Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

While denying involvement in high crimes and misdemeanors, the Obama administration appears to be pleading guilty to lesser crimes of bureaucratic incompetence. But that is an unsustainable position for a president who wants Americans to believe again in the power and grace of good government, particularly as it relates to the implementation of Obamacare.

–IRS agents targeted conservatives. Their bosses lied about it for months.

–Justice Department investigators violated internal guidelines to secretly spy on The Associated Press.

–White House and State Department officials minimized their role in shaping initial explanations for the Benghazi attack…

The backdrop to this parade of buffoonery is a decades-long decline in the public’s faith in government, a trend continued under Obama. Restoring the public’s trust in his governance is the only way Obama can survive the controversies with his agenda and legacy intact.

***

Benghazi. The IRS targeting the Tea Party. Feds snooping on the Associated Press. These dizzying controversies around the Obama administration all carry the same lesson:

Watch what you say

All of these stories broke this month. But the Obama team has shown intolerance to dissent from the beginning. Remember during the Obamacare debate when the White House asked Americans to report any “fishy” emails about the health care bill? Linda Douglass, communications director for Obama’s Office of Health Reform, said at the time her job includes collecting “disinformation” about Obamacare — probably stuff like, if you like your health plan, you might not be able to keep it.

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Richard Milhous Nixon was thin-skinned, felt persecuted by the opposition party, had a penchant for classifying political adversaries — and journalists — as “enemies,” and tried to control his image so fiercely that, ultimately, zealous aides committed illegal acts to further his re-election.

But even before that had happened — and before Nixon himself began directing a coverup — truth had become a casualty of his administration. This is the parallel between Richard Nixon and Barack Obama

In the Obama administration, it’s not uncommon for a White House press official to scream profanely over the phone at journalists whose stories they dislike, plant questions from friendly media outlets, and deny access to briefings to reporters who ask tough questions. This administration has aggressively used the Justice Department to ferret out news leaks, declared open season on a media organization out of sync with his philosophy (Fox News), and routinely questioned the professionalism of reporters and the patriotism of the opposition political party. That disquieting sound you hear is an echo from the Nixon years…

Like Nixon, Obama also fancies himself a press critic. Although the man received press coverage in 2008 and 2012 that Nixon would have killed for, there are considerable irritants out there, including radioman Rush Limbaugh, but primarily Fox News, which Obama and his aides have attempted to delegitimize by name.

In so doing, Obama has actually gone places in public Nixon only dared go in private.

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But presidents also wield power by influencing those who deeply admire, strongly identify with or highly respect them. This is referent power, which focuses on ability to exploit others’ trust.

Celebrities — with no formal power and little expertise — wield influence through referent power; some people feel so close to and trustful of celebrities that they act upon their perceptions of what a celebrity wants them to do.

“To be clear, referent power does not work through order, command or threat,” Nichols explained. “Instead, it works through suggestion and the creativity of the fawning admirer.”

We don’t know yet how involved the White House was in today’s scandals. Yet, at a minimum, they suggest a government — from the State Department to the CIA, the military leadership, the IRS and Justice — filled with sycophants under the sway of Obama’s referent power.

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[I]t’s important to consider these events in their broader context of the Obama administration’s long-running war against the free press. Last year, Bloomberg reported that Attorney General Eric Holder “has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft.” The administration has also received a failing grade for its ignoring of Freedom of Information Act requests.

Taken together, all such actions have a toll. They mean that federal officials are less likely to blow the whistle on government wrongdoing and that journalists are less likely to obtain damning information that they can pass along to the public. The suggestion by the DOJ that Rosen broke the law, if followed to its logical conclusion, would mean the end of investigative journalism in America.

During his first term, liberal journalists often remarked at how “scandal free” the administration was, despite Solyndra, Fast and Furious and other revelations. But maybe what really happened is that the administration’s concerted effort to suppress the reporting of news was actually quite successful.

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I think that critiques that focus on the government’s size miss an important factor. This isn’t just a problem of bigness or smallness. It’s a problem of power.

When public servants have the power to make life difficult for narrowly defined groups of people—their political enemies, or disfavored causes, or people on the wrong side of a national discussion—they’ll end up using, and abusing, that power. It’s all but inevitable, whatever the reason. Sometimes they’ll do it because they’re out to punish their foes. Sometimes because they honestly believe it’s the fairest and most reasonable way to do their jobs. Sometimes because they’re mean and petty people. Sometimes because they think they’re making the nation a better place for all. Sometimes because they’re instructed to do so from on high. Sometimes because they’re not given enough instruction. Sometimes because they’re just plain incompetent.

It’s not that the reasons don’t matter at all. They do. But in some ways the particular reasons miss the larger point. Power will find a reason. It always does.

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When I look at Obama’s travails, he seems to be suffering less from a Nixon complex than a Harding syndrome, after the ill-fated Warren G. Harding…

Harding has been blamed for an illegal kickback scheme at the Veterans Bureau and the infamous Teapot Dome scandal that sent his secretary of interior, Albert Fall, to prison. In fact, Harding was involved in no wrongdoing whatsoever regarding these scandals. When Harding got the first whiffs of illicit activity, he was outraged and demanded answers. A trusting man, he took those involved at their word and proceeded to play his weekend golf games, and then took a trip to Alaska, on which he died. Because he had failed to take more decisive action, history has blamed him for scandals that developed after his death. Harding’s lack of action ruined his presidency…

In the tradition of Harding, Obama played golf this past weekend and instructed his staff to largely ignore the emerging scandals. Yet as many presidents discover to their chagrin, inattention won’t end a scandal; it’s more likely to do the opposite.

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Obama debuted on the political scene with an atmosphere of messianic excitement. A July 2008 column by Mark Morford in the San Francisco Chronicle asked, with no detectable sarcasm, whether Obama was a “Lightworker” — described as “that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet.”

These moments, when self-righteousness shines from every pore, are probably when politicians should be most careful — and since they rarely are, these are the moments when the public should be most vigilant. For almost every scandal is rooted in the belief that what you and your allies are doing is so good, so noble and so necessary that it can justify some moral shortcuts

Good screenwriters know every villain believes he is the hero of his own story. The human capacity for self-justification can be pretty epic even outside a highly charged political atmosphere in which each side sees itself as the living embodiment of everything that makes America great — and the other side as a motley amalgamation of petty, corrupt, selfish special interests.

And now, we see what happens when an administration and the ranks of the federal bureaucracy become filled with folks who are convinced they can cut some corners because they’re doing the Lord’s work. Or, perhaps, the Lightworker’s work.

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The fact that likability covers a multitude of sins shouldn’t surprise us. Nor should we be surprised that perception is reality. As Postman also argued, “the dishonor that now shrouds Richard Nixon results not from the fact that he lied but that on television he looked like a liar.”

Richard Nixon was never Mr. Charisma, and he eventually grew to look like a crook. But that wasn’t always the case. Don’t forget, Nixon was (to borrow a phrase) likable enough to win his 1972 re-election by a landslide. But there is something about being relentlessly attacked — and watching your power slowly erode — that takes the polish off of even the world-class politicians. And when the press turns on you, too, you’re probably toast.

And it may be that that the decline of Barack Obama is likewise a work in progress. This is not to say he will meet the same fate as Richard Nixon, but it is to say that Nixon didn’t become Nixon over night, but over years. We are now on just week two of the convergence of three scandals. And there is reason to believe we might see a week three.

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Via Mediaite.


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Prayers for Oklahoma….

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

did i

burrata on May 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Good evening HA’ers, it is a sad day for us in OK…

Prayers are needed…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Good evening Ken! Good to see you :-)

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Prayers for Oklahoma….

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Amen !

burrata on May 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Any jackie sightings yet?

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Dubyah is probably guffawing loudly while reading his upside-down copy of “My Pet Goat”.

The Left has always told us that Profiling is Evil. But this proves that Orwell was right.

Del Dolemonte on May 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Not yet Cindy, am hoping Axe was able to contact her…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

“I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babiesBenghazi, IRS or AP scandals!” -President Prissy

Brat on May 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Michelle Malkin: Spot on as usual!

SouthernGent on May 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

…D!CK…!

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Healing Beams from New Hampshire, Scrumpy!

Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Good Ole Oklahoma

Del Dolemonte on May 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Just take a look at the titles of 3 of the articles that I posted on my blog in the last 24 hours:

Oh, My…Just When You Thought That It Couldn’t Get Any Worse… Obama’s IRS Went After A Survivor Of A Japanese Concentration Camp For Her Political Speech

Greenwald: Obama’s War On Journalism Escalates

Obama’s Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’

Can you believe you are reading titles like that in America in 2013?

They are straight out of Putin’s Russia or the Socialist Utopia of Venezuela.

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Thank you for the song! It was so sweet :-)

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Pretty easy to have that “tough guy stare” pansy, when surrounded by bodyguards, a press for air cover and a staff that will suck ya.

arnold ziffel on May 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Excellent VDH…

It CAN Happen Here

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM

They will have us all doing perfect Bellamy Salutes soon enough.

tom daschle concerned on May 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM

For IT can happen HERE!

Thank you, wonderful blog!

Wonderful person writing it too :-)

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Good evening Ken! Good to see you :-)

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

So glad you are safe!!!

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Thanks. Have you seen this?

Pics of the Day: Meet ‘Mr Balls’

lol

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

I think that Obamagate is much, much worse than Watergate. I’m not an expert on WG but in that case Nixon violated the rights of a professional political opponent. What Obama did was violate the rights of the majority of American citizens that he supposedly swore an oath to serve. For example the difference between a foreign enemy attacking military targets verses civilian targets. Nixon was a relatively honorable crook, by comparison, because he attacked those best equipped to defend themselves and fight back whereas Obama is more like a despicable terrorist who attacked innocent civilians. That alone makes this a far greater offense than Watergate, IMO, and that is only one of many weighty factors making Obama’s corruption far, far worse.

FloatingRock on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

100 miles away but it still hurts my heart and soul…

Thank you Ken, am worried about Jackie…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh boy!! I HAVE now!! ;-)

Big Nasty Hairy B4lls!!!

Hahahahaha

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Nixonian?

Caponian. Mussolinian.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Thank you Ken, am worried about Jackie…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Me too.

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Obama has gone so far beyond Nixon that calling him Nixonian is absurd.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

FloatingRock on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

YES it does!!

He is a dispicable scumbag…

* spit *

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Today Jay Nordlinger wrote that instead of saying Obama is Nixonian, we should rather say that Nixon had an Obamanesque streak.

INC on May 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Restoring the public’s trust in his governance is the only way Obama can survive the controversies with his agenda and legacy intact.

OK sparky, tell us how he does that since his administration and he were the direct beneficiaries of each of those scandals? Only way to restore trust is to resign and sweep the whole administration out the door and fire about 80% of all the employees at IRS, DOJ, State, and BATFE.

You don’t get it, Obama and his administration revealed the iron fist behind the velvet glove and demonstrated how it could be used to attack their political enemies. Even their sycophants in the press were not spared this demonstration. The American people are seeing this. Whether they remember it past next week is the real question. I think because the IRS was involved, they will remember for quite a while.

AZfederalist on May 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

It is isn’t it…

Hmmmm The Barackian Scandals!!

The Obamian Scandals!

The Hussainian Scandals…

He is a dirtbag…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

I’m glad that you laughed…and are safe. Has anyone heard from Jackie?

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM

AZfederalist on May 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I am with ya on this!

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Axe said he was gonna check, but since then have not heard anything Sophie…

Hope Axe shows up soon!

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Today Jay Nordlinger wrote that instead of saying Obama is Nixonian, we should rather say that Nixon had an Obamanesque streak.

INC on May 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Nixon was an only partially function early prototype of Obama.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:05 PM

The backdrop to this parade of buffoonery is a decades-long decline in the public’s faith in government, a trend continued under Obama.

a trend continued? Hell, he’s installed an express lane…..

ted c on May 20, 2013 at 11:07 PM

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Yes, and Nixon was smart, competent and wasn’t set on fundamentally transforming the country into wreckage.

INC on May 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

During his first term, liberal journalists often remarked at how “scandal free” the administration was, despite Solyndra, Fast and Furious and other revelations. But maybe what really happened is that the administration’s concerted effort to suppress the reporting of news was actually quite successful.

oh haaaaayyyy! let’s hear some more about that now.

ted c on May 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Watching TV–it’s a hard, hard night for some parents in OK. Prayers for them and for the state.

INC on May 20, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Nixon was an only partially function early prototype of Obama.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Not to really defend Tricky but he had over twenty years of the press effin with him and so was justifiably pissed/ concerned. Yet he tried to get along–EPA, whatever and it really helped him.

arnold ziffel on May 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

I thought all of this was irrelevant?????? An I wrong? I saw it on the internet.

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

When Harding got the first whiffs of illicit activity, he was outraged and demanded answers.

No, the first thing you do is start firing. Everyone. Obama refuses to. That tells us he knows all about it.

Oh, and James Rosen. Have a nice day.

John the Libertarian on May 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Obama is much more pathological than Nixon. Nixon was paranoid, yet the press was in fact out to get him. 90% of the media worships Obama, yet he obsesses over the remaining 10%.

Basilsbest on May 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

OK needs prayers and help.

SparkPlug on May 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Yes, and Nixon was smart, competent and wasn’t set on fundamentally transforming the country into wreckage.

INC on May 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

I can’t think of a single U.S. President, even Jimmy Carter, who does not now look pretty good by comparison to Barack Insane-Hussein Obama.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

There’s no way we’re going to be able to impeach Obama without the MSM’s help. I hope they’ll do the responsible thing and lead the way, but assuming they won’t I think doing it without them will do more harm to the cause of freedom and liberty than good. Just because something is the responsible and right thing to do doesn’t mean it’s the politic thing to do, unfortunately.

I think what Rush said today, that we need to target big-gov more so than Obama is probably right, but more specifically we need to target the IRS and the DOJ. Why hasn’t Rush and other conservative commentators called to abolish the IRS yet? Why haven’t they begun the process of informing their audiences that the IRS has been abused by both sides since the beginning? Heck, Rush gave the impression today that Obama is the first POTUS to abuse the IRS gestapo and that everything would be fine if only we replace Obama. It was just naked, obvious partisanship, IMO. Instead of trying to get rid of Obama we need to get rid of the IRS, and by so doing get rid of Obamacare in the process.

The IRS was created when fascism and communism was rife in the world, including America. It doesn’t belong in a free country and needs to end. Why aren’t people on our side helping their audiences make it so?

Is it because most of them advertise a certain Tax Resolution service that relies on the IRS?

FloatingRock on May 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Good evening Sparky!

I did somthing with your words of last evening :-)

Hope you like it :)

A strange energy has begun
To waift around the ethereal space
And it gets lodged inside
The cracks and fissures
And fills the lowland hollows.

Its a myst-like vapour
An essence wholly lacking in mirth
Yet so full of what makes life
Tick like a clock keeping time
Silent dripping sounds.

The hollows scream out
Searching for the light
Suffuses those who know
The flames never die
Cracks and fissures cry we are alive!

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

I thought all of this was irrelevant?????? An I wrong? I saw it on the internet.

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

.
I heard it through the grapevine … : )

listens2glenn on May 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Now would be a really fun time to see shrillary in a real interview..Never happen.

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Very Nice!

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Thanks! Hope Sparky likes it :)

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

If there isn’t even talk about impeaching Obama, it will just reinforce his belief that he can get away with anything.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Thanks! Hope Sparky likes it :)

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

He will. He has impeccable taste.

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

We are seeing the results of an adoring State Run Media…it threatens our country’s existence.

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

.
Very Nice!

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

.
Edgar Allen Poe ? … I thought you were dead !

listens2glenn on May 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I’m willing to bet that >90% of tea partiers would like nothing better than for Rush, Beck, Levin and others to help us all eliminate the IRS and replace it with a national sales tax, whether the GOP establishment and/or advertisers like it or not.

FloatingRock on May 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM

I heard it through the grapevine … : )

listens2glenn on May 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Hi L2G. My site’s in there compiling. I added your YouTube channel into my blog roll. Basically, I deleting all my bookmarks and everything, and anything I want to keep, I’m sticking into Sketchbook.

But none of this matters. What matters is this: while I was scripting you in, it occurred to me that you could link your own YouTube channel through your nick. Have you ever thought about it? You aren’t using your nick; it might be wasted opportunity. Maybe go blue? :)

Anyway, wanted to mention it.

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Yep, Benghazi is the one they fear…

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Prayers for Oklahoma!…..

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

*I’m deleting

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Pics of the Day: Meet ‘Mr Balls’

lol

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

You are supposed to support them underneath with the hand in the pic. In my case you need two hands and a strong back. ;) Love you RWM.

arnold ziffel on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

The OKC devastation just makes my heart hurt.

The Obama stuff makes me angry.

gophergirl on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I hope that people would Please Remember This – Benghazi is The ONLY SCANDAL That Matters……

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Nope.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I hope that people would Please Remember This – Benghazi is The ONLY SCANDAL That Matters……

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Using the IRS to destroy the opposition isn’t a scandal?

tom daschle concerned on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Why hasn’t Rush and other conservative commentators called to abolish the IRS yet?

FloatingRock on May 20, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Mark Levin has called for the IRS to be abolished multiple times on his radio show.

wren on May 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Thanks. Have you seen this?

Pics of the Day: Meet ‘Mr Balls’

lol

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

This poor girl.

*sigh*

Needs some serious boyfriend.

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Any word from Jackie yet?

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Mark Levin has called for the IRS to be abolished multiple times on his radio show.

wren on May 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

I will be impressed when he calls for Marco Rubio to be abolished.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:27 PM

arnold ziffel on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Got any eye bleach!! Lmao…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Mark Levin has called for the IRS to be abolished multiple times on his radio show.

wren on May 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Good, I hope we can get a chorus going and sustain it through ’14 and ’16.

FloatingRock on May 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Pics of the Day: Meet ‘Mr Balls’

lol

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Trying to make up for the squirrel pic?

AZfederalist on May 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM

They must think they have Dear Leader insulated on the IRS scandal…if some reporters other than Fox News were effected that scandal might catch fire…

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

You are supposed to support them underneath with the hand in the pic. In my case you need two hands and a strong back. ;) Love you RWM.

arnold ziffel on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Snort.

Love you, too.

[See old Axe Jonesing for the position?]

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Restoring the public’s trust in his governance is the only way Obama can survive the controversies with his agenda and legacy intact.

Would this qualify as a tautology? It’s certainly a no-brainer.

I suppose he could conceivably restore trust in his governance vis-a-vis the scandals of his own doing that now plague him, but that doesn’t necessarily mean either or both his agenda and legacy will survive intact as those will depend on his the fruits of his agenda.

In any event, it’s nice to muse on this idea, but there’s not much he can do to restore that trust. He is who he is; a tiger can’t change his stripes. He can recover a bit if things don’t keep piling up, but, again, he’s predisposed to instigating piles.

Dusty on May 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

I am predicting this :

1. By tomorrow evening , we will be treated to some wonderful pics of Hussein and his courtiers in the Situation room, looking very very concerned.

2. Donks and Soros hacks will saturate the media with talking points like —
it’s a national tragedy, we have to come together etc etc..

3. Hussein will read a speech about how he and mooch are devastated by the tragedy in OK, maybe even fly there later , in that swanky plane to read another speech at some memorial service .

4. Media will have no time to even report on Hussein the tyrant because now he is the consoler-in-chief.

5. By Wednesday evening, some hollywood type will initiate a telethon or something.

6. McCain and Rubio , verrrry quietly get the amnesty done to help out their friends and stab America in the back.

7. Hussein becomes a national hero in mehico and Dagestan.

8. We still don’t know who killed 4 Americans in Benghazi while Hussein partys and vacays and golfs on our dime .

And that is the end of the week on Sunday.

burrata on May 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Yes, and Nixon was smart, competent and wasn’t set on fundamentally transforming the country into wreckage.

INC on May 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

One other interesting twist in the comparisons between Nixon and the REB, -the election of 1960 was stolen from Nixon by a democratic, and the election of 2012 was stolen by the REB from a Republican.

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Trying to make up for the squirrel pic?

AZfederalist on May 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM

What squirrel picture???

I have absolutely no idea to what you could be referring, my dear man.

lol

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Lila said she would help mediate yours and Sophie’s relationship, she has the credentials you know;) Also, when your ready she is ready to start featuring you on Wednesdays.

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I keep getting this feeling that something big is going to happen somewhere in the world that will take all the air out of these scandals…some are getting too close to the White House.

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Using the IRS to destroy the opposition isn’t a scandal?

tom daschle concerned on May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Never said that – neither does the article. Of course it’s a scandal – but ask yourself this:

Why did Three Other Scandals that have been ongoing for 9 months or longer – and been IGNORED by The Media for over 9 months show up on The Media’s Radar ALL OF A SUDDEN and ALL IN THE SAME WEEK? and RIGHT when The Truths of Benghazi were becoming evident?

Coincidence?

Or more use of The Media by the political experts in The Political Art of Distraction?

Do you Think that ANY of these “Scandals” will RESULT in ANYTHING? They weren’t PICKED by Obama and his COHORTS in The Media because they would LEAD anywhere!

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM

READ the Article……

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM

I hope Dear Leader does not try to use the OK disaster…

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

AXE! Heard from Jackie??

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Hey, Scrumpy —- how is yourself tonight?

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Joseph Curl ‏@josephcurl 7h

CIA source says Fox News scandal the “4th Shoe”; says it goes much deeper; says WH also sitting on “something” that has top aides terrified.

Joseph Curl ‏@josephcurl 7h

says only a few in WH know that “something” — “It’s been deep sixed, like Osama bin Laden.” Will there be a Fifth Shoe?! #ImeldaObama

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

I hope Dear Leader does not try to use the OK disaster…

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

The Media is ALREADY Calibrating the Spin as we Speak – don’t you KNOW that?

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Dear Spritely One, I’m fine. I’ve been out all day and just got back home. I donated blood and cash. I thought you knew…I’m not near OK City. I’m near Tulsa. Thank you for being concerned about my welfare. You’re the best. :)

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM

I am good ty! Heart sick tho…

How’s you?

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I certainly hope she jumps in on the next open registration.

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Just saw this on our FB page .. posted about an hour ago ..

First Response Team of America
Police escorts brought us and our gear to the collapsed school. Setting up light towers and plasma cutter now to look for children.

They’re still working at the school.
Parents still waiting.
:-(

pambi on May 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

I am good ty! Heart sick tho…

How’s you?

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Heartsick! Over Okla? Jackie is okay?

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Sounds as if the CIA might be fighting back here…but I’m sure none of the Senior aides told Dear Leader. He doesn’t like to hear bad news…but nothing happens at the White House without Valerie Jarrett’s involvement.

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Obama redeemed Nixon. Nixon didn’t come close to this kind of thuggery. The dam hasn’t even cracked, yet. Tje CYA will not be made a scapegoat. That was a bad move.

Obama also did for the TEA party what it never could do for itself.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Oh I am so glad you are here!! I know where you are hon, but the way things looked, it was getting awful close to you!!

Such a sad day for us… I can’t donate blood, but did the cash.

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Yes over Moore OK… the loss and devastation, and Jackie is OK!!

See above!!

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Just….:-)

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Jackie is safe. Sad day for many people.

SparkPlug on May 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

nothing happens at the White House without Valerie Jarrett’s involvement.

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

…..without her APPROVAL!!

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Rule 1: Don’t piss off the spooks.

Rule 2: Never forget rule 1.

can_con on May 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

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