Republican Issa backs off Obama corrupt comment
What a difference an election makes to one’s perspective.
Republican Congressman Darrell Issa now says it was in the “heat of the campaign” that he shot off the comment about President Barack Obama heard around the blogosphere.
Memory refresher: It was on Oct. 19 that Issa said on the Rush Limbaugh show: “There will be a certain degree of gridlock as the president adjusts to the fact that he has been one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times. He has ignored the very laws that he said were so vital when he was a senator.”
Now that Republicans have won control of the House of Representatives, Issa is set to become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and has softened the rhetoric.
George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America tried every which way to press Issa on whether he stood by his Obama comment.
Issa, who opposed the financial bailout, complained that the Obama administration had “failed to be accountable” about the “$700 billion worth of walking around money in the stimulus…”
(The pricetag for the stimulus package is actually $814 billion).
Stephanopoulos ended the interview with one last try: “You are no longer saying President Obama’s been one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times, correct?”
To which Issa replied: “I’m certainly saying this administration is going to have to straighten up and fly right. It’ll be our job to make sure government money isn’t wasted.”
“I’ve never made that a personal statement, tried never to make that a personal statement about the president, so if that’s backing up from it, I’m not saying the president is personally corrupt. But his administration has to change direction, particularly as to taxpayers’ money.”
Is that the sound of someone pedaling backwards that we hear?
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Darrell Issa (right) with Rep. Dan Burton (left) at Toyota hearing Feb. 24)