For the “most transparent” administration ever this crew wants you to believe they’re hopelessly out of touch and just innocent bystanders.
President Obama says he first learned from news reports that his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, used a private email account during her tenure, amid reports the White House and State Department may have known as far back as last August that Clinton did not use government email.
“The same time everybody else learned it, through news reports,” Obama told CBS’ Bill Plante, in response to a question of when the president learned of Clinton’s use of a private email account for conducting government business.
Obama, in an interview with CBS aired Sunday, continued to stand by his claims that “the policy of my administration is to encourage transparency… and that’s why my emails — the BlackBerry that I carry around — all those records are available and archived and I’m glad that Hillary has instructed that those emails that had to do with official business need to be disclosed.”
His comments came as Politico.com reported that Clinton’s staff made the decision to keep the news of the emails quiet after the White House, State Department and Clinton’s personal office learned in August that House Republicans had been given information showing that Clinton used a private email account to conduct official government business.
So he knew about his latest scandal back in August, but wants you to believe he just found out about it. It’s just not credible, but it’s a pattern of fraud and lies.
President Barack Obama first learned of the scandal involving Department of Veterans Affairs hospital administrators concealing the true wait times vets faced in the press, according to a claim made by White House Press Sec. Jay Carney on Monday. While the president may have not been aware of the falsified wait lists, however, reports indicate that his administration was informed of excessive wait times at the VA as early as 2008. Obama even campaigned on the issue of VA waiting lists in 2007.
“When was the president first made aware of these problems?” CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked. “These fraudulent lists that were being kept to hide the wait times?”
“You mean the specific allegations that were first reported by your network out of Phoenix, I believe, we learned about them through reports,” Carney replied. “That’s when, as I understand, Sec. [Eric] Shinseki learned about them.”
Hmm, sounds familiar.
President Obama said Thursday he had no knowledge about a report concerning controversial IRS practices under investigation until news outlets reported on the subject last Friday, and he vowed to “fix” problems plaguing the agency through a comprehensive examination of what happened and how.
“I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the [inspector general] report before the I.G. report had been leaked” to the press, Mr. Obama said Thursday, during a rainy press conference in the White House Rose Garden with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Obama administration and the IRS have been under harsh scrutiny since Friday, when the agency apologized for having singled out particular groups — particularly those with tea party ties — for extra scrutiny when seeking tax-exempt status. On Tuesday, a report was released showing that in the spring of 2010, the IRS began targeting groups with keywords like “Tea Party,” “Patriot” and “9/12 Project” in their names to flag for heightened, typically burdensome, scrutiny.
You know what all these scandals have in common? Nothing about any of them has been resolved. The VA is still a mess, we still have no answers for his IRS scandal and you can be assured we’ll never see most of Mrs. Clinton’s emails. But transparency or something. Oh, by the way, there’s another scandal he was also allegedly clueless about.
“There have been problems, you know,” Obama told CNN in October 2011. “I heard on the news about this story that — Fast and Furious, where allegedly guns were being run into Mexico, and ATF knew about it, but didn’t apprehend those who had sent [the guns].”
Even more pathetic is the media never calls him on this.