Obama Not Knowing About Petraeus Affair Is Worse Than His Knowing

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The Obama administration is denying any pre-election knowledge of the investigation into CIA Director David Petraeus’ extra-martial affair:

The obvious angle here from the Obama administration is to deny pre-election knowledge about the affair in order to distance themselves from the appearance that the scandal is being used to distract from the Benghazi scandal.

But the fact that an on-going investigation into the man the Obama administration picked to head the CIA, which includes questions about the possibility of his having inappropriately disseminated classified information, went on for months without Obama knowing is not only hard to believe it would be evidence of an astounding level of incompetence on the part of President Obama.

I’d rather believe that the Obama administration is lying to us (which is what I suspect) than believe they had no idea this was going on.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • RCND

    As we watch events unfold, it becomes more likely Petraeus was fired vs. resigned. He went to Benghazi late last month when the investigation was well underway. The only reason he would have done this is if he thought he would be staying in his job.

  • SigFan

    Crashing incompetence or breathtaking dishonesty. Neither quality is something we should have to accept in a POTUS. Unfortunately I believe we are stuck with both.

  • Gern Blanston

    Why was he sleected for CIA chief when he had this affair going on during the vetting process? They didn’t know about the affair while they were vetting the HEAD OF THE FREAKIN’ CIA???

    • Roy_Bean

      If he was able to keep this completely secret then I think he would have been perfect for the job. My biggest concern is that he picked a partner who didn’t keep quiet. The CIA has people living deceptive lives all over the world. Its what they do to keep us safe. Its important that they have the ability to choose the right people to carry out the deception.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Shorter Rob Port: “Mitt Romney would spend a lot of his time asking about Petraeus’s penis.”

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I guess i think the CIA director sharing classified information with his mistress to be sort of a big deal.

      • Guest

        There was no crime, no classified information was shared. Therefore Obama did not need to know. It’s like I said, you would prefer Mitt Romney ask about David’s penis, than be a president.

        This is why anti-intellectual, dumbed down politics has lost the war.

        Your propaganda tricks are now being criticized by intelligent conservatives. You should quit while you are behind.

      • noblindersonme

        The point is port- that it is scandal unfolding under Obama ! Had this stuff unfolded under lets say McCain or Bush2 YOU would be singing a different tune! ( ya think blame the media would come into play then?)

        A CIA director sharing classified info in a sex scandal under Pres McCain would not be met with the same outrage you are determined to display here now!

        case in point – MCain is now getting criticized for his pouting over the possible nomination over Sec Rice( different Rice) to be the new Secy of State . He is all indignant cuz he is being accused of post election sour grapes because he and others are bashing Obama’s choice! Yet the SAME McCain was accusing the democrats of sour grapes for bashing Condi Rice when she was up for consideration for her post when the dems lost the election. Again a republican outraged because a democrat is behaving just like a republican once did !

        Sour grapes – sour grapes make the same bittter wine no matter who the vinter is!!!!

        aint politics wonderful!

    • Millie

      So typical of you to have nothing on your mind, except c*ck.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Ever since Watergate the FBI does not report to the political branches on ongoing investigations.

    Otherwise how do you tell that investigations aren’t political.

    It is what we want and what is proper.

    The republicans are just a bunch of blowhards when the ask why they had not reports.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      So the FBI doesn’t tell the President of the United States that his own CIA director has been leaking classified information to his mistress for months?

      Sure, Matt. Tell us another one.

      • noblindersonme

        interesting – I just read where a study has shown that Ndakota ranked 4 th among states that put out ‘racist tweets ‘ following the election . also interesting that Minot was proved to be the source of most of them !
        hmmmmm Port is from Minot !
        why is it pertinent here ? I don’t really know or care.
        I do know that it is a story that will never be showcased here and if port thinks his ‘ throw everything that smells like it is Obama’s fault’ onto the field and’ lets see which varmints come out to tear at it’ is good journalism , then I am perfectly within my rights to throw my monkey wrench into the gears too.
        ( I have behaved like a wise old , informative , gentleman here and I have behaved like a back street, bare knuckles brawler , and I have been treated the same no matter what , so what difference does it matter how I present my ideas )

  • noblindersonme

    Port – Obama did not know – he ‘s an guilty fool

    Obama did know- he is an guility fool.

    inotherwords nomatterwhat ,Obama is GUILTY GUILTY HE JUST HAS TO BE GUILTY.

    don’t cha know that any democratic ( president) just has to know just EVERY detail and peccidillo in the personal lives of EVERYONE serving under him ( or anyone in his administration or anyone he ever shook hands with it seems)!
    during the Watergate years The Nixon White House was awash with lies bribes skullguggery and the worse criminal activity ever in the past century and republicans continued to blame everyone but Nixon even though the entire scandal transpired right under his nose and with his willing compliance. It was all the ‘MEDIA’S fault ! Woodword and Bernstein from the Washington Post!
    Today what passes for Journalism!!!! doesn’t give a damn about anything but pinning the guilty tail on the democratic donkey.
    The far right as typified by the idiots here continually complain how expansive the federal government is , and it IS a terribly over populated portion of our workforce! Got that ! I am criticizing the bloated fed bureaucracy! Yet on the same token the far right expects the President to be involved in the personal life of EVERYONE in Washington!
    as I first said . it only proves Obama can not do anything right in the these fools minds!

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