Tuesday, January 03, 2017
My very favorite contribution to the narrative came from Jonathan Alter, who gushed about Obama's "miraculous White House free of scandal" in a piece at Bloomberg News that read like something from The Onion:President Barack Obama goes into the 2012 with a weak economy that may doom his reelection. But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest. (emphasis mine.)Stop laughing – it gets better:…the president’s Teflon is intriguing. How did we end up in such a scandal-less state? After investigating the question for a recent Washington Monthly article, I’ve been developing some theories. For starters, the tone is always set at the top. Obama puts a premium on personal integrity, and with a few exceptions…This lie was already an insult to the American voter in 2011 with the Dealergate, DOJ Black Panther whitewash, Obamafication of NEA art, Sestak affair, politically expedient IG Gerald Walpin firing, misspent stimulus funds, DOJ’s secret astroturf propaganda unit, Shorebank, oilgate, Blagojevich/Rezko /Obama corruption, Obama's unaccountable czars, Fast and Furious, the Gibson Guitar Raid, Pigford, Solyndra and LightSquared scandals already on the books.The false narrative was resurrected in February of 2016 when Obama sycophant David Brooks whole-heartedly pushed it in the New York Times.The first and most important of these is basic integrity. The Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free. Think of the way Iran-contra or the Lewinsky scandals swallowed years from Reagan and Clinton. We’ve had very little of that from Obama. He and his staff have generally behaved with basic rectitude."'Remarkably scandal-free'? David Brooks works in the news business, right?" Jim Geraghty gasped in reaction at National Review.Obama himself felt the need to boast about his alleged lack of scandals on two different occasions last fall."We have not had a major scandal in my administration,” Obama told Democrat donors on October 23. Again, on November 20, the president boasted during a press conference in Lima, Peru: "I'm extremely proud of the fact that over 8 years we have not had the kinds of scandals that have plagued other administrations."Josh Earnest backed his boss up on November 28, saying:Look, I think every president is going to have to decide for themselves what kind of person can best serve them in the country in the senior roles in the administration.President Obama obviously took that responsibility very seriously and assembled a team that he's quite proud of, to serve him and the country. And the President has spoken at some length about how proud he is that there hasn't been a major personal scandal in his administration, that the kind of people that he has chosen to serve in high profile influential positions in his administration have done so with the focus on the country's best interests. The President is quite proud of that.Do they really think the American people are this stupid? Even most Democrats realize there have been scandals.Obama's second term began with an explosion of them: DOJ spying on the media, IRS, NSA, State Department war on whistleblowers, four EPA scandals, Obamaphones, and the "gag order" at the Department of Energy.As time went on we saw the VA scandal, massive ObamaCare lies, skewing of ISIS intel, Iran deception and ransom payment, Bowe Bergdahl, the EPA's polluting of the Colorado River, the GSA scandal, the Secret Service sex scandal, "government shutdown theater," and of course EmailGate.Feel free to add any scandals I neglected to mention in the comments, PJ Media readers. I know I'm missing a few.There is really no other way to describe Obama's claim that his was a "scandal-free administration" other than to call it a colossal lie. And the only way he can get away with such a lie is for his loyal fans in the MSM to let him get away with it.And they wonder why we call them the "fake news" media.
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