More evidence of Obama’s detachment
“I have complete confidence in Eric Holder as Attorney General. He’s an outstanding Attorney General and does his job with integrity, and I expect he will continue to do so,” Obama said in response to a reporter’s question Thursday.
Why would Obama stand up for Holder? Holder’s loyalty and an ability to (eventually) follow fundamental instructions, it would appear.
At the beginning of the administration, Holder was muzzled by the White House after he caused political distractions for a public comment about America being “a nation of cowards on race” and for endorsing an assault-weapons ban in an interview when that was not an administration priority. He was also ordered by the White House to keep a low profile on issues like Guantanamo and his plan to try the 9/11 suspects in a federal court in New York.
Today the Administration welcomes any distraction from their political woes, even if Holder’s department is the root cause of many of them (at minimum, Fast and Furious, the Administration’s death by drone policy, and the AP wiretaps). And of course, Holder was a known quantity to Obama as the man who “brokered one of the most unjustifiable pardons that an American president [Bill Clinton] has ever granted.”
Or maybe Holder’s modest abilities, pliability, and character faults were what Obama was after all along.