Pelosi: GOP ‘Makes So Much’ of Scandals Because Obama Is ‘Such a Great President’

By Elizabeth Harrington | May 16, 2013 | 1:23pm EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (AP Photo)

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Republicans are using scandals coming out of the White House to undermine President Barack Obama out of "fear," because he is “such a great president.”

“They make so much of these issues, because this president is such a great president,” Pelosi said during a press conference on Capitol Hill, ending a week filled with new revelations about scandals involving the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting conservative groups, and the Justice Department seizing phone records of reporters at the Associated Press.

“He’s a visionary—you’ve heard me say this so many times,” Pelosi said of Obama. “This is a great president. He’s a visionary. He has a knowledge of our country, concerns of the American people that give him judgment as to what plan we should have to go forward to strengthen the middle class.

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“And he has an eloquence to convey that message,” she said. “They fear that, and so any issue that comes up, they will try to exploit.”

Pelosi acknowledged that while some of the scandals are “legitimate issues,” they should not be the primary focus of Congress.

“And some of them are legitimate issues, but they should not dominate everything,” she said. “And so what I think is that they have used talking points on Benghazi. They will use the IRS. They will use the AP. They will use these as, again, subterfuges, evasions of what the American people want us to do here.”

Republicans are also investigating the controversies to distract away from jobs, Pelosi said.

“They want us to create jobs,” she said. “Now if you’re a party in Congress, and you have no intention of creating jobs, you want to change the subject.

“So I think this is as much about enforcing their anti-government ideology, of not a public role in the creation of jobs, as well as undermining the president of the United States,” Pelosi said.

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