The President did his best to show anger and shock at the IRS’s mishandling of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in a press conference this evening where he took no questions. He promised to “hold responsible parties” accountable claiming that he “will not tolerate” this type of behavior in any agency, but especially the IRS “given the power that it has and reach that it has in all of our lives.”
He promised safeguards and to work with Congress. He claimed this is a “fixable” problem. (Of course, that makes sense now that the election is over.)
He had the gall to tell Congress not be partisan in its investigation. Even in the midst of a scandal with a clear abuse of power in his administration, he finds the time to take a swipe at Republican leadership in Congress. “Democrats and Republicans owe it to the American people to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves and in a way that doesn’t smack of politics or partisan agendas.” Let’s face it, that little remark was not directed at the Democrats.
He also talked about ensuring that the “laws are clear” so that they can be enforced fairly. So, was he trying to say they were not enforced fairly because the laws were not clear? He certainly implied that.
This was basically a press conference about nothing where the President just wants the evening news cycle to run a story claiming he is outraged and “doing all that he can.”
Charles Krauthammer on Fox said just after the press conference that this is the “bare minimum” that the president had to do. He is exactly right. This was basically punting the controversy forward a day with generalities hoping that the outrage will die down.