Obama's learning afterward about sensitive issues raises question about approach, inner circle
A string of embarrassing episodes for the Obama administration that the president didn't seem to know about until the public did is raising questions about why he wasn’t in the loop and who should have told him.The way I see it, there are three possibilities, and none of them are terribly appealing. The first is that Obama just doesn't care - that he's not attending these briefings or tasking a staff member with keeping him up to date because it's just not important to him. That's bad. The second possibility is that Obama is being shielded from unpopular programs by his staff - the concept of "plausible deniability" - which makes sense given the nature of the programs about which Obama has claimed no knowledge.
But reports over the past week weeks that President Obama was not aware of the National Security Agency monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone nor of the technical problems that plagued the ObamaCare website ahead of its Oct. 1 launch suggests he is taking too much of hands-off approach or perhaps not surrounding himself with people who can keep him informed, critics say.
You know, like Reagan and the whole Iran/Contra affair that resulted in a seven year long, $50 million investigation...
The third possibility, which is the worst IMHO, is that he has in fact been in the loop on these programs, has known about the spying, the failure of the healthcare website, the Tea Party targeting by the IRS, etc. and has done nothing to stop or even delay these programs. If in fact he's facilitating these sorts of programs and then claiming no knowledge, this would make Watergate look like a children's puppet show.
That is, of course, if we had a media fit to carry Woodward and Bernstein's athletic supporters, which we don't.
That is all.