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Obama again scoffs at 'phony scandals' most Americans think are real

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President Obama is back on the road complaining that Republican lawmakers offer nothing but “cynicism and fear and frustration,” as they focus more on “phony scandals” than the needs of the American people.

It's become his standard pitch to big-ticket Democratic donors like the ones who paid between $10,000 and $32,400 to attend a fundraiser in Minneapolis at the home of Democratic power couple Sam and Sylvia Kaplan for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

After regaling the wealthy crowd with tales of his own struggles as a member of the middle class, Obama turned his attention to congressional Republicans.

“That's what we should be talking about every day in Washington,” he said, referring to the struggles of those less wealthy than the donors he was addressing, such as Rebekah Erler, whom he visited with earlier in the day.

"We talk about everything else. ... We talk about phony scandals, and we talk about Benghazi, and we talk about polls, and we talk about the Tea Party, and we talk about the latest controversy that Washington has decided is important."

Bad news for the president: Most Americans don’t agree with Obama when he characterizes his scandals as "phony.”

Indeed, according to separate polls, a majority of Americans support Congress' attempts to investigate three major issues that have been dogging the Obama presidency: The IRS' targeting of conservative groups, the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and widespread mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

First, an overwhelming 74 percent of respondents in a Fox News survey say Congress should keep investigating the IRS until “someone is held responsible.” This is a seven-point increase from April, likely spurred by the federal agency “mistakenly losing” subpoenaed emails.

Second, approximately 51 percent of respondents in a Washington Post-ABC News survey say they approve of Congress' decision to form a select committee to investigate the deadly attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents in the same survey say they believe the Obama administration covered up the details of the attacks and has been dishonest with the American people.

Lastly, 63 percent of survey respondents in a recent a Gallup poll say they're dissatisfied with Obama's handling of the VA's many problems, while only 29 percent say they approve.

The Gallup poll also found that 69 percent of respondents say they are following the situation "very" or "somewhat closely” and that that interest in the scandal has grown since Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned earlier this year in disgrace.

In short, there appears to be widespread support for more government accountability as more Americans are demanding answers.

Nevertheless, it appears that the president is determined to write off his many scandals as “phony,” either because he is willfully ignorant of the mood in the country or because he enjoys openly taunting his opponents.

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