Does Barack Obama Know Anything?

President Obama

According to reports Barack Obama was not told the National Security Agency (NSA) was tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone until 2010 at which time he not only didn’t stop it but ordered it to be continued. According to one high ranking official at the NSA the president said “he didn’t trust her.” A report issued by the NSA says this isn’t true and the president was never told about the wiretapping.

Whether he was told or not isn’t the main issue, instead it seems this president never knows what is going on. This is just the latest in a string of reported incidents, problems and failures of the administration of which Barack Obama either claims he hasn’t known about or his underlings have said they haven’t told him. And so far it also looks like the Mekel wiretapping will be the latest where no one will be held accountable.

Here is the short list of things Barack Obama claims to have not known about:

Benghazi Attack: On September 11, 2012 the United States Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens and others were killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi. The president denied it was a terrorist attack even though reports show he knew at least 72 hours after the attack it was committed by Jihadists. Even after he knew this he sent out Susan Rice to all the Sunday talk shows on September 16 to claim it wasn’t a terrorist attack. Of course the administration says Rice said these things on her own. No one has ever been held accountable for not sending any troops to rescue our American citizens , even though they were ready to go. It is still unknown whp geve the order to “stand down.”

IRS Scandal: On May 10, 2013 it was learned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had been targeting certain tax exempt groups for audits and additional scrutiny. The former Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, Lois Lerner admitted the IRS was doing this and apologized, claiming it was “line employees” who made this decision. According to testimony in front of congressional investigators this was found not to be the case, in fact it went a lot higher than that. There were over 100 meetings at the White House between the IRS Commissioner and the White House, with Stephanie Cutter, one of the president’s political operatives present. What was discussed at these meeting? We don’t know, but the President has denied knowing anything about this targeting.

“Fast and Furious”: One of the first major scandals of the Obama administration has been what has become known as “Fast and Furious.” This was a government sponsored program where federal agents sold guns to criminal organizations in Mexico, with the idea of tracing these guns to the drug cartels. The program back fired when one of these guns was used to kill a border patrol officer, Brian Terry. It was also learned that the government had lost track of most of these guns soon after they crossed the border and some have been used in crimes here in the US and Mexico in other violent attacks by the drug cartels.  Like every other scandal involving this president, he first said he knew nothing about this operation, in fact going so far as blaming it on George Bush. Later he said Attorney General Eric Holder stopped the program as soon as he found out about it, although Holder testified at congressional hearings he did not even know about it.  It was also learned the program was not begun under Bush although a similar program was started and scrapped by the Bush administration. No one has been held accountable for this major failure.

Obamacare: The latest problem and possibly the most expensive in terms of money is the failure of the Healthcare.gov website and by extension, Obamacare itself. During hearings last week we learned there was no communication between the various contractors involved in the development of the website and it was not even fully tested. President Obama continues to insist that everything is working fine with the website as does HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. So far no one has addressed the even bigger problems with Obamacare such as the fact that contrary to what we were told over and over again that people could keep their current healthcare plans and doctors and healthcare insurance would be cheaper. None of this is true, rates have skyrocketed, people are receiving letters saying their current plans are being cancelled and their doctors are dropping them. The White House is insisting everything is fine with Obamacare and to not bother about the man behind the curtain. Period. Again, no one is being held accountable for this website fiasco and the over $600 million which has already be spent on something that doesn’t work.

With all these problems coming to light the President has shown us one of two things Either he really is clueless about what is going around him, preferring to let his subordinates run things the way they want to and when things don’t work out, these same subordinates prefer to not tell him about them. Or he is the most deceptive president of the modern era, doing whatever he wants and lying to the public and not worrying about getting caught, and when he does, he just denies knowledge of what is happening

Either way, this is a problem for this country. Our allies no longer trust us, our enemies don’t fear us and our citizens no longer know who or what to believe, all of which causes a major problem.

Commentary by Paul Roy

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Sources:

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19 Responses to Does Barack Obama Know Anything?

  1. RJ October 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Please use spell check. You don’t need to post this comment.

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  2. Paul Roy October 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Twice

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  3. ValerieKLazarus October 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Wow. How short people’s memories are. Reagan, for example, didn’t know anything during the Iran-Contra hearings. Most US Presidents are busy with a variety of pressing issues and informed on a “need to know” basis because that is a title one can hold for a maximum of 8 years, while most of NSA staff don’t have to win periodic elections, they’re pretty much lifers. So Cheney is taking the easy way out, blaming Obama for something he himself put in place during W’s despot leadership.

    Meanwhile, the bigoted faction scrambles all over themselves like mindless maggots who think they smell rotten meat, renouncing every shred of their own human dignity by belching out racist non-words and phrases, hoping in vain that sane readers will be influenced by their rantings.

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    • Paul Roy October 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      I have to ask you a question, not that I will get an answer, but why is it that Obama supporters always have to resort to name calling? Is that the best you can do? Where did I say anything racist?

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    • Bruce October 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      No one should judge a person by their skin. I have heard that my whole life and I could not agree more. Just as bad is automatically claiming that anyone that disagrees with someone of another race is a racist. It is not racist to disagree with this President’s policies or lack of management. That has nothing to do with his race. Calling someone racist because they disagree with the President is just as inflammatory as racial slurs. If we do not have the right to speak up against bad policies, performance, or worse then we have lost what America is about. Just because you are of any race, sex, religion, etc. does not give you free reign. That is what the civil rights movement was all about. Martin Luther King wanted a day that no one would be judged by the color of their skin but judged by who they are. I could not agree more and that is what the author is doing in the above article. When we get to a point in society that fear of political correctness is more important than the free exchange of ideas then the battle is lost. Are we now there? If you are truly agaist racism then don’t just play the race card if you disagree with someone. Save that for real racism.

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      • Paul Roy October 31, 2013 at 5:20 am

        Thank you Bruce, very well said, although I don’t think Valerie will read it.

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  4. Tom October 30, 2013 at 3:36 am

    He knows how to scam US Citizens….

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  5. Adrian Arendse October 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    It appears to me that the Americans sit with a monkey, you know that kind that don’t hear, see or speak anything, in the pound seats. Get rid of him, get somebody with an excellent ability to remember the things he said.
    At least we in South Africa and you in America got one thing in common, a very forgettable president.

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