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April 20, 2012

White House accuses critics of politicizing Secret Service scandal

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sharply rejected criticism Friday from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has suggested the Secret Service sex scandal -- coupled with other Beltway exposes, including reports of over the top convention spending by the General Services Agency, show a White House not in control. The allegations have surfaced at the same time as graphic photographs of soldiers in Afghanistan posing with corpses..

"It is preposterous to politicize the Secret Service; to politicize the terrible conduct of some soldiers in Afghanistan in a war that's been going on for 10 years," Carney said, accusing Palin and Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions, who has been critical of the Secret Service incident and GSA imbroglio of looking to turn the incidents to their political advantage.

 "It's a ridiculous assertion that trivializes both the very serious nature of the endeavor that our military is engaged in in Afghanistan and the very serious nature both of the work that the Secret Service does," Carney said.

Sessions on Thursday criticized Obama's leadership and Palin emerged as a factor in the story when the Washington Post reported that one of the fired agents said in a Facebook posting that he was "'checking her out" under a picture of him standing behind her. She suggested on Fox News Thursday that it was a "symptom of government run amok" -- though host Greta van Susteren noted that the event was in 2008 -- when George W. Bush was president.

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alp

funny that I don't remember Palin commenting about Bush being so scandalous and blaming him personally.

"The reports portray a dysfunctional organization that has been riddled with conflicts of interest, unprofessional behavior and a free-for-all atmosphere for much of the Bush administration’s watch."

"Two other reports focus on “a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” in the service’s royalty-in-kind program."

https://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/washington/11royalty.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

I am sure we will hear nothing about the Bush scandals and the War of Lies in Iraq, from Issa - or any repubs.

Don

What about the White Houses politicizing anything and everything including all that has nothing to do with Politics and this dirt SOB Barrack Obama and his administration of dividing every person in the United States to try to gain even more votes. This SOB will try to divide the children if he thought it would get him another vote but if he were to get reelected he will indoctrinate our children to turn there parents in if they say something against the SOB Barrack Obama.

borisjimbo

Please let's hear Sessions and Palin try to politicize the run-up to the Iraq war vote and invasion. Those would be worth further examination.

Dorothy2

I wonder. Do Sessions and Ms. Sarah rattle when they walk? Because with normal hat sizes and brains the size of two peas, you would certainly think so.

ibsteve2u

I think the American people would hear the message a little bit clearer - and perhaps be shocked out of their complacency and into verifying what the right/Republicans say instead of just accepting it without a thought - if this Administration had used language something like "The entire right is scummy, but some parts are scummier than other parts."

But I suppose hoping that the Administration would use more realistic language or that the American people would just STOP with the obsolete "It must be true - or they couldn't put it on TV!" perspective of yesteryear is simply too much hope and not enough pragmatism.

At least for another decade or so...although I suppose that I could leverage my idealistic dreams even more by hoping that somebody finds the real minutes of Cheney's "secret energy task force" meeting or those "lost" emails that were sent through the Republican National Committee server on the gwb43.com domain.

That might bring the truism "When the right speaks, the right lies." the publicity it merits.

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