Former IRS Commissioner visited WH more than twice as often as Eric Holder

posted at 10:01 am on May 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If you put together all of the White House visits by Cabinet members Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, and Hillary Clinton, you might approach the number accumulated by a non-Cabinet official from an agency in the news lately.  Douglas Shulman visited the White House far more often during the Obama administration than the closest members of Barack Obama’s own team, with perhaps six times as many visits as Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood:

Publicly released records show that embattled former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman visited the White House at least 157 times during the Obama administration, more recorded visits than even the most trusted members of the president’s Cabinet. …

An analysis by The Daily Caller of the White House’s public “visitor access records” showed that every current and former member of President Obama’s Cabinet would have had to rack up at least 60 more public visits to the president’s home to catch up with “Douglas Shulman.”

The visitor logs do not give a complete picture of White House access. Some high-level officials get cleared for access and do not have to sign in during visits. A Washington Post database of visitor log records cautions, “The log may include some scheduled visits that did not take place and exclude visits by members of Congress, top officials and others who are not required to sign in at security gates.”

The White House press office declined to comment on which visits by high-ranking officials do and do not get recorded in the visitor log, but it is probable that the vast majority of visits by major cabinet members do not end up in the public record.

Nevertheless, many visits by current and former cabinet members are in the logs, and the record depicts an IRS chief uniquely at home in the White House.

Why is this important?  Shulman ran the IRS when the targeting and harassing of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status began in March 2010 and extended through mid-2012.  Shulman testified twice before Congress in March 2012 that no targeting was taking place.  After the scandal broke, Shulman refused to take responsibility for it in Congressional testimony this week and claimed that no White House coordination took place in this effort.  The only White House visit Shulman could recall in detail was taking his kids to the Easter egg roll.

Clearly, Shulman was doing more than hunting eggs at the White House.  His successor, Steven Miller, barely has enough visits to get into double digits despite being on the job a year.  The Daily Caller’s chart shows so many visits by Shulman that it’s a wonder they weren’t charging him rent.  Spreading out 157 visits over less than four years — roughly 40 months — puts Shulman in the White House almost once a week from Barack Obama’s inauguration to Shulman’s exit in May 2012.

The massive number of visits raises serious questions about Shulman’s activities in the White House. As IRS commissioner, he reported to Tim Geithner at Treasury, not anyone in the West Wing. Shulman, in fact, had more than three times as many visits to the White House as his nominal boss.  What was the West Wing team telling Shulman?  What was Shulman telling the West Wing team on his weekly visits?  Looks like it will take a few more subpoenas to find out.


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Obama: Hey there Shully!

Shulman: Mr. President.

Obama: What brings you here today?

Shulman: I don’t recall.

Obama: I don’t remember either. See ya tomorrow!

NotCoach on May 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

“What would be some of the reasons you might be at the White House?” Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly asked Shulman during a congressional hearing last week.

“Um, the Easter Egg Roll with my kids,” Shulman replied. “Questions about the administrability of tax policy they were thinking of; our budget; us helping the Department of Education streamline application processes for financial aid.”

No, it wasn’t just eggs getting rolled.

Drained Brain on May 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

But..but…
Obama just learnt of the IRS scandal a few weeks ago..

So surely Shulman was at the WH to get recipes from Mooch..

Electrongod on May 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

NotCoach on May 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

[Jay] I know of three Sulmans at the WH..

Electrongod on May 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The only White House visit Shulman could recall in detail was taking his kids to the Easter egg roll.

dude visited the joint like I visit Starbucks….FFS, and he can only remember the Easter egg roll?? What’s he doing up there? Smokin’ doobie and plotting attacks on wingerz??

ted c on May 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I think it’s soooo cool Obama had so many Easter Egg Hunts…

…for the children(TM).

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Electrongod on May 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Yeah, but, how many different ways can you serve Vienna Sausages?

kingsjester on May 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Get a rope!

txdoc on May 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

The President just found out about these Visits this past
Monday, at a Memorial Day event to honor our fallen heroes..
..oh wait, he won’t find out he was at that “event” until this
Friday….

ToddPA on May 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Obama: Hey there Shully!

Shulman: Mr. President.

Obama: What brings you here today?

Shulman: I don’t recall.

Obama: I don’t remember either. See ya tomorrow!

NotCoach on May 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Shulman: What’s goin’ on in your administration?

Obama: I haven’t got a damn clue, hand me that paper, son!

ted c on May 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Okay, folks…

I’ll boil up the tar. Who’s plucking the chicken?

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

…well…you know this story will lead every newscast in the country…and front page news!/

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

But..but…
Obama just learnt of the IRS scandal a few weeks ago..

So surely Shulman was at the WH to get recipes from Mooch..

Electrongod on May 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Obama is a proven Liar – does anyone believe a word the man says anymore?

Galt2009 on May 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

The only White House visit Shulman could recall in detail was taking his kids to the Easter egg roll.

Not being able to recall is code for I can’t answer that honestly out of a fear of incriminating myself. Miller did the same thing, as did Holder. And Lerner didn’t even let it get that far, instead opting to take the 5th.

Obviously Shulman knows damn well what he discussed at the White House in those 157 meetings. And there’s no way the IRS targeting conservatives didn’t come up(it was likely the main topic most of the time). But if Shulman admits that, he puts himself at the center of this scandal and also ties Obama to it.

At some point it looks like Obama will be exposed as having known all along since it’s pretty obvious he DID know. The only question now is who will be the one to squeal.

Doughboy on May 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Hey, maybe Shulman is Obama’s Monica Lewinski and “Easter Egg hunt” is a euphemism for… well, you know the rest…

WordsMatter on May 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I think it’s soooo cool Obama had so many Easter Egg Hunts…

…for the children(TM).

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

A Sequester a day will keep the children away..

Electrongod on May 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Obama: “And, Shully…I want you to go after Billy Graham Ministries especially hard. We’ll teach that upstart Franklin about trying to expose my armed forces to Christianity.”

181 visits, and yet, Obama didn’t know anything.

Say goodnight, Gracie.

kingsjester on May 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

WordsMatter on May 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Please stop that – I’m all out of eye bleach…

Galt2009 on May 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

But he’s an evil bush appointee what’s he doing hanging out at the WH
/

cmsinaz on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Anyway to check on the audits of individuals by the IRS?
What percent of the audits were of people voter registered as Republicans?

albill on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

A Sequester a day will keep the children away..

Electrongod on May 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

ROTFL!

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

At some point it looks like Obama will be exposed as having known all along since it’s pretty obvious he DID know. The only question now is who will be the one to squeal.

Doughboy on May 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Looks to me that way too. It’s hard to imagine any way that the WH is not up to its eyeballs in this. The best the Dems can hope for is that Axelrod or ilk will take the fall, and Obama will plead ignorance.

petefrt on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Shulman was only there to see the tapestries.

What a herd of scumbags, sometimes I still have trouble believing that America managed to elect such a criminal grifter; it’s an amazing example of national regression.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

If your parents knew in advance that you would be their product of conception, would they have kept you?

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Umm…because every visitor is registered.

Idjit.

kingsjester on May 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

WordsMatter on May 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Please stop that – I’m all out of eye bleach…

Galt2009 on May 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Eye bleach hell… that calls for brain bleach.

SteveInRTP on May 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

…here’s Romney’s tax returns…here’s every thing to do with Michelle crazy eyes and her family…here’s copies of bank statements for Herman Cain…everything on the Palin family…here’s all the info you need NOT to grant waivers for Obama Care for THIS business… and THAT group…I would have the EPA go after THIS group…they gave BIG MONEY to the GOP….here’s….etc…etc….

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

It’s the White House dummy, not the local YMCA.

fogw on May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Marshmallow peeps are soooo irresistible.

trs on May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Not only did the WH know about this targeting, they were directing it. Whey else would he have visited so many times? Obama and company have treated political adversaries as THE enemy from the get go, and have been using the gov’t to harass and intimidate. It’s what this group of Chicago thugs knows best.

changer1701 on May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

If they have nothing to hide why are so many people refusing to answer questions or provide information?

Seriously, people like you who are so ready to shrug this off scare me.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

He was just giving O advice on how to lower his tax bill.

docflash on May 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

No mas pantalones!

D-fusit on May 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Idjit.

kingsjester on May 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

He’s not Idjit. He’s Chinese.

His real name is Wun Dum Fuk.

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Nary a peep on the lsm natch they rather talk about cooney who defied the bush administration instead

cmsinaz on May 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

noforeskin on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

…T R O L L C O T this dumbphuck!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

How are visits to the WH kept secret? What class at Harvard Law teaches you that?

NotCoach on May 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Why not?

No one cares what goes on in the WH with Obama there..

If on Bill Clinton had this power.

Electrongod on May 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

So as this thing gets closer to the POTUS, more stories about the “nefarious” and “likely illegal” activities of the Tea Parties will surface.

oldroy on May 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

If on Bill Clinton had this power.

Electrongod on May 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

if on???

If only….

Electrongod on May 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

noforeskin on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

…COME ON!…this one’s not worth …the sweat off of your ba11s!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

There’s that raw mental horsepower nurtured by Harvard Law school education.

oldroy on May 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

For security reasons, it’s required to log personnel entering the White House.

sentinelrules on May 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

If they have nothing to hide why are so many people refusing to answer questions or provide information?

Seriously, people like you who are so ready to shrug this off scare me.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Yeah, you’d think these useful idiots would at least be concerned about Shulman’s mental health since he can’t seem to remember anything about his past except for an Easter egg hunt.

NotCoach on May 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

If they have nothing to hide why are so many people refusing to answer questions or provide information?

Seriously, people like you who are so ready to shrug this off scare me.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

They love the fact that the democrat-run IRS is harassing conservatives. If they had their way, we’d all be sewing symbols to our clothes.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Lol liam

cmsinaz on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

To summarize…what began as a shining New Camelot…now consists of a bunch of tarnished empty suits of armor and an overbearing stench from the stables.

kingsjester on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Not to defend Schulman, but there is the adage, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

If the guy had just said he was working out how the IRS was going to work with ACA he would have at LEAST given a plausible reason for being there. It would be easy and believable.

Yet he didn’t even try to say that. Just nothing.

It is quite unbelievable that he would leave that slate blank.

Jabberwock on May 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

And, by the way, when Shill-man gets thrown under the bus, Juan Williams won’t be defending him.

oldroy on May 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Comey… dang it

cmsinaz on May 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

So as this thing gets closer to the POTUS, more stories about the “nefarious” and “likely illegal” activities of the Tea Parties will surface.

oldroy on May 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

He could go full-on Clinton and lob some cruise missiles at a condom factory in Pah-kee-stahn.

fogw on May 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Because contrary to what you might believe, the security arrangements at the WH are such that you can’t simply enter the building w/out checking in.

PackerBronco on May 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

They love the fact that the democrat-run IRS is harassing conservatives. If they had their way, we’d all be sewing symbols to our clothes.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I don’t give them that much credit. The general attitude of most of this administration is stone-hearted callousness and the rule of law not applying to them, they would skip the sewing and move on to the next step.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

We have a Homework assignment for you.

Look up the word “hubris”

(P.S., why did Nixon Tape Record his conversations with
H.R. Bob Haldeman, among others)??

ToddPA on May 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

They love the fact that the democrat-run IRS is harassing conservatives. If they had their way, we’d all be sewing symbols to our clothes.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

A red “B” for Bubba.

oldroy on May 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

can’t get to the link now but there is a video of Colorado students signing a thank you card to the irs for targeting conservative groups

cmsinaz on May 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Because contrary to what you might believe, the security arrangements at the WH are such that you can’t simply enter the building w/out checking in.

PackerBronco on May 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

But, but, but, I watched this movie called Dave where they had this secret tunnel underneath the WH!

NotCoach on May 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

He could go full-on Clinton and lob some cruise missiles at a condom factory in Pah-kee-stahn.

fogw on May 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

No, it will be Syria. He and Hillary have to have a cover story for the Libyan weapons.

oldroy on May 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Compare and contrast Shulman’s visits to the White House with past IRS directors. Limit it to going back to Carter.

rbj on May 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

The massive number of visits raises serious questions about Shulman’s activities in the White House. As IRS commissioner, he reported to Tim Geithner at Treasury, not anyone in the West Wing. Shulman, in fact, had more than three times as many visits to the White House as his nominal boss. What was the West Wing team telling Shulman? What was Shulman telling the West Wing team on his weekly visits? Looks like it will take a few more subpoenas to find out.

There can be no innocent explanations for this.

How soon before Executive Privilege is invoked by the most transparent admin in US history?

farsighted on May 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I wish I had the stamina to take body shots and uppercuts all day long like NonPee, my time in Sturgis would be so much more interesting.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Because they didn’t think they’d get caught? Because they knew folks like you would dismiss/excuse it away?

changer1701 on May 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

If they have nothing to hide why are so many people refusing to answer questions or provide information?

Seriously, people like you who are so ready to shrug this off scare me.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

They shrugged off the implications of Universal Registration – Oh no, that’s not going to lead to Universal Confiscation…they say.

They shrugged off the implications of the Obama regime targeting Free-speech and freedom of association with blatant denials that this wasn’t the case.

They shrugged off the implications of the Obama regime going after freedom of religion in Obamacare.

And they shrugged off the implications of the Obama regime going after freedom of the press.

How much Tyranny is too much for them?

Galt2009 on May 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Not to defend Schulman, but there is the adage, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

0bama’s not that smart.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Okay, folks…

I’ll boil up the tar. Who’s plucking the chicken?

Liam on May 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

The MSM…..oh, you said PLucking the chicken

Sekhmet on May 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Because easter eggs…stop the H8 or something….

workingclass artist on May 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

[nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM]

You have the seed of a reasonable question, though I would ask if Shulman was colluding with the WH, why would he go to the WH so often?

Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

So why is the Easter Egg Roll the only visit he recalls? If I’m going to the White House, I’m going to have a reason for doing so. I’d expect more detail about those other 156 times.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance? But remember, I am NOT a Democrat!

partisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Records are kept of all White House visitors. After all, you folks breathlessly kept track of every single time certain people visited Chimpy Bush’s White House.

PS, while Chimpy Bush was President, the head of the IRS visited the White House 1 time in 4 years.

F-

Del Dolemonte on May 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Val Jarr is in biiiiiig trouble…

mjbrooks3 on May 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Funny. With a Republican in office, the IRS Commish visits once in four years. With a Democrat in the House, it’s once a week.

Pretty good metaphor, that.

Jabberwock on May 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

The only White House visit Shulman could recall in detail was taking his kids to the Easter egg roll.

Clearly, Shulman was doing more than hunting eggs at the White House.

“hunting eggs” is code speak for hunting down and crushing anyone who opposes this admin.

This Shulman guy reminds me of those guys you see wearing trench coats and flashing folks in the park. He just looks smarmy. In other words if it looks like a snake and acts like a snake it must be a Democrat.

neyney on May 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

I would like to answer “because it’s the law”, unfortunately the Obama administration doesn’t care about the law………….so heck, I don’t know.

Tater Salad on May 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

The massive number of visits raises serious questions about Shulman’s activities in the White House. As IRS commissioner, he reported to Tim Geithner at Treasury, not anyone in the West Wing.

What about Valerie Jarrett?

Sekhmet on May 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Hmmmmmm….

“Did Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction Minister Mohammad I. Shtayyeh ask Obama to use the IRS to target pro-Israeli groups?

That is the question Rick Richman of Commentary magazine is asking.

He believes it is possible because of things Shtayyeh said to then-head of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee, Saeb Erekat in 2009:

We should focus on the government incentives to settlers: loans without interest, land for free, agricultural subsidies in the Jordan valley. We can’t stop a pregnant lady from having a baby, but look at what we can do. We should look at the 501(c)3 organizations in the States that make donations to settlers. Let the U.S. administration investigate this.

The first part of Shtayyeh’s statement regarded Israeli government incentives, which are no longer viable because Israel ended them “during the Bush administration.”

But the focus on 501(c)3 organizations is another story altogether, given the recent IRS scandal and evidence that the IRS singled out pro-Israel groups such as Z Street, which is now suing the agency over its failure to grant 501(c)3 status…”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/05/29/Did-Palestinians-Ask-IRS-To-Go-After-Pro-Israeli-501-c-3-Orga

workingclass artist on May 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

So THAT’S why Lerner took the 5th, she didn’t want to reveal that she had forced a couple of little kids to give her the Easter Eggs they had found in the Rose Garden.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I wish I had the stamina to take body shots and uppercuts all day long like NonPee, my time in Sturgis would be so much more interesting.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

His stamina was impressive, but he’s starting to flag.

NotCoach on May 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

0bama’s not that smart.

[CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM]

Why do you say that?

Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Ted Cruz “isn’t letting a crisis go to waste”, he’s out with ads promoting the abolishment of the IRS.

Tater Salad on May 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Potential enemies must be eliminated. Loyalty over competence is the hallmark of a dictatorship.

http://sofrep.com/21395/john-brennans-political-purges-within-the-cia/

Wigglesworth on May 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Obama is a proven Liar – does anyone believe a word the man says anymore?

Galt2009 on May 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Liberals will believe any lie and just run with it…look at the HA trolls, MSLSD, NPR, etc…they just love their ideology that much.

Question Authority? Not when it’s the w0n.

kirkill on May 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Chris Christie is going to be sooo jealous!

kirkill on May 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Question Authority? Not when it’s the w0n.

kirkill on May 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

A couple, like sequesteredbrain and HAL, embrace the lies and thuggery and celebrate them.

NotCoach on May 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I’m harking back to the OJ Simpson trial. OJ had a housekeeper named Rosa Lopez. Many folks think she knew more about the murders then she was letting on. She had been in this country for over 20 years but when trial time came she all of a sudden couldn’t speak English. To every question she was asked by the prosecution she replied “No me recuirdo” (forgive any misspellings) or “I don’t remember”. OJ got off but poor old Rosa didn’t. I believe she was deported.

Here’s hoping that all those who answer “I don’t remember” get deported….straight into a prison cell with a big guy named Tiny who thinks they are cute.

neyney on May 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

0bama’s not that smart.

[CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM]

Why do you say that?

Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Because he’s ruled by his own narcissism. He wouldn’t let anyone near him who isn’t licking his shoes. He would never think to keep his opponents close enough to keep tabs on them.

CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?

nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Jay Carney is that you?

gwelf on May 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

NotCoach on May 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Sadly, I work with a few people like that. So frustrating to hear them spout the lies as fact.

kirkill on May 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Val Jarr is in biiiiiig trouble…

mjbrooks3 on May 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

No. ValJar is untouchable. She is the REB’s brain, and she only goes down if the REB goes down. She lives with Mooch and the REB in the White House, so nothing is ever done in writing with her.

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Not to defend Schulman, but there is the adage, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Why would Comrade O consider Schulman an enemy, much less one he had to talk to face-to-face every week?

farsighted on May 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

‘Anyway, I will be more than happy and proud of Obama if he was behind the IRS targeting these anti USA “conservative” groups. They all need to be investigated.’

– HotAirLib on May 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

‘You must really think I give a f@$k. As long as Obama is doing all he can to investigate and rid America off these anti USA tea party groups, I am fine.’

– HotAirLib on May 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

‘Why the heck did Obama fire this guy? This is the part of Obama that pisses me off.’

– HotAirLib on May 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM

‘Once again I applaud the president and the attorney general for finally having the guts to investigate this anti American media outfit.’

HotAirLib on May 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Fortunately, his whole ‘I love America, civil liberties, the First Amendment, and patriotism’ exposed and his position has been rejected by the majority of Americans, as evidenced by this amongst other polls AND the FACT that MSNBC’s ratings are in free-fall – SEVEN YEAR LOW. HAL, MSNBC, and other Progressives are not only galatically out of touch with the American people, but have destroyed whatever credibility they had left by defending the unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, unethical, and Un-American actions of the Obama administration…in particular, the defence of the Obama IRS targeting opponents. Even for many Liberals, the Obama administration is, at best, ‘Jimmy-Carter-incompetent’ and, at worse, is criminally corrupt and has outdone Bush by miles.

Resist We Much on May 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Back in 2006, the right-wing New York Times was all over visits to the WH made by Jack Abramoff:

Newly disclosed White House visitor logs involving the lobbyist Jack Abramoff refer to a 2001 visit in which Mr. Abramoff talked with Karl Rove, President Bush’s top political adviser, about hiring two people for jobs at the Interior Department, a Bush administration official said Wednesday night.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the Justice Department’s continuing investigation of Mr. Abramoff’s illegal lobbying, said that neither person got a job at the Interior Department, an agency of special interest to Mr. Abramoff because of his multimillion lobbying work on behalf of Indian tribe gambling operations.

The Far Right hate group Media Matters also jumped on the story:

During the Public Broadcasting Service’s live coverage of the Senate hearing on the nomination of Gen. Michael V. Hayden for CIA director, New York Times columnist David Brooks claimed that disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff visited the White House “twice, in 2001 and 2004,” citing recently released Secret Service visitor logs. But as Media Matters for America previously noted, the White House has acknowledged several Abramoff visits not mentioned in the logs, and the White House and the Secret Service have both admitted that the records released “would not present a complete picture of Abramoff’s” visits.

Del Dolemonte on May 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

[CurtZHP on May 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM]

Going to the WH does not mean talking to (being near) Obama and his narcissism does not necessarily extend to his staff in charge of keeping tabs on people.

Finally, it is rather obvious by now that the WH is really into keeping tabs on people, so “keeping tabs” on Schulman is more likely, not less so.

Or keeping him busy. That’s an option, too. The WH likes squirrels.

Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Not to defend Schulman, but there is the adage, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Eureka! That explains why he contributed to Democrats and not Republicans. He needed to pay ‘protection money’ to the Democrats when, for example in 2004, the Republicans controlled the White House, both chambers of Congress, and there was a majority of conservatives on the Supreme Court.

Gotcha.

Resist We Much on May 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

The IRS State Sponsored Health Care Rationing Enforcement Death Panel Swat Team is here to coerce you into a blissful state wellness.

SparkPlug on May 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Of wellness.

SparkPlug on May 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

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