GOPer calls Obama administration 'corrupt'
January 2nd, 2011
10:58 AM ET
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GOPer calls Obama administration 'corrupt'

(CNN) - The incoming House Oversight and Government Reform chairman on Sunday tried to clarify his recent remarks to Rush Limbaugh where he called President Obama "one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times."

Rep. Darrell Issa said he meant to say the Obama administration instead of the president.

"When you hand out $1 trillion in TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) just before this president came in, most of it unspent, $1 trillion nearly in stimulus, that this president asked for, plus this huge expansion in health care and government, it has a corrupting effect," Issa said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Although TARP – the program passed in 2008 intended to strengthen the financial sector by purchasing assets from financial institutions – was passed by Congress under the Bush administration, Issa said the unregulated funds were used by Obama like "presidential earmarks."

But the California Republican also admitted Congress shares some of the blame.

"All of that would not have been possible if Congress had done its job," Issa told CNN Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry. "Instead what happened was we gave President Bush (the money and) President Obama inherited $800 billion worth of walking-around money with no guidelines."

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Glenn Koons

    Issa is correct. He surely sure investigate Fannie and Freddie under Obama with Frank and Dodd as the villains. He should investigate backdoor ways of the EPA on cap and trade baloney. He should inspect the FCC and the 3 Dems in the agency who want to control the NET. The Net is the only area in which true freedom of speech without all the baloney about hate speech and PC sensitivities can still occur as a place of personal liberty. You bet this naif in the WH is corrupt. Also, an audit of the FED would be a good thing. Then he could take on the worst AG since Palmer for his ways and wants.

    January 2, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Tim

    This coming from a person whose political party has been synonymous with corruption for years and years. This from the party of Nixon.

    January 2, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. BCasero

    I also assume Congressman Issa will be looking into the several no-bid contracts to Halliburton. Oops,

    January 2, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Chaos

    Which administration had the most indictments and convictions per captita and actually?


    January 2, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Jim8

    Daryl Issa's career will end just about the way Tom Delay and Randy Cunningham's did.

    January 2, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Xavier

    Issa is a pitbull with a political agenda, and nothing more. He is the latest in a long line of hypoocrites who cry foul even as they dig holes to hide the bodies in their own back yard. Issa, and the GOP are headed for a fall. They will trip over their own lies and divisive agenda. They always do. They just can't help themselves.

    January 2, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. rs

    Issa has a very short memory- Bush Co. and Haliburton will be tough to ever top. As other posters here note we are talking about the most indicted party ever- the Republicans under Nixon and Reagan, and the party that supports to super-wealthy only, and they're angels, right?.
    Meanwhile, naturally, Issa can't name one single item that defines corruption in the Obama Administration. He was just blathering for Rush...

    January 2, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. The Middle

    One name, two words in response to Mr. Issa's suggestion... Dick Cheney! He defines corrupt!

    January 2, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. darla

    Is that a compliment from the party who instigate corruption since the time of Mcarthy insanity.
    If Obama is corrupt then what are they? Humm accepting a million dollar campaign donation from Fox network.comes to mind.
    Why are they worried. They have a whole propaganda machine in work for their advantage . They can spew lies after lies after lies. They will be back in power. Because people in America don't have the intelligence to think for themselves. They'll be feed lies after lies after lies. The new congress don't have fullfill their campaign promises because their constituents are hiding under their beds in fear of the big bad blunder being feed to them on a daily basis by the republican talking points

    January 2, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. MarineWill

    "corrupting effec"? This guy must think we're all as stupid as he is. You're either corrupt or honest, there is no effect. He got caught up in moment with some the right wing nuts, said something he should not have, and now wants to distance himself. If you think the President is corrupt, say it and show your proof. I said Bush was and is corrupt and the proof was shown. So Corruptman Issa, where's your proof?

    January 2, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Tim

    So, this is coming from a guy who; lied about his military record, lied about protecting President Nixon at a World Series game, and possibly made money from insurance fraud.

    January 2, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. classyferret

    Issa is bearing false witness against our President. We may not agree with the President and his administration on some issues, but the administration is not corrupt. We elected this president to pursue his agenda and that's what he's doing. If we don't like it we can try for a different president next round. To accuse those with whom we differ of corruption is malicious and evil. Issa has to go.

    January 2, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. vic nashville tn

    Compare to last administration give me a break

    January 2, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. paul

    I remember reading an article in the San Jose newspaper in October where ISSA said he would NOT be going on a witch hunt if the Republicans take over the house. Oh, I forgot the elections are over and what he said doesn't matter anymore. Why do people allow Republicans to constantly say things before the elections and then never follow through on their promises. Will we overlook their hypocracy every election???????

    January 2, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. MAC

    Being full of eletist academics, lawyers, and politicians this administration and others are definitely lacking in the integrity character trait. Common people show more class and integrity than recent politicians have. As my father-in-law used to say "the rich get richer, the poor get given more, and the middle class always get the shaft!"

    January 2, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Marcus

    There's corruption under the current POTUS' presidency, as there was under everybody else before him.
    The justifications of this guy to claim that the current presidency has the biggest 'corruption' of modern times are politically biased and are all easily debunkable.
    That said, what else is news?
    A GOPer saying a stupid thing about the POTUS and having to explain himself... nothing new here...

    January 2, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. guy from NM

    That is really funny coming from the GOP, the most corrupt and venal political party.(not defending the Dems here either)

    January 2, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Indy

    Much like his bum buddy Rush, Issa is full of lies and hot stinky air and thats all ! Name just one corruption from Obama that you have proof is corruption....................................................................nada !

    January 2, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Issa plants seeds of doubt - known to some of us as BLATANT LIES.

    January 2, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. katy Heys

    More divisive comments from the party of no. I'm frankly tired of that kind of rhetoric. It is not helpful. Obama was elected by a majority of americans. In fact, Issa would never and could never be elected president, so I say, mighty tall talk, Issa, you loser.

    January 2, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. K. Greer

    It's funny, if President Obama or anyone in his administration was a part of Haliburton the repubs would want them investigated.........How's Dick Cheney doing?

    January 2, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Stacey

    You have to consider the source. If it was Pres. Obama's mom calling him/his party corrupt, then you should perhaps sit up and take notice. But Issa is a political foe so of course he's going to say something like this.

    I've noticed too that politicians and community leaders that accuse or condemn others of something or are anti-something are sometimes themselves guilty of that same thing. You live in a glass house... don't start throwing stones now.

    January 2, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |