The White House wants the public to know that Barack H. Obama is no Richard M. Nixon.
In the midst of revelations that the IRS targeted some of President Obama’s conservative opponents inappropriately, a reporter asked White House press secretary Jay Carney about comparisons to President Nixon, whose administration compiled an “enemies’ list.”
“People who make those kind of comparisons need to check their history,” Mr. Carney replied. “It is a reflection of the sort of rapid politicization of everything that you have that kind of commentary.”
Mr. Carney said categorically that nobody at the White House knew about the IRS controversy until a few weeks ago, and said top White House officials then received information only “very broadly” about it.