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Read history -- -- and and draw your own conclusions.
My concern is making sure that if there's a problem in the government that we fix.
That's my responsibility.
And that's what we're going to do.
That's true with the respect to the IRS and making sure that.
They apply the laws.
The way they were intended.
That's true -- respect the security of our diplomats.
Which is why we're gonna need to work with -- congress.
To make sure that there's adequate funding for what's necessary out there.
President Obama reacting to comparisons some have made this week between him and former president Richard Nixon who was brought down by the Watergate scandal.
The White House continues to play defense over three different scandals we've been reporting.
They got the attack the IRS to -- and the surveillance of the Associated Press news organization.
100 plus days into his second term and there's questions about what impact all this will have.
On the president's leadership joining us now with some thoughts and -- this the former chief after former President George Bush Andy card is here with his perspective.
Andy great to see you thank you for joining us.
Great to be with you -- You know you had to -- -- so thrilled to be here and yes the second terms do create challenges they sure do I know that you had a front row seat to history of course and you know what impact -- crisis can have on a White House behind the scenes.
There's always some drama of course but as these recent scandals continue to unfold there's been a lot of talk that this president.
Appears to be more of a bystander and and a leader.
Your reaction to that.
-- I hope President Obama is just as outraged as America is about.
What happened at the IRS that's outrageous no matter what your political stripe.
On -- matter what your partisan nature might be a philosophy.
So I hope is outraged at that I hope is also angry that he may have been misled himself by some of the facts that we're now learning about.
The Ben Ghazi maybe he wasn't told.
The truth about what happened in the Gaza -- and I hope that he's been angry at that.
But I also know that he's got a responsibility to lead the country.
And I suspect Denis McDonough the chief of staff has appropriately told the White House you keep doing your job don't let these scandals or investigations concern you.
We have people who won't be paying attention to those you do the job that you -- hired to do and help the president.
Follow through on his agenda I don't agree with a lot of his agenda but I know Denis McDonough wants the president's staff.
To stay focused on the task at hand which is helping the president do the job of leading the country and the free world.
-- and White House Counsel's Office should be the one that is primarily responsible -- Pay attention to what the right White House you can cooperation should be with any of these investigations.
And I hope President Obama has told the staff.
Cooperate with every single investigation.
And but take your lead from the White House Counsel's Office and don't gossip about it don't try to answer questions that are inappropriate -- that you shouldn't be answering.
Go to the White House counsel so I hope -- a lot of internal discipline at the White House right now but they should take these investigations very seriously they should recognize that.
There is outrage around what happened -- the IRS there are great can questions and concerns about what happened -- Ghazi.
And the president I hope and everybody at the White House should want to get to the truth.
And understand what happened didn't didn't Ghazi and I understand why things happened the way they did at the IRS.
But it is Entergy and note that even news organizations like the Washington imposed New York Times.
We can generally been quite supportive of the president has several articles this week about concerns over what's being described as a passive president right now.
Who knows little of what's going on from you're experience in the White House how do you assess what's happening behind.
The scenes with his inner circle.
While I guarantee that there's been a lot of gossip and innuendo and angst among some of the staffers at the White House.
But is up to the chief of staff and I think Denis McDonough is doing a good job at this.
It's up to him to keep the staff focused on helping the president -- not be distracted by.
The investigations that may be taking place however.
Denis McDonough also has a responsibility to make sure that everybody cooperates with any and all of the investigations consistent.
With big separation of powers article one and -- so.
And that's up to the White House counsel to help and offer guidance to that so I -- that's what's happening but.
This is a tense time at the White House I guarantee there are lots of and the rumors and innuendo and Clinton I kind of coffee talk.
But they should be focusing on their job the president only has a responsibility for a short time he's only get to four year terms of -- into a second term.
He'll want to get -- -- -- accomplishing that takes a lot of people to be focused on the task at hand.
Really quickly though responsibility of putting dumping your resume and your job is what counts most at the White House -- I hear you but let me ask you really quickly that in a short time when I left.
We we keep hearing over and over again that the president learned about the -- scandal from the news reports that he didn't know but the Justice Department from on the AP.
And that the big doesn't cover up was -- CYA so to -- between the State Department and CIA.
If your only defense is ignorance doesn't and this raise more questions about confidence in his leadership.
While it raises questions with me certainly I suspect the people at the White House knew about all of those things site.
I suspect that someone in the White House Counsel's Office would have been informed about the concerns -- the IRS.
I suspect that the National Security Council -- Dennis McDonough was the deputy national security advisor.
To a lot more about the Ben -- situation than -- and -- being is being acknowledged by the White House so.
I'd I'd also think that probably the White House Counsel's Office knew something about the Justice Department's.
The decision to expand -- request for information from eight associated press and in their investigation -- of a leak leaks are outrageous and I want the Justice Department to pursue them but they also want them just respect the traditional rights of the the media.
-- -- I also believe that someone in the White House.
-- a little bit about all of those things and I don't know what the information went up to the president but that's another question that should be asked.
Andy card great to see you today thank you so much for your perspective.
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