White House Damage Control Script Jeopardized By New Disclosures

Tyler Durden's picture

It has been a tough weekend for the President. First, the CEO of the Associated Press states the government's seizure of AP phone records was "so broad and so secret," among other factors, "that it was an unconstitutional act," adding that it had already had a chilling effect on newsgathering and press freedom...


Add to that James Goodale's comments (the leading force behind the release of the Pentagon Papers and first amendment lawyer), that President Obama is "worse for press freedom than Nixon" and things are not going well...

But, the problems did not stop there as the Wall Street Journal reports that while President Obama claims not to have been made aware of the IRS indiscretions until May 10th it seems the White House's chief lawyer learned weeks ago that an audit of the IRS likely would show that agency employees inappropriately targeted conservative groups.


Via The Wall Street Journal,



In the week of April 22, the Office of the White House Counsel and its head, Kathryn Ruemmler, were told by Treasury Department attorneys that an inspector general's report was nearing completion, the White House official said. In that conversation, Ms. Ruemmler learned that "a small number of line IRS employees had improperly scrutinized certain…organizations by using words like 'tea party' and 'patriot,' " the official said.




The White House, which declined to make Ms. Ruemmler available for comment Sunday, wouldn't say whether she shared the information with anyone else in the senior administration staff.




When findings are so potentially damaging, the president should immediately be informed, said Lanny Davis, who served as a special counsel to President Bill Clinton.


Of the controversies dogging Mr. Obama, including the terrorist assault in Benghazi, Libya, and the Justice Department's seizure of phone records of Associated Press journalists, the IRS case "is the most nuclear issue of all," Mr. Davis said. It involves the "misuse of the IRS" and "anyone who knew about this a few weeks ago and didn't tell the president shouldn't be in the White House,"




Republican lawmakers on House oversight committees are pressing the investigation, with more hearings set for this week.


"Exactly who in the administration knew what about the IRS targeting is one of the key outstanding questions," said Rep. Darrell Issa




"... President Obama and his administration seem more preoccupied with having deniability than quickly addressing serious wrongdoing..."



The President's response so far is that "we’re not going to participate in is a partisan fishing expedition."

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surf0766's picture

Why did the IRS plant this story now? Is it to provide cover for Benghazi? The immigration bill?  It all stinks.

mydogisprettierthanyou's picture

You can count on one thing....


If the MSM is talking about it....its a diversion.


My guess in the fiscal lack of progress...see:debt ceiling. or immigration bill. there is alot of evil stuff in it like national ID system.

economics9698's picture

Pos will be there until the bankers decide he needs to go.

quintago's picture

I would support impeaching him at this point. This is effing ridiculous.

nmewn's picture


Its the smartest thing he ever did.

Muddy1's picture

Yes, a smokescreen to cover Benghazi.


Now that the press has had their RIGHTS infringed they know how gun owners feel.  Maybe they'll quit being a willing mouthpiece for the anti-gun crowd, and the Tyrant-in-waiting in the White House.

surf0766's picture

The anger by the press is fake.  In the end they will go back to providing cover.

Freddie's picture

The press is trying to provide a smokescreen for Benghazi.  Every "reporter" at AP or who has a story syndicated by AP has Obama kneepads.  F TV. F Hollywood and F the corrupt press.

macholatte's picture




I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.

Giacomo Casanova


In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell


The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.

Edward Bernays


I was one of the many horses pulling the wagon and couldn't escape left or right because of the will of the driver.

Adolf Eichmann


Shoot first and ask questions later, and don't worry, no matter what happens, I will protect you.

Hermann Goering


The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

Vladimir Lenin


We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?

Joseph Stalin


Always remember the first rule of power tactics; power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

Saul Alinsky


Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.

Napoleon Bonaparte


Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.

Noam Chomsky


It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.

Sun Tzu


All war is deception.

Sun Tzu



Richard Chesler's picture

Corrupt piece of shit. Leader of the free bankster world.

wee-weed up's picture

"the CEO of the Associated Press states the government's seizure of AP phone records was "so broad and so secret," among other factors, "that it was an unconstitutional act,""

Ha! And this AP CEO idjiot really thinks Obummer & withHolder give two shits about the Constitution???

nope-1004's picture

Obama Sin Laden is a fucking first class liar.  Go smoke a dube behind some abandoned warehouse Obama, you loser!


Big Slick's picture

I would wager the AP CEO is re-thinking his votes in the last two elections.

GetZeeGold's picture



How the current administration can follow the script from Soviet Russia and Watergate and think everything is going to work out is beyond me.

Bearwagon's picture

Because you know what thinking means. Rest assured they don't ....

Harbanger's picture

Behind some abandoned warehouse in Detroit?  That would be a nice photoshop.

Professorlocknload's picture

Unconstitutional? IRS? Hell, Roberts will just declare the whole scandal a tax and voila! All fixed.



DanDaley's picture

...all hail Macbeth...


...all hail Obama...

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

I am reminded of nixon's 18 minute audio tape gap, and the question where was Obuma for the 4-5 hours unaccounted for during the bengazi attack? history rymes or is that rings.

The Heart's picture

Banksters are not free.

They are hopelessly chained to the evil thing that will eventually kill them.

The god, money.

Harbanger's picture

It's not the god, money. They already have all the money they desire, what they want is godly power over humanity.

The Heart's picture

Ah, very true Harbanger. Thank you. The point is made times two.

They already have control over humanity by the power of the god, money.

May we leave it to each individual to decide what is of value, be it of the pocket, or of the heart.


Harbanger's picture

They don't quite have the control they desire yet, but let me give you a quote from a lady that I like.

"Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who? damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another - their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun."

Professorlocknload's picture

Harbanger, thanks for that. + 1. Money as a store of the fruits of ones labor is respectable. As is honest labor itself.

Spirit Of Truth's picture

"In god we trust" on dollars is small cap.

Jena's picture

Whoa, that's good.


Bendromeda Strain's picture

Rand quotes, taken in isolation, do convey a sense of immutable or transcendent truth.  Unfortunately, taken in totality, they betray a different evaluation.

xavi1951's picture

Any origional thoughts of your own?

xavi1951's picture

Any origional thoughts of your own?

TruthDetector's picture

Here's a good take on why King-BHO isn't worried.  It's well worth the read.



Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

I would suggest all three of the scandals are cover for something much worse.  This is a fight over whether we initiate WWIII or not.  I think there was hope in the "anti-war" faction that pushing Brennan through to continue the black ops war would be sufficient appeasement, but we truly seem to be reaching the endgame of the petrodollar, and this basically comes down to whether we bow out gracefully or commence to the following:


We see this in the brutal smackdown of metals as well.  Defend petrodollar at all costs, right?  Beating the shit out of metals helps this cause on some fronts (though it's sort of a "sowing seeds of own destruction" trade).  Creating the necessary scenario for Japan to go full retard helps the "flight to the cleanest dirty shirt" meme as well; note the constant "anti-Euro" stream related to this as well (see:  US fully loaded debt to GDP ratio vs. PIIGS, suprise motherfuckers!  We're even more broke).  See how this all connects?  Petrodollar.  Must destroy the Kish Oil Bourse, among other things.  Action on Kish won't go without blowback (Russia/China).  Way the fuck too risky just to defend a fiat.  Those in certain positions are basically discounting billions of humans as pawns.  Would suggest preparing for a ICBM-nuke-in-stratosphere style EMP, NBC's show "Revolution" may become pretty fucking prophetic in short order.  As Laws puts it (paraphrasing), shit gets real when the EBT cards don't work.  Supply lines need energy.

TruthDetector's picture

In that same spirit, here's a good take on why King-BHO isn't worried.  It's well worth the read.



SMG's picture

Biden is one of the biggest tools in politics I've ever seen.  Not only that, he is a true idiot.  What a great puppet.  Perhaps Obama goes off script more than the Oligarchs like and they want to replace him with Biden.  There is no way Biden would ever get elected president on his own, but maybe he could get there another way.  I heard him giving a NWO speech the other day, now I wonder...

Hello President Biden.


disabledvet's picture

pretty much. don't see this as a cover for anything actually but a "perfect storm" of three depressions moving in. AP story, Benghazi and the IRS things are more than likely connected by the same "rogue elements in the White House"...this is pretty common for second terms. we'll see this week if the knives are out or what. i'll say again i love this guy but these are VERY powerful people who really look set to bust a move "Biden as President be damned."

Bendromeda Strain's picture

i'll say again i love this guy but these are VERY powerful people who really look set to bust a move

Who do you love, Biden or Young MC?

TruthDetector's picture

Here's a good take on why King-BHO isn't worried.  It's well worth the read.



you enjoy myself's picture

There is no way Biden would ever get elected president on his own

umm, you forget what obama's 2012 campaign strategy was - ignore all media (and issues) that anyone with an IQ over 100 might show an interest in, and instead hit up morning zoos, jimmy fallon, entertainment tonight, people magazine, etc.  the guy offered more coherent and comprehensive commentary on american idol judges and the final four than he did for any subject related to his job.

say what you want about obama (or rather, axelrod and plouffe), but the one thing he's proven capable of is playing the masses for the idiots they are.  don't think Biden doesn't know that. 

Vince Clortho's picture

Well, yes.

They are all tools.  Anyone who has made it to Washington is an utter tool, a bootlicker.  

They would not have acheived their current positions if they had conscience or free will,

and would sell grandma into slavery if instructed to do so by their overlords.

Sociopathy runs rampant in politics.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

They are providing cover for their true favorite daughter Hillary. The black Judas is finished and they know it. They are just trying to protect her since she is the favored candidate for 2016. Hillary will turn on the black Judas also, the Clinton mafia doesn't forgive or forget, it is payback time for 2008. If the right wing RINOs of the Marxist party cut a deal with the left wing socialists. They are going to bury Benghazi unless team USA who believes in a free country and Capitalism finally get their shit together and do everything possible to purge and undermine all these Marxists in the government now which includes the Cronyism a capture of whole industries like finance/banks and the media.

Ignatius's picture

Atleast a million Iraqis are dead.  70,000 Syrians and I can't recall how many Libyans... but God damn, lose one US ambassador as part of all this empire building bullshit and THAT'S what is intolerable.

We (Empire USA) are a truly sick tribe. And Obama -- like Bush before -- personifies it.

Freddie's picture

Where is Code Pink on the wars?  Pretty silent since Bush left.  I cannot stand Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama because they are all teh same except Obama is the worst of the bunch.

Xibalba's picture

What do they have in common? Goldman Sachs 

drdolittle's picture

Yep, and the folks who voted obummer say jack about: continued presence in Iraq despite mission accomplished, still fighting in afgan and worse privacy inractions than bush. I'll give you bush sucked but lobomber is worse and the fools that support the whole democrat regime can't see it for what it is.

akak's picture

It just goes to show, never send a smoking chimp to do a man's job.

RideTheWalrus's picture

Someone needs to send Dennis Rodman to the Whitehouse to talk to Obama

americanspirit's picture

Would that be 'smirking chimp'? Although maybe a smoking, smirking chimp would be even better. However, I've known a few chimps in my life ( used to clean out cages at a zoo) and I always thought the chimps behind the bars were superior in every way to the primates on the sidewalks outside. My fave was an old guy (this was Fleishacker Zoo in SF, where I worked) who used to cavort around in his caghe, doing all kinds of crazy things until he had attracted a crowd, at which point he would leap onto the bars at the front of his cage and piss on them all. He could send a stream over 20 feet on a good day with the wind at his back. Priceless. And he didn't just smirk afterward - he belly-laughed.

Ms. Erable's picture

The sitting president is either the most corrupt motherfucker to hold office since FDR (i.e., he knew about and/or ordered Benghazi, IRS, AP, etc.) and needs to be impeached, or he's the most incompetent motherfucker to ever hold the office (he really didn't know about any of this... yeah, I know, it's a giraffe's neck-sized stretch) and needs to be impeached.

Either way, he's a motherfucker and needs to be impeached and tried for treason, along with every one of his appointments (including those two bull dykes on SCOTUS).

AlaricBalth's picture

The disclosure of Kathryn Ruemmler having knowledge of the IRS debacle is one more step up the ladder to Obama. Ruemmler and Valerie Jarrett, Obama's gatekeeper, have consulted on many issues concerning the Administration. As a matter of fact Ruemmler and Jarrett attended the Supreme Court Prop 8 oral arguments together on 26 March 2013.

If Ruemmler knew, then Jarrett knew. No question about it. And if Jarrett was informed and did not tell Obama, well then she is a complete incompetent. Yet she is not inept, but actually a very shrewd politico and would have informed Obama. Therefore....