Michael Goodwin destroys the two-bit fraud occupying the White House.
Watching President Obama trying to dodge raindrops and responsibility yesterday reminded me of the moment when Dorothy pulls back the curtain and discovers that the Wizard of Oz is “just a man.” Stripped of his spell of mystery and power, the wizard is worse than mortal. He’s a fake.
So it was with Obama in the Rose Garden. His performance was tired and trite, ordinary to the point of dull. His veneer of passion was so transparent that you could see him trying to summon his old-time magic by pushing the buttons and pulling the levers that got him out of tight spots before. “Folks” and “I” and “me” and “my” — stop!
The magic is gone, his act thin enough to say, as he recently did about Benghazi, that “there’s no there there.”
Standing under an umbrella held by a Marine, Obama looked simultaneously imperious and small, no match for the rising tide of scandals swamping his presidency. At a moment that demanded genuine resolve, his answers were evasive, especially about whether he knew the IRS was politically profiling conservative groups. His response, that “I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the [inspector general] report,” wasn’t even an artful dodge.
Serious trouble could be ahead if the president can’t give a straight answer to “What did you know and when did you know it?”
Similarly, his attempt to duck the Benghazi fallout by suggesting that Congress didn’t commit enough money for security, was, like his earlier bids to escape responsibility for the attack, preposterous and misleading.
He doesn’t seem to understand it yet, but Fear & Smear has run its course. The one-trick pony needs a second act to go with his second term.
That’s no small order. And it’s not because the Benghazi terror attack, the IRS targeting and the Justice Department snooping on The Associated Press all happened on his watch.
If it were a matter of bad luck, he would be a hapless but sympathetic president. The problem is that all three scandals reflect his views, policies and personnel. He wanted a big, activist government to transform the nation. He got it, and now his chickens are coming home to roost.
Considering the latest outrage, it’s time for the House GOP to announce that until we have the truth about Benghazi and the IRS scandal that no business will be done. Shut the government down and spend all their time holding hearings. Sure, they’ll be called obstructionist, racist, whatever. But would that be any different from any other day?