Nate Jackson / Apr. 17, 2015

Slate Marvels at Obama’s Squeaky Clean Record

Ever wondered what “Obama’s Gift to Hillary Clinton” might be? Well, with that headline, Slate reporter Jamelle Bouie explains, “No modern-day president has left his potential successor a less scandal-plagued legacy than Barack Obama.” Is he kidding? No, he’s not, as he goes on to recount Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the IRS … only to dismiss them entirely as not having anything to do with Obama himself. Never mind that Fast and Furious had a body count in the hundreds; “[U]nlike Iran-Contra or Clinton’s impeachment,” Bouie says, “none of these were consequential for Obama’s presidency.” If nothing else, that’s a tribute to Slate and other Leftmedia rags, which have circled the wagons for Obama to a degree not seen before.

Just as belittling scandals doesn’t absolve Obama, ignoring other scandals doesn’t mean they didn’t happen. Bouie fails to mention the wait lists at VA hospitals, Obama’s swap of five jihadis for deserter Bowe Bergdahl, the political favoritism in the GM and Chrysler bailout, giving billions in un-repaid loans to “green” energy companies, or letting the Black Panthers off the hook for voter intimidation. And what about leaving Libya and Yemen in anarchy, and Iraq to the Islamic State? Bouie has no use for any of that because he’s too busy criticizing George W. Bush’s foreign policy. As for Hillary Clinton, well, she has enough unclaimed baggage to start a retail chain, so even if Obama were clean it hardly makes her so.

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