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Obama told a whopper on IRS scandal

By Washington Times (DC)

Fact: The IRS targeted conservative and tea party groups requesting tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. That's a fact.

Congress held hearings - embarrassing hearings. Three top Internal Revenue Service officials resigned. No heads rolled, but for the Obama administration, and the lawless Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., that amounted to a major scandal. Even White House spokesman Jay "Circus" Carney called the IRS' actions "inappropriate." Fact.

But President Obama, in an interview last week with sycophant Chris Matthews, now says the entire scandal was made up by the media.

"When we do things right, they don't get a lot of attention," the president said, no doubt sending a thrill up the MSNBC host's leg. "If we do something that is perceived at least initially as a screw- up, it will be on the nightly news for a week."

Like, say, deploying the nation's tax watchdog to target political opponents? Just a "screw-up."

You bet. Manufactured in the media.

"If, on the other hand," Mr. Obama said, " you've got an office in Cincinnati in the IRS office that, I think for bureaucratic reasons, is trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret about whether nonprofit is actually a political organization, deserves a tax exempt agency [sic], and they've got a list. Suddenly everyone is outraged.

"And I'll point out there are some so-called progressives and, you know, perceived to be liberal commentators who during that week just were outraged at the possibility that these folks, you know, had been at the direction of the Democratic Party, in some way discriminated against tea party folks. You know, that is what gets news. That's what gets attention."

Uh, yeah. That's what "gets news." In fact, that's also what gets presidents impeached (see Nixon, Richard re: Watergate).

Like Benghazi, when Obama officials like Susan E. Rice, Hillary Rodham Clinton - even the president himself - tried to make up a narrative that the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound was spontaneous and only about some obscure YouTube video, the story that America's top officials tried to ply on the IRS scandal was that a few rogue workers had committed some transgressions. No scandal here, they said.

Of course, that was the red flag. No one knew? (Of course, that is the mantra of the Obama administration - no one ever knows anything. They had three years to build the Obamacare website, and when it didn't work, well ... No one knew! Sheesh, get off our backs!)

Although the president is busy trying to change the subject, this time to income inequality, the IRS story just won't disappear. Last week, Rep. Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, had simply had enough. He called out the IRS' chief counsel, William Wilkins, for saying "I don't recall" a staggering 80 times during his congressional testimony last month.

"Your memory consistently failed when you were asked about information you shared with the Treasury Department," the lawmaker wrote. "Your failure to recollect important aspects of the Committee's investigation suggests either a deliberate attempt to obfuscate your involvement in this matter or gross incompetence on your part."

Funny, the Obama administration, in Year 5, is totally fine with "gross incompetence." Many warned that these guys weren't ready for prime time. They said they were.

But really, they weren't. And like with Obamacare, all they can say is it's not our fault. Worse, no one seems to know anything. But as everyone knows, ignorance is no excuse.


Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at and on Twitter @josephcurl.

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  1. lakeworthcaneComment by lakeworthcane
    December 10, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    The political left is rabidly at war with all who oppose or disagree with it. As such, nobody can expect the political left to be honest, fair, or respectful; nobody can expect the political left to compromise or get along. The political left wants complete, authoritarian domination. It is using and will continue to use the media and the federal bureaucracy to wage its war.

    Barack Obama will not tell the truth. He will not obey the law. He will do what damage he can to “punish” his “enemies,” real or imagined. He will trump up whatever ethical, moral, and/or legal breaches with which to accuse and charge his and his “country within a country’s” enemies.

    The political left is at war. It has always been at war, and it’s time we got that out in the open.

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  2. odayterrenceComment by odayterrence
    December 10, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    President Obama said during the interview “When we do things right, they don’t get a lot of attention. If we do something that is perceived at least initially as a screw- up, it will be on the nightly news for a week.” This situation seems to upset him and make him angry. Gee…he seemed perfectly happy with it when there was a Republican Administration in the White House. I bet he giggled with glee every time the media screamed about Conservative wrong-doing.

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    • ksr1Comment by ksr1
      December 10, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

      “When we do things right, they don’t get a lot of attention.” Let me think ….. When was it they did something / anything right? Oh well, nothing new here!

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  3. theronaldComment by theronald
    December 10, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    For Obama and his ilk……the end justifies the means. If that requires lying, then so be it. Scumbags ! ! !

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  4. Son Of ThunderComment by mcrank
    December 10, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    Cry, Obama.

    Finger-point, dismiss, excuse, explain away, claim ignorance—when it’s all said and done—you are an egotistical, self-serving, arrogant, dictatorial, tyrannical upstart who hates this country and everything it stands for.

    You are unworthy to hold the Office of President—to lead this Nation—to even pledge allegiance to the flag because you have no such allegiance. You’re a disgrace.

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  5. rickosheaComment by rickoshea
    December 10, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    Anything done for the common good is legal. I wonder how he keeps his lies straight?

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  6. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    December 11, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    In the immortal words of Sgt. Schultz (of Hogan’s Heroes fame): “I know nothing, nothing.” I do believe this might be the theme of the Obama presidency.

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