Grabien reports: President Obama began saying toward the end of his presidency that he’s “extremely proud” to be leaving without any major scandals.
We’ve noted claim is far from true, documenting hundreds of scandals.
The major media, however, is only too happy to help create Obama’s preferred narrative of leaving with a squeaky clean record.
In the last week of his presidency, pundits on CNN and MSNBC were in total agreement: Obama is perhaps the most ethical and upright and scandal-free president in modern American history.
“It’s very hard to meet the Barack Obama standard,” presidential historian, Douglas Brinkley, said. “In my mind, he’s like Dwight Eisenhower. He’s almost unimpeachable. He has governed with such honesty and integrity … and the legacy of having eight scandal-free years is going to look larger and larger in history.”
Many of these commentators argued that Donald Trump — before taking office — already has more scandals than Obama is leaving with.
“They didn’t have a big scandal in eight years,” David Gergen said. “It’s very rare.”
“Isn’t it amazing?” agreed CNN’s Don Lemon. “It’s class. A very classy family.”
“There’s not a bit of scandal,” Chris Matthews said. “His family is … completely perfect.”
“He’s been scandal-free in the White House,” Tom Brokaw said. “We haven’t had that in awhile.”