For all of Obama's posturing as a "different" kind of leader, he and his crew have certainly taken a pretty conventional approach to handling the Benghazi, IRS, and Department of "Justice" scandals. They are taking the tried-and-not-so-true paths of previous presidents in trouble: deny, deflect, batten down the hatches, hunker down, try to change the subject and hope the media moves along with you. This is a now-classic maneuver carried out with varying degrees of success by Presidents Nixon and Clinton. But as we have seen over the decades, this dodge-and-weave strategy only encourages more probing, investigations, questions. And still, presidents in trouble can't help it. It's sort of their natural instinct. As President Nixon once told me as he was watching the early Clinton scandals unfold, "Why did I go through the damn fire if nobody is ever going to learn from my experience?"
As to what Obama SHOULD be doing, the lessons of scandal are clear: tell the truth and do it quickly, as bad and as painful as it may be. Get it all out, explain, fire people if necessary, take responsibility but make it mean something, show maturity and cojones. That's leadership. When the crap comes down, a real leader mans up. Obama hasn't done any of this, which of course, creates a greater perception of guilt. And that becomes a feedback loop that never ends well.
As Nixon said to me, "They never learn." No, they don't. They never learn not to do anything wrong and violate the public trust to begin with, and they never learn to avoid the temptation to cover it up.
Nixon went through the "damn fire." Will Obama?