This week is arguably the worst week ever for the Obama administration during his time in the White House. No…seriously…shit has been going down every day.
First, the Democrats and Republicans are continuing their finger-pointing when it comes to the Benghazi crisis.
Basically the “Neverending Story.”
Then, the IRS was caught targeting conservative groups for audits and other scrutiny.
Which basically started these accusations that President Obama was behind it all.
After that, the Department of Justice caused a hot ass mess when it was revealed that they had obtained private telephone records of AP reporters.
Government infringing on journalists’ privacy is never a good thing.
And all of this is making our head spin.
So we decided to call on the one person we know who could sort this all out:
Olivia Pope. We need your help.
Here’s hoping she can help us understand this clusterfuck of information we’ve been hit with.
The White House has come under fire since the IRS admitted that it had improperly put holds on Tea Party groups’ applications. They’ve basically been discriminating against any individual or group with “Tea-Party” or “Patriot” in their names. They’ve even targeted a pro-Israel group. IRS acting director Steven T. Miller denied targeting the groups, but that doesn’t make much sense when he had been previously briefed that the IRS was doing just that. Messy.
Anyway, this is all a big pile of shit that’s pointed at Obama, because the IRS has a history of being involved in dirty political tricks. Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy and FDR administrations, have reportedly all used the agency as a weapon against political enemies. So, if any links are found between the Obama administration and this abuse of power…well…damn.
Obama said in a statement that “the report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable” and that he was calling on Treasury Secretary Jack Lew “to hold those responsible” and “to make sure that each of the inspector general’s recommendations are implemented quickly.”
“The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust, and that’s especially true for the I.R.S.,” Obama said in the statement. “This report shows that some of its employees failed that test.”
But today it was confirmed that two IRS employees were disciplined in relation to the controversy. And then the president announced that the acting commissioner of the IRS has been asked to resign.
That hasn’t stopped Twitter trolls and the media from comparing Obama to Richard Nixon. Olivia, we need your team.
Department Of Justice AP “Scandal”
Washington D.C. pissed off every journalist ever when it was revealed that the Department of Justice obtained two months worth of private phone records from Associated Press journalists and editors.
What. The. Entire. Fuck.
Of course, press freedom advocates say it’s a part of a larger battle for control of information. But Attorney General Eric Holder justified the DOJ’s move, saying that the records were a part of an investigation into information that was leaked to the AP about a terror plot.
People aren’t pleased. Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the actions were “wrong,” and the White House is trying to stay far away from the mess. But on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer received a call from the White House to ask him to reintroduce the 2009 “media shield” bill that protects journalists.
Not sure how this will all play out. But the audacity of our government?!
Then, the Obama Administration accused Republicans of leaking false emails to the media in order to make a case that the Obama administration lied about the Benghazi crisis.
According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:
“They decided to fabricate portions of an e-mail and make up portions of an e-mail in order to fit a political narrative,” Carney said during the regular White House briefing. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the spokesman said, is “obsessed” with the “political benefits” of the Benghazi dispute.
Carney’s referring to the reports by ABC News and the Weekly Standard that administration e-mails on Benghazi obtained by Congress months ago contained several smoking guns.
Basically, it’s only Wednesday and this mess has got us all like…
I don’t think Olivia can even keep up with this real-life drama.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest.