Obama: 'We Have Not Had a Major Scandal in My Administration;' Mocks GOP Prayers for Him: ‘Please, Change This Man from The Socialist Muslim He Is’

Susan Jones | October 24, 2016 | 10:10am EDT
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President Obama is campaigning for Hillary Clinton and Democrat congressional candidates. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - President Obama told a fundraiser in California Sunday night that there has not been a "major scandal" in his administration, according to a White House transcript of the event.

He made the remark while criticizing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) at a fundraiser for congressional candidates, including Issa's Democrat challenger, Doug Applegate.

Obama said Issa's main contribution to the U.S. Congress has been to "obstruct and waste taxpayer dollars on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere."

"And this is now a guy who, because poll numbers are bad, has sent out brochures with my picture on them touting his cooperation on issues with me. Now, that is the definition of chutzpah," Obama said.

"Here's a guy who called my administration perhaps the most corrupt in history -- despite the fact that actually we have not had a major scandal in my administration -- that, when Trump was suggesting that I wasn’t even born here, said, 'Well, I don’t know' -- was not sure.  We can pull up the quotes.

"This guy has spent all his time simply trying to obstruct, to feed the same sentiments that resulted in Donald Trump becoming their nominee. I think somebody called Darrell Issa -- was this you, Doug (Applegate), who said Darrell Issa was Trump before Trump?  (Laughter.)  And now he’s sending out brochures touting his cooperation with me.

"Now, that is shameless. To his credit, I will say that he has been very pleasant to me at our Christmas parties. (Laughter.)  No, he is.  I'm serious.  I mean, he's said hello, and he's brought some of his family members, and I'm always happy to take pictures with family members.  

"This is true -- a number of Republican caucus members, like Michele Bachmann, they'll show up and there's like good cheer and bipartisanship for one evening.  Some of them say, I'm praying for you.  (Laughter.)  And I don’t question the sincerity that they are praying for me: Please, change this man from the socialist Muslim that he is.  (Laughter.)  No, I'm sure it's more sincere than that.  But beyond these interpersonal conversations, this is not somebody who is serious about working on problems."

Issa, as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the 112th and 113th Congresses, led numerous investigations of the Obama administration, including the "Fast and Furious" guns-to-Mexico scheme; the terror attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya; and the IRS targeting of tea party groups, to name a few.

Before bashing Issa, Obama singled out one of his "dear friends," former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): "I said this before publicly...whatever success that I've had as president of the United States, I owe in large part to the extraordinary skill, intelligence, acumen, toughness, and loyalty of the former speaker and soon to be speaker again of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi."

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