Barack Obama: President of the Duck Dynasty

President Obama held a press conference today, and once again he was ducking questions about what happened in Benghazi. Photo: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

CHARLOTTEMay 13, 2013 – Two major news stories aroused the interest of the mainstream media over the weekend and both have the White House in an uproar.

The new story concerning the IRS targeting specific conservative organizations may, in the long run, have more far-reaching political implications than the old story about Benghazi, but neither has a positive outlook for the administration

In a noontime press conference, President Barack Obama continued the string of uncomfortable answers that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney began on Friday afternoon regarding the attacks in Benghazi. Obama was only slightly more adept at making excuses than Carney was in attempting to gloss over the diplomatic fiasco.

When the dust cleared, after Obama had done his best to dodge the question about Libya, he looked more like the president of Duck Dynasty than President of the United States.

Paraphrasing his comments, Obama claimed it would be foolish to cover-up what he had already termed as “terrorism” in a Rose Garden press conference and that the talking points in question emphasized there is no “there, there.” Obama also said the talking points were an irrelevant source of controversy.

It is now obvious that the administration plans to politicize the Benghazi story as much as possible by drawing as much attention away from what actually took place and laying blame on political opponents. Until Friday that strategy was working, but when ABC News added mainstream revelations to the story, the dynamic changed and the White House went into full damage control.

What Obama failed to mention in his first comments about Libya since Carney’s spin session is that he referred to Benghazi as an “act of terrorism” in the Rose Garden, and he refused to define it as “terrorism” for several days following the attack. Even in a U.N. speech Obama blamed the attack on a YouTube video and did not call it “terrorism”

Obama also failed to mention the appearance by Susan Rice on five Sunday morning news shows who adamantly stated the YouTube video was responsible.

It will take considerably more details to satisfy the media about the ultimate truth. Now that they have become engaged in the story, however, chances are slim that specifics will not be forthcoming sooner or later.

Even so, ABC News did not provide any Benghazi news that had not already been reported for months. What it did do was give the story the credibility other media outlets needed to pursue it without retribution.

After months of investigation, primarily by FOX News and republican congressional leaders, there is clearly enough information already available to determine that the sleaze factor at the highest levels of government is running amok.

It should come as no surprise that Hillary Clinton is involved in the sinister underbelly of White House politics. It has long been part of her approach to leadership.

As for Obama, his “Mr. Nice Guy” image is rapidly deteriorating in the same way as golfing buddy Tiger Woods. While the press swooned and fifty percent of the American people fell in love with the president’s smile and his give-away programs, his inability to lead and his disdain for those who elected him is now coming back to haunt him.

Sadly for Mr. Obama, he still believes he is the smartest man in the world and that he can lie his way through any situation that arises. He fails to recognize that increasing numbers of his constituency are beginning to realize the emperor has no clothes.

Benghazi is not going away, but in the end it may be the IRS and Obama’s tax issues that eventually bring him down.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( which offers tours and travel information for people who share his wanderlust spirit.  

Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.


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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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