We’ve got Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, dozens of DVDs and 100+ TV channels—and yet we somehow always end up watching Friends reruns, laughing ourselves silly over the episodes we’ve seen a million times.
The show had a lot of shticks, but the most consistent one was the way they started each episode title: “The One with the East German Laundry Detergent;” “The One with a Chick and a Duck”; “The One with the Holiday Armadillo.”
I was thinking about that when heard a certain former president reminiscing about his administration’s legacy this week.
Stay with me—I’ll make the connection.
“Not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted. By the way, it was the only administration in modern history that that can be said about. In fact, nobody came close to being indicted, probably because the people who joined us were there for the right reasons,” former president Barack Obama stated this last week at a Rice University conversational interview with Jon Meacham.
This is, of course, on top of comments Obama made during a private speech back in March of this year, touting his “scandal-free” administration: “We didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us … I know that seems like a low bar,” and “Generally speaking, you didn’t hear about a lot of drama inside our White House.”
It was an interesting choice of words in both cases.
Just because no one got indicted doesn’t mean there wasn’t a deserving candidate. Just because no scandal embarrassed the Obama administration doesn’t mean there wasn’t one (or myriad) that should have.
Say, like these:
The one where four Americans died in Benghazi.
(see what I did there?)
It’s simple. The Obama administration’s State Department (under Hillary Clinton) put an American ambassador, state department staff and American security officers in an impossibly dangerous situation, and then refused to save them even when Ambassador Stevens himself pleaded for help, mid-attack. They were left there to die. Period. Before their disfigured bodies were even cold in the grave, Hillary Clinton then clumsily pushed the narrative that some ridiculously obscure YouTube video sparked protests in Egypt which somehow specifically spawned a terrorist attack on the American compound in Libya. This, of course, was all while simultaneously telling the Egyptian prime minister (and her daughter Chelsea) that she knew “the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack.”
The one where our nation’s veterans were neglected or died waiting for VA care.
Attitude reflects leadership, and with VA “leaders’ inability or unwillingness to implement and sustain lasting change within various services,” it’s no wonder that the shameful treatment of our veterans became so systematic throughout the Veterans Administration. Veterans faced impossible wait times (hidden by dummy lists fed to Washington) dirty equipment, unnecessary anesthesia to stall for time, doctored lists—the list goes on. When this came to a head in 2014, the Obama administration promised to do something. And then it didn’t. Adding insult to injury, Obama also “threatened to veto the ‘Veterans Accountability Act,’ which would have reinforced and expanded the VA’s ability to fire incompetent workers.”
The one with where an American Border Patrol agent died thanks to government gun-running.
In an effort to supposedly “dismantle drug cartels operating inside the United States and disrupt drug-trafficking routes” the Obama administration ran several thousand guns across the US-Mexico border (what even…?) —including 34 .50 caliber guns (one of which was found in drug lord El Chapo’s possession) that are “capable of stopping a car or shooting down a helicopter.”
Hundreds of Mexicans and American border patrol agent (Brian Terry) died.
And then the Obama administration tried to cover it up.
The one where the IRS became a weapon
You know that feeling when you get a letter from the IRS? That unmistakable sense of impending doom as you cautiously rip open the envelope and brace? Under Lois Lerner and the Obama administration, the IRS purposely targeted over 400 conservative groups, using “illegal delays and unconscionable scrutiny, including questions about their political beliefs, plans to run for office and names of financial backers” in order to delay or impede their processes. Nice.
The one where Obama’s Secretary of State stored sensitive government emails on a private server (and then tried to run—again—for president).
That was Hillary Clinton playing dumb when asked about whether or not her server had in fact, been wiped clean using BleachBit to hide the fact that she broke the law. She endangered every single American by exposing sensitive information to the prying eyes of foreign enemies—and had the unmitigated gall to joke around about it. Adding insult to injury, the Obama administration’s FBI Director James Comey helped Hillary Clinton avoid punishment for her behavior by arbitrarily deciding that “intent” is what matters in criminal behavior (i.e. that she didn’t intend to commit a crime and therefore couldn’t be accused of it) even though she and her staff were, in his words, “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” For the record, he toned that down. Originally it was “gross negligence.”
In all seriousness, as Ian Tutle wrote for National Review, “Obama-administration scandals never resolve. They just vanish — usually, under a new scandal.”
This so-called “low bar,” as Barack Obama put it, doesn’t even exist.
And yet, Robert Mueller is on year no. 2 of trying desperately to find something, anything, to prove Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to rig the election. Indeed, “after 15 months, Mueller has indicted a number of Trump associates, but on charges having nothing to do with Russian collusion. They faced inordinately long prison sentences unless they ‘flipped’ and testified against Trump.”
Two years of investigations. Two years of nothing. The Obama administration had eight years of everything.
Remind me again why no one’s investigating … him?
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com, and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show on KSEV700 Radio in Houston. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree