Obama`s Scandal Free Presidency
“I’m extremely proud of the fact that over 8 years we have not had the kinds of scandals that have plagued other administrations.”
This quote is from a speech Obama gave in Lima Peru on Nov 20 2016
Where to start with this assertion( SMDH)….
I wont get into the minor (relatively) scandals like the G.S.A. Vegas conference fiasco in 2012 as that stuff happens all the time but the more egregious non scandal scandals merit some examination.
- Fast & Furious: This was an attempt to create political momentum for much stricter gun legislation in the U.S. Barack Obama & Eric Holder fundamentally disagree with the 2nd amendment & the idea that Americans have a “right” to own firearms so they came up with this idea that if guns found at Mexican crime scenes could be traced back to the U.S. the outcry would be serious enough to motivate intransigent Republicans to jump on board out of fear of outraged constituents voting them out of office *(This is complete supposition on my part)*. The problem? Border agent Brian Terry was killed with a gun that was traced back to Operation Fast & furious which exposed the whole operation. Dissenting ATF agents came forward & a minor mutiny ensued within the ATF. When Congress got involved and issued subpoena`s for documents related to the operation they were stonewalled by Eric Holder & Barack Obama resulting in Holder being held in Contempt of Congress marking a first in American political history.
- I.R.S. Targeted Conservative Organizations: In 2013 Lois Lerner admitted to targeting Conservative Organizations but blamed it on lower level employees. These organizations were denied non profit status based on heavy scrutiny & extremely invasive questions. Lerner & I.R.S. Commissioner John Koskinen have stonewalled congressional efforts to investigate the matter, blaming computer crashes for non compliance of court orders to produce documents. As of August 2016 a federal court concluded that the I.R.S. may still be targeting conservative groups, it was also reported that the Dept. Of Justice knew about the targeting as early as 2011.
- The DOJ seized Associated Press phone records as well as phone and email records from Fox News reporter James Rosen: The D.O.J. was investigating a story involving “a CIA operation in Yemen that foiled an al-Qaeda plot in the spring of 2012 to set off a bomb on an airplane headed to the United States,” The DOJ seized two months of phone records from the AP without informing the news outlet. the following is a quote from a letter that Gary Pruitt, then president of the A.P. sent to Eric Holder, “There can be no possible justification for such an over broad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters, these records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the news gathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s news gathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.” As for Rosen ,the D.O.J. was investigating a story Rosen did involving North Korea and tracked “his movements and conversations,” according to Fox News, including phone numbers belonging to Rosen’s parents. The DOJ had listed Rosen as a “co-conspirator” under the Espionage Act in regards to the story—allegedly pressing a source for classified information. Rosen was never charged with a crime.
Fox News executive Michael Clemente called the DOJ’s actions against Rosen “downright chilling.” “We will unequivocally defend [Rosen’s] right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press,” Clemente said in a statement, per the Washington Post.
Benghazi:The terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya resulted in four brave Americans dying despite the fact that help could have been sent, but wasn’t. Requests for security prior to the attack were repeatedly denied, and after the attack Obama and Hillary Clinton falsely blamed it on a video considered offensive to Muslims. During the election, Benghazi became associated with Clinton—and rightly so—but it is also Obama’s scandal as well. It is still not known what Obama was doing that night. Another piece of info that Hillary`s email scandal revealed was that Hillary had emailed Chelsea her daughter the night of Sept 11 2012, the night Benghazi occurred “Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Queda-like group: The Ambassador, whom I handpicked and a young communications officer on temporary duty w a wife and two young children. Very hard day and I fear more of the same tomorrow. Let’s try again later.” She seems to be ascribing the terrorist attack to Libyan terrorists , a direct contradiction to the narrative that was pushed for the next 2 months leading up to the election of 2012 which as we now Barack Obama won handily. It is thought by many that the whole reason for pushing the bogus narrative was that it was not congruent with the picture the Obama administration had painted of conditions on the ground Libya and other parts of the middle east.
Draw what conclusion you may from the 4 scenarios outlined above but I think any reasonable person would be hard pressed to call this administration :scandal free”