President Obama is in denial regarding the scandals of his administration, calling them “phony” during his speech at Knox College on Wednesday.
The President’s speech in Galesburg, Ill. was the first of several on his new economic agenda talking tour, which conveniently serves as a diversion from the embarrassing revelations and bad press his administration has been faced with in recent months.
“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said, trying to justify his sudden attention on America’s economic plight.
Obama’s reference to “phony scandals” echoes remarks from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney earlier on Wednesday.
While making rare TV appearances this morning on CNN’s ‘New Day’ and MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ Carney gave a nonchalant approach to the recent administration disgraces, adding that the President’s wants to “refocus” the country on what really matters.
“The President will go back to Galesburg, Illinois, today, to deliver a speech about where we need to move the economy, what we should be focusing on here in Washington, and it shouldn’t be on the skirmishes that cause gridlock, it shouldn’t be on the phony scandals that have consumed so much attention here all to come to naught,” Carney said on ‘Morning Joe.’
Dan Pfeiffer, senior advisor to the President for Strategy and Communications, also used the same buzzword in a White House email sent on Sunday evening.
“Instead of talking about how to help the middle class, too many in Congress are trying to score political points, refight old battles, and trump up phony scandals,” Pfeiffer wrote in the email.
The President’s second term has so far involved a litany of “phony scandals” surrounding the National Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, tapping reporters’ phones and the Benghazi attacks.
Despite recent polling that reveals 56 percent of voters give the President low marks on his economic approach, the economic talking tour is seemingly more of a public relations and campaign stunt to help reboot Obama’s image.
Even Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) noted on Wednesday that every time a scandal comes up, the Obama administration tries to distract from it.
“The President is flying around the country today giving another one of the same stale speeches that he’s given over and over again every time another scandal pops up and he wants to change the subject,” Scalise said during The Heritage Foundation’s monthly Conversation with Conservatives forum.
And the economy is a convenient issue to pull national attention away from the humiliating ‘scandalgate’ that is Obama’s second term. But it’s a bit pathetic that public relations clean up is what it takes for the Obama administration to focus on jobs and the economy.
(h/t The Washington Free Beacon)