September 18, 2011

The Obama Administration’s Pre-Solyndra Scandals List

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:59 pm

This list ignores Solyndra, LightSquared, Gunwalker, and other more recent items, and has been prepared in support of a Pajamas Media column which will appear in the next few days (Update: It’s here). Gunwalker is a longer-running matter, but because it for the most part hasn’t broken through an establishment press blockade, I’m addressing it in the column.

It isn’t necessarily (and probably isn’t) complete. Other suggestions are welcome, and I will consider adding them to the list as they are submitted. When evaluating potential additions, use the first dictionary definition of “scandal” at (“a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc.”) as a guide.

Here goes:

  • Obama’s refusal to seek Congressional approval before going to war in Libya.
  • The administration’s voiding of disfavored secured creditors’ contractual rights during the Chrysler bankruptcy, as well as the accompanying intimidation.
  • The Sestak and Romanoff job offer(s).
  • The dropped Black Panther Pennsylvania voter-intimidation prosecution.
  • The defiant reissuance of a virtually identical deep-water drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico after a federal judge declared the original null and void.
  • The President’s clearly anti-constitutional signing statement preserving the positions of his czars in direct defiance of Congress, which specifically de-funded them.
  • The scuttling of terror finance prosecutions against co-founders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and others for what appear to be purely political reasons.
  • The Justice Department’s refusal to enforce or defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I know it’s quaint to refer to the Constitution, but the last time I checked, the executive branch is supposed to carry out and defend laws passed by Congress, not act as if it’s all three branches in one and ignore the law.
  • Obama’s false claim, serially repeated, that his mother lacked adequate health insurance coverage in the year before her death as she was fighting ovarian cancer. In Ann Althouse’s words, Obama “lied about a central fact about his own life which he used — powerfully — to push health care reform.” The fact is that Stanley Ann Dunham had health insurance, but that her application for private disability coverage was denied.

UPDATE, Sept. 20: A commenter has mentioned the Gerald Walpin affair, which definitely qualifies.



  1. His racist attitudes as high lighted by the comments in the Gates affair where he accused the police of “acting stupidly” before he had all the facts even by his own admission. The backdrop being Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor and mentor, a known racist preacher whom Obama listened to for 20 years and then lied to the American people claiming he didn’t hear anything racist. With further backdrop of the actions by the DOJ not to prosecute anyone in general who is black in civil rights violations aside from the Philadelphia voter incident. The continuum of connected dots indicates Obama is a closet racist because he doesn’t use overt words like cracker, honky, blue eyed devils, etc but his actions in upholding the Law speaks otherwise.

    Something that might be an emerging scandal is his Social Security which number does not pass E-Verify. There are admitted problems with errors in the data base which the requires the holder of the SS # in question to go to the SS admin and have it cleared up.

    Another scandal again under the radar due to the MSM blackout is his meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood in 2009 in which he encouraged the overthrow of the Egyptian government. Depending IF the outcome of the regime change he instigated turns into a full blown Radical Islamic government, Barack Obama is fully responsible for the deaths of 100s of Egyptians in the overthrow and potentially 1000s IF Egypt under the current foreign policy of the Muslim Brotherhood go to war with Israel. I wrote a piece on that some time ago, let me know if you want the link. It has source links.

    Comment by dscott — September 19, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  2. It says something that the arrogance and racism of the Gates affair is considered small potatoes.

    Speaking of SSN, the treatment of his relatives, their continued presence in the country, and his refusal to help them would be pretty scandalous if any other president of either party had similar situations.

    The Egypt situation could be a big one in the making. ABC will make a TV movie called “The Path to the Arab Spring” and then suppress it. :–>

    Comment by TBlumer — September 19, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

  3. Don’t forget the Gerald Walpin affair.

    Comment by SteveR — September 20, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

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