In scandal after scandal in the Obama administration, President Obama has said he didn’t know about the problems until he heard it on the news.
But the president changed his tune about his supposed ignorance at a Democratic fundraiser near Seattle on Tuesday night.
Mr. Obama told supporters that he doesn’t watch the news because, “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.”
That contrasts with the explanations that the president and his aides have given from scandals in the past few years ranging from long wait times and deaths at the VA, to the IRS targeting tea party groups, to the Fast and Furious gun-running operation, and the Department of Justice spying on news reporters.
In each of those cases, Mr. Obama or his aides have said the president learned about the scandals from news reports.
Outside the fundraiser, however, he encountered a “well-orchestrated” protest against Israel’s actions in Gaza.
Reporters traveling with the president said about 40 people were holding signs reading “Save Gaza,” “End the Occupation,” and “Mr. President, Stop Funding Apartheid.” They were chanting “Stop the killing, stop the crime, free Palestine.”