‘I Don’t Know’, ‘Not Me’, ‘Nobody’: White House Circus

Written by Pauline Wolak on November 22, 2013

From a very early age I was encouraged to read our local newspaper every day. Like any eight year old, I would barely glance at the headlines in pursuit of the greatest page in the paper. There they were, just after the editorials in Section a; the comics! I didn’t quite get the Far Side then. But I loved Calvin and Hobbes, Funky Winkerbean, and Garfield.

As a kid, my choice response to any and all questions was a resounding, “I don’t know.” For that very reason Family Circus was my favorite comic strip.

Bill Keane and his infamous characters, “I don’t know,” “Not me,” and “Nobody” have been on my mind lately. In fact, every time I’m subjected to another speech by President Obama, I can practically see the ghost-like characters yanking on his pant leg or hanging from the teleprompter.

“Mr. President, were you ever made aware the NSA tapped Chancellor Merkel’s phone?” I don’t know!

“Sir, who gave the go ahead for Fast and Furious?” Not me!

“President Obama, who in the administration knew healthcare.gov wouldn’t be ready on October 1st?” Nobody!

And so it goes with the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Solyndra, the targeting of AP reporters … With every scandal or issue, no matter how big or small, if it means bad press then the President has absolutely no clue how, why, when, or where it happened. It would appear Mr. Obama has taken plausible deniability to dizzying new heights.

Trust me, sir, it was a hell of a lot cuter when little Jeffery was the one making denials.

We should have known this was how things would turn out. Remember then -candidate Obama’s steadfast denial of knowledge of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s hateful sermons? At the very church he allegedly frequented? By a man he called a friend? He claimed “shock” that Wright gave a speech damning America. The media was just beginning its love fest with Obama 2008 and so accepted his juvenile and implausible ignorance. “I don’t know” struck early and would appear often in the coming years.

When he wasn’t blaming the Bush administration for the Fast and Furious program (that began in 2009, AFTER the President took office), he denied even knowing about it. Thanks to Jay Carney we know “the President did not know about this tactic until he heard about it through the media.” So, the leader of the free world either didn’t know the program existed or he knew it existed and didn’t take responsibility for the death of Agent Brian Terry. We’re to believe that he was just watching the six o’clock news and there it was?

The IRS scandal was much the same. Over 100 White House meetings with then IRS commissioner Doug Schulman? “What did you discuss?” Oh, you know. Healthcare and there was this Easter egg hunt. “Mr. President, who else was present at those meetings?” Nobody! ( In this case, “nobody” turned out to be deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter). She also reiterated the discussions were about healthcare. (She probably really liked Easter eggs, too). Again, a huge scandal erupting at the foot of the White House and the President had no idea?

You’d think with all of those meetings about healthcare he’d know what was going on there, right? Kathleen Sebelius surely took the time to call him and tell him the website might be an issue. No? Ok, a quick email? A text? Smoke signals? According to a report published yesterday, Jay Carney finally acknowledged the President kinda, sorta heard something at some meeting at some point about the website maybe having some teensy-weensy issues. Fox News reports,

White House spokesman Eric Schultz acknowledged late Monday that red flags were raised as the website was being developed and recommendations were taken up by a development team at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

But nobody anticipated the size and scope of the problems we experienced once the site launched. Since that time, experts have been working night and day to get it functioning – and that is where our focus is, and should be, right now.

Darn that “Nobody!”

President Obama appears to be woefully uninformed about what his own administration is up to on any given day about any given issue. If all of the denials are to be believed, one has to assume he’s an incompetent jackass. But what if the denials aren’t true? What if Obama was aware of the lack of security in Benghazi, the underwhelming performance of Solyndra, the targets of the NSA and the IRS? He either doesn’t care or he has an agenda.

Which is worse? A complete lack of ability or interest in performing the job he was elected to do or the path of destruction he seems hell-bent on taking us down?

I don’t know.






Pauline is a proud wife and mother of three. When she isn't being the world's greatest Girl Friday, she is volunteers her time as a school librarian and athletic director. Pauline enjoys football, politics, good beer, and arguing with anyone. She's a devout pro-life Catholic. Pauline believes in the 1st Amendment and uses it on a daily basis, most notably to ambush unsuspecting family members in political debate! You can find her work here at Clash and at redknucklepolitics.com. Follow her on twitter at @MiStateFan.