The Obama Cover-up begins

What did the President know and when did he know it?

During Watergate, Senator Howard Baker made that question famous.  It was a different time, a different president and a different second term scandal.  But now, once again, the question is raised and it goes to the heart of the issue.  Was Obama behind the IRS attacks on his political enemies?  Or was it happening on its own, a bureaucratic “planchette,” moving across the political Ouija board with many biased hands guiding it?  And if it was the latter, when did the president finally know about it?

According to the Inspector General, the IRS asked illegal questions of politically targeted groups and organizations.  This included “requests for donor information, positions on issues, and whether officers have run for public office.” One disgusting national news story revealed that IRS agents had asked an organization to report the content of their prayers.

Now comes the shocking news.  The former IRS commissioner, Douglas Shulman, visited the White House 157 times since 2009.    Sarah Hall Ingram, the woman responsible for the IRS division that targeted conservative and constitutional groups, made 165 visits to the White House since 2011.  Incredibly, according to the official White House visitors’ records, none of the visits of the two IRS officials overlapped.

During those 322 visits to the White House, which represents almost every other working day, did they ever encounter the president?  And if so, what did they talk about?  Baseball?  Did they ever talk about work?

Did they feel comfortable about quizzing nonprofit applicants about their prayer language because they knew the president wouldn’t mind?  How could Barack Obama possibly not know what was going on?  When they met with him, did they lie to him?

Ken Walsh – arguably America’s preeminent authority on modern presidents – makes the point in a recent book that President Obama, as other presidents before him, may be isolated from what is happening in his own administration.  (Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America’s Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership. Paradigm Publishers, Boulder – London. )

As Walsh points out, presidents’ aides often give their boss some distance so he has deniability when a scandal erupts.  There is nothing new about this.  History has showed how sovereigns and mafia dons get things done without giving a literal command.  Frustrated over Thomas Becket, King Henry II supposedly bellowed, “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”  Aides figured out what Henry wanted and butchered Becket.

Having worked in a White House I personally experienced this first hand.  A good staffer knows when the president should not be bothered by something, when his fingerprints should not be on the paper.  But can one meet with the president hundreds of times and not talk about ones work?  Isn’t the president too busy to talk about life?  Or to quiz an IRS official about personal gossip at the agency?  Wouldn’t a chief executive want to know what she is doing and how she is doing it?  And would she really make hundreds of visits without the details of her work ever coming up?  What would be the purpose of the visits?

As Kenneth T. Walsh shows in Prisoners of the White House and I was to experience firsthand, isolation happens to all presidents.  But then so does hubris.

Even if one accepts the most generous account of President Obama’s innocence it does not explain how he continues to relentlessly reward and punish his enemies after the fact.

Sarah Hall Ingram, the administrator of the IRS division that targeted conservative groups, the one who made 165 visits to the White House and supposedly never uttered a word about what she was doing, was given a $100,000 bonus and promoted to run the enforcement of ObamaCare.

What is that?  Coincidence?  A payoff?

The president can claim he didn’t know when it happened, which seems far fetched, but he surely knows now.  And like Richard Nixon before him, he is paying off the Watergate Burglars.

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16 Responses to The Obama Cover-up begins

  1. DT says:

    We will never know. And what’s funny is that the monitoring of the “content of their prayers” can only mean that God and the people who were intimately involved, are the only ones who know the total truth.

    However, we, who WANT to discover the truth, know that we are dealing with “scumbag politicians” who are nothing but amoral reprobates; who have ZERO regard for “truth” – and absolutely NO “fear” of God.

    So, Good Luck with that! All we can do is to let God sort it out. Anyway, I’m sure Pontius Pilate would appreciate a visit from some like-minded company in his special corner of Hell.

  2. Why are you still only talking anout IRS? What about NSA George Orwellgate and other developments?

    I personally feel Rockefellers have decided to pull rug from under the feet of their Obama pupet, just as they did with Nixon.

    • Edgar G says:

      Because Doug secretly taped the Bush family and is the last one who should be pointing fingers on the subject: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/20/politics/20talk.html?pagewanted=print&position=

      • Right, and Doug “spying” on those murderous war criminals is in the same league as the banking cartel running this country spying on millions of ordinary Americans going on with their ordinary daily lives. Right.

      • Edgar G says:

        It’s still spying no matter how you spin it. This is why the Liberty Movement will never gain traction beyond the 1% it represents. The American people see right through it’s hypocrisy.

      • donjusko says:

        Wead is not the Liberty movement, don’t get them confused. I’m a TP and for liberty and the Constitution. I’m for me, nobody can say they speak for me. I want a receite when I vote. Paper trail voting is what I want.

    • rjbarnett says:

      an IRS scandal helps divert attention from the real smoking gun that would bring Hillary down– Benghazi.

      • Surfisher says:

        rjbarnett — the IRS scandal must never be forgotten, since it exposes the obscene power the wannabe Dictator usurping the presidency and the occupier of our White House wields!

        Also, noting your typo — it is “Hitlery” that bespeaks her true identity, not Hillary.

        Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals directing PRISM,
        and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame
        spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me i
        n the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

  3. […] Wead served in the administrations of both President George W. Bush and his father and he noted “Sarah Hall Ingram, the woman responsible for the IRS division that targeted conservative and […]

  4. donjusko says:

    Gee, O lied again, how safe is that to talk about..
    Any plans to get rid of him? Not from Doug it seems.
    No substance, no nada.

  5. […] Doug Wead served in the administrations of both President George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush. Wead noted: “Sarah Hall Ingram, the woman responsible for the IRS division that targeted conservative and constitutional groups, made 165 visits to the White House since 2011″ making for a total of 322 visits between her and her boss, Shulman. […]

  6. […] Doug Wead served in the administrations of both President George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush. Wead noted: “Sarah Hall Ingram, the woman responsible for the IRS division that targeted conservative and constitutional groups, made 165 visits to the White House since 2011″ making for a total of 322 visits between her and her boss, Shulman. […]

  7. rjbarnett says:

    Barry Soetoro (aka Obama) is responsible even if a shadow force (e.g., Valerie Jarrett ) is directing day-to-day events. Tough inquiry & real investigation of w/ indictments and prison time must be pursued. SO, the real question becomes how to eliminate extorted lackey’s like House Speaker Boehner who has failed We the People.

    • Surfisher says:

      rjbarnett — Boehner is a neocon, in other words, a patsy that hates Real Americans!

      All such trash must be impeached, and jailed for a lifetime…starting with the usurper of the White House who has yet to to produce a valid Birth Certificate!

      Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals directing PRISM,
      and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame
      spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

  8. Surfisher says:

    Watch the usurper of our White House lie through his teeth!

    Time to Impeach !!!

    Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals directing PRISM,
    and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame
    spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

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