Just in case you thought Hillary might be indicted, Obama spent the weekend socializing with her and Bill

posted at 11:21 am on August 17, 2015 by Allahpundit

Not just socializing, I should note, but socializing in public, an implicit reminder to the DOJ and intelligence community that Hillary Clinton’s prospects are important to him and his party. When was the last time the subject of an FBI investigation that’s on the front page of newspapers across the country got to party with the president the same week?

This is Obama fully embracing the DGAF atmosphere of the end of his second term. Who cares if there’s an appearance of impropriety here? What are you going to do, impeach him?

President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton chatted briefly Saturday evening in Martha’s Vineyard, according to a White House official.

The two were both guests at Civil Rights activist and long-time Democratic Party fixture Vernon Jordan’s 80th birthday party.

The Obamas have known Jordan and his wife, Ann, for 20 years. Jordan served as a close adviser to President Bill Clinton, who was also in attendance, during his time in office…

Earlier in the day, Obama hit the links with the former president and birthday boy Vernon Jordan at Farm Neck, where Obama has spent much of his time since arriving on the island last weekend. Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk rounded out the foursome.

An AP photographer was on hand at the golf course on Saturday to capture the moment of solidarity and beam it out on news wires across the world. Right around the time that was happening, Ross Douthat’s new column about Herself’s de facto legal immunity was going live at the NYT website: “While the email scandal is a serious business, I simply do not believe that the Obama Justice Department is going to indict the former secretary of state and Democratic front-runner for mishandling classified information, even if the offenses involved would have sunk a lesser figure’s career or landed her in jail.” This weekend’s photo op ought to confirm that, for the simple reason that Obama wouldn’t allow himself to be seen associating with the Clintons if he thought there was any real chance that the axe might be about to fall on them. As Douthat says, as long as Hillary’s not charged, this whole episode is just another Clinton scandal — dubious, reeking of above-the-law entitlement, but lacking the sort of smoking-gun evidence of willful wrongdoing that would force prosecutors to indict her. If anything, her supporters will enjoy the spectacle of her and Bill outfoxing those darned right-wingers again. What better evidence of Hillary’s qualifications for the presidency is there than her cunning in evading consequences for her corruption?

Actually, I don’t think the DOJ was Obama’s main intended audience for this back-slapping pageant with Bill. Clearly they were an audience — Obama knew what sort of signal this would send to investigators — but there was an important message he wanted to deliver to someone else.

As Joe Biden considers a possible run for president, the donors he’d need to be viable appear to be ruling him out.

Not all 400 people who gathered at a waterfront estate here on Sunday have been die-hard supporters of Hillary Clinton. In fact, many of them recall a rough summer eight years ago when Martha’s Vineyard’s liberal elite split their loyalties between Clinton and Barack Obama. But on Sunday, they were reveling in party unity and had little appetite for Biden to complicate the field, despite their affection for him…

Even Democrats who preferred Obama in 2008 said they were giddy about the possibility of electing the first woman president. They were also especially proud of the limited Democratic field in contrast to the chaotic, 17-way Republican brawl.

That’s why, they said, Biden should reject the inclination to run as he looks for possible paths to the nomination during the next few weeks.

Obama didn’t attend Hillary’s fundraiser yesterday on Martha’s Vineyard, no doubt because he didn’t want to insult Biden by seeming to formally side with her at a campaign event while he’s mulling whether to jump in, but the buddy-buddy golf session with Bill is enough of a signal. Per the NYT, lots of administration higher-ups who like and respect Biden are hoping he passes on running for fear that he’ll end up dividing the party and losing badly to Hillary anyway. Those who talked to the Times for that story were obviously trying to send him a message. Obama’s pattycake session with the Clintons this weekend was in the same vein, his way of showing Biden that he won’t be allowed to run as Obama’s true heir apparent.

Via the Free Beacon, here’s Bob Woodward marveling that the hunt for Hillary’s e-mails reminds him a bit of trying to get Nixon to turn over the tapes. Exit question: If George W. Bush had gone golfing with Scooter Libby — or Mrs. Scooter Libby, if you want to keep this analogy perfectly square — during the investigation phase of that scandal, involving a far less serious breach of national security, how would that news week have gone?


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Obama looks sickly, almost like he’s diseased.
Hopefully the Hillbag’s emails get worse and worse, and she drags down all the rats.
Aizen on August 17, 2015 at 11:30 AM

That’s because there are emails to/from Obama that were never supposed to see the light of day.

This golf weekend wasn’t about Biden. It was, however, all about scofflaws meeting to get their story straight.

“Barry, what are we gonna do about your stand-down email on the night of the Benghazi attack?”

BobMbx on August 17, 2015 at 4:49 PM

AH!

It just occurred to me…..

“The Barack and Michelle Obama-Clinton Foundation”

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

BobMbx on August 17, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Once again, when you routinely accuse people of murder and treason (without any proof naturally) following that up with impropriety is pretty weak sauce.

Tlaloc on August 17, 2015 at 4:12 PM

I’m not holding out hope that Tlaloc will provide some evidence of Allahpundit “routinely” accusing people of “murder and treason”, or that he accused Hillary of same. Routinely.

Given that Bush went much further and pardoned Libby I think you may not have much room to talk, actually.

Tlaloc on August 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Leave it to Tlaloc to be wrong on the facts. Again. Shall I add it to the pile or are you going to resolve the outstanding issues for once and all?

The Schaef on August 17, 2015 at 5:09 PM

No, he didn’t. Bush commuted his prison sentence but did not pardon Libby.

MsYoung on August 17, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Sorry, my mistake.

Still goes much further to commute a convicts sentence than simply to be seen in public with someone accused of wrong doing.

Tlaloc on August 17, 2015 at 5:48 PM

I’m not holding out hope that Tlaloc will provide some evidence of Allahpundit “routinely” accusing people of “murder and treason”, or that he accused Hillary of same. Routinely.

I was speaking of the right in general.

Leave it to Tlaloc to be wrong on the facts. Again. Shall I add it to the pile or are you going to resolve the outstanding issues for once and all?

The Schaef on August 17, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Technically you are right with “again” since you’ve managed to find a second factual error of mine now.

Congratulations.

Tlaloc on August 17, 2015 at 5:50 PM

On the bottom words are shallow – The surface talk is cheap
You can only judge the distance by the company you keep!
-Joe Walsh

Pole-Cat on August 17, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Not just socializing, I should note, but socializing in public, an implicit reminder to the DOJ and intelligence community that Hillary Clinton’s prospects are important to him and his party.

Obama let Hillary walk the plank on this. Her emails are not just on her server, but on the servers to anyone she emailed, and they are all in a nice fat cache, certainly at multiple locations of the NSA.

She was allowed to taint her own reputation. Obama is allowing it to play out very slowly. Clue: they don’t need her. A dark horse is so much better than an old bag with baggage

More likely either Obama is going to play death by a thousand cuts on Hillary, while pretending to be her BFF – as has been suggested by Rush, or they are using Hillary to cover for a last minute candidate swap at convention time, or and least likely but still possible, they are playing the birth certificate game, and will drag this out as long as possible and then flash her name is cleared, and there is a rebound sympathy for victim Hillary

I discount the last possibility, because Bill Clinton dissed Obama big time, and Obama never forgets to repay a diss.

they don’t need her but this way, Hillary can still collect donations from her true believers and that money can be transferred to a new candidate in a flash

entagor on August 17, 2015 at 7:25 PM

Not just socializing, I should note, but socializing in public, an implicit reminder to the DOJ and intelligence community that Hillary Clinton’s prospects are important to him and his party.

Yes, enquiring minds want to know who America’s socialist royalty are socializing with most amongst themselves.

There was a time when who was visiting the Kennedy compound in August was the talk of Washington.

farsighted on August 17, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Still goes much further to commute a convicts sentence than simply to be seen in public with someone accused of wrong doing.

Tlaloc on August 17, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Do you even remember what Libby was convicted for?

I was speaking of the right in general.

Were you “speaking of the right in general” when you made the reference to the term “impropriety”? You have a very poor habit of conflating your (skewed) perspectives of a general group of persons, with specific things that are said by specific people, in an attempt to pin one onto the other. Or sometimes vice versa, depending on which best supports your predilections.

Take this example: are you trying with this comment to hang these so-called “routine” accusations of “murder and treason” onto Allahpundit? Or are you trying to attribute his specific use of the term “impropriety” onto this phantom grouping, in order to portray them as backpedaling? It’s not particularly clear what point you’re driving at.

Technically you are right with “again” since you’ve managed to find a second factual error of mine now.

Tlaloc on August 17, 2015 at 5:50 PM

The link points to five or six others that have been outstanding for months, even when I put them all together and said, here’s your chance to put them to bed forever. An offer which was repeated here. And you still declined to take. Which says so much about your claims about being the reasonable, fact-based speaker in the room.

The Schaef on August 17, 2015 at 10:55 PM

–snip– That’s a felony and there are ONLY two choices going forward.

1) Hillary Clinton is held accountable and goes to jail.

2) The rest of the IC decides the rules don’t apply any more … and you will see America’s deepest secrets published daily in the NYT, sold to ANY bidder and this country be open to attack by our enemies. Game Over.

PolAgnostic on August 17, 2015 at 9:32 AM

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Your move, Pajama Boy.

PolAgnostic on August 17, 2015 at 11:32 A

3) The IC cries foul and tries to get the rules to apply to her (and her staff), but are slapped down by the big political bosses. Based on the pattern seen with Sandy Berger, expect this option.

Rules of responsibility are only for the (us) little people.

Kevin K. on August 18, 2015 at 12:45 AM

Rush had some interesting comments on the pictures from the golf outing, that Clinton appeared angry and gesticulating at Obama. Does anyone have more pictures?

virgo on August 18, 2015 at 11:42 AM

What if multiple e-mails were sent between a non-secured private lap-top computer in the White House and Hillary’s non-secured computer and server ? We know that foreign-hackers are constantly seeking access to U.S. government e-mails and security-files. That is why most government computers are “encrypted” and their messages are “scrambled,” in order to prevent outside access to Top-Secret communications. What if foreign-hackers managed to gain access through Hillary’s non-secured server directly into the White House computer system it’s self ? The result would be an absolute nightmare. Can you imagine the amount of data the hackers could bleed out of the system ? And think of the potential for outright blackmail !?

Bugdust172 on January 7, 2016 at 9:47 AM