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Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, questioning the Obama administration’s response to the various scandals in the news, asked White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer if the White House is taking these issues seriously, and whether or not the President is “out of touch.”

face the nation dan pfeifferPfeiffer said that the White House was taking the issues seriously, especially the IRS situation, but that the Republicans are the ones who are really at fault:

This is the Republican playbook here, which is try, when they don’t have a positive agenda, try to drag Washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions, trumped up hearings and false allegations. We’re not going to let that distract us and the President from actually doing the peoples’ work and fighting for the middle class.

Schieffer said that he didn’t want to compare this to Watergate, as others have done, but he told Pfeiffer that the White House is taking the same approach as the Nixon administration did:

But you weren’t born then I would guess, but I have to tell you that is exactly the approach that the Nixon administration took. They said, ‘These are all second-rate things. We don’t have time for this. We have to devote our time to the peoples’ business.’ You’re taking exactly the same line that they did.

Pfeiffer responded by saying that what happened at the IRS was “inexcusable” and that we have to do something about it, adding that Obama has appointed an acting commissioner and has started a top-down review of the agency.

Schieffer continued to press Pfeiffer, asking him how something so important could elude the President’s attention for so long.

Pfeiffer responded with the same talking points that White House press secretary Jay Carney used last week, saying that the “actual, real scandal,” would have been if the President had interfered with an investigation.

But that’s not what Schieffer or others in the media have been asking. They just want to know why the President wasn’t informed of the investigation, as he has been claiming.

Schieffer reminded Pfeiffer that the President is in charge of the executive branch, and when they get something right—like killing Osama bin Laden—they don’t hesitate to take credit. But in this case they send out officials who don’t even know what has happened.

Pfeiffer appeared on other Sunday shows as well and received a similar grilling, showing that at least in this instance, even the liberal media are skeptical of the Obama administration’s scandal rhetoric.

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