Proenglish.org chairman attacks Senator Graham on Immigration.
Is it just me or does the IRS (now ObamaCare IRS head)
Sara Hall Ingram.......
remind you of ....
Reuters reports Thursday, about a dozen outside strategists huddled with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, senior advisers Valerie Jarrett and Dan Pfeiffer, communications director Jen Palmieri and press secretary Jay Carney. Bill Clinton's former Press Secretary Mike McCurry told Reuters that "much of the meeting was spent trying to respond effectively to the issues dominating the news this week without losing sight of the president's other priorities". Outside strategists said it might be worthwhile for the White House to reorganize its staff to have a point person or two for the scandals, particularly as Congress delves deeper into its IRS investigations. Reorganizing White House staff could leave spokesman Jay Carney freer to talk about Obama's agenda in daily briefings rather than being bogged down in daily interrogations about the details of congressional probes.
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Here's the problem with that suggestion as I see it. No one wants to hear what the President has to say till they hear the truth about the scandals. In my lifetime, every President who won a 2nd term has become bogged down at some point in a scandal.
Bush started his 2nd term with Katrina rocking the gulf while he watched it from his ranch and seemed beyond tone deaf congratulating FEMA for their great work days later while people were dying on the streets all around them. The 2nd term was ending with Bush warning that "our nation is facing a long painful recession if congress does not act quickly. Inaction could cause millions of layoffs, bank failures, business closures, lost retirement savings, more foreclosures, a further drying up of credit". All reporters wanted to know how did it get so bad so fast. How could the President just be discovering that we are tinkering on the edge of the abyss?
In 1998 Clinton had the Lewinsky scandal. That lead to him becoming the second President to ever be impeached. The other was Andrew Johnson as Nixon resigned before Impeachment incase you ever get this asked in a trivia game. The House found Clinton guilty on the grounds he committed perjury to the grand jury and obstructed justice, but the Senate found him not guilty. All reporters wanted to talk about was this affair.
Reagan battled the press in his 2nd term with Iran Contra. He was left looking foolish when he finally went on TV in March of 87 to accept responsability but claimed to have no knowledge of his senior officials trading weapons to Iran for 7 American hostages. He suffered the biggest gallup poll drop for a President in history losing 21 points in a month. It led to the indictments of the Sec of Defense, the head of the CIA, Assistant Secretary of State, several National Security Advisor's, and plenty of other high ranking officials. All reporters wanted to know was when did the President really know about these deals.
The biggest Presidential scandal perhaps ever is Watergate. Nixon couldn't even finish his 2nd term! It led to the Chief of Staff and 2 Attorney General's going to jail along with a bunch of other DC lawyers and insiders. All reporters wanted to ask was who is deep throat.
If Obama wants to move on past these scandals he should follow Reagan's lead. Get the ugly truth out! But unlike Reagan get it all out! Hold a press conference and announce;
The AP phone records scandal happened because we over reached trying to discover where the leaks were coming from. Our intentions were good but our execution was illegal. I've accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder and will make sure this never happens again. As for the IRS targeting the groups who oppose me. This is beyond inexcusable! We can't have the government using it's power to harm the party or people who are currently the minority. We're all American's and we all rightly expect our government to treat us equally. With that I've accepted the resignations of Sarah Ingram who you have heard was supposed to oversee Obamacare implementation. Her past is now to tainted in this scandal. I have also ordered the firing of everyone in the DC, Cincinnati or other branch that has any dealings with the policies that we all find so reprehensible. Finally in regards to Benghazi. The truth is we messed up big time. First we didn't give the Ambassadors warnings of imminent danger enough weight. We believed he was overstating his case. Once the attack happened we should have never told anyone to stand down. When there's an attack on an American consulate terrorists need to know that the full force of the US military will respond promptly. From there we compounded our problems by going into a CYA mode. As you can tell from the e-mails released the White House didn't have a problem calling it a terrorist attack. The State Department was the one who was worried about image and created thelie of the youtube video. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already resigned or I would've called for her resignation today. Also the people on the e-mail chain who made these suggestions will all be fired or resign by today's end. I as your President needed to do better. There's nothing more important than all of our safety and I was lax in this instance. I won't let it happen again. People need to feel like their government is trustworthy and we have a long way to go to restoring that trust. But I hope the hundreds of people we have removed today show that we are serious about addressing that. Finally I know there will be plenty of people calling for my job. I don't blame you. But ask yourself who you would rather have in this position. Me or Joe Biden? And death is not an option.
There's really not a whole lot the press can ask you about once you admit what most of them think is the truth already. There will be a few months of cold shoulder, but by the end of this year you'll be back in business with the press. And most American's have a forgiving spirit. Your new gallup numbers have just dropped today to the exact numbers Reagan fell to. But Reagan had a few years left to clean up his mess and went out with his approval ratings back in the 60's. You could do the same thing. Just tell the truth!
Chris Crane is the President of Immigration & Customs Enforcement officers union, and he joined us yesterday to talk immigration issues. Listen to the interview below and find out more about Chris at http://iceunion.org/
Senator Tim Scott Joined us on the show today. We talked all the big issues..Including Benghazi and Immigration.