When the topic is other people, President Obama is all about holding leaders accountable. This past July, Obama told ABC News:
Well, here’s what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you.
At the time, Obama was referring to actions taken by Bain Capital after Mitt Romney left to run the 2002 Winter Olympics. But when it comes to his own administration’s actions, Obama has been quick to blame others. Just look at his constant buck passing on the Fast and Furious. gun walking scandal.
Then, yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took Obama’s blame shifting to a new level. In an interview with CNN in Peru, Clinton said she was responsible for the inadequate security provided to the U.S. mission in Benghazi: “I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. The president and the vice president wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. They’re the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision.”
Contrast this statement with the one Clinton made to Obama during the 2008 primary: “Being President means being both CEO and COO of one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world. … The buck stops in the Oval Office.”
It is almost certain that CNN’s Candy Crowley will ask Obama how much of the blame he deserves for the death of the U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans in Libya on September 11th. Will he continue to blame YouTube videos and plead ignorance as his spokesman and vice president have done? Or will he finally take responsibility for his own failed leadership? Millions of undecided women will be watching the debate tonight. They already know that Obama pushed Clinton aside to become president. How will they feel about him letting her take the blame for what is ultimately his responsibility?
From The Washington Examiner
Examiner Editorial: Gas prices soar for lack of new refineries and pipelines
Byron York: Obama-Romney II: Prez needs to win by knockout
Phil Klein: The flip flopper attack on Romney has never come
Brian Hughes: Can Obama play happy warrior in second debate?
Polls: A USA Today poll of 12 swing states shows Romney beating Obama 50 percent to 46 percent among likely voters.
A new Quinnipiac poll of Pennsylvania shows Obama beating Romney 50 percent to 46 percent. The last Quinnipiac poll of Pennsylvania had Obama up 54 to 42.
Endorsements: Ross Perot endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday, writing: “The fact is the United States is on an unsustainable course. At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home and our constitutional freedoms. That is why I am endorsing Mitt Romney for president.”
In Other News
The New York Times, Debt Impasse Shadows Race for Presidency: Without agreement of some kind, more than $700 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts would occur after Dec. 31, scheduled by a mix of coincidence and bipartisan agreement.
Fox News, White House reportedly preps strike team to take out terrorists tied to Libya attack: The White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa, ready to strike militant targets from Libya to Mali — if investigators can find the Al Qaeda-linked group responsible for the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya.
The New York Times, Afghan Army’s Turnover Threatens U.S. Strategy: Now at its biggest size yet, 195,000 soldiers, the Afghan Army is fso plagued with desertions and low re-enlistment rates that it has to replace a third of its entire force every year.
The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Relocates Diplomat in Video Controversy From Cairo: The State Department has withdrawn from its embassy in Cairo the U.S. official who ignited a firestorm of controversy with his early, unauthorized condemnation of a U.S.-made video that mocked the Prophet Muhammad.
The Washington Post, Britain, Scotland sign deal to allow independence vote: Britain and Scotland signed an accord Monday clearing the way for a historic vote on independence that could see this island’s northern lands stand alone for the first time in three centuries as Europe’s newest sovereign state.
James Capretta on Kaiser’s Faux ‘Study’ of Premium Support
Hot Air’s J.E. Dyer on Why Obama is likely to blow the second debate too
AEI’s Peter Wallison explains why Obama is vulnerable for extending Too Big To Fail beyond banking.
Talking Points Memo‘s Benjy Sarlin writes an Obama debate checklist.
Think Progress says more manufacturing jobs have been created under Democratic presidents.
The Washington Post‘s Brad Plummer says the coal industry would be dying even without Obama’s policies.