Over the weekend, the Commander-in-Chief hit the golf course for the 123rd time – with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – leaving White House aide Dan Pfeiffer to address the growing number of Washington scandals on the Sunday talk shows. His attempts to defend this administration haven't gone over too well. By this point, the White House should re-consider ever sending someone to the five Sunday shows to do the administration's spinning. Between Ambassador Susan Rice's now-infamous Sunday and now Dan Pfeiffer, they never end up looking good by the end.
Here are some of the highlights of Dan Pfeiffer's weekend appearances. Are you ready for this?
- In regards to the IRS scandal, Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer called the practice of targeting conservatives “outrageous” and “inexcusable.” But when addressing the legality of such a practice, Pfeiffer actually said that “the law is irrelevant.” Um, excuse me but the last time I checked we were a nation of laws, not a nation of men with Barack Obama, or anyone else for that matter, getting to dictate which laws are enforced. The law is absolutely relevant and this administration’s casual dismissal of the law is becoming increasingly frustrating to the American people and downright frightening to those of us who value freedom and limited government.
- Pfeiffer says that the White House is not going to let Republicans "drag Washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions, trumped up hearings and false allegations." Trumped up hearings? That is apparently how this administration views Congress' job of checking the executive branch on matters related to Benghazi, the IRS, etc. The truth isn't partisan or embellished for political gain. That's the purpose of these Congressional hearings and calls for independent investigations.
- On Benghazi, Pfieffer said that “there’s a series of conspiracy theories the Republicans have been spinning about this since the night it happened.” Perhaps that is because the administration lied about the truth of what really happened and then has failed to give Congress proper answers and documentation to figure out exactly what happened so that the American people can know the truth. Four Americans died and we want to understand why so that it doesn't happen again.
- Also on Benghazi, Pfieffer says, “The assertions from Republicans here that somehow the president allowed this to happen and didn’t take action is offensive. There’s no evidence to support it.” Offensive? Nobody is saying that Obama deliberately allowed this to happen, but what we do need to know is why security requests were denied and who denied them and who gave the two stand-down orders during the attack that could have potentially saved American lives.
- Pfeiffer called the controversy over the edited talking points “largely irrelevant.” That seemed to be a theme coming from him on all these shows. He also said, get this, that the GOP owes Ambassador Rice an apology for accusing her of misleading the country. Are you kidding me? The fact remains that Susan Rice's YouTube story was completely false and ended up costing our FBI the ability to quickly get into Benghazi and investigate what happened. If we knew who ultimately came up with the YouTube talking point, then at the very least Ambassador Rice should be outraged to know that she was used by this administration to mislead the American public.
- Pfeiffer also tried his best to defend Sarah Hall Ingram, the person in charge of the tax-exempt division of the IRS while conservative targeting was happening, who is now in charge of implementing ObamaCare within the IRS. Pfeiffer told Fox News Sunday, “Before everyone in this town convicts this person in the court of public opinion with no evidence, let’s actually get the facts and make decisions after that. There’s nothing that suggests she did anything wrong.” Well the person who replaced Sarah Hall Ingram was forced to retire, even though he was not in charge at the time of the targeting.
But don't worry, the lapdog media will now do it's best to help the Obama administration change the narrative and begin to blame things on the GOP. On MSNBC Al Sharpton humorously tried to convince his viewers that the “actual scandal” of last week was the House Republicans voting to repeal ObamaCare. Yeah, right. I think even MSNBC viewers could see right through that one.
Each day we learn more and more about these various scandals, and we will keep you updated as the information unfolds. For example …
Did you know that the IRS was asking pro-life groups about the content of their prayers?
Also, it was revealed last week that Obama administration officials in the Treasury Department did, in fact, know that the IRS was being audited for targeting political groups during the campaign. From the New York Times, “The inspector general gave Republicans some fodder Friday when he divulged that he informed the Treasury’s general counsel he was auditing the I.R.S.’s screening of politically active groups seeking tax exemptions on June 4, 2012. He told Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin 'shortly after,' he said. That meant Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.” Also, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Obama's White House Council Kathryn Ruemmler was informed of the IG report weeks ago, yet nobody apparently told Obama? They wanted to let the President find out about this via the media?
Then we get a report today from the American Spectator pointing out the fact that Obama had a meeting with “anti-Tea Party IRS union chief” Colleen Kelley at the White House on March 31, 2010. The American Spectator goes on to explain, “The very next day after her White House meeting with the President, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees — the same employees who belong to the NTEU — set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America.” That's rather curious, don't you think?
According to the New York Times, Obama aides have been instructed to spend no more than 10% of their time on any of the scandals swirling around Washington. Obama wants to stay focused on immigration, the budget and implementation of ObamaCare. That's all well and good, but you can't cook the meal without first putting out the fire. Obama's attempts to implement an agenda will be meaningless if he has no credibility. Also damaging to his credibility is the fact that we have yet another star-studded concert planned for the White House's East Room. Later this month, Obama will host another concert featuring Carole King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. As if the economy doesn't make it bad enough to see something like this, it feels even worse considering the hypocrisy we endured under the threats of sequestration, now mixed with a credibility crisis amidst these sandals.