You have to hand it to Obama, he has a real talent for lying with a straight face. Speaking to the press in Peru this week he claimed his administration hasn’t had any scandals.
He’s right if you ignore the IRS targeting conservatives, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Solyndra, the Justice Department snooping on reporters, lying to the American people about Obamacare and lying to the American people about the Iran Deal. And that’s just for starters!
Yet he can say things like this without a hint of guilt.
Here’s a partial transcript via Real Clear Politics:
We have established a whole set of rules, norms, playbooks that just keep us far away from the line. Early on in the administration, there would be questions about could a staff person go to this conference, or what should they do about this gift that was provided. And I think it was maybe our first general counsel who was responsible for setting up our guidelines and rules inside the White House that said, if it sounds like it would be fun, then you can’t do it. (Laughter.) That’s a general test. If it sounds like something you would enjoy or appreciate — no go.
And as a consequence — and I’ll knock on some wood here, because we got two months left — I am extremely proud of the fact that over eight years we have not had the kinds of scandals that have plagued other administrations. And when I met with the President-elect, I suggested to him that having a strong White House Counsel that could provide clear guideposts and rules would benefit him and benefit his team because it would eliminate a lot of ambiguity. And I think it will be up to him to make determinations about how he wants to approach it.
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Enjoy your retirement, Mr. President.