Have you noticed a pattern in statements made by President Obama whenever he’s asked when and how he first learned of this scandal or that abuse of power? Let’s review a few of them….
Oct 12, 2011 (President Obama): “There have been problems. I heard on the news about this story, Fast and Furious, where allegedly guns were being run into Mexico and ATF knew about it but didn’t apprehend….”
May 13, 2013 (President Obama): “Let me take the IRS situation first. I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.”
May 14, 2013 (Jay Carney): “We didn’t have any independent knowledge of that. He found out about that from news reports yesterday on the road.” This was regarding the DOJ seizing two months of Associated Press phone records.
Jon Stewart recently joked, “I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announcing it on television!”
For the man who currently holds the most powerful political office in the world, the TV Remote Control now seems to be the only intelligence gathering device he needs. With this convenient device, President Obama can learn everything he cares to know about his Executive Branch, any time that is convenient for him. And when it’s not convenient for him, there’s a handy Off button too.
In fact, there really is no need for any direct contact with any of his cabinet members. Who needs an accountable command chain when you can hold the key to the information kingdom in your hand? When it comes to overseeing the operation of his Executive Branch…well…if it’s important for the Commander in Chief to know, he simply aims the remote and presses a button. If this CEO of the USA needs to hear a critical item repeated, he simply aims and presses a recall button. Who needs face-to-face contact with those annoying department, agency, and bureau heads? Who needs all that backtalk?
And if accountability becomes a problem, there’s always that magical Off button (a.k.a. “Plausible Deniability”).
When you get right down to it, here is the only cabinet meeting that this unique President thinks he needs: