“You can’t purchase immunity from governing”

From this morning’s Meet The Press:

MR. BOB WOODWARD (Associate Editor, The Washington Post): Well, first of all, I mean, the– the people are making comparisons to Watergate. This is not Watergate, but there are some people in the administration who have acted as if they want to be Nixonian, and that’s a very big problem. I think…

GREGORY: Who and how?

MR. WOODWARD: Pardon? Well, I think on the whole Benghazi thing. You look at those talking points and, I mean, the initial draft by the CIA very explicitly said we know that activists who have ties to al Qaeda who’re involved in the attack. And then you see what comes out a couple of days later and there is no reference to this. This is a business where you have to tell the– the truth and that did not happen here.


GREGORY: You know, on this point– can I just say on this point, Bob, I think it is interesting that we take a look at how bureaucracies operate. Do they take cues from the president? Again, I bring up this Abu Ghraib example because that was really hammered home, that Abu Ghraib happened because there was a broader context in the administration. Do you think that’s a fair criticism here?

MR. WOODWARD: Well, I– I think you have to kind of step back and say what’s the theory of governing here.


MR. WOODWARD: And the theory is, it seems, oh, there are investigations of the IRS so we can’t interfere. There is this leak investigation of the AP, so we can’t get involved. Oh, there is an investigation of Benghazi, so we’re not responsible. The President and the executive branch need to govern on a daily basis and you can’t purchase immunity from governing.

It’s been 40 years since the last time Bob Woodward bagged a POTUS. Remember a few weeks ago when the White House unleashed the Vile Progs on Woodward for telling the truth about where the Sequester originated? I’m guessing they are regretting it now.

The White House designated liars spinmeisters are making a great argument for the appointment of a special prosecutor. If the Obama administration can’t simultaneously govern and investigate itself, let someone else handle the investigations.

This is truly the “Know Nothing” administration. Ignorance is a feature, not a bug for these guys. Policy decisions aren’t made, they magically appear out of nowhere. The low-level employees are running everything and the bosses only know what they read in the papers.

Maybe that’s why Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin what papers she reads. She knows how things work in Washington these days.

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48 Responses to “You can’t purchase immunity from governing”

  1. myiq2xu says:
  2. DeniseVB says:

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    • DeniseVB says:

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    • HELENK says:

      I do not know how to get the whole post to my grand daughter page, but I commented on it and gave her the site name. She lives down the Jersey shore and does surfboard. told her I thought the site would interest her.

    • gxm17 says:

      Done. I’m right next to Reston. Where were the photos taken? It looks like the Potomac… Algonkian Park maybe?

  3. HELENK says:

    Iowa Hawk

    When engaging in rough interviews, “irrelevant” is the White House’s safe word.

  4. myiq2xu says:
  5. Lulu says:

    This is the most brilliant and highly educated administration in the history of the WORLD!!! They know everything and can opine on the most abstruse subjects in the universe. They went to Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, Yale and everyone should listen to them instead of ignoramuses who went to cow colleges. Everyone else is stupid and beneath them. The argument that they couldn’t plan a trip to the grocery store nor do they have enough sense to pour piss out of a boot is what they are going for because the truth is much worse. They are dirty, authoritarian, thieves. Claiming to be dumb-asses and playing stupid is less dangerous than being proven to be felons and fascists.

  6. Makes you wonder which spell check program Thomas Sowell and VDH are forced to use.

  7. angienc (D) says:

    This is the least shocking thing about the Obama administration because Obama has always operated without taking responsibility for anything. Remember that survey that surfaced during the 2008 primary with some pro-gay marriage/gun control/abortion answers? “I didn’t fill that out — it was my staff” he said. And we were called racist for saying that the guy in charge is responsible for what his staff sends out under his name/signature. Same went for all those “present” votes (“That’s just the way things are done. Obama’s not responbile.”) Or the Rezco land deal, etc etc — the list truly goes on & on. That bullshit MO got him all the way to the White House — why should he change now when he can play golf, vacation, party with celebs and basically live like a king on our dime instead?

    • lyn says:

      Honk! For those who scoff at the scandals because Obama’s fingerprints aren’t on them, I say: “He’s president of the United Fucking States. He owns these scandals.”

    • Lulu says:

      I’m not surprised he is doing it at all. But his government of “grownups” that were going to run things for him are now claiming to be idiots. I don’t think so. If they really want to play that game we can now assume that anyone associated with him, his campaign, his administration, alumni and faculty of his alma mater and all of those of his administration of “idiots” must be treated in the same manner. Everything they say is idiotic and suspect and they should be ignored and marginalized and not allowed to run anything because they are idiots. Idiots in the DOJ cannot be allowed to investigate anything because they are “idiots”, the same with the NSC, Dept of State and please dear god the IRS. Smarter and wiser people must replace them immediately. Then they can be investigated and determined to be idiots or crooks. If your defense is idiocy you don’t get to decide jack shit.

      • Am totally parsing this to uncover the deeply embedded racist comments I know down deep in my heart must be there, even if I can’t see them because they are camouflaged by your logic. /sigh/

        • Lulu says:

          I worked for a really nice man who ran a very nice office. He made a lot of money and was nice to the staff and paid people quite well. A huge mistake, an enormous screw-up occurred and he was on the hook to fix it. I was very newly hired and did not do any work on the project. He called the entire staff together and with great sadness questioned everyone very quietly and civilly. There was a lot of feigned dumbness, I didn’t know, I didn’t understand, I didn’t know who to ask etc. He exploded and threw a screaming fit. Everyone who claimed ignorance and dumbness was canned on the spot. It was terrifying and funny at the same time. The next day he told me if I ever played dumb with him he would throw me out because I would be lying. I busted my ass working for him. Staff mirrors the leader. Obama’s staff acts exactly like him.

      • angienc (D) says:

        Honk! Right on as usual LuLu.

  8. HELENK says:


    I hope this scandal does not get lost amid all the other ones

  9. HELENK says:


    everybody is SUPPOSED to report to backtrack. Did they or was he on the golf course or on vacation or was there a party going on?

  10. HELENK says:

    anybody here near Wichita Kansas. seek shelter. tornado warning

  11. 1539days says:

    I’d love to see the press ask Carney if not knowing anything makes it a “low information” White House.

    • swanspirit says:

      That was very uplifting , thanks Helen ! When the despicable Piers Morgan says this

      Piers Morgan conceded:

      I’ve had some of the pro-gun lobbyists on here, saying to me, ‘Well, the reason we need to be armed is because of tyranny from our own government,’ and I’ve always laughed at them. I said, ‘Don’t be so ridiculous, your own government won’t turn itself on you,’ but actually, this is vaguely tyrannical behavior by the American government. I think what the IRS did is bordering on tyrannical behavior. I think what the Department of Justice has done to the AP is bordering on tyrannical

      you know much fecal matter has hit the blades of many spinning cooling machines .

  12. HELENK says:


    Do Americans care?

    this is one of the saddest and scary article I have read in a long time

  13. myiq2xu says:
  14. myiq2xu says:
  15. myiq2xu says:

    John Kass at the Chicago Tribune:

    I didn’t understand it all back then, but I understand it now. Once there were old bosses. Now there are new bosses. And shopkeepers still keep their mouths shut. Tavern owners still keep their mouths shut.

    Even billionaires keep their mouths shut.

    One hard-working billionaire whose children own the Chicago Cubs dared to open his mouth. Joe Ricketts considered funding a political group critical of Obama before last year’s campaign. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, made it clear that if the Cubs wanted City Hall’s approval to refurbish decrepit Wrigley Field, Ricketts better back off.

    It happened. He backed off. It was sickening. But it was and is Chicago.

    And now — with the IRS used as political muscle and the Obama administration keeping that secret until after the president was elected — America understands it too.

    • The “Chicago Way”. It only works when the electorate is happy. Not so sure the US electorate qualifies.

      • leslie says:

        In Chicago, Emanuel is closing 50 public schools and the teachers’ union is now calling it retribution for their strike last year. Froankly, I don’t know why they expected anything different.They “embarrassed him” by striking and now they want him to keep their schools open and keep them employed. This is still Chicago, and the Chicago way is how it’s done here. (Just like in D.C in the WH)

  16. But with all that, Windy City-ans were so peaceful and law-abiding they cheerfully gave up their 2nd amendments rights.

  17. yttik says:

    Implausible deniability.

  18. fif says:

    Oh this is rich: Obama speaking at Morehouse College. Uhhh…when exactly did he work twice as hard as anyone?

    Obama: “As An African American You Have To Work Twice As Hard As Anyone Else If You Want To Get By”


    • angienc (D) says:

      Obama is from the “do as I say not as I do” school of thought.
      Plus his man objective is to remind everyone he’s black and any criticism of him is racist so stop asking questions about the scandals crackers!
      Mission Accomplished.

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