WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Longtime CBS newsman Bob Schieffer blasted the Obama administration for its handling of current scandals ranging from Benghazi to the IRS’ targeting of the Tea Party – even going so far to make comparisons to Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal.
Schieffer’s criticism on Sunday morning’s “Face the Nation” came after senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the president will not be bogged down by these scandals.
“You heard Dan Pfeiffer earlier in the broadcast say that he wasn’t born when Watergate happened, well it will come as no news to anyone that I was,” said Schieffer.
“I admit I had about the same reaction when I first heard the IRS had gone after the Tea Party last year. The Tea party? Surely no one could be dumb enough to think you could get away with something like that in an election year. But they were. So welcome to dumb and dumber.”
Schieffer ridiculed Washington politicians for constantly deferring blame for the scandals.
“It did take a while for the news to get to some; we heard the president say he didn’t find out about it until last week. Which qualified him for Washington’s fastest growing club – the longer and longer list of officials who suddenly don’t know much about a lot of unpleasant things from Benghazi to the Associated Press investigation.”
He continued, stating that President Obama ran a great campaign in 2012, but now the election is over and it’s time to move forward with actions instead of words.
“Just spare me the talking points and the excuses. No matter whether Republicans or Democrats are doing this kind of thing, this stuff is not just wrong, it’s really stupid.”
Schieffer questioned Pfeiffer as to why White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough wasn’t making the rounds on Sunday’s political shows.
“I don’t want to compare this in any way to Watergate … but I have to tell you, that is exactly the approach the Nixon administration took,” said Schieffer.
“When the executive branch does things right, there doesn’t seem to be any hesitancy for the White House to take credit for that,” Schieffer told Pfeiffer. “When these happen, you seem to send out officials many times who don’t even seem to know what’s happened.”
Schieffer is is an American television journalist who has been with CBS News since 1969, serving 23 years as anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News from 1973 to 1996; chief Washington correspondent since 1982, moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation since 1991.