Is Obama Truly in Dark on Secrets of White House?

On issue after issue, he's said to be 'in the dark': Dana Milbank
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2013 1:05 PM CDT
Is Obama Truly in Dark on Secrets of White House?
President Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Oct. 25.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

For a guy who's allegedly in charge of the executive branch, President Obama sure seems unaware of a lot of key issues, writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post. There's the NSA spying on world leaders, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, Obama found out about this summer; and the problems with, which he reportedly didn't know about until after it was launched. Then there was the probe into IRS political targeting, the Solyndra controversy, and more.

The repeated question, from reporters and conservatives: "What did Obama know and when did he know it?" And the usual answer from the administration: "Not much, and about a minute ago." "On one level, it would be reassuring—and much more credible—if the White House admitted that Obama is more in the loop than he has let on," Milbank notes. "On another level, it would be disconcerting: Is it better that he didn’t know about his administration’s missteps—or that he knew about them and didn’t stop them?" Click for Milbank's full column. (More President Obama stories.)

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