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With Washington still reeling from a series of so-called scandals, on Thursday evening Piers Morgan invited Margaret Hoover and Marc Lamont Hill to offer their candid commentary on everything from Benghazi, Libya to phone records and IRS targeting.
"Yes, they're scandals. All three of them are scandals," began Hoover, an author and political strategist, before placing her statement into context:
"I think the American people are smart. They are able to distinguish between their approval rating of the president. And by the way, there is no clear connection between the president and the IRS scandals right now," she pointed out. "Ronald Reagan was called 'The Teflon President.' Why? Because none of the scandals from the second administration stuck to him."
Despite the aforementioned trio of controversial incidents, Barack Obama continues to be viewed favorably by the public. According to Hill, this has as much to do with the other side of the aisle, as it does with the man residing on Pennsylvania Avenue:
"The American people know that even if they're scandals, they're not presidential scandals. They have nothing to do with him, number one. And number two, it's also a referendum on how they feel the Republican Party has dealt with these 'scandals,'" noted the "HuffPost Live" host. "They see Benghazi as an issue that needs to be investigated, but they also see the way the Right Wing has attempted to convince us, that this is the scandal of all scandals that is connected to President Obama. They look at the IRS scandal, and say, 'Okay, this is a problem. Clearly bad actions have taken place here. But the president was not sitting in the White House figuring out how to take down the Tea Party through taxation.'"
Watch the clip and listen to the interviews, as Hoover and Hill each offer insightful perspective as part of the recently created "Breaking The News" segment.
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