How high up the administration’s ladders do the Obama scandals go?

The drip, drip, drip of scandal may be with us for a long time until we finally know how high they go. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEMay 19, 2013 – The most important question out of the scandals of the past week is: Was the president involved?

Had it not been for a blue dress, Bill Clinton might have escaped the Lewinsky fiasco because nobody wanted to believe the reality of what happened. Even though it was Clinton’s word against charges from numerous women, the President would have received the benefit of the doubt.

Now as three levels of scandal swarms around the Obama presidency, no one dares suggest that one or all three of the problems could reach the highest tier of government.

Not until there undipustable fact that cannot be ignored.

Even during the initial Watergate investigation, the press refrained from skewering President Nixon until the evidence became overwhelming.

That is the way it should be. In our 24/7 news cycle, speculation often goes on a rampage that is far beyond reason. Any president should be granted a certain high level of grace until all the facts are uncovered. That said, it should not be assumed as an investigation progresses that the commander in chief has no knowledge of what his subordinates are doing. If a president is completely out of the loop, then he is incompetent and has no business in the office in the first place.

Even some of Barack Obama’s most vocal critics continue to say that the president is “likeable” and “cool” and “Mr. Nice Guy.” Some say he is slow to anger. That he weighs every possibility and considers every option. That he is calm under fire.

Obama is none of the above.

Barack Obama may be the most vindictive chief executive in decades. He pouts and he scolds when he doesn’t get his way. He refuses to take responsibility for anything that happens on his watch. He weighs every possibility and considers every option because he wants to make a choice that best reflects upon him rather than governing for the American people.

Most of all, Barack Obama will make no decision that can be directly tied to him. There is always someone else who can be blamed before it reaches the top.

In that sense, President Obama has no incriminating “blue dress” in his closet.

Depending upon the media source or the reporter, a major debate rages on as to which scandal is the most significant. There is even a question in some circles as to whether these are merely “bumps in the road” as Obama likes to call them or whether they are legitimate scandals.

Each problem is different, and each possesses its own set of issues. Many in the media want to believe that targeting the AP by seizing records of many of their reporters is the most severe. In the end, that more likely amounts to kicking a hornet’s nest when it wasn’t bothering anyone.

Others believe the IRS targeting conservative organizations has a more far-reaching impact because of the power it wields and the fact that they will be the administrative office for Obamacare. Certainly every American fears the idea of dealing with government tax audits which makes it the most visible problem of the three to the greatest number of people.

Finally, Benghazi resulted in the deaths of four American diplomats during terrorist attacks and, as yet, no one has been brought to justice. The frightening long-range impact of those events and global jihad may be ignored by many, but they represent an international challenge the world will be dealing with long after the IRS story is but a memory.

As investigations continue, the search will expand level by level until they reach their final resting place. Any or all of the stories may take months to resolve and who really know where the answers will lead.

For the moment it is obvious that a lot of people at lower levels of the administration are being good soldiers by protecting their superiors. Given that much of this drama began during the middle of the presidential campaign, and that subordinates do not typically make decisions of such impact at their levels of administration, there seems to be no question that higher officials will be implicated.

In the process, the American people should not be so naïve as to believe, or to deny, that these scandals may reach the highest elements of government.

If they do, here’s hoping we will ultimately obtain the truth rather than the usual political gamesmanship.

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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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