Talking about the IRS affair on television, former White House senior advisor, David Plouffe, passed it off as the work of a few employees who "did a dumb thing."
David Axlerod, another former Obama advisor, also hit the Sunday morning circuit and called the IRS actions, "an idiotic thing to do."
No need, then, for a special counsel and not really something to get all excited about. No malicious intent. Just your usual bureaucratic bumbling. Stuff happens, say Messrs. Plouffe and Axlerod. Let's move on.
Still, their former boss is on record as calling these "dumb" and/or "idiotic" actions "outrageous."
David Plouffe, a former advisor to President Barack Obama, tells a student newspaper at the University of Chicago that one need not be college educated to do politics. Plouffe states, though, that he thinks "everybody should have a college degree."
The students ask, "Do you think it’s necessary to have a college degree to get into politics?"
David Plouffe, a long time advisor to Barack Obama, went on this morning on ABC about the president's focus on raising taxes:
"Yes," tax increases need to be in the budget for Obama to sign it, Plouffe said. "There are plenty of loopholes" that need to be closed in the tax code, Plouffe said, suggesting where Obama will seek tax revenue from next.
There were mixed messages from aides to Barack Obama this morning on the Sunday talk shows.
On the one hand, political adviser David Plouffe, who works at the White House, defended America's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, for her handling of the terrorist attack in Libya. But on the other hand, David Axelrod, a top Obama political adviser stationed at the campaign headquarters in Chicago, threw Ambassador Rice under the bus. Watch here:
Barack Obama adviser David Plouffe gave a statement to the press to say that his boss would leave the convention with "momentum" but that that the campaign is expecting "the race is going to be about where it was" before the conventions. Plouffe predicts that this "a problem for Mitt Romney."
This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough talked about President Obama’s terrible poll numbers and said that some think “David Plouffe is now acting as president of the United States."
President Obama isn’t quite in hibernation. But he’s saying less, proposing less, appearing in public less, doing less, interacting with Congress less, plugging his health care plan less, and singling out a Republican demon less. It took two years and the harsh rejection of a midterm election for Obama to figure out what shouldn’t have been a secret: The magic of the presidency declines with overindulgence.