Even after Obama and Holder apparently violated their rights, some at the Associated Press are still trying to soften the blows to their Dearly Beloved Obama. Notice what used to be known as scandals are now mere controversies. Bumps in the road, as Obama says of four dead Americans.
Under mounting pressure, President Barack Obama on Wednesday released a trove of documents related to the Benghazi attack and forced out the top official at the Internal Revenue Service following revelations that the agency targeted conservative political groups. The moves were aimed at halting a perception spreading among both White House opponents and allies that the president has been passive and disengaged as controversies consume his second term.
There’s that word: Controversies. In fact, it’s there eight times in the story. Scandals? Twice. And one instance is in a quote from and RNC spokeswoman. Or man, as the AP calls her.
“If Obama really learned about the latest IRS and AP secret subpoena scandals in the news, who exactly is running the ship at the White House?” Republican National Committee spokesman Kirsten Kukowski said.
Meanwhile, poor Obama is distracted by all the controversy.
The president, seeking to keep up his more robust profile on the controversies, also said he would take questions from reporters Thursday at a previously scheduled news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Obama had addressed the IRS matter on Monday, but his measured words left many unsatisfied, particularly given that he had waited three days to address the developments. He also repeatedly asserted that he was waiting to find out if the reports were accurate, even though top IRS officials had already acknowledged the controversial actions.
Scandal and criminal behavior is now merely controversial.