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On a day which saw Barack Obama aggressively denounce the IRS's reported targeting of conservative political groups – including the Tea Party – "Piers Morgan Live" invited Donald Rumsfeld to share his insightful expertise.
Joining host Piers Morgan "In the Chair," the former two-time Secretary of Defense addressed the notion that the White House is currently facing a trio of separate issues, all seemingly happening simultaneously:
"Well, one is bad. Two is four. And three is ten," surmised the guest. "The pressure is enormous in the White House when this happens. It's the perfect storm. And we all have watched enough of our history to know that big and bad things can start from very small things."
Sharing the type of rhetoric that comes from spending more than a quarter century in public service, Rumsfeld offered one gem of wisdom after another:
"There are two rules in Washington. The first rule is: 'The cover-up's worse that the event.' And the second rule is: 'No one remembers the first rule.'"
Speaking specifically about the Internal Revenue Service's recent misstep, the 80-year-old suggested this scandal may be the most damning for the administration:
"I think the IRS thing is something the American people worry about deeply. The idea that government, with all its money and all their tax dollars and all those people turning against the American people, is really something that's so fundamentally against what we believe in," he told the host. "That is, at the moment, the one that will have the greatest impact."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Rumsfeld goes on to quote legendary American writer Mark Twain, in the process placing into context the American public's perspective on trust.
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