Former President Barack Obama really does believe his own press.
The former commander in chief repeats in his new memoir, A Promised Land, the tired media-created myth that his administration was scandal-free — an absurd assertion that would be laughable if it was not so damnable.
“In a town where proximity and access to the president were taken as a measure of clout,” Obama writes of the early days of his first term, “it didn’t take long for some cabinet members to start feeling underutilized and underappreciated, relegated to the periphery of the action and subject to the whims of often younger, less experienced White House staffers.”
He adds [emphasis added]:
None of these issues were unique to my presidency, and it’s a credit to both my cabinet and my staff that they maintained their focus even as the work environment got tougher. With few exceptions, we avoided the open hostilities and constant leaks that had characterized some previous administrations. Without exception, we avoided scandal. I’d made clear at the start of my administration that I’d have zero tolerance for ethical lapses, and people who had a problem with that didn’t join us in the first place.
This false boast would be open to interpretation (maybe he did not mean what he said!) were it not for the fact that Obama brags again later in his book that his White House suffered basically no scandals.
“I was going to have to find a way to reconnect with the American people,” Obama writes of the Democratic Party’s struggle to come to terms with its massive losses in the 2010 midterm elections when voters turned out in droves to repudiate the White House’s agenda. “I needed to get out of the White House bubble, to engage more frequently with voters.”
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