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View Diary: Um...you do realize that Obama is about to give a live TV statement re. the IRS brouhaha, right? (47 comments)

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  •  he seems pleased now. (1+ / 0-)
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    second gen

    He got his pound of flesh. :p

    •  Matthews is not wrong on the politics (5+ / 0-)

      or perhaps the "optics" is the better term to use here.

      The White House is trying to "move on", as they say and Matthews is not wrong about thinking that they should be doing exactly that given the pile up of issues that have come to the fore this week.

      Also, FWIW, this is typical Obama in the sense that when the big political issue of the day lands in his lap, he usually does not get into nuance - it is not surprising that he did not talk about the liberal groups that were denied status or the others that were scrutinized.  

      Obama might have had an opportunity to go down the more nuanced route had they put him out earlier with a statement, but the White House chose to wait for the IG's report while the media frenzy went on unanswered.  But this is typical of this Administration, for better or for worse, they tend to hang back instead of taking their detractors head on immediately.

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