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  1. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Then,“technically”, he’s not being Presidential…

  2. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, almost 2 years ago

    “Zat is not my dog.”

  3. neuturn

    neuturn said, almost 2 years ago

    @David

    Do you know what his job is? Because he sure doesn’t. Ask him, he’ll tell he doesn’t know and found out only when you told him because his Administration won’t let him know when there are problems. I don’t understand why people are trying so hard to protect a President who is so derelict in his job. How many people would be able to keep a job if all of this was happening under their watch? Whether or not he is responsible for the problem, it is his job to know what is happening in the country and abroad. Especially if someone close to him knows about it.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 2 years ago

    Mr. Obama seems to enjoy being a ‘statesman". He’s driving the car, though Congress may not let him go the direction or speed he wants, and he enjoys driving the car. But every GOOD driver should know how to check oil and transmission fluid, change out fuses, and perform basic maintenance. They also need to know when to take the car in to be more thoroughly inspected.
    This cartoon shows a driver who is barely watching his gas gauge, much less watching for any other problems.
    Was Mr. Obama given “Plausible Deniability” by people who did not tell him what was happening at the IRS or the AP? Did they deliberately leave him ignorant of these abuses of power? Did he ever ask or imply that he WANTED deniability? Why weren’t stronger & more rapid actions taken by those who did know?
    I’ve been “taken for a ride” by a lot of Presidents, but I prefer one who can avoid micro-managing without being kept in the dark.
    Those aren’t his dogs, but they were left in his care, so he needs to deal with them. The longer it takes to attach names to these issues, the worse he looks, and the more damage our ‘car’ takes as it travels without its needed repairs..
    Respectfully,
    C.

  5. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 2 years ago

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/21/opinion/stop-the-leaks.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130521&_r=0

  6. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    History is still discovering the high cost of the Bush lies.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    @David

    The constitution- which the president swore to uphold and protect – says that congress – both houses in concert – has the job to “levy taxes” (I know I am simplifying). So they did that and collected them for various reasons *without the aid of the IRS until:

    The Civil War, when President Lincoln and Congress, in 1862, created the position of commissioner of Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax to pay war expenses. The income tax was repealed 10 years later. Congress revived the income tax in 1894, but the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional the following year.

    yeah. unconstitutional. LOL

    In 1913, the 16th Amendment gave Congress the authority to enact an income tax. That same year, the first Form 1040 appeared after Congress levied a 1 percent tax on net personal incomes above $3,000 with a 6 percent surtax on incomes of more than $500,000.

    In the 50s, the Bureau of Internal Revenue name was changed to the Internal Revenue Service. Only the IRS commissioner and chief counsel are selected by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

    So understanding THAT (from the IRS web site), you should understand that anyone appointed by the president to head up a department reports to the president so the president is then the one in charge.

    Yeah, I know, he can’t know everything in such a huge bureaucracy. Isn’t that the dog-gone point? Isn’t that why the president appoints the head of the departments so that the department head – who has a much smaller bureaucracy to watch – can tell HIM what is going on?

    At the risk of being too wordy, I’ll share an example in industry.

    A regional manager has direct reports to manage – even while he is managed by the corporate office – say the CEO.

    The regional manager’s reports are “district” managers who then supervise the assistant managers, foremen and workers in his district.

    I know – first hand experience – 2 regional managers that lost their job because of the actions taken by a foreman in one of 5 districts in his region. Did he personally instruct that foreman in the job he was to do? No. But, the mess-up lost the company 50K and HE WAS HELD RESPONSIBLE.

    Obama doesn’t even know what HIS direct reports are doing if you believe the BS that he “heard about it on the news” like JQ Public

    THAT si the definition of managerial incompetence..

  8. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Gore Bane

    “……. killing Bin Laden with the training and support his predecessor put in place……”
    .
    Enough time and you’ll actually believe Bush got OBL. Selective memory is a wonderful thing.

  9. neuturn

    neuturn said, almost 2 years ago

    @David

    Provide information that answer any question you would have if this was going on under a Republican Administration. There are too many unanswered questions. You could not let this go unanswered had it been your family in Benghazi or you were being targeted by the IRS. I am sure you would want things to continue until all information was uncovered. He has not been attempting to protect the Constitution of the USA from what I can see. Yet as I noted, he does not seem to know anything going on. Why do they always say they will investigate yet we never seem to get the full story. It is always the story they want told. I am not saying it would be different under a Republican administration and I would not be protecting the government if this was going on.

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 2 years ago

    @ansonia

    Ansonia said, “You can read that article and STILL believe the president didn’t know anything?”
    +
    I don’t know what the president knew or didn’t know. But I don’t see anything in the article to suggest that he did know. Here’s the relevant sentence: “The decision was made at the highest levels of the Justice Department, under longstanding regulations that are well within the boundaries of the Constitution.” I take it from this that the authors know or deduce from their experience that Holder knew. That’s all.
    +
    But what I do notice is that you make absolutely no attempt to deal with the argument of the article, which is that the subpoenas were justified and legal.

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 2 years ago

    @Molon Labe

    And President Obama could end all wars, solve the climate problem, and put a tofu dog in every pot, and you people would call for his impeachment.

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @ansonia

    Bush lied people died.
    .
    Going to War.
    During a visit to West Virginia in January 2002, Bush joked that, “I’ve been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war.” During the Vietnam War, however, Bush served with the Air National Guard in Texas, and had specifically noted on his Air Force officers test that he did not wish to serve overseas.

    16 Words.
    In making the case for a U.S. invasion of Iraq, President Bush stated in early 2003 that “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” Yet the CIA had itself previously warned both top White House officials and British intelligence that the reports of an Iraqi attempt to buy uranium from African countries were almost certainly untrue, and no nuclear program nor weapons of mass destruction have yet been found in Iraq.

    “Average” Tax Cuts.
    Announcing his second big tax cut package in January 2003, Bush stated that “These tax reductions will bring real and immediate benefits to middle-income Americans. Ninety-two million Americans will keep an average of $1,083 more of their own money.” But because the package was tilted heavily towards the very wealthy, the average tax cut for households in the middle quintile of the income spectrum was only $217, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.

    What WMDs?
    In May 2003, President Bush stated “We found the weapons of mass destruction.” U.S. forces have yet to find any evidence of chemical, nuclear, or biological weapons in Iraq.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Bush and Cheney had their rats and dogs go after Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson, sorry, but treason trumps a Fux News created “crisis” when folks claiming taxes are illegal get “checked out” and folks who printed classified information are checked out to try to find their source.

  14. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    George W. Bush (2001-2009) came to office through a Supreme Court decision following a contested plurality of 537 votes in Florida, and his defeat by over half a million votes in the popular election. Most Americans know how narrow the vote was in Florida, but not why.

    Five months before the election, George Bush’s brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, had 57,700 people purged from the voter rolls—ostensibly for being convicted felons, who were not allowed by Florida law to vote. As it turns out, over 90% of the voters on the hit list were not felons at all. Some of their supposed felonies were actually dated in the future. It was an overwhelmingly Democratic list of voters—over half blacks and Hispanics. Had these citizens not been prevented from voting, Al Gore would have been elected President of the United States.³

    With six years in public office as Governor of Texas, Bush was new to foreign affairs, as evidenced by an interview during the campaign in which he could not identify a number of leaders of major countries. But savvy political handler Karl Rove knew that Bush’s surplus of style could make up for his deficit of substance with many American voters. Rove groomed Bush’s image as a Washington outsider (though a Yale-educated President’s son), born again Christian, and down home cowboy.

    The cowboy image required a “ranch,” a la Reagan, so in the year before the 2000 election, Bush purchased one in Crawford, Texas. Although no actual ranching ever went on there, the President busied himself clearing brush and riding his mountain bike around the property. He liked his “ranch” so much that he spent a greater percentage of his time on vacation than any President in American history.4

    But then, George W. Bush had many cares of the office to escape. While at the ranch on a six week vacation in August, 2001, he received a memo from Condoleeza Rice entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

    That’s what happened a few weeks later on September 11 —apparently after no special effort by the White House to step up protection against the hijackings that were being predicted by intelligence reports. Several days after the attacks, when U.S. air space was still closed, Bush authorized special flights back to Saudi Arabia for Osama bin Laden’s relatives and other wealthy Saudis, “for their safety.” The White House then vigorously fought creation of the 9-11 commission, which Bush and Cheney finally testified before together (try that at your local police station). With 14 of the 18 hijackers from Saudi Arabia, the administration redacted multiple pages of the commission’s report on Saudi involvement in the attack.

    Four years later, while on another extended vacation at the “ranch,” Bush was briefed on the destruction about to be unleashed on the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina, including the likelihood that levies in New Orleans would be breached. In the videotaped meeting, Bush asked no questions. He then flew to California to raise money for Republican candidates.

    The man he left in charge, his politically appointed director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown, was woefully unprepared to handle the disaster that ensued when the levies broke and New Orleans flooded. (The only thing he’d managed before the FEMA job was Arabian horse shows.)

    In between 9-11 and Katrina, Bush’s “War on Terror” lost track of Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan and turned its attention to invading Iraq. Removing Saddam Hussein from power was imperative, Bush said, because (a) he had weapons of mass destruction, (b) was linked to Al Qaeda terrorists who attacked the U.S. on 9/11, and © needed to be removed to make that country safe for democracy. All of the reasons given for the war were soon discredited by real events, but Bush dug America in for the long haul, saying that “future Presidents” would decide when we’d leave Iraq.

    After all, there was much to be gained by staying. Halliburton, the firm formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, was one of the biggest beneficiaries, gaining multi-billion dollar contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as America’s ravaged gulf coast, by sealed, noncompetitive bids. In gratitude, in 2007 the company moved its corporate headquarters from Houston to Dubai, thereby avoiding U.S. taxes.

    The Bush family was not left off the War on Terror’s money train. Uncle “Bucky” earned millions in a war firm sale in 2006.

    Other Bush scandals include: the secret meetings of Cheney’s “Energy Council,” followed by systematic weakening of America’s environmental laws and staffing of the EPA and other agencies with industry insiders, the attempt to dismantle Social Security, the dumbing down of American education through No Child Left Behind, an inherited budget surplus turned into record deficit by waging two wars while cutting taxes—with the vast majority of benefits going to the super-rich, the torture of prisoners and loss of American goodwill overseas, the bullying of administration whistle blowers such as Joseph Wilson (whose wife was outted as a CIA agent), another tainted election with Ohio voting irregularities in 2004, the arrest of White House appointees for assorted crimes, the mistreatment of returning war veterans at Walter Reed and other hospitals, and for a grand finale, a leading role in the collapse of the economy through its aggressive deregulation and non-policing of the financial markets.

    With so much bad news for Americans to handle over eight years of corruption and incompetence, Karl Rove and other White House insiders took to calling any favorable news events that could help people forget bad news as “page turners.” Now President Obama also wants America to turn the page and “look forward” rather than go after wrongdoers from the Bush administration, such as those who ordered torture…as if good government no longer required accountability. But those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

    Historians will likely judge the Bush scandals as far more extensive than any that disgraced Grant, Harding, Nixon, or any other American president, due to their sheer scale. He ranks 39th out of 43 presidents in the Siena Institute’s survey of 238 presidential scholars released in July, 2010.

  15. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 2 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    You do realize that there are some elements right here on these comment boards that would blame President Obama regardless of what he knows or does about ANYTHING. And such are also elements in such media outlets as Fox, and some in Congress as well!.


    I have stated this before, and I will probably have to state it again. There are elements that if President Obama were to come out for the traditional American “Mom and Apple Pie” would then declare motherhood to be somehow unconstitutional, and apple pie to be some kind of a Communist plot to destroy America! To me at least, this is actually a kind of sad commentary on the current state of American politics. And knowing your own moderate views, I think you would agree!!

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