Barack Obama has finally weighed in on the latest in a growing procession of “phony scandals” to cast a shadow on his presidency: Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account for official business while she served as his secretary of state.
In an interview with CBS News that will air this morning, the president gave assures the American people that “the policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, which is why my emails, the Blackberry I carry around, all those records are available and archived” (presumably along with his college transcripts).
As to what he knew about Clinton’s private email account and when he knew it, he told CBS he first learned about it this weekend “through news reports.”
This is not the first time — not even the second or third time — that Obama has used this excuse. In November 2013, John Hawkins of Right Wing News whimsically titled a piece “5 Things The Obama Administration Had No Idea The Obama Administration Was Doing.” In it he wrote, “What’s the point of having a President who learns about everything his administration is doing from the newspapers, just like everyone else?”
Hawkins is onto something. There’s a not terribly fine line between innocence and naïveté.
If nothing else, Obama needs a new team of excuse writers.
- Obama says he learned about Clinton’s emails from news reports
- Obama: All my emails ‘are available and archived’