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Obama Has To Change Strategy Of Passive Prez

From the Associated Press:

Obama aims to halt perception of passive president

By Julie Pace | May 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with a trio of controversies, President Barack Obama is trying to halt a perception spreading among both White House opponents and allies that he has been passive and disengaged as unexpected developments consume his second term.

The new strategy, underscored in a flurry of new White House actions, signals an Obama team anxious to regain control amid controversies that have emboldened Republicans and threatened to plunge the president’s second term into a steady stream of congressional investigations.

You see? Obama wasn’t in control. None of this is his fault.

On Wednesday, Obama released a trove of documents related to the Benghazi attacks amid revived pressure from Republicans.

Documents that he previously claimed could not be released due to national security concerns.

He asked Congress to revive a media shield law that would protect journalists from having to reveal information, a step seen as a response to the Justice Department’s widely criticized subpoenas of phone records from reporters and editors at The Associated Press.

A law that he would just as easily break if he needed to.

And he forced the resignation of the top official at the Internal Revenue Service after the agency targeted conservative political groups.

A man who had already planned to leave when he is now leaving — in June.

"Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it," Obama said of the IRS actions. "I will not tolerate this kind of behavior at any agency, but especially at the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives." …

Obama can afford to talk tough now that he has been re-elected and he no longer needs the IRS to suppress his opposition.

Adding to the narrative of a passive president were White House efforts to distance Obama from the IRS scandal, as well as the revelations that the Justice Department had secretly obtained work and personal phone records of journalists. In both cases, the White House insisted the president had no prior knowledge of the events and learned about the matters like the general public — from news reports.

And we are supposed to believe him.

Obama’s cautious response, combined with his lack of awareness about controversies brewing within his administration, opened him to quick criticism from his Republican foes…

David Axelrod, Obama’s longtime adviser, acknowledged the White House could have acted more aggressively in "the interest of stagecraft." But he insisted that the president’s handling of the matters will ultimately be vindicated.

"One virtue he has is that he takes a long-range view," he said. "It’s easy to get whipped up by the frenzy, but it’s responsible to react to the facts. It has short-term liabilities, but in the long-run, it’s a quality you want in a president."

All told, this is a very subtle article from the AP. While it at first seems to be blaming Obama, it ultimately once again saying that all of these scandals are because Obama has been too much ‘hands off.’ When, in reality, the opposite is true. Benghazi happened because Obama was too ‘hands on’ trying to protect his re-election.

And the same is the true of the IRS suppression of the Tea Party’s tax exemptions. Even if Obama didn’t give the direct order, he had been calling for this very kind of action from the IRS in his speeches. And who knows what we will eventually find out was behind the DOJ targeting the AP? It could have easily been due to Obama’s re-election as well.

So the AP here is pretending to be slapping Obama on the wrist for not being a more active President. When, the truth is, probably all of these scandals are because he was far too active at getting re-elected. But it’s far better to chide him for being passive than to point out that he is a criminal.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Has To Change Strategy Of Passive Prez”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In the military, it becomes immediately obvious that a commander who has troops that consistently act inappropriately are under direct control of that commander and it reflects badly on him or her.

    In order to rectify such things, either the commander has a “housecleaning” or, if things have gotten too bad, the commander’s boss has one himself and replaces said CO. The people are the boss of Obama and need to replace him.

    Of course, we all knew this would happen as we have all witnessed such things in microcosm. No one listens to us, no one believes that his “hands-off” is just a ruse. But I always ask people, “Have you never seen the troublemaker who rolls a grenade in a room and walks away, laughing because you can’t really pin it on him?” “Have you never witnessed that same guy who gets his fingers into everything and then shakes his finger and scolds others when it all goes wrong?”

    Petulant children should not be in positions of responsibility but it happens in our society all too often. Perhaps the reason for that is the cronyism that goes on that seems to trump credibility. When I was in the military, I met a guy who was a fighter pilot whose daddy was a WWII pilot hero. But his son was both an idiot and an obnoxious one at that. So I believe this kind of thing happens at all levels, in all walks of life for mostly the same reasons.

    Mental laziness, “paying dues” (as in Hitlery’s or Romney’s case) and so much else. Where people are not and cannot be objective. If they were, they would be shunned by their own groups (ask me how I know). I myself was faced with the conundrum of turning in a superior who had helped me in my career. I hated to do it but I gave him the opportunity to come clean and, if he didn’t and they kept trying to blame this particular issue on me, I would tell them the truth.

    Well, the rabble got wind of it after the superior had been fired and somehow it was all my fault.

    Funny that.


    Due to the clique-ish nature of people and their preference to believe that somehow good people are bad, it makes a mess of the whole construct of humanity and adds several layers of frustration when trying to get to the bottom of things. People lie and lie big. They intentionally cloud things, they get in the way, interfere, all the while feeling perfectly justified in doing so on the thinnest of arguments.

    Add to that, the incredibly fascinating part that people are so enamored of this elected body that they will say diametrically opposite things when “their” guy does something as opposed to the other party member doing it. It causes the mind to boggle and questions my faith in people and their loyalties.

    Have a friend at work. He is, generally, pretty conservative but because he’s black, he voted for captain you-didn’t-build-that. He is very vocal in his criticism of republicans but Obama can do no wrong.

    I just shake my head and don’t engage him in political discussion.

  2. captstubby says:

    Venezuela to import 50M rolls of toilet paper after government claims it’s wiped out

    Published May 16, 2013
    First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities _ toilet paper. Economists say Venezuela’s shortages stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the government’s controls on foreign butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities _ toilet paper. Blaming political opponents for the shortfall, as it does for other shortages, the embattled socialist government says it will import 50 million rolls to boost supplies.

    well, we do not have a shortfall of socialist government .
    we are going to need all we have,
    the BS from Washington is growing as we speak.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Nancy Pelosi actually said that this IRS scandal is GWB’s fault. Because of his appointments.

    I hope Washington runs out of toilet paper.

  4. canary says:

    In the future Obama will focus more on shutting up media and less on preventing terrorist attacks like Benghazi, Boston bombing, airplane bombings, and national security threats. After all according to Obama investigating them are just “sideshows”, and the families don’t deserve to know the truth.

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