When Scandals Were Real Scandals

Just over four years ago.

WaPo was on the case: Oh no. Barack Obama got more people interested in selfie sticks.

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  1. Teve says:

    Holy crap that wasn’t even 2 full minutes? It felt like an hour.

  2. Slugger says:

    That is truly the lowest point of the Obama presidency. I mean it literally.

  3. Scott F. says:

    Sure it’s funny now, but Fox viewers were convinced at the end of Obama’s two terms that he was the most divisive president in US history. All of these stories were a coordinated effort to undermine his presidency and they worked with their intended audience.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    Sure it’s funny now, but Fox viewers were convinced at the end of Obama’s two terms that he was the most divisive president in US history.

    That really is funny, especially considering that in this short century, the Republican Party has given this country the worst president in American history as well as one of the worst presidents in American history…quite an accomplishment…

  5. You forgot about the real scandal.

    Obama and the tan suit

  6. MarkedMan says:

    Bush Jr. saved Reagan from being remembered as the stupidest president of our lifetimes. Trump saved Junior from the same fate. Who will the Republicans give us next?

  7. Jax says:

    @MarkedMan: I suggest we not give them the opportunity to show us.

  8. Teve says:

    @MarkedMan: President Rob Schneider, VP Dinesh D’Souza.

    President Glenn Beck, VP Candace Owens.

    President Joel Osteen, VP Mark Taylor.

    President Jesse Lee Peterson, VP Kent Hovind.

    The GOP has a deep bench…

  9. An Interested Party says:

    “A self-absorbed ass clown”…apparently Lou Dobbs has never looked in a mirror…

  10. 95 South says:

    Those stupid Republicans got so angry about the tan suit and the politicization of the IRS.

  11. @95 South: I think your problem is, as I think I noted the other day, your media diet.

  12. CSK says:

    Trump has a pinned tweet now: “I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP!”

  13. @CSK: The funny thing is, by his own admission, that is just a phrase that someone gave him. He thought it was silly, but started using it when he saw it got a reaction. As such, he uses it to manipulate, as is the case with this tweet (unless, of course, he has started believing his own BS, which is quite possible).

  14. Jax says:

    @95 South: Your right wing media bubble is seriously telling you to fall back on IRS/Tea Party right now? That’s a legitimate talking point? Have you actually read any of the stuff Matt or Neal (and probably countless others) have so helpfully pointed out to you in the past?

  15. mattbernius says:

    Shh shhh shhh…

    The @95 South is a skittish creature scared of actually having to express any sort of opinion or courage of convictions.

    If you ask it to do so, it disappears for days at a time only to emerge to blurt out what it heard on Hannity that day (for fox isn’t the lying media) and then return to it’s media bubble with a cry of “I listen to all sides of the argument, but Democrats are always wrong!”

    Now the lack of MAGA, because they are deeply concerned about how Trump is to crass, but that won’t stop them from voting for him…