Cue Obama's 2nd-Term Scandals
Obama needs to 'say more sooner' to prevent disaster: Dana Milbank
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 14, 2013 10:50 AM CDT
President Barack Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during their joint news conference, Monday, May 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – It's all begun, and it's no big surprise to Dana Milbank: "Four months into a fresh four years, President Obama is already assuming the familiar crouch of a scandal-struck second-termer," Milbank writes in the Washington Post. Yesterday saw Obama taking just one question from American media during a press conference with David Cameron; that meant "the president had no risk of facing a follow-up." He talked about the IRS scandal as an outsider, but his approach may not do him much political good.

By avoiding immediate action like firing IRS staff, he's doing just what he did with Benghazi: Instead of getting "out in front of the scandal," he's "left himself at the mercy of events." The current uproar over Benghazi is indeed a "sideshow," as Obama said, "but his administration wrote the script for this sideshow by not getting the details out quickly." The White House said it made just a small change to talking points on the issue, and it initially kept quiet about emails revealed to Congress. "If Obama wishes to avoid the endless scandals that plague many second-term presidents, he needs to say more sooner." Click for Milbank's full column.

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orlandojonny
May 16, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
Notice all three current scandals happened during his first term?
cornelison
May 15, 2013 5:08 AM CDT
This is what money does to politics. It attracts politicians who will do anything for the rich. They don't want to fix the system, they want to "game" it. Even worse, conservative voters reward them for it.
I_hate_to_say
May 15, 2013 4:38 AM CDT
Cue newser's Teapublican trolls with their Obamaphobia and traitorous POTUS-bashing. Hey Milbank, why don't you point out that ANY Democratic president who tries to change the status quo will face trumped up charges and phony scandals like Whitewater and Solyndra -- and if you have the audacity to win a second term they'll do anything to block you -- up to and including impeachment. By the grace of God President Obama has avoided assassination in his first term, unlike the civil rights reformer, JFK. I wouldn't doubt that there are those on Wall Street and in the corporate world at this moment who are making plans to neutralize this POTUS one way or the other.