The basic thrust is this: We’re not reponsible for anything. It’s all someone else’s fault. The buck stops here? Pfft. The buck never got here.
The White House is circling the wagons as one of the most feverish periods of President Obama’s tenure enters its second week.
Obama and his aides have taken a more aggressive stance in recent days after fumbling their initial response to headline-grabbing scandals at different government agencies.
The administration’s strategy is centered on a simple defense: “Our basic thrust is that nobody, here, did anything wrong,” an Obama administration official told The Hill. “That’s why none of this is going to stick.”
Even though there is no evidence yet of wrongdoing in the White House, it does not mean that Obama will emerge scot-free from the furor over the IRS’s treatment of conservative groups, last year’s fatal terrorist attack in Benghazi and the Department of Justice’s seizure of phone records from The Associated Press.
They all have happened on Obama’s watch. And he has often said, “The buck stops with me.”