KILMDEADE KONDENSED: May 20, 2013
BRIAN'S THOUGHTS ON THE DAY:
"A very entertaining, if not disturbing, missive put out from Dennis McDonough, he is the Chief of Staff for President Obama, he told all his people, "Do not spend more than 10% of your time on the controversies. We have to push ahead with immigration, gun control and avoiding the debt ceiling debate that could grind government to a halt."
The President's approval, and I am not buying it at all, is at 53%. It actually went up as these scandals heat up. There really is not a positive side to the IRS story. There is not a positive side to Benghazi. There is not a positive side to the AP. I'm telling you there isn't. Unlike Bill Clinton, when he was in the middle of the Monica Lewinsky situation, I would talk to people and they would say, you know what, he is doing a good job as President and the economy is going well."
Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), joined Brian IN STUDIO and contrasted this administration with the Bush administration when it comes to handling the war on terror, "The critical difference between the Bush administration and this one is they clearly define the enemy and they set a goal to defeat the enemy. In this administration they can't articulate who the enemy is, and therefore, if you can't define the enemy you can't defeat the enemy!"
Chairman McCaul also weighed in on all of the scandals coming out of the White House. The Chairman responded to Dan Pfeiffer's inability to say where President Obama was during the Benghazi attacks, "It is like 1979 Iranian hostage situation...the idea that the President of the United States would have no idea or care what is going on over there is really DERELECT IN HIS RESPONSIBILITIES. As I understand he is preparing for a fundraiser...his campaign took priority and precedence over national security issues and that is really sad." McCaul went on to say, "I believe that something CRIMINAL went down that lead to the death of a United States Ambassador."
Mike Goodwin columnist for the NY Post and Fox News contributor joined Brian and sounded off on the IRS scandal. "We are supposed to believe that POTUS never heard of any of this until May 6TH or May 10th? That is just not believable, almost a year goes by and the President doesn't know anything about this?!" Goodwin exclaimed.
Fresh off a week of vacation, Fox News' Chief White House Correspondent ED HENRY gave first-rate insight as to why the White House is trying to push the fact the Benghazi emails "prove" the State Department had nothing to do with changing the talking points and that the changes were done by the CIA. "For the White House to now say the CIA drove this and wanted to make these changes, the implication being the CIA is supposed to be nonpolitical...as oppose to the State Department...could be seen as being more political, the idea that somehow the State Department wasn't involved in changing the talking points just doesn't hold up to the facts of the emails."
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sat down with Brian and discussed the Obama Administration's handling of both Benghazi and the IRS scandal. Rep. Blackburn came to the conclusion that, "Either Obama is SO hands off that he doesn't want to know what's happening behind-the-scenes, or people in his Administration are afraid to tell him. Either way, this leads us to wonder, 'Who is calling the shots?'" She also added that if she was put in the place that Ambassador Susan Rice found herself in, she would have excused herself.
Brian spent an afternoon with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and got a tour inside the city's Command Center. Kelly explained the incredible technology contained within the cameras, which includes an alarm that goes off if a bag is left unattended at a certain location for too long a time.
Special Report's Bret Baier joined Brian and had many questions for this administration, "Bottom line is who knew what when? In all of these things, and how far does it go...Those questions were not answered sufficiently this weekend!" Bret went on to explain Kathryn Ruemmler, White House Counsel, found out in late April about the IG report on the IRS and didn't tell the President because she wanted to protect the President from looking like he was interfering with the IG's report.