the numbers to withstand the onslaught of low info dem voters.

We’re screwed either way. The point is this: No amount of scandal can bring down the Dems when the country is made up of utter idiots.

happytobehere on May 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Msdnc anchors are copying. Axlerods defense against morning joe
Gop wanted admin to find the leaks but now are crying foul

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Big surprise there. We know the MSM can’t stay mad at their Messiah for long… Must find some Republicans to blame… Bring back the Bush bashing!

sandee on May 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

We are supposed to believe:

Obama knew nothing about Benghazi because:
1) Sect of State Clinton didn’t tell him anything
– 1.1) Hillary didn’t know anything because those who worked for her didn’t tell HER anythig

2) Sec of Defense Panetta didn’t tell him anythnig
– 2.1) Panetta didn’t tell Obama anything because his workers/generals/Intel told him nothing

Obama knew nothing about the IRS Scandal because:
1) Holder never told him anything
– 1.1) Holder didn’t tell him anything because his people said nothing & the Inspector General who had discovered the CRIMES did not think to tell the Atty General about it

2) The Inspector General informed the WH on 22 Apr that a report on the IRS was coming out soon but did not tell him anything about what the report entailed – that there was a massive crime perpetrated against the American people – As Pelosi said, Obama says the report had to be passed/posted before he found out what was in it…

3) Obama’s hand-picked Secretary of the Treasury, lil’ Timmy ‘Tax Cheat’ Geithner, did not bother to let his boss know that this scandal was brewing & that a DNC-led Congressional Committee had been investing it for going on 2 YEARS…

4) Obama’s campaign co-chair did not tell Obama that the IRS leaked info about Romney’s tax returns to him & that he used that info to attack Romney during the campaign

Obama knew nothing about the Wire-Tapping Scandal because:
1) Holder never told him about it…
– Holder didn’t tell him, though, because his DEPUTY was running the entire wire-tap plan and execution & never once mentioned it to his boss

THOUGHTS: If all this is true…
1) This is the MOST INCOMPETENT, INGNORANT, INEFFICIENT & SCANDALOUS administration in U.S. History!

2) For not having an ounce of control over his hand-picked cabinet, for being the guy/place where the buck stops, for campaigning & going on vacation every month instead of being more ‘dialed in’ & knowing what the h#ll is going on in his administration…Obama should be IMPEACHED immediately. On his watch his own administration has left Americans un-protected after several previous terrorist attacks & left them to die. On his watch criminals have been protected by the Justice Department stepping in & dropping charges on millions of criminals – from ‘lowly’ Illegals to Billion dollar con men like Corzine. On his watch Americans have been targeted, intimidated, villainized, & punished by the IRS for their political (TEA Party) & religious (Jewish groups) affiliations/beliefs. On his watch the Justice Dept has illegally, unethically, immorally spied on a news agency (or agencies).

3) For having no control of their Departments, for complete incompetence * failed leadership, & for the massive crimes committed by & failures of their departments , Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, & Leon Panetta should be fired (& those who already stepped down should be punished to the full extent possible).

easyt65 on May 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

The last resort will be: Obama’s not intelligent enough to understand this complicated scandal.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

But will be able to keep his clean and articulate creds?

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Why would Americans who aren’t Republicans care if Republicans are being targeted by the IRS? As far as the DOJ phone tapping, that’s to save the American people from terrorism, easily explained away to the low-info Dem voter.

happytobehere on May 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Bingo. And by Monday we’ll be back to that Ben Gazi guy and a much smoother story of what happened.

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

The cornerstone of Obama’s public persona since day one has been his “above the fray” adult-in-the-room shtick; almost without fail, if there’s an attack to be launched on his ideological opponents, it’s tasked to some surrogate in order to keep O’s hands clean. That’s not “passivity,” it’s a deliberate strategy to inoculate himself from “politics as usual” in order to protect his brand as some sort of genteel, post-partisan non-politician.

AP, I would agree that this was true for 2008. Obama definitely tried to remain “above the fray.” But it’s not really true now. In the lead up to the 2010 midterms, and during the 2012 campaign season, there’s plenty of clips of Obama in the role of attack dog – constantly demonizing and impugning the motives of his political opponents.

TarheelBen on May 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I still don’t understand why people think Dem voters will be upset about targeting Tea Party groups for special IRS scrutiny. Why would anyone except Tea Party groups be upset about this?

happytobehere on May 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

O.J.’s back in the news looking for a new trial. Here’s an idea, Obama pardon’s O.J. and then announces his resignation because “this work is too hard”.

Rovin on May 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

What we need is 16,000 new IRS agents for ObamaCare…that should help.

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

No Math skills required

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

If our numbers couldn’t get off their complacent butts to vote Obama out of office I think it’s utterly hopeless. I still think it’s more likely that the numbers simply aren’t there.

So we either have complacent, petulant voters who can’t be bothered to remove the worst president in history or we simply don’t have the numbers to withstand the onslaught of low info dem voters.

We’re screwed either way. The point is this: No amount of scandal can bring down the Dems when the country is made up of utter idiots.

happytobehere on May 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM

But they didn’t get off their butts because they were suckered into believing Romney wasn’t gonna be much better than Obama, so why bother. Who after the events of this past week can honestly say with a straight face that there’s no difference between the parties heading into 2014 and 2016? Anyone who does is already predisposed to voting Dem, so the hell with those partisan morons.

Doughboy on May 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

This is the guy who didn’t know that Bill Ayers was an unrepentant terrorist.
Or that he wrote his autobiography.
Basilsbest on May 15, 2013 at 11:38 AM

He was just some guy who lived in the neighborhood. The Obama’s children played with his children. Must have made for some interesting playtime considering Ayer’s kids are now both in their 30s.

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

easyt65 on May 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

but then, WE knew that! And that’s why WE voted for Romney.

kirkill on May 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

”This White House, out of concern to distance itself from what was seen as excess politicization of DOJ by the Bush administration

I knew it. This is all Bush’s fault.

The Rogue Tomato on May 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Anybody heard from I like the Crisp Crease in Obama’s pants David Brooks lately?

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Obama’s problem is his public face is so disconnected with reality, that he has no power or leverage to deal with any of it. The more scandals, the more obvious will be the huge disparity between how he portrays reality, and reality as it is.

Paul-Cincy on May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

There is no passivity or disinterest when it comes to “free” lobster or trips on Air Force One to visit his Hollywood pals.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

It’s all about the perks for the Obi’s. That’s obvious. They also make it clear that they are ‘serving their tenure’ for continued benefits in the future.

One area where he shows no passivity is making it understood that America is a place where Christian, white, conservatives are not welcome and will not be tolerated.

Cody1991 on May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

The makers of Teflon have notified their manufacturers to increase production.

hillsoftx on May 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I checked both Home Depot and Lowes this morning and they are sold out of Whitewash. No word when they will get new shipments.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

What we need is 16,000 new IRS agents for ObamaCare…that should help.

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Keep it down, you’ll scare the children.

kirkill on May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Boston Hearld having a field day with President I Know Nothink Shultz…

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

We hae had a couple of Trolls show up for drive-bys today, but that’s it. I wonder what is going on?

Has the reality of this “Perfect Storm” hit them?

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Obama embraces the Ken Lay defense.

“I had no idea what shenanigans my staff were up to”

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Most people hate the IRS so this could be the one that sticks.. It wasn’t just Tea party but also Jewish Groups, and Billy Grahmn being audited…..

sandee on May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

But they didn’t get off their butts because they were suckered into believing Romney wasn’t gonna be much better than Obama, so why bother. Who after the events of this past week can honestly say with a straight face that there’s no difference between the parties heading into 2014 and 2016? Anyone who does is already predisposed to voting Dem, so the hell with those partisan morons.

Doughboy on May 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Exactly this. But at this point it doesn’t matter any more. There has been too much damage, and too much debt. What we once new as America is gone. Time to let it burn. Show trials, impeachments – none of it really matters, because the damage has already been done. The capstone on the Republican destruction of America will be Immigration and Gun-control.

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I guess “passerby” is the liberal term for shiftless and lazy?

right2bright on May 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM

obamas brain? no way

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

President Shultz just wants to eat his strudel.

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Boston Hearld having a field day with President I Know Nothink Shultz…
workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Whoa – check the pic accompanying the article.

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Kind of belies the image portrayed in those Situation Room photos supposedly during the Osama raid, huh? I’m waiting for the pictures that were taken during the Benghazi debacle.

mel23059 on May 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Obama embraces the Ken Lay defense.

“I had no idea what shenanigans my staff were up to”

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I think this defense was used at Nurembugh as well…

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

sandee on May 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

oh yeah

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Passivity, passerby, disinterested, if a conservative stated that, the NAACP would be railing against them for “code words”…

right2bright on May 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

It is amazing that the White House / Obama is trying to get out of this scandal by declaring Obama & his hand-picked Cabinet members are not responsible for the scandals / crimes because none of them had any control of their departments, didn’t know what the h#ll was going on in their departments – completely and utterly ignorant of what their departments were involved in.

For this reason alone every single one of them – to include the President – should be Impeached, relieved of command, FIRED!

No one deserves that more than Eric Holder, as he was already busted red-handed perpetrating 3 Felony Counts of Perjury before Congress over the Fast-and-Furious scandal.

The Justice Department & the President has already demonstrated numerous times, over and over, that they do not believe in & have not yet held anyone accountable, going as far as refusing to enforce the law. Holder should have been charged with those felony crimes; however, he was saved/protected because the Justice Dept simply flatly REFUSED to do their job – enforce the law. Congress was left with their only option, which was to make Holder the 1st Atty General to be CENSURED by Congress. Obama ordered Holder not to arrest/charge/jail/deport Illegals for any crimes less than a FELONY, thereby refusing again to enforce US law AND creating ‘rights’ American citizens don’t even have!

So if the Justice Department or the Obama administration calls for an internal investigation & a desire to let the Justice Department take care of any of this the idea should be rejected IMMEDIATELY. Not one person was fired as a result of F&F – even after 300+ dead (and counting) as a result, no one fired after Benghazi (except for the whisltblowers, & on & on. The President & his Cabinet members are facilitators, participants, co-conspirators of all of these & have no record of enforcing laws of ensuring accountability!

easyt65 on May 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

when you play that much golf; how could you be aware of anything else?

he learns of this stuff from cable news just like the rest of us

burserker on May 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Poll: 55% Think Obama And His Top Aides Knew IRS Was Targeting Conservative Groups…

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/05/15/poll-55-think-obama-and-his-top-aides-knew-irs-was-targeting-conservative-groups/

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

We hae had a couple of Trolls show up for drive-bys today, but that’s it. I wonder what is going on?
Has the reality of this “Perfect Storm” hit them?
kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

They are panicked – and for good reason.

But I’ll step in and fill the void:

“Bush. Bush. Rush Limbaugh. Raaaacismmm. Bush. Bush.”

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

right2bright on May 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

tingles would be all over that

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Whoa – check the pic accompanying the article.

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

The most delicious facet of this whole thing?

Who was at the table during the House Judiciary committee’s deliberations over Richard Nixons’ impeachment?

You get one guess. What goes around comes around.

[hint: its the chick in the photo at the link]

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

It is amazing that the White House / Obama is trying to get out of this scandal by declaring Obama & his hand-picked Cabinet members are not responsible for the scandals / crimes because none of them had any control of their departments, didn’t know what the h#ll was going on in their departments – completely and utterly ignorant of what their departments were involved in.

For this reason alone every single one of them – to include the President – should be Impeached, relieved of command, FIRED!

No one deserves that more than Eric Holder, as he was already busted red-handed perpetrating 3 Felony Counts of Perjury before Congress over the Fast-and-Furious scandal.
easyt65 on May 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Plausible Deniability always seems like a good idea…at least in the initial planning stages of nefarious activity.

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Still waiting for heads to roll over Fast & Furious.

Akzed on May 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM

An act of war against Mexico and it’s citizens.

Mexico has every reason to declare war on us, and would probably stand to get a quick apology from Barry and the land it lost in the Mexican American War ceded back to it.

But in the end that would be a poor proposition. Mexico would lose billions in money wire transfers from its citizens in the ceded lands.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

President Shultz just wants to eat his strudel.
BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Today’s Boston Herald’s front page graphic notes that – and more.

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Kind of belies the image portrayed in those Situation Room photos supposedly during the Osama raid, huh? I’m waiting for the pictures that were taken during the Benghazi debacle.

mel23059 on May 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You mean the ones of Obama sleeping like a baby while his Ambassador and 3 other Americans were being murdered? Those photos? I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for those.

Meople on May 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

“Bush. Bush. Rush Limbaugh. Raaaacismmm. Bush. Bush.”

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

And… Iraq! Iraq!

farsighted on May 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

No-drama Obama’s calm, cool, collected demeanor isn’t going to deal with these scandals well. I think he’s going to crack. His mind-numbing, meaningless patter isn’t going to cut it here.

He may have to cut his formal press conferences down from 3 a year to 2 or even 1. He may play more golf. More vacations. Maybe a new domestic initiative, like free coast-to-coast broadband, and subsidized smart phones for the underprivileged.

He’ll say each $1 spent for free broadband and smart phones will yield $100 back in growth and productivity. His approval rating will rise 3 points.

Paul-Cincy on May 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Plausible Deniability always seems like a good idea…at least in the initial planning stages of nefarious activity.

It does require competent henchmen to have a better chance of success though. Something this admin lacks.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Report: IRS Demanded Conservative Education Group Name Students

“When a Tennessee lawyer asked the IRS for tax-exempt status for a mentoring group that trained high school and college students about conservative political philosophy, the agency responded with a list of 95 questions in 31 parts, including an ultimatum for a list of everyone the group had trained, or planned to train.

‘Provide details regarding all training you have provided or will provide,’ the IRS demanded. ‘Indicate who has received or will receive the training and submit copies of the training material.’

That question was part of the tax collection agency’s February 14, 2012 letter to Kevin Kookogey. founder of the group Linchpins of Liberty. He had submitted his application 13 months earlier.

‘Can you imagine my responsibility to parents if I disclosed the names of their children to the IRS?’ he asked MailOnline.

It’s ‘an impossible question to answer fully and truthfully,’ he said…”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/15/IRS-Demanded-Conservative-Education-Group-Name-Students

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Passive? Hardly! Those government agencies were doing exactly what Barry wanted them to do.

GarandFan on May 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

If this meme is true, that Obama is an aloof, incompetent leader who is in over his head, then Barack Obama is a direct danger to all of our lives as Ambassador Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone S. Woods ultimately found out.

OxyCon on May 15, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Yes, we’re all aware the country is being run by an empty suit and a gang of leftist street thugs.

Thanks!

Good Lt on May 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I’d be happy to see him throw Hillary and Holder under the bus.

aryeung on May 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

He 100% knows my friends husband works at the ACLJ they are handling the IRS case for almost 30 groups and she says the scandal runs much deeper and wider and goes all the way to the Whitehouse she also says theres a paper trail. Its way beyond an IRS fishing expedition. Everything she’s ever said has been spot on. This isn’t reliant on house republicans because its a lawsuit with plaintiffs and witnesses and laws were broken. People were directly intimidated with tax records. Take this info for what you will as I don’t post often but was hoping to add a little piece of good news

ldbgcoleman on May 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

What we need is 16,000 new IRS agents for ObamaCare…that should help.

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

No Math skills required

Extortion skills and ability to communicate threats effectively a plus.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM

If the press lands on “bumbling Obama” as their meme, I could live with that. I don’t think it’s accurate, but it would really annoy Obama if that was how he went down in history.

hawksruleva on May 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Time to start turning the tables…

Disinterested? Passive?

Why those are Dog Whistle Words!

Anyone suggesting these things of Obama must be… RACIST!

Yes for every, single attempt to make it appear that Obama is unaware, ill-informed, and otherwise incapable it is time to trot out the exact, same junk the Left has pulled out for years.

At any attempt to portray Obama as negative, that is the time to let the speaker know they are racist.

ajacksonian on May 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Whoa – check the pic accompanying the article.

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

The most delicious facet of this whole thing?
Who was at the table during the House Judiciary committee’s deliberations over Richard Nixons’ impeachment?
BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Next to the word “irony” in the dictionary.

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

We hae had a couple of Trolls show up for drive-bys today, but that’s it. I wonder what is going on?
Has the reality of this “Perfect Storm” hit them?
kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

They are panicked – and for good reason.

But I’ll step in and fill the void:

“Bush. Bush. Rush Limbaugh. Raaaacismmm. Bush. Bush.”

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

George Soros is a little slow with the talking-points fax machine today. ‘Hummina-hummina’ is not cutting it.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

At any attempt to portray Obama as negative, that is the time to let the speaker know they are racist.

ajacksonian on May 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

‘Negative’ is racist. Same root as the other bad words.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Okay, who had “disinterested” in Ace’s #ScandalDraft?

Quisp on May 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Time to ask the Mooch where she hung his Captain Kickass cape and tights.

Barnestormer on May 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

The Libs really could use some help from Attack Watch – Truth Teams right now! Wait…they are the attackers and liars….so how does that work now? I’m so confused./

redwhiteblue on May 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

We hae had a couple of Trolls show up for drive-bys today, but that’s it. I wonder what is going on?

Has the reality of this “Perfect Storm” hit them?

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

OFA is still scrambling to respond to this most likely.

Once a “party line” has been developed we’ll see the trolls back here in force to show up in every single scandal thread, the same way they haunted the 2012 election news threads. It’s clear right now the administration is still scrambling for a response, though.

Doomberg on May 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

‘Negative’ is racist. Same root as the other bad words.
slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

I blame the Milky Way for black hole raaaaacism.

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Geez, where are all the trolls? This thread is just sooooooo boring without them trying to twist into a pretzel.

Daisy, Daisy……..

NOMOBO on May 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Who would ever have thought that David Axelrod would become the Spokesman for the TEA Party & voice its concern / desire better than anyone else?!

David Axelrod: “When you’re POTUS theres so much you don’t know below you because the government is so vast.”

As HotAir stated elsewhere: “Yes, we know, David. It’s one of the many reasons conservatives want smaller government.”

easyt65 on May 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Barnestormer on May 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

lol

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Disinterested? Passive?

Why those are Dog Whistle Words!

ajacksonian on May 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Up next: shiftless.

de rigueur on May 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

He 100% knows my friends husband works at the ACLJ they are handling the IRS case for almost 30 groups and she says the scandal runs much deeper and wider and goes all the way to the Whitehouse she also says theres a paper trail. Its way beyond an IRS fishing expedition. Everything she’s ever said has been spot on. This isn’t reliant on house republicans because its a lawsuit with plaintiffs and witnesses and laws were broken. People were directly intimidated with tax records. Take this info for what you will as I don’t post often but was hoping to add a little piece of good news

ldbgcoleman on May 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Well, maybe we really have just scratched the surface. Somebody has made himself a lot of enemies.

txhsmom on May 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Anybody heard from I like the Crisp Crease in Obama’s pants David Brooks lately?

Yes, he was on History Channel talking about the 1980′s and made a comment about how people loved RR back then just like they Love Obama now.

Wallythedog on May 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Mexico has every reason to declare war on us, and would probably stand to get a quick apology from Barry and the land it lost in the Mexican American War ceded back to it….”
hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I believe that a certain state would have a real issue with the second part of your comment, considering they won their independence from Mexico before joining the United States…..

Tenwheeler on May 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

He used to do it all. Alas.

txhsmom on May 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Wow. I’m really kind of torn. Is he “too passive and disinterested to have had a direct role in these scandals” or it more sinister, does he know damn well what’s going on right under his nose and maybe had a hand in making it happen? OR, is he like Captain Queeg, “grappling, more and more disastrously, with a job too big for him.”

http://spectator.org/archives/2013/01/29/his-queeg-moment

scalleywag on May 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Rush talked this morning about the meme that Obama is too passive and distant and therefore is not personally responsible for these recent scandals.

Rush agreed that Obama might very well be uninvolved and passive, but said he doesn’t have to be anything else. He appointed radicals like himself to every governmental agency and department and then just waited for them to do their work.

Burke on May 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Experts and former officials say the White House’s laissez-faire approach to the Justice Department — adopted in part as a response to the politicization there under President George W. Bush — allowed prosecutors’ naturally aggressive tendencies to burst through unchecked…

And so it shall always and forever be In saecula saeculorum: IT’S BUSH’S FAULT!!!!

Any truth the rumor that the new version of 1984 that Amazon deleted and then restored to everyone’s Kindle replaced every reference to Emmanuel Goldstein with EvilbushchimpyhitlerBush?

de rigueur on May 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Disinterested? Passive?

Why those are Dog Whistle Words!

ajacksonian on May 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Up next: shiftless.

de rigueur on May 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

ur just a h8tr!!!!!

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

scalleywag on May 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

He’s going to crack. Or just withdraw further into the DC bubble. But if he comes out and addresses this stuff, it’s going to get weirder and weirder. The “worry balls” in Queeg’s hand will be, in Obama’s hands, it will be Rush Limbaugh, and Bush, and the Republicans, and CEOs, and Big Oil, and then the unfairness of wealth inequality. And then … it will come. From some of his top surrogates. The charges of Racism. Then you’ll know he’s really cracked.

Paul-Cincy on May 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

He and his Alinsky-Thugs-In-Power have been operating without impunity and deserve every nasty bit that comes their way.

Sir Napsalot on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

You mean with impunity.

cheeflo on May 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Mr. Dirty tells Obama to come clean?

How would they know?

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Obama doesn’t run the Chicago Bulls either but I can guarantee you he can tell you how many rebounds Boozer had Monday night (12).

He told us he knew more about everything than anybody. Did he only mean basketball and Beyonce’s favorite champagne?

IndieDogg on May 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

THOUGHTS: If all this is true…
1) This is the MOST INCOMPETENT, INGNORANT, INEFFICIENT & SCANDALOUS administration in U.S. History!

easyt65 on May 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

You

Button

Axeman on May 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

it will come. From some of his top surrogates. The charges of Racism. Then you’ll know he’s really cracked.

Paul-Cincy on May 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

And then…RACIST STRAWBERRIES!!

Axeman on May 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Mexico has every reason to declare war on us, and would probably stand to get a quick apology from Barry and the land it lost in the Mexican American War ceded back to it….”
hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I believe that a certain state would have a real issue with the second part of your comment, considering they won their independence from Mexico before joining the United States…

I’m sure a certain state would quickly reassert its right to independence in such a scenario.

As things stand now with our Imperial President’s criminal enterprise, it might be something to consider anyway.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Anybody else notice how Jon Stewart’s latest bit on Obama actually sets this argument up?

Keep that in mind next time you see Jon Stewart “criticizing” Obama.

Caiwyn on May 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

But people are more forgiving of a bumbling leader than of a corrupt politician. And staffers and bureaucrats can always be dispatched.

If that is the tact that he wants to take, he needs to start demanding resignations from the dispatchees immediately. I don’t see him doing that.

krome on May 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The “worry balls” in Queeg’s hand will be, in Obama’s hands
Paul-Cincy on May 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Carney’s next presser will rely on geometric logic to address the strawberries scandal.

whatcat on May 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

1) This is the MOST INCOMPETENT, IGNORANT, INEFFICIENT & SCANDALOUS administration in U.S. History!

Without a doubt. It would be a difficult, practically impossible, task for any succeeding administration to accomplish as much as this one has in that regard.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

But people are more forgiving of a bumbling leader

One touted as the most brilliant mind ever to occupy the White House?

Does. Not. Compute.

But for low info voters very little does.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Maybe this will be a teachable moment for the Democrats. Try someone with a little more experience next time around…you know, someone who has actually GOVERNED. Someone who is able to take charge from the bridge while the waves grow higher…like Hillary, hahahahahahahaha.

scalleywag on May 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

http://spectator.org/archives/2013/01/29/his-queeg-moment

scalleywag on May 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Thanks for posting that. The article mirrors my thoughts 100%. So I thought it was a really good read. (ha!) And I remember the movie, “The Caine Mutiny”, with Humphrey Bogart, and Van Johnson, and Fred MacMurray. Good acting and a great psychological study.

Obama’s second inauguration speech may be his Queeg moment — an undeniable demonstration that, in an emergency, he is incapable of grappling with reality. For all his unceasing invocation of the word “change,” the outstanding thing about Obama has been his apparent inability to react, even to an imminent crisis. Like Queeg, he stands frozen on the bridge as the waves grow higher, or obsesses over issues like homosexuals and women in the military as the typhoon rises.

Right on. The Titanic is headed for an iceberg, and he’s painting the deck chairs pink.

Paul-Cincy on May 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Quoth Allahpundit: “Or is it because the people steering know what direction he wants to go in?”

Exactly! See British historian Ian Kershaw’s Hitler biography where he speaks of Nazi underling officials “working towards the Führer!”

(Godwin’s law fulfilled, but it’s an apropos descriptor, or a less polite way of saying “permission structure.”)

rjm319 on May 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

It is funny that all this cr*p came down JUST after Obama went after Limbaugh.

Maybe someone IS protecting us, after all.

Jabberwock on May 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

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