Well, he ought to know phony:
President Obama on Wednesday dismissed a series of controversies dogging his administration as “phony” in remarks that represented a clear shift in White House tactics.If they're so phony, then why bring them up at all? Pay no attention to the man behind the scandals...
“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said in an economic address at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
The president in Galesburg said the GOP’s focus on scandals “needs to stop.”
“Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires,” he said.
White House press secretary Jay Carney telegraphed Obama’s remarks on Tuesday, referring to scandals as “phony” in his press briefing.
Carney also had a heated exchange with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday morning, when he described the IRS controversy as a “phony scandal.”