About the Show

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

May 15th, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Obama’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

Here’s what they might be saying in the White House this evening: It’s only Wednesday.

It’s been a rough week for the Obama administration with revelations the Justice Department tracked reporters’ phone lines adding to the pressure already building over the response to that attack in Benghazi last September and the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.

The president began it by sitting next to Attorney General Eric Holder at a Washington memorial for slain police officers.

Holder moved next to the hot seat, where he fielded lawmakers and largely deflected questions about the phone tracking.

A sampling of his responses: “I was not the person who was involved in that decision.” “I was recused in that matter.” “I am not familiar with the reasons why.” “I am simply not a part of the case.” “Uh, I don't know...I don't know.”

Across town, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn’t have it much easier at his press briefing.

CNN Contributor Paul Begala was an adviser to President Bill Clinton and has his advice for how this White House can handle the firestorms.

“You have to get out ahead of these things. You have to put everything out,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “There’s another side of it though. You can not be too dismissive. You have to honour (congressional inquiry) even if you think the motive is political.”

Watch more of his advice for the president.

Posted by
Filed under: National Lead
soundoff (No Responses)

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 126 other followers