(UPDATED) Obama Asked About Cover Up Of Benghazi & IRS… Takes Only Two Questions From One Reporter
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Today, Obama said he learned about the IRS story when we all did. He called the allegations “outrageous” and said there is “…no place for it..” among other generic, inconsequential comments. He then went on to say, most revealing it seems, that we “…don’t want the IRS PERCEIVED (my emphasis) as being biased or anything less than neutral.” Of course, BEING biased or less than neutral is apparently acceptable. Nice word choice, Mr. president. It lets in a little light. More blathering yielded only that we need to look into the allegations and any impropriety “…needs to be fixed.” Moreover, anyone involved in any wrong-doing needs to be “…held accountable…” and that he’s “…got no patience for it.” Interestingly, he has the patience of Job when it comes to responding to pleas for help and added security in places like Benghazi, for example. Regardless, as seems typical, nothing will likely come of any “investigation” and our use of the over-played, under-substantiated word ‘accountable’ is only lip service, image over substance, you know, in our Jersey Shore world.
Moving forward, on Benghazi, we will not be moving forward on any further investigation, if POTUS gets his way. Apparently, according to POTUS, “…the whole issue of talking…” about this turns the entire process into a “…side show.” Moreover, asking questions about any part of it makes us “…dishonor the dead by turning this into a political circus.” Sad, but true, this is the opinion of POTUS. We can only look for opinion as he will neither reveal, address nor discuss the facts.
USA TODAY REPORTED President Obama holds a brief news conference Monday morning with British Prime Minister David Cameron, but he is likely to be asked about pressing domestic issues: Benghazi and the IRS.
As Republicans call for a select committee to investigate the administration over the Sept. 11 attack on a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Obama and his aides must also deal with reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups.
Obama and Cameron are scheduled to face the press at 11:15 a.m. ET in the White House Rose Garden.
Obama has not commented publicly on the IRS admission that it gave extra scrutiny to the tax-exempt status of groups with “tea party” and “patriot” in their names, though White House aides have criticized the practice.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the IRS, which is conducting its own investigation, is a non-partisan entity and has only two political appointees.
“We certainly find the actions taken, as reported, to be inappropriate,” Carney said.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told CNN’s State of the Union that it is “almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation.”
Some congressional Republicans are also calling for a select committee to investigate administration actions surrounding the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and other Republicans say Obama aides tried to cover up the fact that the attack was carried out by a terrorist group. The aides, who initially attributed the attack to protests over an anti-Islam film, said the story changed because the evidence did.
Carney has accused the Republicans of trying to “politicize” an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.