‘We did not expect… We did not know… We don’t have any independent knowledge…’

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Oct. 29, 2013, 7:49 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama is un­der fire for claims that he didn’t know the NSA was listen­ing to the private phone calls of Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and oth­er for­eign lead­ers. But it’s hardly the first time the White House has claimed that the pres­id­ent has been kept in the dark. 

There’s that time just last week that Obama didn’t real­ize Health­Care.gov was a ‘404 Er­ror’ wait­ing to hap­pen. 

Or that time last spring when news broke that the IRS had been tar­get­ing tea party groups for ex­tra scru­tiny. 

And that no mat­ter how many times his ad­min­is­tra­tion has par­roted a be­lief in ‘un­fettered’ journ­al­ism, the pub­lic is less likely to be­lieve it when the De­part­ment of Justice was secretly ob­tain­ing As­so­ci­ated Press phone re­cords for months.

In the Pres­id­ent’s case, ig­nor­ance has been less bliss, and more blis­ter­ing.


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