The next time President Obama holds a press conference – if he ever does such a thing again, given how annoying it will be for him – it will be fair to wonder, as you listen in, WHETHER HE HAS ANY IDEA WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT.
Think about it. The IRS was probing conservatives. A report was coming out, and it seems like everyone in the White House knew about it – the Counsel, the chief of staff, a deputy chief of staff and other aides the White House won’t tell us about. Except the president didn’t know.
So perhaps a reporter will try asking him if the administration is sending heavy arms Syrian rebels. Maybe someone is doing it but doesn’t want him to know so he can credibly deny it to other world leaders. Or let’s say someone asks about any of the scandals. It’s reasonable at this point to assume that he’s not the right person to query since someone may be PROTECTING him.
The White House claim that the witholding from the president of information on the report was done by a bunch of White House boy scouts to avoid any kind of perception of meddling in an inspector general investigation doesn’t make much sense. The White House already knew. If there was going to be meddling, it would far more likely have been done by staff than the president. This was purely an operation to protect the president’s political backside.
Obama’s getting slammed for not knowing what’s going on in his administration. But it seems he doesn’t even know what’s going on in his own chief of staff’s office.
Maybe Valerie Jarrett should do the next press conferences instead. Or if Obama does it, the staff should at least make sure he reads the papers first so he knows what’s going on.
H/T to Mike Joyce from North Carolina, a smart dude who gave me the idea for this piece. He tweets as MJUSA.