Pelosi: ‘To Be an Amateur is to Cast Blame on Everyone Else’

Elizabeth Harrington | June 20, 2013 | 4:33pm EDT
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the definition of an “amateur” is to “cast blame on everyone else” and “to not take responsibility for what you are responsible for.”

During a Thursday press conference on Capitol Hill, a reporter began to ask Pelosi about Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), who earlier in the day blamed the Senate for not addressing expiring student loan rates.

“Isn’t that something? I mean, what is this?” Pelosi interrupted.  “This is, I’m telling you, to be an amateur is to cast blame on everyone else, to not take responsibility for what you are responsible for.”

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“Doesn’t that get a little tiresome for all of you?” she said.  “We’re so used to it, we don’t even pay attention.

“But doesn’t it get tiresome for you when they don’t take responsibility for the job that we are sent here to do?” Pelosi said.

Throughout his first term, President Barack Obama repeatedly blamed the “mess” he inherited from the “previous administration” of George W. Bush for a lagging economy.

Obama also faulted a series of “headwinds” for failing to boost the economy, and even blamed ATMs.

“Over the last six months, we’ve had a string of bad luck,” he said in 2011.  “There have been some things that we could not control. You had an Arab Spring in the Middle East that promises more democracy and more human rights for people, but also drove up gas prices. Tough for the economy, a lot of uncertainty.”

“And then you had the situation in Europe, where they’re dealing with all sorts of debt challenges. And that washes up on our shores,” Obama said.  “And then you had a tsunami in Japan, and that broke supply chains and created difficulties for the economy all across the globe.”

“So there were a bunch of things taking place over the past six months that were not in our control,” he said.

As for the IRS scandal – the targeting of Tea Party organizations and delaying of their applications for tax-exempt 501c3 or 501c4 status – Pelosi herself last month noted former President George W. Bush. Pelosi said that Bush had appointed the IRS commissioner, Douglas Shulman, who was in charge of the agency until November 2012.

In addition, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said back on May 10 of the IRS scandal: "IRS is an independent enforcement agency, the -- which I believe, as I understand it, contains only two political appointees within it. The individual who is running the IRS at the time was actually an appointee from the previous [Bush] administration."

On the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, Obama falsely told Univision that the program had started under George W. Bush, when it actually was launched in October 2009, nine months into Obama’s first term.

During the Univision interview in September 2012, Obama said: “I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration. When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned an inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued, confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were held accountable.”

Fast and Furious was launched in October 2009.  Eric Holder was appointed attorney general by Obama in January 2009 and confirmed to that position by the Senate on Feb. 2, 2009.
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