Obama's Whack-a-Mole Approach to Scandals

Obama would save himself a lot of heartburn by just coming clean.


As the heat engulfs much of the East Coast for the weekend, next week promises to be a very hot period for President Obama as Congress gets back from another recess.

On the Internal Revenue Service scandal alone, Congress appears poised to launch four separate investigations. There are also sure to be further inquiries into the terror in Benghazi and into the Justice Department’s activities relating to the media. Moreover, as I have written, there are further concrete instances of the Obama White House’s incompetence that have yet to receive major coverage from the press.

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It is the way that the president and his team handle the barrage of well-deserved criticism and scrutiny over the next weeks and months that will determine whether he will be a powerless lame duck for the next three and a half years.

The White House has to stop using the whack–a–mole approach it has been employing up to now and instead level with both the press and the American people. On Benghazi, the IRS and the Department of Justice's myriad woes, if mistakes were made, the president should acknowledge them and reprimand those responsible. By taking the problems head on, the president would give himself and the American public the chance to move on and hopefully concentrate on making America stronger.

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