The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel suggested on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace that President Obama has a "scandal manual" in his top drawer as a go-to guide on how to respond to the latest scandal because as it turns out, the administration responds the same way every time.
In an edited video clip, President Obama and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney are shown across the latest three scandals -- the IRS targeting conservatives, the AP phone records collection, and now the VA secret waiting lists -- saying they first heard about them through the media just like everybody else.
This spurred Strassel to make her suggestion:
You have to wonder if there's a 'scandal manual' in the top drawer of the president's desk. It isn't just the 'I heard about it from the media' -- there's like five steps that this administration keeps repeating every time a scandal comes up.
Step one is, 'Well, I didn't know about it.' Step two is to express great outrage. When that doesn't work…Step three is to fire some low level bureaucrat that no one's ever heard of. The study comes next -- we are going to wait and see what the IG says, or the FBI investigation or whatever it is. And then when that doesn't stop, six months later, you say, it's either A) done or B) all the result of a partisan push by Republicans. And it just goes on and on. It's not just the clips of him repeating again and again 'I didn't know about this.' When you listen to some of these press conferences, they're eerie. It's the exact same language every time.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is shown in a clip saying, "President Obama, the most powerful man in the free world, always seems to be the last to know about what's going on in his own administration."
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