The Obama administration is trying to deflect attention from its own mistakes by blaming the Bush administration for the recent General Services Administration scandal, says Lurita Doan, GSA administrator under President George W. Bush.
An inspector general report this month revealed that the GSA spent more than $835,000 at a four-day conference in Las Vegas in the fall of 2010. That led to the resignation of Obama’s GSA administrator, Martha Johnson. Soon after she left, videos of GSA employees joking about the agency’s excessive spending were unearthed.
A White House official said the cost of the annual conference began exploding during the Bush administration. “They love to blame George Bush for all of their problems,” Doan told the “Fox & Friends” program, Politico
reports. “The fact of the matter is that there can be no comparison whatsoever, and when you look at it, it’s one of these situations where there’s simply no way that you can excuse the kinds of excesses that went on.”
Doan said the president and his aides aren’t taking ownership of their jobs. “This is very typical of the Obama administration,” she said. “There’s a lot of misdirection and cherry-picking of information that they release to the public. I think you also see the Obama administration circling their wagons because they know this is very damaging. You simply cannot justify the kind of wasteful spending.”
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