The President spoke at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., on Friday afternoon, the last stop on his two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania. Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, addressed the school and touted his plan for higher education, but didn’t leave out a plug for the so-called “phony scandals” that have rocked his second term.
“I have not seen a policy come out that would help ordinary folks. And we can’t afford the usual Washington circus of distractions and political posturing and special interests and phony scandals,” Obama said of Republicans’ actions in Washington. “We can’t afford that. We’ve got too much work to do.”
President Obama is far from the first to mock these “phony scandals” — referring to the attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi, IRS targeting conservative group and Department of Justice listening in on Associated Press reporters phone calls to name a few. White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer rolled out the term in a blast email to White House supporters earlier this month and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney referenced “phony scandals” while giving a rare appearance on a host of morning news shows last month.
President Obama followed suit during his speaking tour last month highlighting the plight of the middle class in Galesburg, Ill. And most recently, MSNBC host Chris Matthews jumped on the bandwagon, calling the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups “phony” as well.
Check out President Obama’s reference below.