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May 19. 2013 2:11AM

Disengaged: Obama's lousy excuse


One can only imagine how Harry Truman might have handled the scandals that have engulfed the Obama admini-stration in the last few weeks. To imagine that, though, one would have to assume that the facts are as President Obama presents them: For months, or years in some cases, he has had no clue what the State Department, the CIA, the IRS and the Justice Department have been doing.


Last week, the President said he first learned of two major scandals - the IRS targeting conservative organizations and the FBI obtaining Associated Press phone records - by reading about them in the press. His spokesman has said that the White House was not involved in shaping Benghazi talking points that were written by the CIA (with direction from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's legal counsel, among others), and the President himself has said there is no scandal there at all, despite four Americans being killed on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - after numerous signs of increased terror activity in the area.


Truman famously kept a sign on his desk that declared "The buck stops here." A corresponding sign on Obama's desk would read: "What buck?" The President said of the Benghazi scandal, "there is no there there." That is untrue regarding Benghazi, but perfectly true about his administrative abilities. The President, by his own admission, is vastly unaware of what goes on in the government over which he was hired to preside (hence the word: "President").


This President is far more interested in presiding over tee times, campaign stages and the delicious meals served at $50,000 per-person fundraising dinners. He rarely attends even his national security briefings. His disinterest in actually running the leviathan that he so passionately endeavors to enlarge is warning enough that trusting this man with even more power and authority is a self-evidently horrible idea.


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