Back when I was still shorter than a regulation hockey net, I had an occasional issue with the truth. Although generally a decent kid, I periodically did things I shouldn’t (naturally), then made it exponentially worse by fibbing to try to extricate myself from the unpleasant situation I’d created.
Once when I was caught red-handed, my intricate lies having been systematically dismantled by my father (he’d have made an extraordinarily good cop), he told me this:
“Son, I want to be able to trust whatever you tell me, in any situation, always. But when you lie, and then tell lies to cover the first ones, you make it impossible for me to trust you.
No one expects you to never make a mistake, but a lie isn’t a mistake: it’s deliberate. A man takes ownership of his mistakes, every time. First you admit it, THEN you correct it.
Don’t ever forget that.”
And I haven’t.
Yet with the Administration’s scandals and accompanying lies multiplying like Tribbles, I can only assume that Obama and his White House team never had such a conversation with any of THEIR dads, much to our nation’s detriment.
Because while the White House remains embroiled in a stew of scandal and controversy, their approach throughout has remained consistent: obfuscate, deny, feign indignation, …and then obfuscate some more.
We saw this in glorious detail with White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer’s appearance on not one, not two, but five different Sunday morning news shows. Amazingly, he started off by staying with the now-thoroughly discredited storyline that the “Benghazi=a YouTube video” Talking Points should be blamed on the CIA, and not the White House:
Wallace was exactly correct: as the emails from the Weekly Standard showed, the video wasn’t there until it was inserted by someone other than the CIA. Charles Krauthammer puts the lie to this ridiculous fabrication:
On Nov. 28, press secretary Jay Carney told the media that State and the White House edited nothing but a single trivial word. When the e-mail trail later revealed this to be false, Carney doubled down. Last Friday, he repeated that the CIA itself made the edits after the normal input from various agencies.
That was a bridge too far for even the heretofore supine mainstream media. The CIA may have typed the final edits. But the orders came from on high. You cannot tell a room full of journalists that when your editor tells you to strike four paragraphs from your text — and you do — there were no edits because you are the one who turned in the final copy.
Then, echoing the President’s now infamous faux indignation from last year’s debates, Pfeiffer feigned offense that we dare to question their integrity or motives:
Wallace eventually asked if Obama ever appeared in the Situation Room, to which Pfeiffer replied that he didn’t remember what room Obama was in that night. He also said it was a “largely irrelevant fact.”
“The suggestion of your question, that somehow the president allowed this to happen — the assertion from Republicans that somehow the president allowed this to happen and didn’t take action is offensive,” Pfeiffer said.
Aderaba, Mr. Pfeiffer: it is we who are offended. And your false indignation only adds to our offense.
And this’s only part of the White House’s problem. The recent IRS scandal indicates more and more that the Administration is the source of, or complicit with, the malfeasance of which it’s accused here, as well.
Despite Obama’s words to the contrary, it’s now a provable fact that the White House knew of the IRS’ targeting of Conservatives weeks ago, at the very least (courtesy of Ed at HotAir). And according to the American Spectator, it is far more likely that Obama himself not only knew it, but directly orchestrated it:
According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm that Wednesday noon time of March 31st.
The White House lists the IRS union leader’s visit this way:
Kelley, Colleen Potus 03/31/2010 12:30
In White House language, “POTUS” stands for “President of the United States.”
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. The IG report wrote it up this way:
April 1-2, 2010: The new Acting Manager, Technical Unit, suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party cases. The Determinations Unit Program Manager Agreed.
***In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program agreed” to open a “Sensitive Case report on the Tea party cases.”
This makes about the 13,000th event (in the 4th or 5th ongoing scandal; I’m losing track…) which will, I’m sure, be spun as either “irrelevant” or merely a coincidence. And I can accept a coincidence: singular. But multiple coincidences, in multiple situations, plural?
Not a chance.
The White House has some serious splainin’ to do, pronto. The fact that their latest excuse is that they’re “idiots” tells you just how deep the hole is they’ve dug for themselves.
Their burgeoning web of lies is now painfully obvious to all but their most loyal partisans, and spinning more of them isn’t getting ’em anywhere.
…Perhaps I should have them speak to my Dad?