OPINION: “Not One Single Whisper Of Scandal Because Of Obama”, Says Biden. Not So Fast.
“We were asked, ‘What are you proudest of from your administration’? You know what I said—he said the same thing, though probably a bit more clearly than I did: Not one single whisper of scandal, that’s because of Barack Obama.” True to form, Joe Biden.
The 2020 Democratic hopeful said those words on The View last week, and while this shouldn’t shock anybody who is familiar with Biden’s fraudulent antics, it still revealed how the ends justify the means in his eyes.
His former boss has repeated the same distorted and inaccurate phrase on numerous occasions, stating “I didn’t have scandals, which seems like it shouldn’t be something you brag about.” His staff have also carried the legacy of false narratives from the Obama administration and endlessly said such things. It’s time to refresh Biden’s memory.
Operation Fast and Furious, a program invented by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF, that put approximately 2,000 weapons into the hands of narco-traffickers and an Islamic terrorist, killing at least one American. Ian Tuttle of National Review shows how then- Attorney General Eric Holder was aware of the Obama administration’s cover up:
“In May 2011, he claimed to have known about gun-walking tactics for only a few weeks. But by October, new documents showed that Holder had been briefed about Operation Fast and Furious as early as July 2010[…]President Obama, intervening, declared that the documents were protected under executive privilege — a risible claim, legally, and a suggestive one, given the White House’s denial of involvement. In late June, at the recommendation of the committee, Holder became the first sitting member of a presidential cabinet to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives.”
Paying $1.7B to a terror state in planes flushed with cash under the radar while at the same time refusing to disclose this information to the American people would contradict Obama’s goal of total government transparency. It took a 14,000 word op-ed investigation for the public to finally take notice on President Obama’s shoddy and ignorant ‘work’ behind the scenes.
This report showed “how the Obama administration undermined law enforcement efforts to shut down an international drug-trafficking ring run by the terror group Hezbollah operating in the United States.” The purpose of erasing this project?
“For the sake of achieving a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed the DEA’s program to combat Hezbollah’s growing collusion with drug cartels, letting this nascent threat become a global menace.”
Don’t be surprised when I tell you that, when the leader of the free world let an expanding terrorist group off the hook in order to benefit him, it received almost no air time and received hardly recognition on tabloids and media outlets. However, when it was highlighted, it was usually a puff piece in the interest of former Obama administration officials and to discredit reporters.
Imagine if ‘Obama’ was changed to ‘Trump’ and ‘Iran’ was changed to ‘Russia’. Unimaginable, right? The hypocrisy among Democrats and the media elite alike would be oxymoronic. Moreover, it’s not unimaginable. The mass hysteria created by 280 characters or less today causes the left to spiral out of control. There’s your imaginary reality.
From the same high-and-mighty media operators that complain about the so-called ‘totalitarian regime’ currently in the White House never moaned about the ‘completely Democratic’ administration when Obama’s Department of Justice deliberately spied on the Associated Press in a failed attempt to crack down on internal leaks. His DOJ tapped into around 20 cell phones and landlines before trapping more than 100 reporters working for AP.
More spying? Look no further.
James Rosen, a reporter for Fox News, was also surveilled in 2010, as they collected his telephone records, looked at his personal emails, and tracked his movements. This wrongdoing was labeled by the Washington Post as “A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe”, something that was not taken lightly. Wouldn’t this be classified as a ‘totalitarian regime’?
Of course not. Yet, Trump’s critics in the media and Congress love to manufacture a political crossroads by saying President Trump has created a ‘constitutional crisis’. Members of Congress have expressed their flaw in logic, too. Even ‘mad’ Maxine Waters has gone as far as to designate this as a constitutional war zone.
But Obama’s own deep state operatives actually triggered a legitimate, statutory constitutional crisis.
Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan was made aware of illegal spying on a Capitol Hill staffer and lied to the American people about it. The inspector general kickstarted an investigation and concluded that Brennan had committed wrongdoings when he began negotiating with Senators. However, when asked about the CIA hacking into Senate technology, Brennan blatantly lied straight to the Senate Intel Committee:
“Nothing could be further from the truth. I mean we wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s just beyond the – you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we would do[…]Let me assure you the CIA was in no way spying on [the committee] or the Senate.”
James Clapper, Obama’s notorious director of national intelligence, confessed about misleading America about Congress spying on their own people. Zero scrutinization. To make matters worse, he lied again, this time on national television from a softball interviewer and never-Trumper Megan McCain on The View.
The IRS was investigated by the Office of Special Council when it found that IRS employees pushed callers to vote for Barack Obama, buy pro-Obama merchandise, and advocate for Democrats in general. More illegal, yet unnoticed and inconspicuous activity.
Thought that was it? The IRS, more specifically Lois Lerner, director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service, intentionally targeted conservative advocacy groups and 501(c)3’s before elections.
And then there was Benghazi. Obama and numerous administration officials lied about knowing exactly what happened in Libya on September 11, 2012. In defense of this, Susan Rice, former U.S National Security Advisor, claimed this was in response to a “spontaneous reaction” to a “hateful and offensive video”.
What about the platform to save veterans waiting in line in return for their service to our country?
“At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at a Phoenix VA facility, many of whom had been on a secret waiting list—part of an effort to conceal that between 1,400 and 1,600 veterans were forced to wait months for appointments. A 2014 internal VA audit found “57,436 newly enrolled veterans facing a minimum 90-day wait for medical care; 63,869 veterans who enrolled over the past decade requesting an appointment that never happened.”
Not only were there scandals, but also executive overreach and unconstitutional exploitation. Whether it was the Chrysler Bailout, Obamacare, the implementation of DACA, the recess appointments of three National Labor Relations Board members, or Net Neutrality, the United States had elected and re-elected a President who had an overt disregard for the singlehandedly most important document ever made.
The former Vice President to President Obama wants to say there was “not one single whisper of scandal because of Barack Obama”. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Only time will tell if America will call Biden’s bluff.
Jorge Velasco is the Founder and CEO of theDailyLead.