The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama
a book by Matt Margolis
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that “I’m proud of the fact that [...] we’re probably the first administration in modern history that hasn’t had a major scandal in the White House.”
So President Barack Obama boldly declared before leaving office, and numerous times since. But is it true?
Not according to Matt Margolis, bestselling co-author of The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. Margolis lays out the details of literally dozens of Obama administration scandals that have been ignored, downplayed, or covered-up by the mainstream media. From “Fast and Furious,” to the illegal IRS targeting of conservative groups, to the recent NSA spying outrage, Margolis makes a powerful case that the Obama years represented nearly a decade of lawless and abusive governance.
While Obama and his allies attempt to spin the narrative that his presidency represented a time of pristine politics, it’s critically important that Americans understand the truth—Barack Obama brought to Washington corrupt Chicago-machine politics of cronyism and corporate payoffs, combined with audacious Alinskyite tactics aimed at dividing Americans and destroying his opponents.
Obama’s legacy will be discussed and debated for decades. But in the early months after he left office, more scandals have been uncovered—most notably an illegal scheme of using the NSA to spy on his political opponents and the frightening decision to block the prosecution of Iranian-backed terrorists. Far from being a virtuous New Camelot, the Obama administration abused its power like few others.
If there was any justice, Dubya would be jailed for attacking Iraq unprovoked and Obozo would be jailed for dozens of scandals; here they are heading for the showers—if they can't have clean pasts at least they can have clean bodies
See How Obama Betrayed America....And No One Is Holding Him Accountable, The Corruption Chronicles: Obama's Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big Government, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington, The Left in Power: Clinton to Obama: Black Book of the American Left: Volume VII, and Obama's Enemies List: How Barack Obama Intimidated America and Stole the Election.
The government is spying on citizens: Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!
Obama began the NSA spying outrage: Now our government watches your every move
Once they create the technology, can the thought police be far behind NSA's outrage of spying on us decent citizens?
As Margolis sees it, " . . . organized left-wing collusion to protect Obama continued unabated, and wasn’t limited to the media. Academia also played a role in covering up the scandalous Obama years. When TIME magazine asked ten historians to weigh in on Obama’s legacy, their comments often sounded much more like propaganda than analysis. . . . Americans learned the hard way that 'hope and change' weren’t all they were cracked up to be. Obama couldn’t possibly live up to such premature canonization, so his allies constantly made excuses. The media turned a blind eye, and academics are now covering his tracks for posterity. While the impact of his policies will be debated for years, no one can pretend that the Obama years weren’t plagued from the beginning by controversy and scandal—unless, that is, they’re either ignorant or dishonest. . . . What do historians think there is to gain by downplaying the significance of Fast and Furious, the IRS Scandal, or the Benghazi cover-up? Why are they protecting Obama from us instead of protecting us from Obama? If we refuse to recognize teachable moments in history as they happen just because they reflect poorly on the political savior du jour, we will learn nothing from our mistakes, and are, thus, doomed to repeat them. . . . the media wasn’t speaking truth to power and . . . academia was a willing accomplice in a massive cover up to protect Obama’s presidency from proper scrutiny."
The Blagojevich scandal served notice to the American people that Obama’s tenure would be rotten to the core and that the mainstream press would cover up the stench
In December of 2008, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested at his home following a years-long corruption investigation. Obama was involved but the mainstream press felt Obama was their Great Black Hope so they ignored the scandal. The Blagojevich scandal served notice to the American people that Obama’s tenure would be rotten to the core and that the press would cover up the stench.
Establishment 'journalists' were anxious for Obama to take office unencumbered by scandal so he could deliver on all that 'hope and change' he spoke of during the campaign. Far from acting as America’s watchdog, the press became Obama’s lapdog.
A major study by the Committee to Protect Journalists released in 2013 called the Obama White House the most secretive since Nixon; Obama is saying 'I am not a crook,' but we know better!
Dick Nixon, a.k.a. Tricky Dick
Obama had the most opaque and guarded administration in American history to undermine all attempts to hold government accountable. When asked for documents by justice, courts, or Freedom of Information requests, Obama would promply send the documents entirely redacted! What was this guy hiding?! (Obama's White House Counsel sent a memo to all federal agencies instructing them to delay, censor, or prevent the release of any documents involving or referencing any communication with the White House requested under the Freedom of Information Act. And yet Obama promised transparency!) A major study by the Committee to Protect Journalists released in 2013 called the Obama White House the most secretive since Nixon. The USA World Press Freedom Index plummeted from 20th out of 180 countries when Obama took office to 49th when he left.
When asked for documents by justice, courts, or Freedom of Information Act requests, Obama would promply send the documents entirely redacted
Obama promised a transparent presidency with no tricks—what he delivered was a scandal-filled presidency full of tricks
As a candidate for president, Obama promised to protect whistleblowers. As president, he waged war against them. The Obama administration used the 1917 Espionage Act to go after whistleblowers who spoke with the media three times more than all past presidents...combined! An example is Edward Snowden, who exposed Obama's lies about "we don't spy on citizens." This enraged Obama because he was embarassed for getting caught, so he tried to make the Snowden thing about his "treasonous" disloyalty. Those of us who see the heroic thing Snowden did and deeply respect him for it are not fooled by this bait and switch trick, especially since Obama promised to protect whistleblowers as well as promised we were not being spied on. Too bad Trump doesn't have the awareness or integrity to pardon Snowden—the guy deserves a Nobel Prize, not a threat of imprisonment!
Edward Snowden—a great American hero
Some have said that the most racist president ever is Trump. But, sadly, that honor goes to Obama. The Obama administration was only interested in pursuing civil rights cases where the victims were minorities. If whites were victimized by blacks, Obama wasn't interested. Racist application of U.S. laws is illegal, but Obama didn't care. He seemed to like black people but he seemed to dislike white people, according to his actions. Equal justice under the law was something Obama was sworn to protect, but his actions said he preferred to "get whitey" instead. There was unambiguous evidence of a racial double standard in the Obama Civil Rights Division.
In another case, Obama also broke the law to protect a donor and ally who had misused federal grant money and sexually abused three students, then he and his appointees misled Congress in an attempt to cover it up. Did the mainstream media go wild with the reporting of this legitimate scandal? Nope—they ignored it—he was the liberals' Great Black Hope and there was a tacit understanding in the liberal press: hands off.
Members of the media have a duty to be government watchdogs—but during the Obama presidency, only Fox News fulfilled that duty. (Of course, now that the Orange Oligarch is in the White House, Fox is the only news channel that won't watchdog Trump, while the mainstream media is all over Trump like pimps on runaway girls.)
Members of the media have a duty to be government watchdogs, but only Fox was during Obama's reign and only the liberal media is during Trump's reign
Democrat Joe Sestak made an allegation that was very serious—he’d been offered a job the previous summer by the Obama administration to put an end to his campaign. In fact, he had just accused the Obama White House of committing a federal crime—trading government jobs for favors. When asked, of course, the Obama administration stonewalled—their trademarked response. See Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington.
Obamacare may have been Obama’s signature achievement, but it was also rife with controversy and scandal. It was a huge fraud. The bill gained support only through the endless repetition of myths and blatant lies by Obama and liberals in Congress.
ObamaDon'tCare may have been Obama’s signature achievement, but it was also rife with controversy and scandal—it was a huge fraud
"Yes, President Obama has broken the law on multiple occasions. Despite clearly stating, in a 2008 questionnaire, that the commander-in-chief is not lawfully empowered to ignore treaties duly ratified by the Senate, Obama has willfully failed to enforce the torture treaty, signed by Ronald Reagan and duly ratified by the Senate, that compels him to investigate and prosecute torture. . . . and Obama also violated the War Powers Resolution . . . committing U.S. troops to Libya without Congressional approval. [Andrew Sullivan wrote] Obama is 'a clear and knowing accessory to war crimes, and should at some point face prosecution as well, if the Geneva Conventions mean anything any more.'" (Source: The Biggest Obama Scandals Are Proven and Ignored, Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic)
"Not only was the Obama administration marked by scandal of the most serious sort — perverting the machinery of the state for political ends — it was on that front, which is the most important one, the most scandal-scarred administration in modern presidential history. . . . Under the Obama administration’s watch, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies from the BATF to the NLRB were illegally used to target and harass the president’s political enemies. The IRS targeting scandal was the most high-profile of these, but others are just as worrisome. Federal investigations and congressional oversight were obstructed, and investigators were lied to outright — a serious crime. The administration protected the wrongdoers and saw to it that they retired with generous federal pensions rather than serving federal sentences for their crimes. The Obama administration oversaw the illegal sale of arms to Mexican traffickers for purposes that to this date have not been adequately explained, and those guns have been used to murder American law-enforcement officers." (Source: The Worst Perversion , Kevin D. Williamson, National Review)
Everything about ObamaCare is a scandal, such as Obozo’s incessant lies about keeping your old plan if you liked it
"Everything about ObamaCare is a scandal, from the President’s incessant lies about keeping your old plan if you liked it, to Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s “we need to pass it to find out what’s in it” dereliction of Congressional duty. ObamaCare is a scam, pure and simple – sold on false pretenses by people who knew it wasn’t going to work the way they promised. It doesn’t feel right to dismiss it as a “failed” scheme when so much of the failure was intentional. The bill was so sloppily crafted that Democrats were basically signing blank sheets of paper when they rushed it through Congress in a foul-smelling cloud of back-room deals." (Source: 18 Major Scandals in Obama’s ‘Scandal-Free’ Presidency, John Hayward, Breitbart)
The Obozo minions lied over and over to cover their asses, and the lazy fools in the mainstream media swallowed these lies hook, line, and sinker because he was their Great Black Hope
Sharyl Attkisson's Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington contains a ton of positive proof that the government—under Obama—has lied over and over in a corrupt burst of rewriting history and ass covering. When confronted with the fact of their lies, they brazenly denied everything and stuck with lies that had already been disproven. Author Sharyl Attkisson talks about the “political industrial PR machine,” or what we like of think of as mass-produced truthiness. See Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market.
Most sources stonewalled Sharyl Attkisson when she was investigating Obama—the mainstream media gave Obama a free pass for 8 years, looking the other way in scandal after scandal
Instead of providing public information and documents promptly and accurately to reporters, governmental press offices often withhold any and all potentially damaging information until they are forced to release bits and pieces through congressional subpoenas and Freedom of Information requests. But since they often have so many incriminating aspects in them, the documents they release are often worthless because they are redacted.
When Obozo received congressional subpoenas and Freedom of Information requests, he responded with redacted documents that were basically a way to give the finger to Congress and reporters
"Obama was a perpetual power-abusing machine. He was so routinely high-handed and selectively contemptuous of the rule of law that people were beginning to think presidential authoritarianism was the new normal. How ironic that so many of Obama's enablers are now projecting these sins onto President Trump, who — to this point, at least - hasn't actually crossed the line into flouting the Constitution. The left believes — and acts on the belief — that the ends justify the means, and so, it naturally assumes we will do the same. Obama was hell-bent on fundamentally transforming America as founded, and he was willing to scratch, bite, kick, steal and flush the rule of law to accomplish it — and he did, like no president before him." (Source: President Obama's scandal-free delusion, David Limbaugh, The Spectrum)
Obama's administration had no scandals reported in the leftist mainstream media because Obozo was their darling: untouchable, infallible, Teflon, and butter wouldn't melt in his mouth
What's sad about the mainstream media's take on Obama scandals is that they either make a joke of it (while distracting the user with humor while utterly avoiding any of the dozens of serious scandals the rightwing authors are pointing out), minimize each scandal with rationalizations, or they simply print quotes from Obozo stating that his administration had no scandals—a total lie. What that statement really means, of course, is that his administration had no scandals reported in the leftist mainstream media because Obozo was their darling: untouchable, infallible, Teflon, and butter wouldn't melt in his mouth. The rightwing press, on the other hand, reported Obozo's misdeeds vehemently and often, but the left was deaf to their words, considering them liars and prejudiced complainers with nothing of note to add to reportage.