The fallout from the Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservative groups continues to rain down on the Obama Administration.
Alex Uzarowicz of Knox College offers his view about what the Obama Administration could do to clean-up the continuing mess, noting that the lack of leadership is a roadblock to the “bipartisanship” liberals say they crave.
Last week was a rough week for the Obama Administration: three scandals under three different departments. All of these fall under the authority of the President of the United States and showcase the hands-off approach of this administration on a variety of issues from foreign policy to tax exemption statuses.
…President Obama should be held responsible on all of these issues. These are significant scandals that Congress must further investigate and determine whether or not the President knew of any of these issues.
What’s clear is that these events will further American government skepticism. Those who were already against Obama will be against the President even more, and those who were on the fence, will lean against the White House. There are reports already that show that Democrats are even questioning the doings of the White House.
Even Congressman Rangel spoke out on the issue of the wiretapping. He said, “I don’t think anyone truly believes that the president has given us a sufficient answer for America, much less the press.” Rangel is the most inappropriate critic on these affairs. The congressman was convicted for unethical behavior – in fact, 11 charges. When you have him questioning the President of the United States, that’s when you know that you’ve done something wrong.
These scandals will also unfortunately prevent any kind of bipartisanship. Many Republicans will not want to work with a president that oversees all of these departments and allowed such scandals to happen. In the same vain, Democrats would not want to associate themselves with a president that the public mistrusts. It’s a two-way street.
President Obama needs to take action. He needs to get rid of his “leading from behind” mindset, as Joe Scarborough put it. He needs to start firing officials and disclose any kind of information to the public to establish trust with the American people. He needs to hold people accountable for their actions. He needs to fix his administration.