Patriots Coach Bill Belichick took a page from President Obama’s playbook at today’s press conference when he parroted one of the president’s favorite excuses, explaining he “was shocked to learn” about the deflated football scandal on the news.
Belichick had this to say about the scandal:
“When I came in Monday morning, I was shocked to learn of the news reports about the footballs. I had no knowledge whatsoever about the situation until Monday morning.”
President Obama has frequently learned “on the news” about scandals in his administration, using this excuse at least six times during his presidency. Somehow, one situation after another has been able to take President Obama and his team by complete surprise.
Below is part of a list from Fox News demonstrating the times Obama has excused himself by suggesting he did not find out about each scandal until he saw it on the news.
1. Air Force One (04/28/2009)
President Obama used this excuse when Air Force One terrified citizens when it flew over downtown Manhattan.
Obama: “We found out about it along with all of you.”
2. Fast and Furious (06/27/2012)
President Obama used it again to distance himself from the gun-running program on the southern border.
Obama: “I heard on the news about this story that, uhh, Fast and Furious.
Jay Carney: “The president did not know about this tactic until he heard about it through the media; the attorney general did not know about it.”
3. IRS Targeting Scandal (05/13/2013)
Obama then used it again when the IRS was discovered to have targeted conservative groups.
Obama: "Well, let me take the IRS situation first. I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday."
4. DOJ Obtaining AP Phone Records (05/14/2013)
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney used it to explain the President’s lack of knowledge regarding the DOJ's involvement in obtaining AP phone records.
Carney: “Yesterday. Let me just be clear. We don’t have any independent knowledge of that. He found out about the news reports yesterday on the road.”
5. NSA Spying (10/28/2013)
Obama used it regarding the NSA’s spying on Americans and foreign leaders.
Obama: “I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press.”
6. VA Waiting List (05/19/2014)
Finally, Jay Carney used it to explain why the president was unaware that our nation’s veterans had been put on long waiting lists before they could receive care.
Carney: "You mean the specific allegations that I think were reported first by your news network out of Phoenix, I believe. We learned about them through the reports. I will double check if that is not the case. But that is when we learned about them and that is when I understand Secretary Shinseki learned about them, and he immediately took the action that he has taken."
One thing is for sure, scandals like these do leave their mark on a game, a nation. Just ask Andrew Luck, whose comments in his first interview since the scandal developed seem to hit the nail pretty square on the head. “It’s sort of, the energy is sort of sucked out of you,” Luck said. “You do feel deflated.”