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President Obama – I Know Nothing About The IRS

I don’t know about you, but the mantra being spouted by President Obama and his administration officials is wearing a little thin. The latest is what they are saying about the IRS targeting conservative groups for intense scrutiny before they were granted or denied their tax exempt status from the IRS. If we are to believe President Obama, he knew nothing of the actions taken by the IRS and is totally outraged. Just as he knew nothing of what took place in the Fast and Furious operation and what actually went down in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

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Obama - I Know NothingEverywhere we turn, we are greeted with the same smoke and mirrors. From President Obama, down through Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and anyone else who may have been involved in any of these scandals, no one seems to know a thing. Eric Holder, in his role as head of the Justice Department, has repeatedly claimed he knew nothing of Fast and Furious or the secret subpoena of the AP phone records by his own department. If that is the case, then he is either incompetent or the people he has hired are very good at keeping secrets from their boss. Well, there is one other possibility. He could be, probably is, lying through his teeth.

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This same defense is used throughout the Obama administration, right from the very top of the food chain. When you stop and think about it, Obama used the “I know nothing” excuse before he was elected President. Remember how he claimed he knew nothing of the good Reverend Wright’s sermons filled with racism and hateful rhetoric? He knew nothing then and he evidently knows nothing now.

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From the beginning of the Fast and Furious scandal, President Obama has claimed he knew nothing about it. Eric Holder backed him up when he testified before Congress, but when pressed by that esteemed body to produce certain documents, President Obama claimed executive privilege and kept the documents from prying eyes. Methinks more than a few lies are sprinkled in with all of this, which is why he didn’t want Congress, or the American people, to have access to the communication that took place between the White House and the Justice Department.

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Let us now move to the IRS scandal. Again, President Obama is making the public claim that he is outraged at their actions and knew nothing of any internal probes. After all the lies he has told, we are supposed to believe him? I think not and there are more than a few reasons to do no such thing. He can make whatever claims he wants to make, but in the end, he is the one responsible for the actions of the IRS. By the very rhetoric he has used since taking office, and especially during the last election cycle, President Obama has enabled and encouraged the IRS to do his biding.

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The Wall Street Journal – Was the White House involved in the IRS’s targeting of conservatives? No investigation needed to answer that one. Of course it was.

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President Obama and Co. are in full deniability mode, noting that the IRS is an “independent” agency and that they knew nothing about its abuse. The media and Congress are sleuthing for some hint that Mr. Obama picked up the phone and sicced the tax dogs on his enemies.

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But that’s not how things work in post-Watergate Washington. Mr. Obama didn’t need to pick up the phone. All he needed to do was exactly what he did do, in full view, for three years: Publicly suggest that conservative political groups were engaged in nefarious deeds; publicly call out by name political opponents whom he’d like to see harassed; and publicly have his party pressure the IRS to take action.

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Mr. Obama now professes shock and outrage that bureaucrats at the IRS did exactly what the president of the United States said was the right and honorable thing to do. “He put a target on our backs, and he’s now going to blame the people who are shooting at us?” asks Idaho businessman and longtime Republican donor Frank VanderSloot.

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This was the Obama version of the phone call—put out to every government investigator (and liberal activist) in the land.

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The Obama call for scrutiny wasn’t a mistake; it was the president’s strategy—one pursued throughout 2012. The way to limit Romney money was to intimidate donors from giving. Donate, and the president would at best tie you to Big Oil or Wall Street, at worst put your name in bold, and flag you as “less than reputable” to everyone who worked for him: the IRS, the SEC, the Justice Department. The president didn’t need a telephone; he had a megaphone.

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You’ll have to forgive me for being so skeptical of our President and his administration. Trying to tell me they are not lying when they say they know nothing is akin to telling me I am not breathing. The evidence is plain to see for anyone without rose-colored glasses on when they look at what was supposed to be the most transparent presidency in the history of America. It makes me wonder what else is going on that President Obama knows nothing about.

Transparency, indeed. Sergeant Schultz played his role on Hogan’s Heroes better than this bunch of clowns.

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  • President Obama — I know nothing…

    There, I fixed it for you!! 🙂

  • What Barack Obama doesn’t know is how to tell the truth.

  • Larry do we really expect BHO to fess up that he knew about thesr scandels? That’s one of the principle issues with this corrupt admistration…it shows the pattern that our government is being run by several individuals and not BHO.

    Valeri Jarrett his alleged senior advisor is in my opinion running the show; a senior advisor with full secret service protection? According to different accounts she call the shots on the Bin Laden raid. The facts will now surface a little at a time on this, the most corrupt administration in history.

  • I don’t believe for one second that he didn’t know anything. Of course he knew about every bit of it. The huge thing he has going for him is a media that will protect him no matter what and blindly accept and promote that he knew nothing. My, what a difference it makes when the president has a D after his name instead of an R.

    • I’ve been thinking about writing a post called “What A Difference A President Makes”. If these things took place during President Bush’s tenure in office, the media would be asking for his head on a platter. But Bill Clinton could abuse his power in a most egregious manner and he is considered a rock star. Barack Obama has the same status and can do nothing wrong.

  • EstablishmentByProxy

    Executive privilege? So the chief administrator must deal secretively to run the executive branch? This amounts to another magic phrase which surely encourages presidential abuse of power and is yet another thing that the legislative branch has fallen flat on challenging. Welcome to the imperial presidency.

    Maybe this administration should consider fifth amendment assertions. Speaking of, I’m reminded of this video:

    Sure, taking the fifth naturally appears more guilty than making a claim of no knowledge. But if the latter is shown to be a lie, it can become the very source of an ultimate undoing. A dangerous game is being played, but if recent history is a guide, a full accounting/disclosure is highly unlikely.

  • None of these people seem to know anything but we’re supposed to trust in bigger government. They’re making the small government argument for us.

    The question I have is whether Obama is telling the truth or not. It doesn’t take much to imagine Obama lying to the public about when he knew about the IRS scandal or even imagine that he ordered it up. The flip to that is that it is well known that Valerie Jarrett is a gatekeeper at the White House. She has fairly consistently withheld negative information from Obama over the last 4+ years. So it’s plausible that she knew about it and withheld it from Obama.

    Either way it’s Obama’s fault. Obviously if he’s lying he’s responsible. But even if he didn’t know about what was going on at the IRS, he’s the chief executive of the Federal government. It’s his job to know what’s going on. He knows that Jarrett has withheld bad news from him before and he’s done nothing about it. She should have been fired years ago because of it, instead she continues as Obama’s gatekeeper. That’s on Obama and his incompetence at executive management.

  • If we take Obama at his word about knowing nothing about any of these scandals it really isn’t much better than if he did because it shows us that he is incompetent and has no idea what the people he hired are up to under his watch. Of course I do not take him at his word, he knows exactly what is going on!

    • I am far beyond the point of taking President Obama at his word. He can not be trusted to do the right thing for our country. His actions have proven that.

  • bill gullen

    mr. Obama and his administration have done more to damage their credibility in the last four weeks than the gop, tea party, and disgruntled americans have accomplished in four years. holding a presser and saying (in effect); “oh yeah, wasn’t that in the post yesterday?” is like falling on one’s sword amongst the beltway cognoscenti.

    before we celebrate the recent entropy within the west wing and various departments we should ask ourselves, why the self-inflicted wounds? I have many opinions about mr. Obama, ms. Jarrett, ms. Clinton et al, but none of them include incompetence. it seems entirely possible to me that due to events and complications beyond their control; the actual movers and shakers of the left’s agenda have determined an early denouement to era of mr. Obama.

    I would prefer to believe that these imbroglios were the natural result of over-reach and arrogance but logic intimates a certain choreography; and all the while we’ve heard nothing (in the msm) from mr. biden over the last month. his present stature remains singularly circumspect. just say’n, b…

  • Dragonconservative

    This whole week has been a real shock to many of the American people. We really do have Richard Nixon’s heir in the White House. But here’s the real problem. Though the scandals definitely shocked the American public, there are still people who believe that the Obama administration is innocent.

    Please, to all of those who believe Obama’s story that low-level people within the IRS did this, wake up! Low level people generally don’t do this kind of thing within an organization. There has to be some kind of directive from above. And it is very likely that Obama is at least partially responsible for this.

    But the problem is that we don’t know. Every single time something bad happens within the Obama administration, the American people are told to wait, and told that there is an investigation going on. But strangely, those investigations never find anything conclusive. Just look at Benghazi, and that’s exactly what happened. Now, some months after the scandal occurred, we are being told by the Secretary of State, “what difference does it now make?” They are clearly hiding the fact that someone somewhere did not adequately do his/her job, and four Americans lost their lives as a result. At this point, the executive branch is little more than a laughingstock. There is nothing useful that they have done to fix the problems within the Obama administration. I can almost guarantee that the administration is going to come back in a few months, when the people are no longer thinking about the scandals, and say that the investigations found that there was nothing wrong.

  • acethepug

    What amazes me about all of this is what it says about Obama and his Cabinet.

    With the best possible interpretations, Obama, Holder, Napolitano, and Clinton are so grotesquely uninvolved, so horribly incompetent, that they clearly should not hold the offices they do (or did, in Clinton’s case). There is no intellectual curiousity, and apparently none of their jobs are needed, since the “underlings” can get along without them.

    That’s been the go-to argument for Obama for years. “I didn’t know.” And no one calls him on this. No one asks why he is President, since he is apparently averse to BEING President. He’s apparently there for the perks and the fundraising, but actual governance, compromise, and the like are beyond him (or in his eyes, maybe beneath him).

    To say to the Press that he only found out about the IRS scandal through the news? It’s pretty obviously a lie, since he didn’t then fire every advisor he had (as any sane person would have if they were truly uninformed). Again, if it IS true, and no heads have rolled, it means he WANTS to be unaware (in an official sense, I suspect a “will no one rid me of this troublesome priest” moment, personally), to keep his fingerprints off things.

    After all, he IS a Chicago thug, and apparently the Dems have learned from Nixon that claiming “I didn’t know” is somehow acceptable.

    And about Obama being Nixon’s heir? I disagree. Nixon didn’t do a tenth of what Obama has gotten away with, and he (Nixon) had the decency to resign. Obama won’t admit to anything, and never has. Oh, and because it can’t be said enough, there was a bodycount of zero over Watergate …

  • Carney will be showed the door. There, he fixed it.

  • I hope you’re safe out in Oklahoma. We’re praying for your state.

  • Laurie

    No politics today. I logged on specifically to offer good thoughts and true prayers for you, Larry, those you might know and anybody who participates here. The devastation is nearly unimaginable. Safe travels to all who are fleeing, looking for a place to be or on the road out. And love to anybody who’s dealing with heartache.

    Let’s just come together today.

  • I appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers. They mean a lot to me.

    We are just coming under the gun of the same storm system that hammered Moore, OK earlier this afternoon. I’ll try to post an update after it is over, if we still have power.

  • Well, he might have a point about not knowing anything. Clint Eastwood said it best when he spoke to the “empty chair.”