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Two New Obama Scandals in a Single Day

by Keith Koffler on June 11, 2013, 8:28 am

The Obama administration scandals kept coming Monday at a dizzying pace, with two new ones cropping up to complement nearly a vast roster of others that have emerged from the administration.

White House Dossier last week noted a total of 20 significant Obama administration scandals, but that was before these latest two and the revelation that the government is keeping track of telephone calls and Internet traffic.

In one the fresh scandals that came to light Monday, CBS News revealed that State Department investigations into misdoings by officials overseas - several having to do with sex – were manipulated or quashed.

From the report:

CBS News’ John Miller reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples.

Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.”

Meanwhile, another inspector general revealed that nepotism has become an “open and widespread practice” at the Department of Energy, which is already home to the Solyndra scandal. At least a dozen children or other relatives of Energy Department officials have received summer jobs at the agency. One official got positions for two of his kids at the division where he works.

The burgeoning list of Obama scandals is not some remarkable coincidence.

President Obama has set a tone that makes such abuses of power seem more likely and even acceptable by actions such as increasing the size and importance of big government, deriding other branches of power and the private sector, allowing himself and his wife exorbitant vacations at taxpayer expense, and acting unilaterally in defiance of the law and wishes of Congress.

As of 8:15 am ET Tuesday, no new scandals had yet emerged from the Obama administration, though the day is very young.

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Misscheryl June 11, 2013 at 8:32 am

WOW!! It’s our lucky day!

Scottso June 11, 2013 at 8:46 am

I still want to know who paid for the President’s pals to fly out to California on Saturday.
Was it on our bill, their bill (are they going to try to claim it should be tax deductible for work)?

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

I don’t know which disgusts me more: our employees’ engaging in sexual misconduct, or this administration’s covering them up.

Geoff Caldwell June 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

“Where apathy reigns, tyranny rules”

Unfortunately Keith, the number could reach 20 times 20 and with the current depth of apathy in this country to anything important it sadly would not matter.

I’ve been following this nation’s politics since the Watergate hearings and I have never seen anything like the public of today.
It’s not just that so many are “disengaged” from the day to day politics, it’s that their so ignorant of everything around them. Except Facebook, E News! and the Daily Show of course.

I used to think the profligate spending and national debt would sink us, now it’s beginning to look like we won’t even reach THAT tipping point, as “idiocracy” seems to be expanding at an exponential rate.

Misscheryl June 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

nail.head.

Julie Brueckheimer June 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

And sometimes I wonder if all the dumbing down was not by design.

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

How many public schools offer civics classes nowadays? How many offered them 30 years ago?

ImNoDhimmi June 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

It’s all part of the Master Plan. The powers-that-be want us all to be stupid and docile sheep.

Playrighter June 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

Somebody going by “El Guapo” wrote a long post yesterday, explaining in detail how America was formed as a Constitutional Republic, but “that form of government needs, no, requires the people be educated, literate, and involved. Does that sound like the America you know?” and going on to point out that tyranny is the logical direction for a nation not equipped to handle itself.

It’s a sad, but rather truthful evaluation of our present state.

Aileen June 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

Agree. Check out the ESPN announcement Regarding Tebow…over 5k comments. Over 5k.

MikeD June 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

It is no accident that the secret service vice scandal last year in S America was described by Pres Obama as involving some “knuckle heads”. He sets the tone, tempo and levels of acceptability on his administration. Being too focused on image and not enough on content will result in this type of thing. The armed forces are in the midst of a wave of serious sexual assault behavior, yet Pres Obama opts not to act. The core of this administration is weak, un qualified for the scale and scope of the task and obsessed about how they look. A phony president and first lady are allowing the standards and output of many great government institutions to erode and become collateral damage in what has fast become the worst Presidency in US history. This should be a living lesson as to the perils of all show and no go in our leadership. The first family can’t believe that they got in power and have wasted no time exploiting it for every perk it can offer and more. The Obama’s are financially set for life post office, books, speaking tours, appearances on the voice etc etc etc. It’s only reasonable to put pressure on this administration and directly the President on his actions. What annoys me the most is that the President has not as yet answered specifically yet what he did, where he was and what decisions he took in relation to the specifics of that night in Benghazi. The parade of scandals post Benghazi testimony on the hill by those present should not stop those questions being posed and answered. Can Issa call the President to answer those questions?

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 9:26 am

It is no accident that the secret service vice scandal last year in S America was described by Pres Obama as involving some “knuckle heads”. He sets the tone, tempo and levels of acceptability on his administration.

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If a Republican had this attitude of “boys will be boys”, he would be excoriated by the MFM and the Progosphere.

aunty M June 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Well written, Mike D. Hopefully Rep Issa can do something
to wake up the “low information voter.” The government is
going to hell in a handbasket.

Kathy June 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

True, Obama is not a leader and he is only obsessed with his own image, but where institutions are rotting from the inside, that is not because he’s inept, but because that the way he wants it.

Misscheryl June 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

We are a godless nation, from the top down. Get used to it.

JimK June 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

With all these scandals being revealed in such a short time frame the word “orchestrated” comes to mind. That of course raises the all important question: Who is the conductor?

Misscheryl June 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

The conductor? Look to those who must win in 2014 and times a wasting. It’s now or never and I’m glad some are playing hardball and I don’t mean Chris Mathews. I think they’ve always known this stuff has been going on but that the American people didn’t. barry and his party are the big losers in all this.

Misscheryl June 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

and kick them when they’re down.

srdem65 June 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

Nepotism is a fact of political life and has been since, well, forever.
It’s the ultimate legal and moral pay-back for donors or supporters.

If memory serves, MrsClinton (and her security guards) flew over a million miles and visited countries all over the world, including a few no one recognized. It isn’t a stretch to assume that the security guards were lonely, bored, and looking for some professional companionship during their off-duty times. Except for the “assault” on foreign national guards that is alleged (man on man rape?), nothing is surprising or worth investigating.

Julie Brueckheimer June 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

Having grown up in ‘Chicagoland’, I can say that nepotism, cronyism, and the patronage system have truly gone nationwide.

Car in June 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

The story isn’t that there is nepotism. There story is that no one cares.

People will be people. But we are supposed to have systems in place that help protect us from the entire country turning into a banana republic, with the connect elites accumulating all the wealth and power.

One of those systems is supposed to be the press.

Star June 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

My eye doctor let his partner’s 15-yr-old work summers in the office poking people in the eye to measure pressure etc. Send the kid to camp! He told me my good eye pressure was 30 (bad!). I freaked. When the doc came in, he laughed it off–”Well, I am a real doctor and you’re only 14.” I fired him! The Medical Board also gave him a pass. So..moral–maybe your relative is not the best person for the job. Does that matter at all?

Mike Lester June 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

There is no one in charge of America. No one.

The biggest affirmative action hire in history. White American guilt over slavery (we act like we invented it) elected a man TWICE who had and continues to have no idea the meaning of America, wants to “fundamentally change America” and is “constrained by the Constitution”. (-I could go on) He’s also a well spoken dumb ass. Want proof? Listen to him speak extemporaneously. Sounds like that old Bob and Ray bit.

Girly1 June 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

You have just described the greatest scandal of all time, Mike! How did a couple of Chicago grifters slip through the cracks – not only once, but TWICE!

Mi June 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

He can read a TelePrompTer.

swedishlady June 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

And the biggest scandal of all is the total secret trawling for information, Everything is collected, everything is kept. It´s a Stasi dream. The Obama administration created a monster that will not go away.There is a global uproar about this scandal and I believe that the US image is rapidly changing. Obama and his gang have hurt the US in so many ways. The young man who lifted the lid on this Pandora box did the world a great service. Now, please leave him alone ( I hear that he has disappeared ). The scandal is out, instead hunt those responsible for it. Still, I suspect that Snowden will be the hunted, slandered, and persecuted . Life is not fair.

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

The Obama administration created a monster that will not go away.There is a global uproar about this scandal and I believe that the US image is rapidly changing.
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Ah, nuts. Does this mean he’ll have to go on another “apology tour” soon?

RickW June 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

LMAO Yes, the Prostrate President Tour will begin shortly.

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

Eeks! I misread that as the “Prostate President Tour”.

Between the NSA and FCMABBHO’s treatment of Ji, we have both Europe and Asia pissed at us. And, I’m sure folks on other continents aren’t thrilled, either.

Julie Brueckheimer June 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

Mandy, I couldn’t believe this. It makes me sick. After the G-8 in London, Obama will be going on to Germany and speaking at the Brandenburg Gate as if he is some international hero. He will get an opportunity to give one of his speeches and distract more from his scandals back home.

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

Merkel saw him for the narcissist he is during the campaign in 2008 when he wanted to speak at the gate.

Julie Brueckheimer June 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

Now he’s President, and she can’t refuse.

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

Uh, yes, she can. But, she probably wants to make nice.

Geoff Caldwell June 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

Somebody better tell the teleprompter that the wall’s been down for decades already before Obama tries to take credit for that too.

Julie Brueckheimer June 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

ROTFLMAO

swedishlady June 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

Geoff, very funny, but I hope nobody tells the Teleprompter because I can just imagine Barry impersonating Reagan with a “tear down this wall” speech and then…..

Geoff Caldwell June 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

Ohhhhhhhhh that would be SO great.

swedishlady June 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

Julie, I hope there will be demonstrations.The spying has upset a lot of people. I have read that Mrs Merkel will lecture him on it. Why Germany again ? I guess he wants to try to copy JFK again . Distraction, oh yes.

Julie Brueckheimer June 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

From your lips to God’s ear.

Julie Brueckheimer June 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

I was surprised by Bill O’Reilly last night, but I don’t suppose you get to watch Fox in Sweden. He admitted that what the young man did was, technically, treason, and then I thought O’Reilly would go ballistic on him, but, no, he said he was glad that he had done it. I think Iceland is trying to give him sanctuary, but it would really be ironic if he went to Russia or China.

Speaking of the Stasi, have you ever seen the German film ‘The Lives of Others’? More Americans need to watch it.

swedishlady June 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

Julie, unfortunately I haven´t seen that film yet but I have read a lot about Stasi. In those days they used a lot of informers, an army of informers, and when the secret archives opened in the nineties many were surprised and angy to find out whom the informers were, neighbors, teachers and so on. Imagine if they had the technology of today. Or if all these paranoid dictators of the past had it. Unfortunately the paranoid dictators of today will install it or perhaps buy information from the NSA.
Yes, Russia is offering asylum buit it´s probably because they want to mock the US. Putin doesn´t have a great record in these matters. Iceland, yes, he would then have to switch the sun and surf in Hawaii to the grim climate and hot wells of Iceland, but I guess he doesn´t mind. They have nice little horses there.

Elaine June 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Sorry but Bush created this monster. Obama has embraced it and expanded it.

RickW June 11, 2013 at 10:10 am

Keith/Group, I’m curious about your opinion WHY all these things are coming out in such a torrent? Is this an empowered (aka: ANGRY) in revolt? Its hard to believe all this information is appearing in such volume, almost simultaneously.

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

I’ve been wondering about that, too. Are the ones unleashed since Benghazi intended to distract us from it? If so, the truth must be so heinous that he’s willing to be lambasted for violating the First Amendment (IRS) and the Fourth Amendment (spying on us).

Or, is he so out of touch that he has absolutely no control over what’s going on? Or, have people in the know finally had enough?

Julie Brueckheimer June 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

My thought it is that we are getting diminishing returns. Benghazi is the horrific scandal, but it seems to be receding into the past quickly and being replaced by weaker ‘scandals’. Come on, how does the State Department’s Prosty-gate compare to Benghazi?

Girly1 June 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

Spot on, Julie! Benghazi is lost in the shuffle – by design.

RickW June 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

“Sex Sells”

plus, I think the media is scared to actually find out what happened with Benghazi, Julie. If the lack of action was due to Dear Leader’s being stoned out of his mind or something like cowardice, I’d think long and hard about publicizing that until he leaves office.

Star June 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

think the media is scared to actually find out what happened

You mean the CIA running guns to Syria?

RickW June 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

No, I meant the murders of our people over there with zero attempt to rescue them, Star. I have yet to see Obama’s involvement documented nor have I seen “who gave the order to stand down”.

Star June 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I think they are trying to bury why Stevens was even there.

Playrighter June 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm

and we’re still waiting — nine months later — to hear from (and even learn the identities of) those people who were actually at Benghazi on 9/11.

How can that be true?

Julie Brueckheimer June 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Buying back Stingers they gave to the sweet little Libyan rebels and maybe with the intent to give them to the sweet little Syrian rebels next.

AZ Granny June 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

All these scandals are overwhelming. I’m afraid that the more we’re subjected to the less reactive we’ll become.

Now we know it was the Ambassador to Belgium that was soliciting not only prostitutes but minors too. And they allowed him to stay in his job. Was that because he’s a big bundler for Obama?

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/06/11/report-u-s-ambassador-to-belgium-who-was-top-obama-campaign-bundler-solicited-prostitutes-including-minors/

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

Gee, fancy that: a Kennedy who aids and abets the exploitation of women.

Star June 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

I agree with Granny–we are whipsawed from one mess to another, some lame remarks on each. They are trying to create scandal fatigue.

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I tend toward believing this, but there’s some very damning information about FCMABBHO.

Geoff Caldwell June 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

My .02:
1. See my earlier comment on the current state of apathy
2. Tie 1 in with the ADD attention span of current populace

Bringing it all out now has it all being “old news” a year from now as they go for the take-back of the House.

There will be nothing between now and November 2014 that will not involve:
1. Fundraising
2. Fundraising
3. Fundraising

Star June 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

I have an intelligent friend who is still a defender of this crew–and she maintains she doesn’t know if any of this is true. How to you answer that? Sputter, sputter.

Geoff Caldwell June 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Tell her the weather in Cuba is absolutely fabulous this time of year and offer a one way ticket. Too extreme?

Star June 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Maybe a little…

gracepmc June 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

Why not? It’s pretty clear there are no real consequences to bad behaviour.

65andcounting June 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

CBS News is a bit like Sybil – many personalities. On one hand they break news or actually cover a story but then they let Norah O’Donnell go in for the jugular when a conservative comes on the air. To wit, this morning, she lit into Rand Paul, that tone of her goes right through me, as if I want to send her to her room and tell her to not come out until she can be nice. CBS kinda wants to try and report but then their anchors aren’t willing to engage in conversation so the story ends up buried.

Geoff Caldwell June 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

Norah spent so many years in the NBC cocoon she doesn’t really know any better. The knee just automatically jerks when it’s a conservative.

gracepmc June 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

State — worthless. Patrick Kennedy — Hillary’s boy — will kill any peek into any questionable behaviour.

State is a lib playground — . It is a joke. They should be embarrassed. They are not.

As for the scandals– as long as Eric Holder and James Clapper are allowed to lie to Congress without consequence, and the IRS can target conservatives and religious without consequence, and wrongdoing is rewarded with promotions or paid administrative leave–nothing will change. Barack Obama could publicly hand over the keys to the kingdom to Rahm Emmanuel and there would be no consequence.

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

FCMABBHO could have sex with a goat in the Rose Garden and the MFM would ignore it.

Star June 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I was disappointed in my “buds” at THE FIVE–I almost felt the word was out at Fox–anything is justified. Even Beckel (whom I agree with on this, how weird is that) was subdued. Greg said he was a terrorchondriac–yeah, funny–but you cannot get 100% protection against attacks no matter how many privacy rights you violate–it isn’t possible. We have to use judgment here. I feel the same about the usual phrase, “If only one life can be saved…” We don’t do huge things to save one life!

Mandy Manners June 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I feel the same about the usual phrase, “If only one life can be saved…” We don’t do huge things to save one life!

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That line also is used by anti-gunners to justify trashing the Second Amendment.

Another Proggy appeal is, “it’s for the chillllllllllldrennnnnnn”. Whenever I hear that one, I grab my wallet.

CiscoKid June 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Odd, it’s ” for the children “, yet the Gov’t allows them to be aborted (killed?), and let other children die, ie, that poor child that needs a lung.

gracepmc June 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Catherine Herridge does what The Five did not. Not only does she reveal documented abuses of NSA, she addresses the failure of congressional oversight. Her series will continue with a look at data mining and elections and the footprint beginning at an early age with children.

Herridge, imho, is always sterling.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/11/fox-reporter-herridge-reveals-nsa-abuses-video/

Star June 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm

She is great. I like her, too.

Mi June 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

Yet Keith refuses to call Obama a traitor.

Elaine June 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I worked for the federal government for 25 years. When I was hired in 1975, it was illegal for a close family member to work in the same agency. By 1980, it became a family affair. If you got your foot in the door, your wife/husband, kids, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews could not only work in the same agency, but the same office. The federal government in the U.S. has become exactly like the governments of dictators where family and friends, and of course, the loyal supporters of the dictator, whether qualified or not, get lucrative positions.

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