Bill O'Reilly: President Obama trying to reassert his authority
By: StaffMay 24, 2013
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By Bill O'Reilly

At a major foreign policy speech today at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., the President put forth that his administration is winning the "war on terror." Although, of course, Mr. Obama does not use that phrase "war on terror."

In the address the President explained how the drone attacks are legal and effective. "Talking Points" agrees. He once again called for the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. T Points would have to see exactly where and how the terrorist would be tried in the USA before agreeing with that.

Also the President talked about increasing security for diplomats abroad this off the Benghazi story. Finally, Mr. Obama's promise to protect the rights of journalists off the AP and James Rosen situations.

It's clear Mr. Obama is doing damage control. And that was also done in the "The Washington Post" this morning -- article in the paper about the IRS scandal clearly planted by the White House. It said the President was not in the loop, that his top advisors kept IRS information from him for a variety of reasons.

Fascinating footnote is that David Plouffe, a fervent supporter of the President, attacked Lanny Davis for saying this about White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler who admits she knew well in advance about the IRS abuse.


LANNY DAVIS, FORMER SPECIAL COUNSEL TO PRESIDENT CLINTON: I don't know Ms. Ruemmler but they don't think about anything more than the legal issues. Well it's an investigation. We're not going to share the conclusions. You don't have to. Just give a heads up and do crisis management planning.


O'REILLY: So, Davis gets hammered by Obama acolytes for saying that. I don't get it. So the White House strategy is clear. The President did not know anything about the IRS targeting conservative groups even though his top advisors did.

There's also new information from the Daily Caller Web site, it says Ms. Ruemmler met with Christopher Meade, chief counsel for the Treasury Department which oversees the IRS three times last fall. The two had never met one-on-one before. Meade is a long time left-wing activist who apparently knew about the IRS investigation a year ago.

It's clear Ms. Ruemmler and Mr. Meade must testify in front of Congress and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough must do so as well. The country needs their sworn testimony. Especially after Lois Lerner who oversaw the IRS abuse took the Fifth yesterday. The IRS story just beginning to surface.

And that's "The Memo."

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Thu, 05/23/2013
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