Bystander Obama sets the tone. In the IRS scandal, he has claimed to be outraged that the most feared civilian agency in the United States has abused the president’s critics, but his body language and his actions do not show real outrage or even surprise. No one has really been fired; the fake-fired acting commissioner was already on his way out. The officer who was in charge of the office that abused patriots has been promoted and will now oversee the implementation of ObamaCare. Obama pledged to fix the problem, but has actually done nothing to fix anything at all.
That tone that Bystander Barack Obama has set has manifested itself in his senior aide, Dan Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer appeared on Face the Nation today, and downplayed the significance of the IRS scandal.
“What would be an actual real scandal in Washington would be if the president had been involved or had interfered in an IRS investigation,” Pfeiffer said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
An actual real scandal is the IRS abusing groups similar to those that had handed him a “shellacking” in the 2010 election. That’s what happened.
Pfeiffer’s dismissal of the systemic abuse was not a one-off. It’s the White House’s new message.
Pfeiffer said the White House is remaining focused and will not going to let Republicans “drag Washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions, trumped up hearings and false allegations.”
The IRS abused Americans for years for their political and religious beliefs and that abuse impeded the president’s critics as he sought re-election. Bystander Obama doesn’t seem to think that it’s his problem.