Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 15, 2013
Speaking live from the White House Wednesday night, President Barack Obama admitted that he was outraged by the IRS’s recent actions and that the American people deserve better than this.
Obama also noted that he had Treasury Secretary Jack Lew request and accept the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS earlier Wednesday.
He said that he reviewed the Inspector General’s report on the IRS’s actions and that his administration, led by Tresaury Secretary Jack Lew, will work to fully implement the report’s recommendations. The IRS apologized on Friday for improperly targeting conservative groups, applying extra scrutiny to their applications for non-profit status and for auditing purposes.
“The misconduct that it reported is inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it and I’m angry about it,” Obama told the American people.
Among the recommendations that Lew will oversee are holding the responsible parties accountable “to make sure we understand all of the facts.” The president also will have Lew put new safeguards in place at the IRS to prevent this from happening again.
The third recommendation Obama announced he was implementing was to work with Congress as it performs its own investigation into the agency.
“Our administration needs to make sure that we are working hand in hand with Congress to get this thing fixed,” he said. “Congress – Democrats and Republicans – owe it to the American public to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves and in a way that doesn’t smack of politics or partisan agendas.”
“What happened, as reported in the OIG report, is an outrage. The good news is it’s fixable and it’s in everyone’s best interest to work together to fix it,” Obama added. “That’s what I expect, that’s what the American people deserve, and that’s what we’re gonna do.”
The president will further address the scandal during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey Thursday.