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Reid defends Obama on two scandals, but not on a third

Harry Reid

Harry Reid

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

It’s only Tuesday, but it's shaping up to be one of President Barack Obama’s roughest weeks on the job.

The White House is fighting back the flames of three scandals: The Internal Revenue Service is accused of targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status; Republicans are out to prove the administration tried to cover up what happened during the embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya; and general public vitriol is pouring down on the Justice Department, which secretly collected two months of phone records from the Associated Press as part of a leak investigation, it was revealed Monday.

Enter Obama’s top congressional ally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who stepped in to help by stepping in front of the cameras.

“What the IRS did of course is inexcuseable. But this is not the first time we’ve seen this,” Reid said, recalling that liberal organizations ranging from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to Greenpeace had been targeted by the IRS.

“What was interesting at that time is we didn’t hear from a single Republican. … Where was the outrage?” Reid asked. He suggested it was legitimate for the IRS to employ sorting tactics when “shadowy political groups are masquerading as social welfare organizations in order to solicit anonymous donations from we don’t know who.”

On Benghazi, Reid was also vocal in his defense of Obama, who has tried so far in vain to deflect attention from how he handled last year's attack on Sept. 11.

“President Obama was absolutely right in calling this a sideshow,” Reid said, accusing Republicans of being more interested in sullying Obama’s reputation than offering better security to diplomatic personnel. “They continue to support the sequester, which will only further reduce security. So again, where is the outrage over this?”

But when it came to the Associated Press’ phone records, Reid broke rank with the president.

“I have trouble defending the Justice Department,” Reid said to a group of reporters standing four people deep.

Others in Obama’s inner circle have been trying to defend, or at least downplay the Justice Department’s clandestine grab of 20 AP reporters’ phone records, targeting both their work and personal phones and the wire service’s desk in the House of Representatives’ press gallery. The AP is guessing that the government seized the phone records as part of an effort to track down the source of a May 2012 article about how the CIA foiled an underwear bomb plot to blow up a U.S. jetliner set to depart Yemen.

Not Reid though, who expounded upon his respect for the First Amendment’s protections of the free press as he chided the administration.

“In my career I’ve stood consistently for freedom of the press,” Reid said, promising to take legislative action if necessary. “I don’t know who did it or why it was done, but it’s inexcusable. There’s no way to justify this.”

Oh well, Mr. President. Two out of three ain’t bad.

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  1. "President Obama was absolutely right in calling this a sideshow," Reid said,

    Yeah, seeking the TRUTH in the death of 4 brave Americans is a "sideshow" to these guys.

    Go tell that to the victims families!!

  2. I suppose I can expect an IRS audit and my phone records secretly reviewed after posting my comments above.

  3. Audit me, you piece of ------ Reid. You are and your leftist ilk are a threat to liberty.

    When will the media run you out of Nevada?

  4. It's sad that Senator Reid supports one amendment (1st), but has distain for another (2nd).

  5. What is not being adequately discussed is President Obama's vision and leadership which have resulted in:

    * Fast & Furious (still ongoing with DOJ in Contempt of Congress)
    * Benghazi Cover-Up to be addressed by House Resolution 36
    * AP intrusion (who knows how many news agencies have been affected)
    * GM Bailout using tax dollars to build cars in China
    * Solar Energy bankruptcy
    * Wind Power killing 10,000 of migratory birds per year and more than 100 eagles without EPA fines or enforcement
    * DHS committing contracting fraud in the purchase of 1.6B rounds of ammo and Secretary of DHS caught lying to congress
    * Military sexual harassment increasing in the last 3 years
    * ObamaCare taxing the poor
    * and of course the IRS...

    So when can we quit giving President Obama a pass and start discussing his failed vision and leadership?

  6. Mr Obama will no doubt stand up for Senator Reids scandals with the latest being

    Hard to get your hands clean when you wash them in muddy water....

  7. @Paul Rupp,

    It's amazing how media doesn't cover the story you mention. Not only the $350M scandal Reid is caught up in with an FBI investigation, but that discussion of Reid's exposed lies. When our politicians who are licensed lawyers lie, the Nevada Bar should pull their licenses--Senator Harry Reid is simply too unethical to be called a lawyer.

  8. LOL at these tbagging scumbag hypocrites who have nothing better to do than bad-mouth the finest president of the last 25 years.

    President Obama has more credibility and integrity then any of them ever dreamed of ever having.

    The GOP is nothing but sewer trash!

  9. @Walter Kingsley,

    If a Liberal is nothing but an intolerant oppressive hateful creature, you truly do epitomize a Liberal. However, Obama has never done anything for you and never will; you should reconsider why you defend the man's failed vision, failed plans, and failed leadership.

    As far as Obama having integrity, if a hubristic narcissistic pathological liar can have integrity, then ok, but I'm skeptical.

  10. Barack Obama is not a foreign born, brown skinned, anti-war socialist who gives away healthcare. You're thinking of Jesus.