The Top Twenty Obama White House Scandals…

It was not so long ago the Mainstream Media attempted to portray the Obama administration as “scandal free”.  Keith Koffler makes clear that even if one were to ignore the latest batch of Obama related scandals, this White House has long been mired in the scandal-ridden political muck soon after it took the oath of office.  You may disagree with the order of importance, but the list is a good snapshot of just how corrupt and inept the Obama White House has been…

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(via WHD)

The Top Twenty Obama Administration Scandals  LINK

It’s easy to forget that the three scandals currently swirling about President Obama are just the latest episodes of potential misdoings by the scandal-plagued Obama administration.

As a refresher, here is a full list of the administration’s most egregious scandals.

1. IRS targets Obama’s enemies: The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.

2. Benghazi: This is actually three scandals in one:

  • The failure of administration to protect the Benghazi mission.
  • The changes made to the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video
  • The refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack

3. Watching the AP: The Justice Department performed a massive cull of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.

4. Rosengate: The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails.

5. Potential Holder perjury I: Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when in fact he signed the affidavit that termed Rosen a potential criminal.

6. The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme: Allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

7. Potential Holder Perjury II: Holder told Congress in May 2011 that he had just recently heard about the Fast and Furious gun walking scheme when there is evidence he may have known much earlier.

8. Sebelius demands payment: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for ObamaCare.

9. The Pigford scandal: An Agriculture Department effort that started as an attempt to compensate black farmer who had been discriminated against by the agency but evolved into a gravy train delivering several billion dollars in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers who probably didn’t face discrimination.

10. GSA gone wild: The General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas, featuring a clown and a mind readers. Resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.

11. Veterans Affairs in Disney World: The agency wasted more than $6 million on two conferences in Orlando. An assistant secretary was fired.

12. Sebelius violates the Hatch Act: A U.S. special counsel determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity last year. During the remarks, Sebelius called for the election of the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina.

13. Solyndra: Republicans charged the Obama administration funded and promoted its poster boy for green energy despite warning signs the company was headed for bankruptcy. The administration also allegedly pressed Solyndra to delay layoff announcements until after the 2010 midterm elections.

14. AKA Lisa Jackson: Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used the name “Richard Windsor” when corresponding by email with other government officials, drawing charges she was trying to evade scrutiny.

15. The New Black Panthers: The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.

16. Waging war all by myself: Obama may have violated the Constitution and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval.

17. Biden bullies the press: Vice President Biden’s office has repeatedly interfered with coverage, including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports.

18. AKPD not A-OK: The administration paid millions to the former firm of then-White House adviser David Axelrod, AKPD Message and Media, to promote passage of Obamacare. Some questioned whether the firm was hired to help pay Axelrod $2 million AKPD owed him.

19. Sestak, we’ll take care of you: Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used Bill Clinton as an intermediary to probe whether former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) would accept a prominent, unpaid White House advisory position in exchange for dropping out of the 2010 primary against former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

20. I’ll pass my own laws: Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce, including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the “Dream Act.”   LINK

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6 Comments to The Top Twenty Obama White House Scandals…
    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • ….And the scandal in the making…James Comey who helped to usher Obama into office…in some very questionable ways…with his best bud Patrick Fitzgerald…managing scandals…another of his enforcers heading the FBI

      http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/30/is_james_comey_really_the_civil_liberties_advocate_hes_being_made_out_to_be

      With the White House’s decision to nominate James Comey as its next FBI director, the media has been stumbling over itself to recount a now-famous story in Washington about how Comey, while serving as the number-two official at the Justice Department, stood up to the Bush White House over the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

      That story goes something like this. In March 2004, Bush administration officials were desperate to renew their warrantless wiretapping program, but some of their colleagues in the Justice Department refused to sign off on it. The White House decided to take the issue straight to Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was gravely ill in the hospital with gallstone pancreatitis. Comey, Ashcroft’s deputy, got wind of the plan and raced to the hospital to intercept the White House officials. The 6-foot-8 inch lawyer lumbered up the hospital stairs and beat White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to the room. Once there, Card and Gonzales did not acknowledge Comey. But Ashcroft refused to sign off on the order reauthorizing the program. Card and Gonzales left the room in silence.

      The White House eventually went over Ashcroft’s head and pushed through the authorization anyway, prompting Comey and a group of other Justice Department officials to threaten to resign en masse if changes were not implemented to the program. It’s a confrontation that now stands out on Comey’s resume as a shining example of his commitment to civil liberties.

      But is Comey really the fierce civil liberties advocate that his supporters will likely make him out to during his upcoming confirmation process? After all, it was Comey who oversaw the aggressive investigation into the leak of the covert CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity — an investigation that ultimately resulted in the jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller. That piece of history should have civil rights advocates looking twice at Comey.

      With White House political advisor Karl Rove at the center of an investigation into how columnist Robert Novak learned of Plame’s identity, Comey urged Ashcroft — who knew Rove back from when he had worked on Ashcroft’s senatorial campaign — to recuse himself from the case. Ashcroftheeded Comey’s advice, and Comey appointed his close friend (and the godfather to one of his children) Patrick Fitzgerald, a U.S. attorney in Chicago, to lead the investigation.

      Fitzgerald carried out a meticulous and aggressive investigation that spared no one, including President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, both of whom were interviewed as part of the probe. But that investigation also put Fitzgerald — and Comey — on a collision course with media freedoms. Refusing to reveal her sources to Fitzgerald, Miller was cited for contempt of court and spent 85 days in prison. And Miller wasn’t the only one — Time’s Matthew Cooper very nearly landed in prison as well. Instead, he relented and revealed his sources at the last minute.

      Comey is now in line to take over the FBI as the Justice Department is mired in a scandal over itsdecision to seize Associated Press phone records and to name a Fox News reporter as a co-conspirator, in cases that both center on unauthorized leaks of classified information. As in the Plame investigation, the government has shown a willingness to scale back First Amendment protections in pursuit of national security leaks — a tactic that Comey didn’t reject during his time in the Bush administration.

      Crucially, Comey can claim some distance from Fitzgerald’s actions if the Plame case comes up during the confirmation process. While Fitzgerald provided Comey with periodic updates about the investigation’s progress, it appears Comey was not intimately involved in the probe and granted Fitzgerald a great deal of independence. That served the dual purpose of insulating the Justice Department from charges that it was trying to meddle with a politically explosive investigation while also distancing the agency from an investigation that was putting reporters in jail. Nonetheless, it is important to note that Comey had oversight powers of the investigation — Ashcroft had recused himself from the case — and that it was Comey who decided not to press charges against former State Department official Richard Armitage, the original source for the Novak column that outed Plame.

      As the New York Times notes, Comey’s selection is politically expedient for the Obama administration. As a former Bush administration official, he is unlikely to elicit much opposition from Republicans in the Senate. And his record of standing up to the Bush White House is likely to endear him to Democrats.

      But Comey’s last-minute stand against the wiretapping program isn’t the only episode from his career that might be aired before the Senate.

    • truthandjustice
    • Yes, and what has been done?

      “As of May 31, 2013 the number of convictions, arrests, arraignments, and prosecutions started by the United States Department of Justice for violations of Federal law regarding fraud and misuse of public money:

      0.00

      That would match the number of Wall Street CEOs, COOs, CFOs, and board members he promised to investigate, arrest, and convict for the mortgage backed security fraud which helped exacerbate the 2007-2009 economic collapse. It also matches the number of convictions, etc. for the Fast and Furious scandal which continues to reverberate within the conservative blogosphere even if Congressman Issa could care less about finishing the job.

      The GSA scandal is gone and yes, forgotten. Fox News which played the music videos for weeks and presented Republican politicians puffing out their chests and promising deep investigations into this abuse is now focusing on Scandalmania 2013 while everything that has occurred within the regime since 2009 is bypassed or barely mentioned.

      As the IRS, AP/James Rosen, Benghazi, EPA, etc. investigations move forward, I simply remind everyone of the horrid job done by the media and the excellent covering up of the turd in the sandbox by the Department of Justice.

      Thus begging the question of the day:

      Should anyone expect a different result from the Republican cowards and mainstream media, including Fox News, about any scandal in D.C.?”

      http://johngaltfla.com/wordpress/2013/05/30/the-other-forgotten-obama-scandal/

      • truthandjustice
      • Which brings me to reiterate and warn about e-fraud once again b/c it is of the utmost importance & needs to be shouted out as much as the other stuff b/c it won’t matter much if this succeeds as in the 2012 elections.
        When we first became aware of this (SCYTL), it was debunked by Michele Malkin, whom I greatly respect for her investigations & exposures. I believed her then but must say since then, I’ve come to question her conclusions. I reread her article on this & think she “missed it”, unfortunately. It’s more complicated than even she knows probably…on purpose as everything else “they” do. – the truth is hidden in various companies that are “partners”, etc. where it takes very long, astute investigation to root it out. Note the latest by A. Klein re SCYTL:

        “.. SCYTL recently acquired the software division of a non-profit election organization tied to Soros’ Open Society Institute. Yesterday, KleinOnline reported SCYTL announced its technology will be deployed at more U.S. jurisdictions ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

        Now SCYTL has issued a news release boasting that a firm called Ovum..Nishant Shah, research analyst at Ovum …
        Shah’s biography page at Ovum’s website says he facilitated large-scale public-private partnerships in international health for the Global Business Coalition. He also worked with the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS issues.

        SOROS IS THE GLOBAL BUS. COALITION’S FOUNDING SUPPORTOR.

        Shah’s bio further notes the analyst provided management services support to technology investees of the Acumen Fund in Pakistan. Soros’ daughter, Andrea Soros Colombel, serves on Acumen’s board. She is also a member of the global board of Soros’s Open Society Foundation.

        Another Ovum author is Margaret Goldberg. Her Ovum bio notes that prior to joining the firm, she interned for three years at the Soros Economic Development Fund…

        SCYTL (also) said it is purchasing the software division of Gov2U, described as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting the use of technology in the fields of governance and democracy.

        A SCYTL press release says: “Gov2U created its software division in 2004 and, since then, it has developed a wide array of innovative award-winning eDemocracy solutions that have been implemented in multiple countries across Europe, Africa and America at the local, regional and federal government levels.”

        Gov4U is currently partnered with Soros’ Open Society to support and develop a group called the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness.

        .. has eight partners of its own listed on its website, including the Soros-funded and partnered National Democratic Institute, or NDI.

        Aside from receiving financial support for Soros, NDI has co-hosted scores of events along with Soros’ Open Society. The two groups work closely together….KleinOnline found that NDI is also listed as the only U.S.-associated organization of Socialists International, the world’s largest socialist umbrella group…

        Foreign vote-count firm expands U.S. reach

        Two weeks ago, another SCYTL company news release boasted …This number continues to grow with many jurisdictions planning to implement electronic pollbook technology ahead of the 2014 election cycle,” ..

        SCYTL’s electronic pollbook solution will be utilized in small and large election jurisdictions throughout the nation, including in Washington, D.C.; Galveston County, Texas, along with 50 other Texas counties; Kane County, Ill.; and Peoria, Ill.

        Voter Action, an advocacy group that seeks elections integrity in the U.S., sent a lengthy complaint to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in April 2010 charging the integration of SCYTL systems “raises national security concerns.”

        “Foreign governments may also seek to undermine the national security interests of the United States, either directly or through other organizations,” Voter Action charged.

        The document notes that SCYTL was founded in 2001 as a spinoff of a research group at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, which was partially funded by the Spanish government’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

        Project Vote noted that in 2008, the Florida Department of State commissioned a review of SCYTL’s remote voting software and concluded in part that:
        The system is vulnerable to attack from insiders.In a worst case scenario, the software could lead to 1) voters being unable to cast votes; 2) an election that does not accurately reflect the will of the voters; and 3) possible disclosure of confidential information, such as the votes cast by individual voters.
        The system may be subject to attacks that could compromise the integrity of the votes cast.”
        http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2013/05/22/look-whos-rubber-stamping-foreign-vote-counting-certifies-firm-as-efficient-secure-transparent-reliable/

    • VTX
    • Then there’s the treasonous Lightsquared episode, where administration officials told General Shelton to lie (under oath) about the bandwidth – which could possibly have caused disruption to our GPS systems. That would include the military’s communications and tracking.

      This one should have resulted in something like the Rosenberg trial, but no one remembers the damn thing.

    • NameBM
    • You’re forgetting the biggest one. The scandal without which none of the abovementioned would have come to existence.

      The Birth Certificate!!!!

      Or more exactly Certificates.. short and long versions of it. Together with the fraudulent service registratino card and the several social security numbers.

      Add to this for good mesure, the (ongoing) real estate tax fraud on his Chicago estate AND the quid pro quo on the purchase of the said house.

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