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Obama and the phony scandals

Obama and the phony scandals

Pat Smith has something to say to President Obama:

The mother of a Benghazi victim is furious about the new White House strategy of calling the terrorist attack and many other scandals plaguing the Obama administration “fake” or “phony.”

Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who was slain in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack, lashed out on “Your World” on the Fox News Channel…

“I don’t believe [Obama] anymore,” Smith said. “He’s wrong. My son is dead. How could that be phony?”

According to Smith, she has been given no answers about what happened that night. She said the administration told her she “didn’t need to know.”

And this despite promises Smith had gotten earlier from Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden, at the ceremony for the welcoming of the caskets, that “they would get back to me to tell me what happened.” Well, Smith has yet to hear about that from them, and now insult has been added to injury when Obama used the word “phony” in his speech at Knox College on July 24 (full text here) to describe the scandals he’s been facing lately.

The speech was not specifically about Benghazi, of course; it was about the economy. Let’s see what he actually said:

With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires. Our focus must be on the basic economic issues that the matter most to you – the people we represent.

Pat Smith’s outrage is completely understandable, as is her focus on the scandal represented by the events in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, and this administration’s role in them as well as its callous dismissal of her concerns. But that’s only one of the many “scandals” to which Obama was referring and scoffing at—another would be the use of the IRS for the persecution and suppression of political enemies of the Democrats, an activity that Obama himself originally labeled as “inexcusable” and “an outrage.” But apparently his “outrage” was actually directed at those who would investigate what the IRS had done, and who are trying to figure out how high up the buck stopped.

A closer study of the president’s speech reveals even greater ironies. Let’s look at the words “distractions” and “political posturing” that come right before “phony.” Is not Obama’s labeling of the scandals that beset him as “phony” one of the most blatant cases of “political posturing” we’ve yet seen from a president whose specialty seems to be just that? As for “distractions,” who is it who has been distracted from dealing with the economy—which, after all, was the subject matter of the Knox College speech—for virtually his entire four and a half years in office? And have not those “distractions” been almost entirely self-imposed? Everything else came first for Obama—Obamacare, immigration “reform,” all the pet issues of the liberal platform—and those “pivots” to the economy he kept announcing were mere rhetorical flourishes while his true agenda lay elsewhere.

In the paragraph above from his Knox College speech, the president followed with, “Our focus must be on the basic economic issues that the matter most to you.” True enough. But where has he been all those years?

Obama’s characterization of the investigations into events such as Benghazi and the IRS targeting as “phony” is also part and parcel of another characteristic he’s exhibited ever since his first presidential campaign, which is to belittle as beneath him those issues and questions he doesn’t feel like addressing. The sad thing is that, with the full and sycophantic cooperation of most of the mainstream media, that evasive and sophistic tactic didn’t stop him from being re-elected.

[Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.]


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No problem. The Republican Establishment will be glad to aid President Obtuse in the Republican’s Operation Reach Across the Aisle

Carol Herman | July 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm

So, what’s the GOP doing?

Yeah, Boehner has the best tie collection in the entire world. But you want to know a secret? Men hardly wear them anymore.

Sometimes, I think the GOP “king makers” keep checking the nursing homes looking for their next candidate.

Brian Terry was on duty when he lost his life while defending the U.S. border from members of a suspected drug cartel “rip-crew” in December of 2010 near Rio Rico, AZ. Weapons found at the murder scene were traced to the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious conducted by the U.S.

PersonFromPorlock | July 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Look at it this way: the scandals are as transparently phony as the administration is transparently honest.

The President’s outrage isn’t about what the IRS did. It’s about them getting caught.

Phillep Harding | July 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

She does not believe Obama _any_more_?

Not paying attention, has she?

Pres. Bumps In The Road and Old Walleyes stood on the tarmac at Andrews, flag-draped caskets as props, looked the survivors of their Benghazi debacle in the eyes, and swore to them to get those responsible.

They lied. THAT is ANOTHER scandal.

The only person they got was some poor boob who shot a video, not the dead of Benghazi.

    ConradCA in reply to Ragspierre. | July 29, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Tyrant Obama should have arrested Hillary for murder by depraved indifference. She failed to read her emails and 4 died as a result.

Henry Hawkins | July 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

These people don’t see individuals, only blocs based on demographics. Obama: “Mrs. Smith has questions, does she? Well, f**k Mrs. Smith.”

JimMtnViewCaUSA | July 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

The media don’t seem to be giving Mrs Smith as much coverage as, say, Cindy Sheehan.

Lady Penguin | July 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

The only “phony” around is the president himself, and aiding and abetting him is the malignant media.

The word “scandals” is a misnomer, these are really crimes being covered up by the administration. “Scandal” minimizes its importance – lowering it to the level of a college prank gone wrong.

MouseTheLuckyDog | July 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Maybe it is because if Oboama had a son he would not look like Sean Smith.

    Ragspierre in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | July 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Well, who would Pres. Chooms identify with more…???
    Or a SEAL?
    Seriously, from all we know about the poor narcissistic bastard?

Richard Aubrey | July 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm

This is distressing on a number of levels. One is that this obscenity–speaking solely of Benghazi and the dead–can be expected not to bother his base. Half the people in the country can look at Benghazi,hear zero refer to it as “phony” and nod in agreement and satisfaction.
As to the others, referring to them and their victims as “phony” is horrid, as well. Just not quite as obviously horrid.

We are so screwed.

I want someone to ask Tyrant Obama where is the justice he promised for those responsible for the the deaths? Tell him that their is no excuse because Hillary should be easy to arrest for negligent homicide. She was to lazy to read her emails and 4 people died because of it.