President Obama announced yesterday that embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary, Eric Shinseki, would resign his position — effectively becoming the fall guy for a VA scandal that is quickly turning into a full blown political storm. Shinseki, in his departure, said “I will not defend it, because it is indefensible.” Let’s hope that came from the heart and was not simple political rhetoric.
Almost as soon as the Shinseki resignation hit the airwaves, the resignation of White House spokesperson Jay Carney followed it. Lying day in and day out is a pretty messy job…unless of course you don’t have a conscience, then it’s just a really cool job.
In the world of politics, internal bad news and personal apologies generally come on Friday. It’s a tactical play. The vast majority of the American people are working, then looking forward to the weekend for relief, and not to what’s on the news.
Friday is a slow news day, people are planning and packing and traveling on Friday. Saturday and Sunday are all about fun and family. The pundits and media and politicians all know this, and they use it to their advantage. They bank on the fact that after a relaxing weekend, the bad news has fizzled from the small explosion on Friday to a smoldering page 3 story by Monday. This allows those taking the heat to see the flames go out before they scorch any real political territory — namely the President’s backside.
The big question for me is whether or not White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is stepping down as the spokesman for President Obama to protect the President, or because he can no longer stomach being Deputy Liar-in-Chief of the Obama Administration.
No doubt it’s one of the toughest jobs in all of politics — let alone Washington, lying to the American press and the American people not just on a daily basis, but on an issue by issue basis. That has to wear a guy down.
Did Jay Carney, a media insider in his own right, (who is married to Claire Shipman, a senior correspondent at ABC News) love the position as grand wizard of the drive-by media? No one can deny it’s a powerful and important position. Who wouldn’t want to daily give the marching orders to the foot soldiers of liberalism, the American press?
On the other hand, perhaps things are changing too fast and too many are asking tough questions rather than simply being the good flock and taking the talking points to the streets by turning them into news stories?
I can only imagine how stressful a job it must have been. I think Jay has a little sliver of conscience left, although I imagine the rest is pretty calloused over or rotted through. But somehow a shred of conscience must have gotten to what little tenderness was still exposed. With the Obama White House scandal tally surpassing that of the old record-holder, Bill Clinton, I think Carney could take no more and still sleep at night.
Will Josh Earnest be as good and faithful a servant to the undermining of America? Will Josh Earnest be more or less forthcoming with the truths of all these scandals?
President Obama says the buck stops with him. That he takes full responsibility for all that goes on within his administration. Let us see what the next few weeks bring. If the past is any guide to the future, the President won’t take any credit for anything bad and will do everything in his power to manipulate the press into believing he too, like all the veterans attempting to get VA services and those who have died, is also a victim.
Game over, Mr. President. At the end of the day, when we tally up the score, life serves up very few victims. Our veterans are surely victims of this administration and will always deserve the best we have to offer them (rather than wasting millions on soccer stadiums at Gitmo for the enemy jihadists they were once fighting).
But it does have scads of volunteers — those who refuse to see the signs or heed the warnings and walk into the buzz-saw of life, and then rely upon the compassion of others to pity them as victims. However, it is very obvious to virtually all Americans that the biggest victim of the past six years of this Presidency has been Truth. (Transparency, of course, never even made it onto the public stage at all.)
White House spokesman is no doubt a tough job, you must have a broad understanding of the administrations vision, current and past policy, as well as domestic and global issues. But what makes it almost impossible to do over the long haul, is when you have to do it by lying to the American people day in and day out, then go home and look at yourself in the mirror.
Telling the truth should never be a difficult job. (Although when you’re not any good at your executive level job, as is the case with Obama, then telling the truth day after day quickly sounds too ridiculous to repeat, and the search begins for a better story, which is always a lie.) It’s high time Carney and his forked tongue hit the road. With the high crimes and misdemeanors this administration has perpetrated against the American people (and most importantly our veterans), it’s time Congress grew a spine and cranked up those impeachment proceedings and sent Barack packing a couple of years early … but six years too late.
[by David Whitley, writing for EAGLE RISING]
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