In this clip, conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks praises the Obama Administration for its “amazingly scandal-free” track record and draws a stark contrast with the shocking revelations surrounding former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, going as far as to commend his “standard of integrity”. He looks back to the scandals that rocked the Clinton and especially the Bush Administrations, and highlights Obama’s strength of moral character:
“We have seen a disturbing undercurrent in American life, I guess, and maybe in world life, of this sort of thing. I am struck, as Mark just mentioned, the whole litany of people, especially of that era, who were involved in some scandal or another. Some of it was sexual. Some of it was more financial, even Tom DeLay’s, Speaker Wright. And it was just all concentrated in a lot of people all at once.
Does politics attract such people? I don’t know. Is it prevalent in society? It’s certainly a reminder of original sin. The other thing, though, I did want to say that there are people in American life to whom this has not happened.
And I have my disagreements, say, with President Obama, but President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him. He’s chosen people who have been pretty scandal-free.”
It’s high words of praise and it really highlights the fact that every so-called “scandal” that FOX News and the right-wing echo chamber has barraged the media with are all issues blown wildly out of proportion.
Watch it here:
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.