Obama: Washington could do with less 'Scandal'
July 24th, 2014
12:36 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Washington could do with less 'Scandal'


(CNN) - Olivia Pope may be the best crisis manager - real or fictional - to ever grace Washington.

But that doesn't mean the situations on "Scandal" are anything close to what President Barack Obama wants to see play out in real life.

Speaking during a high-dollar fundraiser at the home of the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, Obama used a now-familiar phrase - "phony scandals" - to describe what he sees as a petty obsession among the political class.      "No offense, 'Scandal's' a great show," he said told Rhimes and the drama's star, Kerry Washington. "But we don't want to be living it out."

And while Americans are watching warily as crises unfold overseas, Obama said "the conflict that probably makes people most discouraged is the conflict they see in Washington."

It's a midterm election message Obama has been peddling more frequently as this year's contests approach. During remarks around the country and at Democratic fundraisers, Obama has taken to lambasting Republicans and the media for fueling an endless cycle of made-for-TV controversy, citing dust-ups at the IRS and the 2012 attack in Benghazi as examples.

He's also ramping up his fundraising stops. After this week he'll have attended a dozen campaign cash events this month alone. Wednesday's, held in the leafy and exclusive Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, started at $1,000 a ticket. A Democratic official said 450 people were expected to attend. R&B star Janelle Monae performed.

Part of Obama's message is encouraging Democrats to show up on Election Day, a task historically difficult in midterm years.

"People don't even know there's an election," he said Wednesday.

Democrats, he said, we surprised in 2010 when their party lost control of the House of Representatives.

"What happened to Nancy Pelosi?" he said people asked him. "What happened is y'all didn't vote. And that's when all kinds of - stuff - happened. That's what it was. Stuff."

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Borderless

    Is he leaving then?

    July 24, 2014 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  2. Joe

    DC needs less Obama, he is a self serving narcissist with no backbone.

    July 24, 2014 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  3. Steve

    So says the most Scandal Creating Boob in American History...

    July 24, 2014 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  4. Pete

    If Obama wants less scandal in Washington, he could resign and do his part to clean up that festering swamp.

    July 24, 2014 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  5. cbp

    Members of Congress love scandals. They allow the members to focus on these scandals – real or perceived because they can avoid legislation.. They were elected to serve and to make sure that their constituents needs are met. Many of them would prefer to stay with their own agendas and are not willing to work with members who do not agree with them.

    The approval rating in very low yet we keep electing these members to serve again and again.

    July 24, 2014 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  6. Smitty

    The only PHONY thing in DC is Obammys leadership abilities.

    July 24, 2014 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  7. theeicemancometh

    Obama and scandal are synonymous
    can't have one without the other

    July 24, 2014 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  8. charliesix

    Barry needs to look at the mirror, tell the image in front of him "look here, no more scandals OK? Make sure all participants disappear."

    July 24, 2014 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  9. billbfit

    He obviously must go if he wants less scandal. And tell him to take Hillary with him.

    July 24, 2014 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  10. rick

    Yes. Scandals is a good description of how our government is working. And it will continue that way untill both sides ever start actualy doing what they swore to do when they were elected.

    July 24, 2014 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  11. Gunderson

    Phony Scandals? You really don't have a clue, do you?

    July 24, 2014 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  12. pnclaw

    Obama: Washington could do with less 'Scandal'. That is the funniest line I have heard this year!

    July 24, 2014 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Obama is the scandal. So admit it Mr. President. and I use that term loosely.

    July 24, 2014 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  14. Kman

    Oh the irony.

    July 24, 2014 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  15. James V.

    Ob*ma's Presidency is one scandal, after another. The most Scandalous thing, is how this INCOMPETENT COMMUNITY ORGANIZER was elected TWICE!!!

    July 24, 2014 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  16. rob

    Thats like Henry Ford saying America could use less cars.

    July 24, 2014 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  17. Bill Miller

    Is this guy for real?

    The world is burning down around him and he goes on a fundraising tour to whine about being called out?

    Honestly, I would respect him more if he just stood up and said that he directed all of the "scandals" to happen. Then at least we could infer that he is in charge of his administration. Right now, it just kind of does it's own thing and gets into trouble. I guess that's what happens when people elect a non-leader.

    July 24, 2014 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  18. Michael MN

    Didn't congress rename a post office or something ? See they are doing somethiong

    July 24, 2014 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  19. Marie MD

    To the haters . . . . if you have never watched Scandal or heard any of Kerry's interviews . . . . . .they have had politician staff come up to them and ask them "how do you know that" . . . . "where did you hear that happens", etc., etc.

    July 24, 2014 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  20. hkirwin

    The only thing that is phony is Obama.

    July 24, 2014 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  21. old age voter

    The "Scandal" here is Obama as president of the United States. Obama is a gifted orator but that’s where it ends.

    “The presidency is an executive position, but Mr. Obama had no administrative background or training. His experience a community organizer; junior law school professor and months as an Illinois state senator and U.S. senator were too brief a time to equip him with any substantial knowledge or understanding of complex domestic issues and international affairs.”

    July 24, 2014 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  22. Nancy Pill-Owe-Me

    As Barrack Hussein Obama, I should be able to:
    – have the NSA spy on US Citizens, even though I said they won't
    – be able to us the IRS as a political weapon to target my opponents
    – be able to have my cronies blatantly destroy evidence
    – be able to allow thousands of criminals into the country and have US tax payers foot the bill
    – should be able to silence the press that does not show me in a good light
    – should be able to blatantly lie to the American people to pass legislation
    – should be able to waste billions on a website that still doesn't work and was built by a Canadian company instead of using some of the world's best tech companies in the US
    – should be able to let an Ambassador's assassination disappear from the headlines
    – should be able to let thousands of US Vets suffer
    – trade high level terrorists for deserters
    – grow the US debt beyond $18 trillion
    -etc., etc., etc.

    Meanwhile, I'm going fundraising as the country burns to the ground... When in Rome..,

    July 24, 2014 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  23. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Agreed Mr. President! I love the tv show Scandal but I definitely wouldn't want to see any of that play out in real life.

    The Clinton/Lewinsky stuff was enough. But boy wouldn't that make the GOP giddy??

    July 24, 2014 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  24. salty dog

    Let's help stem the tide of corruption, all you have to do is vote!! Its well worth the time, and I think more people are waking to the gop governoring style in their states. It's just so amazing that they stay in power, really is.

    July 24, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  25. Al

    Less scandals. Well Barack perhaps you can come clean and tell the American people about how you lied to the American people and encouraged your fellow Democrats to go out and lie to sell the Democrats ACA. Perhaps you can tell the truth about why a border agent had to die with weapons that were provided by Eric Holder and then you gave him Executive Privileges. Or could you tell the truth about why four Americans were left to die in Benghazi while you were in Vegas. Or why the IRS is being told to stall. Barack all those scandals start one place and that person, you, are not being honest with the American tax payers, perhaps those opposed to the word scandal should look at the real problem, YOU Barack are the problem.

    July 24, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |