Scandals prompt comparisons between Nixon, Obama administrations (11)

In this split image, former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon gives his farewell speech to members of his cabinet and staff in the East Room of the White House, following his resignation Aug. 9, 1974. And President Barack Obama speaks on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 15, 2013

The chorus of comparisons between President Obama and the only president to resign in disgrace is growing by the day, as the administration’s scandals appear to pile up.

Whether the comparisons are fair or not, columnist George Will perhaps led the charge — after citing the Article of Impeachment against President Nixon in an opinion piece this week.

Will recalled the line: “He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”

Scores of websites and blogs have since invoked the Nixon comparison, as did Sen. Orrin Hatch, who speaking to reporters about the IRS scandal said Tuesday, “I’ve never seen anything quite like this, except in the past during the Nixon years.”


See Also:

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#2 — D.C. turns on Obama

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#4 — IRS Intimidation Forced Founder To Shut Down Tea Party Group

#5 — Nobody’s Laughing Now

#6 — Charlie Rangel: Obama answers not enough

#7 — AP flap: 52 media outlets band against Eric Holder

#8 — Jon Stewart blasts Obama over AP, IRS scandals

#9 — Scandals dog Obama even at police event

#10 — White House: Have faith in government despite scandals

#11 — Perfect storm of scandals drowning Obama agenda

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  • Joe

    Nixon Accomplishments
    • ERA (Equal Rights Amendment)
    • Ended segregation
    • Revenue sharing
    • Ended the draft
    • Anti-crime laws
    • Started the process of ending the Cold War
    • Recognized and fought against foreign oil price gouging
    • Implemented a broad environmental program (EPA)
    • Balanced national budget
    He had a quest for world stability and thus
    • Visited Beijing and Moscow in 1972 reducing tensions with China and the U.S.S.R
    • Salt treaty with USSR 1973
    • Announced an accord with North Vietnam to end American Vietnam war
    • In 1974, his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, negotiated disengagement agreements between Israel and its opponents, Egypt and Syria.
    Obama Accomplishments
    • IRS health care
    • Huge deficit/debt
    • Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Middle east

    Can you see a difference?

  • fernstalbert

    He knows “nothing, hears “nothing” and sees “nothing – and likes it!!! What is the difference between the abuse of power of dictators and Obama? So far he has only gone after the American citizen’s money and personal reputation. Cheers.

    • Jean

      Just too much time on the golf courses or basketball courts maybe to bother with little details like knowing enough to be actually responsible for anything …..

      OMG, if even John Stuart blasts Obama, Obama has lost his shiny luster as the Great Communicators/Uniter and game changer he was supposed to be.

      And, it must be all the fault of the Right and the Republicans somehow.
      ( Sarcasm )

  • FredR

    It is an interesting thought as to what happens if Obama is forced to resign. Would President Biden grant Obama a pardon, as Gerald Ford did for Nixon?

    To be honest, the initial thought of “President Biden” sounds apocalyptic … but I expect that – if it happens – his term won’t be viewed that badly. Biden has the distinct advantage of being under-estimated in the MSM. Obama was trumped up as the Democrat who would save them; a genius who would make Americans proud. Instead he’s shown himself to be shallow, either stupid or ideologically blinkered, partisan and vindictive. Biden – well – the MSM was happy if he didn’t chew on his own feet.

    Yes, he’s said a lot of unfathomably stupid things, but so long as he refrains from throwing pies and going “Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk”, he would probably do better in office than the aloof and uncompromizing Obama.

    It’s all conjecture at this point … but, boy, does it feel RIGHT that the political chickens are coming home to roost for Obama.

  • Jack

    It’s hard to keep up with this situation because it’s moving so fast but I’m trying. My concern is that when that elephant to our south is gored it could well roll over on us with unpredictable results.

    That is not a comforting thought but it is what it is. The video is very interesting. Take time to watch it.


    In thinking about this and wondering if there is a moral to this story somewhere my best guess would be “Don’t piss off reporters because they know where all the skeletons are hidden”. I think the Obama administration just did that by going after AP.

    “Woe be to them” as the hounds are turned loose! “If it bleeds it leads” or if you prefer “You touch me and I’ll spill my guts” and all that. Whatever. It works for me.