The Top 20 Obama Administration Scandals
Only five months into President Obama’s second term, the administration’s scandal rap sheet continues to grow.
It’s a long list compiled since Obama took office in 2009; it’s a fast-moving drama as well.
Keith Koffler of the White House Dossier recently published a summary of the administration’s misdoings under the headline, “The Top Twenty Obama Scandals.” Here is Koffler’s rundown:
- IRS Targets Obama’s Enemies: The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.
- Benghazi: This is actually three scandals in one – the failure of the administration to protect the Benghazi mission, the changes made to the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video, and the refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack.
- Watching the AP: The Justice Department performed a massive cull of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.
- Rosengate: The Justice Department suggested that Fox news reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phone calls and emails.
- Potential Holder Perjury I:Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist when in fact he signed the affidavit that termed Rosen a potential criminal.
- The ATF “Fast and Furious” Scheme: ATF allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
- Potential Holder Perjury II: Holder told Congress in May 2011 that he had just recently heard about the Fast and Furious gun walking scheme when there is evidence he may have known much earlier.
- Sebelius Demands Payment: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for Obamacare.
- The Pigford Scandal: An Agriculture Department effort that started as an attempt to compensate black farmers who had been discriminated against by the agency, but evolved into a gravy train, delivering several billion dollars in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers who probably didn’t face discrimination.
- The GSA Gone Wild: The General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas featuring a clown and a mind reader. Resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.
- Veterans Affairs in Disney World: The agency wasted more than $6 million on two conferences in Orlando. An assistant secretary was fired.
- Sebelius Violates the Hatch Act: A U.S. special counsel determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity last year. During the remarks, Sebelius called for the election of the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina.
- Solyndra: Republicans charge the Obama administration funded and promoted its poster boy for green energy, despite warning signs the company was headed for bankruptcy. The administration also allegedly pressed Solyndra to delay layoff announcements until after the 2010 midterm elections.
- AKA Lisa Jackson: Former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson used the name “Richard Windsor” when corresponding by email with other government officials, drawing charges she was trying to evade scrutiny.
- The New Black Panthers: The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.
- Waging War All By Myself: Obama may have violated the Constitution and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval.
- Biden Bullies the Press: Vice President Biden’s office has repeatedly interfered with coverage, including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports.
- AKPD Not A-OK: The administration paid millions to the former firm of then White House adviser David Axelrod, AKPD Message and Media, to promote passage of Obamacare. Some question whether the firm was hired to help pay Axelrod $2 million AKPD owed him.
- Sestak, We’ll Take Care of You: Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used Bill Clinton as an intermediary to probe whether former Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) would accept a prominent, unpaid White House advisory position in exchange for dropping out of the 2010 primary against Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).
- I’ll Pass My Own Laws: Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce, including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the “Dream Act.”
That’s an impressive list. But we still have three and a half years to go. Stay tuned.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.