Benghazi, the IRS, and a press conference filibuster

President Obama was recently asked about Benghazi and IRS scandals. He began filibustering, and may still be talking.  Photo: AP

CHARLESTON, WV, May 15, 2013 — President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron held a joint press conference to reaffirm the special relationship between the U.S. and U.K. and talk about nothing in particular. The press conference was held before the story broke about the Obama Justice Department seizing Associated Press telephone records.

With many unanswered questions about Benghazi and IRS abuses of conservatives, Obama was willing to take precisely two questions. One came from a British reporter, leaving only one question for two scandals. An American reporter asked Obama when he actually learned the truth about the IRS and Benghazi, respectively. She wanted to know if he deliberately left out mentions of al-Qaeda, and if the White House misled the public.

Naturally, the correct answer to that last question is yes, and Obama welled up with righteous indignation to say “no.”

Then Obama began a filibuster that could teach Rand Paul or even Strom Thurmond a few things about holding court. Unlike Reagan, Obama may not have paid for his microphone, but he was certainly going to use it until everybody in the room was too tired to ask another question. He used familiar buzzwords in a tone that conveyed high seriousness and utter sincerity. In other words, he decided to imitate Led Zeppelin and “Ramble On.”

Obama began his talkathon by discussing the IRS fiasco. He claimed to have learned about IRS abuses of conservatives on “Friday,” three days before he was asked the question. If any evidence surfaces that he knew before that day, his Monday answer will be exposed as a lie. Time will tell.

As usual, Americans were not given the facts. The spin was that “low level employees” in Cincinnati were responsible. Cincinnati is not a mere IRS branch office. It is the headquarters for reviews of tax status applications. New information shows that IRS personnel in Washington were also complicit in targeting conservatives.

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Obama deployed the boilerplate he uses whenever his employees get caught abusing their power: The situation is “outrageous.” He will make sure the bad actors are “held fully accountable.”

No, they will not. There has not been a single Obama scandal where anybody has been held accountable. Not one.

Obama declared that the IRS is an “independent agency.”

Translation from Obamaspeak: Do not blame him, it is somebody else’s fault.

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“I will not tolerate it.”

Yes he will. He always does.

Obama then turned professorial and lectured the rest of us about how important it is for the IRS to remain a neutral, apolitical organization. Everyone except people working for Obama know this. He is a master at wasting precious time in press conferences stating the obvious. This precludes further questions about why the problem occurred to begin with and why his promised solutions never materialize.

Obama then shifted to Benghazi. He again claimed that he acknowledged that the situation was an act of terrorism the day after it happened. Despite CNN’s Candy Crowley bailing him out in the second presidential debate and rescuing his faltering reelection, the claim is still not true.

He again said people would be “held accountable,” and again they will not be.

He then had the nerve to say “That’s exactly what we’ve been trying to do,” as if anybody deserves to be rewarded in politics for trying to accomplish something. Obama’s entire presidency has gone from “Yes, we can” to “Hey, we tried.” If his standards for grade inflation and successful achievement were any lower he would work at a public school.

He dismissively rebuked those demanding to know who altered the White House talking points. He said that “has been a sideshow.” Initially “we were not clear who carried it out, what their motivations were.” This is the same man who a few sentences earlier insisted that he knew it was terrorism.

“Nobody understood exactly what was taking place.”

Actually, conservatives knew exactly what was taking place. Radical Islamists were launching attacks on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. Only somebody conducting an aerobics for ostriches workout could not grasp this link.

“There’s no there there.”

Sorry Gertrude, but there is there everywhere there. Just because Obama says there is nothing to see and talk about here does not make it so. What Obama says and the truth frequently diverge, often to opposite ends of the spectrum.

Susan Rice’s words “matched assessments I was receiving in my daily brief.”

Obama claimed that “extremist elements inside Libya” caused the terrorism.

Extremist elements? Were they Jewish? Sikh? Was it workplace violence? Is it too much to ask that our government put aside the sensitivities of the terrorists to properly identify them?

“Three days later we end up putting out all the information.”

Who pushed the video? Who edited the talking points? Who gave Lt. Colonel Gibson the order to stand down? Where was President Obama during the entire Benghazi siege? Why is an innocent film-maker still in jail?

Very little of the information has been put out.

“Who exercises coverups or tamps things down for three days?”

Barack Obama, graduate of the Chicago school of politics.

“I’ve been very clear about taking responsibility.”

Who has been fired? Anybody?

Obama sycophants can spend every waking minute blaming Rush Limbaugh, the Koch Brothers, Fox News, the Tea Party, and President George W. Bush. Deep down even some of the staunchest Obama defenders are starting to realize that the man who rode a wave of hope and change into office is nothing more than an arrogant, corrupt bully.

It is tough to defend the indefensible, but at least now hard questions are being asked of this naked emperor. Perhaps in another month he will hold another press conference, take one more semi-tough question, and spend the rest of his day not answering it.


Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”

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Eric Golub

Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger, author, public speaker, and comedian. His book trilogy is “Ideological Bigotry,” “Ideological Violence,” and  “Ideological Idiocy.” 

He is Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1990. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Judaism, and his MBA from USC. A stockbrokerage professional since 1994, he began blogging on March 11th, 2007, the three year anniversary of the Madrid bombings and the midpoint of 9/11. He has been inflicting his world view on his unfortunate readers since then. He blogs about politics Monday through Friday, and about football and other human interest items on weekends.



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