Hoefert: Need-to-know basis only
May 23, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Excerpt: Day after day after day during a presidential campaign the candidates will speak to the American people and promise that when elected they, yes they, will be the United States next great communicator by bringing more transparency to the Oval Office.
Then, after being elected as leader of the greatest nation in the free world, one of their first priorities as president is to hire a spokesperson whose main duty is, you guessed it…
Day after day after day speak to the American people.
Hmmm, maybe Jay Carney, President Obama’s White House press secretary, whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the Obama Administration, should also speak to President Obama.
That way President Obama would’ve, could’ve and should’ve known that during the week of April 22 the IRS inspector general notified the White House counsel’s office that it was completing a review of the IRS office in Cincinnati that targeted conservative political groups for special examination.
An IRS review that President Obama said he was unaware of until May 10 as he stated a week ago Monday:
“I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.”
That if President Obama didn’t know about the actions of the IRS then maybe, just maybe, President Clinton didn’t have sexual relations with that woman, President Nixon is not a crook and President Harrison never did Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.
Ought to have known about audit, Part I — The good news for President Obama claiming not knowing about the IRS is it takes some of the focus off of what he really does know concerning issues about Benghazi, the Justice Department seizing the Associated Press phone records and Beyoncé lip synching the National Anthem during his inauguration.
Ought to have known about audit, Part II — The bad news for President Obama is that The first lady has joined John Stewart, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel and others making jokes about her husband’s failures as she did at the graduation ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School last Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. when she wisecracked:
“And then there’s this guy, Barack Obama, I could take up a whole afternoon talking about his failures, he lost his first race for Congress, and now he gets to call himself my husband.”