On May 31st, President Obama stood with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s parents to announce that the soldier held in Afghanistan, who was reportedly a deserter, was coming home. Released in return for Bergdahl were five Taliban commanders who were being held at Gitmo.

Something could be going wrong for the White House on the PR front, because in spite of the picture that was carefully painted during the initial announcement, CNN is reporting that White House officials are saying Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was the person who made the final call:

On the day the Bergdahl swap was announced, the White House certainly didn’t mind giving the impression President Obama made the decision.

Boy, that deflection of responsibility escalated quickly.

https://twitter.com/Greg651/status/476146998744449026

So, when Obama said the Gitmo release was “something I would do again” he was referring to Hagel? This is confusing.

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  • steve

    He threw the White guy under the bus. What a RACIST!

    • TomJB

      I find it amazing that so many willingly go under the bus with nary a peep. There has to be one eventually that puts up a very loud fight. I’d love to see Hagel break out his Sergeant voice soon

    • Bruce

      Amen, Steve!
      I hear that Obama is about to issue an Executive Order to requisition vehicles from Greyhound…apparently, he’s running out of busses under which to throw people.

  • Jay Stevens

    What does Chuck Hagel say?

    • aposematic

      He is still desperately trying to catch a breath.

    • thedumbblonde

      Hagel doesn’t know what day it is…why do you think they chose him?

    • NixTyranny

      ” I have no knowledge of the details about any final decisions I might have made at any time in the past or the future.”

    • Utopia Can Never be Achieved

      We might have to wait a few more years until Hagel’s book gets published. Meanwhile, Hagel is just a puppet on strings controlled by the president.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      If he knows what is good for him he does as he is told. Have you seen what tyrants do to those who don’t obey?

  • http://lordfoggybottom.com/ BlahBlah

    Eenie Meenie Minie Moe, which one of you will take the fall.

  • TTTCOTTH

    Everybody fails. You’re not a failure until you blame someone else. #douchebag

  • thedumbblonde
  • aposematic

    This is just too darn hilarious to comment on… Just too many traitors already under Obuma’s excuse of a bus.

    • thedumbblonde

      Started with Grandma.

  • BoscoBolt

    LOL. What a ridiculous LIE – but, no surprise. The simple FACT is that obama made the decision to break the law and go forward with this illegal swap – ANOTHER impeachable offense – the White House is scared, and desperate to change the subject.

    IMPEACH obama NOW!

    VIDEO: Judge Jeanine: ‘Demand Obama’s impeachment’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiK8_NCRSTI

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Have him and holder Arrested by the Sergeant of Arms, by contacting every member of Congress 435. ALL of us need to call. everyday.email everyday!!!!

      It is our Duty!!!!

      • Utopia Can Never be Achieved

        That’s right. Let’s see what the two of the have to say when they have their hands cuffed behind their backs.

      • conservativechick

        Can’t do a thing until after 2014 if we keep the House and take the Senate. It’s never been more important!

        • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

          If we start Now, it might slow him down.

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

    Obama the other day: “I’d do the trade again.”

    Today: “Hagel did it!”

  • DG

    WOW. The desperation of the White House and Obama is at Def-Con 1.

  • ledzepp8

    Well I’m sure Chuck Hagel will be pleased to hear that he’s now POTUS.

  • Jimni27

    Bergdhal was to cover up the VA mess and now the Student Loan B.S. is to cover up the Bergdhal mess.

    • DG

      It’s scary to consider what could be coming out of the White House next.

      • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

        Too bad it won’t be the Obama’s….coming out and going back to Chicago…permanently.

        • Name

          to hell with Chicago, how about Kenya or Indonesia?

          • DG

            He may feel more at home in Russia. He and Putin will have more time to spoon.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            But no forking!

          • Archer305

            That was a forking bad pun. *slaps knee*

      • thedumbblonde

        Next? How about the “refugee camps” in Arizona? This crap is getting serious…but excuse me, I have a tee time.

        • DG

          Yes. Next. What will be the scandal later this week? Next week? Next month. There are more coming. And, it’s frightening to contemplate when looking at all the scandals that have come to light recently, and the past 6 years.

        • ProfShadow

          That’s probably Bush’s fault. We haven’t heard that one in about a week.

      • Utopia Can Never be Achieved

        Maybe, Obama will be coming out of the closet?

        • DG

          LMAO!

      • Jimni27

        I really need to watch Wag The Dog to prepare myself.

      • Hotlanta Mike
    • NixTyranny

      Next will be Executive Order for amnesty of illegals to divert from Student Loan, Bergdahl and VA neglect.

      • Jimni27

        Did you see Daily Mail picked up the Amnesty story with the overcrowded holding rooms? People overseas are seeing this and realizing what a jerk we have for a president It’s embarrassing.

    • mrspinky85

      Oh, today CNN reports that 120,000 veterans are waiting or never got care.

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/politics/va-audit/

      • Jimni27

        And the sad thing is, Obama has just made everyone numb to everything he does now. Like we’ve become desensitized to all his crap.

        • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

          Who do you suppose he is going to make responsible for this fiasco?

          • Jimni27

            which one? Berghdahl, VA, Student Loan, or Amnesty?

          • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

            I think I was floating from one thread to another. I was actually talking about the busloads of abandoned immigrant kids. Never mind.

          • Jimni27

            No actually that was being discussed here somewhere. I’m sure it’s Bush’s fault somehow. I know some on the left are already sayng how long this problem has gone on. According the Daily Mail article though, it’s escalated 12 fold under Obama.

  • adam

    Hagel made the decision which is why Obama said he doesn’t regret it and would do it again.

    • Utopia Can Never be Achieved

      Wait. Didn’t Obama say that he thought it was essential that Bergdahl should be reunited with his family since he had been in captivity 5 years? Or, was that a message that Hagel relayed to Obama after the release? Or, was it something Obama read in the newspaper following the actually swap?

    • ProfShadow

      He doesn’t regret shifting the blame and would do it again, I’m certain.

  • carmenta

    the wheels are falling OFF this bus….this old jalopy is all rusty and nobody wants to ride on it anymore – its a death trap for political careers!

  • al hunt

    obama:” the buck stops here,
    (except for, IRS, fast and furious, benghagzi, obamacare, goverment shut down, va scandal, 6 trillion added to debt, Solyndra,refusal to enforce federal immigration laws,“shovel-ready” jobs,Cash for Clunkers,blocking the Keystone Pipeline,
    Canceled plans to complete a missile defense shield in Poland, bergdahl……ect. ect etc.) other than that the bucks stops here!”

    • ProfShadow

      Just the fundraising bucks. All others are blame-shifted.

  • carmenta

    And why was this classified information? This is hardly a matter of national security; we the people should surely know who to blame for the next death in Afghanistan.

    • Utopia Can Never be Achieved

      The real classified information is apparently the details that were shared with Bergdahl’s parents. Why were they given such information? Within the military or a position where a security clearance is involved, access to the information is only on a “need to know” basis. I hardly think the Bergdahl’s fall into that category.

  • DG

    Sometimes, the best course of action to take is pure silence. Just stop talking. Hell, even Lois Lerner knows this.

    May Obama and his White House never stop talking. They just keep digging their own holes bigger and bigger.

  • Humanary Stew

    Why does this come to mind?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGHxXzwshks

  • Shubi

    Somewhere there is a liberal swallowing this, hook, line, and sinker; just like every other time.

  • cyndo123

    Dear Chuck.. The bus is ——–>that way. Get under it .

  • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

    The Obama thowing people under the bus toll count continues…..

    http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m77/siggy_06/underobamasbus.jpg

  • svartalf

    Uhm… Hagel’s NOT the President. BARRY(Nee, Barak) made the final call, right? If not, there’s a bunch o’ people, including Barry in a LOT of trouble right now.

  • I_KICK_HIPPIES

    This administration is just one big joke, over and over.
    Unbelievable.

  • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

    This administration is blaming another for what it did? No way!

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

      Shocking, we know.

      • DG

        Providing a new definition for “Shock and Awe.”

        • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

          “Shock and Awe”…the beta male edition.

          • DG

            You just insulted beta males.

            There are alpha males. Beta males. And then wussy males.

          • http://www.freedomreconnection.com/ FreedomRecon

            Okay, “Shock and Awe”…the Onesie guy edition?

          • DG

            LOL

          • DG

            Alpha males. Beta males. Pajama boys.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    Heh

  • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

    The legacy of obama will be littered with his corruption, scandals, lies, the endangerment of Americans which has led to the deaths of veterans, endangering our troops in a time of war by his release of 5 top terrorists.

    No matter how many people Obama and the liberal media throw under the bus and twist facts to hide the truth. The Obama administration is tainted with immoral shady unethical lawless criminals.

    • DG

      Let’s just hope the revisionist historians aren’t more believed than the real historians decades from now.

  • vcferlita

    Transcript from classified briefing: “Heads, we blame Hagel, tails we blame Rice.

  • Saito Sama

    Don’t ya just love it? The best part is the ” if he does it again it’s time out buddy” we’re serious this time.. Really, we mean it, don’t you do it we ain’t fooling around this time.
    Effective right after the 83000 Mexican kids cross the border this week.
    Let’s not forget” oh Chuckie did it”LMFAO too funny

    • mrspinky85

      Hey, they could always send him to a class so he doesn’t break the rules. (Oh, he signed the law and is a Constitutional professor).

      • ProfShadow

        Allegedly.

        But I have yet to the syllabi for any classes he taught or a copy of transcripts he had to file to get the job, showing any qualifications.

  • mrspinky85

    Anymore room under that bus?

    • DG

      If not, Obama will provide shovel-ready jobs to dig more room. Then tell everyone they didn’t build that and send them home unemployed.

      • mrspinky85

        I’m waiting for one person that won’t fall on their sword for this administration. To blame Hagel after Obama been peacocking about this is ridiculous.

  • AZWarrior

    Now that is just insulting to our intelligence. Watch for Hagel to be thrown under the bus if it will take the heat off Obama. This is about the fourth lie, er story, from the Administration. This comes just two days after Obama defiantly said that he would make the same decision again. I for one think it’s time to let old Joe “Plugs” Biden finish out this term. Stupid is marginally better than criminally insane.

    • ProfShadow

      And the public eye off of the V.A. Scandal … both itself and its implications for national health insurance, aka Obamacare.

  • journogal

    So is he blaming Hagel, so that the media guards will say “Secretary of Defense Hagel, a REPUBLICAN…” Don’t think this was done by accident.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Coinkydink? I think not.

    • H50 ✓RAT

      Yep. That was an easy call. As soon as he was named, you just knew he would take the fall for something. Surprised it took this long.

    • Acethepug

      That’s why Hagel got the job. Anything he did that was unpopular could be blamed on Republicans.

      • winoceros

        Yup. He’s running out of Republican scapegoats.

  • mrspinky85

    Look at the troop reaction when Hagel tells them about bergdahl deal.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9qobFyWN0c8

    • nc ✓s & balances

      You mean the dead silence when he said “We got back one of our own last night” – that troop reaction?

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Gee, seems like just yesterday Obama said he would do the swap again if given the opportunity and that the swap represented the “principles of his administration.”

  • TJC62

    Obama: ” the buck never got here”

    • journogal

      “I just learned about the it (buck) myself in the news.”

    • brsprin

      I hope someone has change for a buck?

    • Marvin Nelson

      The buck stops over there somewhere; not Obummer’s fault.

  • NotBuyingItEvenForADollar

    Everyone around the prez are just human shields and cannon fodder. They might as well issue them red shirts.

    • Dean Bruckner

      Like Vince Foster, apparently.

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    I’m amazed. I thought they would change their spin much quicker than this.

  • NotBuyingItEvenForADollar

    It’s starting to look like ancient Rome up in here.

  • Ed McDowell

    So did the SecDef make the call on Bin Laden hit?

    • Acethepug

      Nope, so far, no negatives on that one, so it was all Obama, or so he says.

      If it becomes a liability, THEN it will be someone else’s fault.

  • Conserv_58

    This is just another example of the depths this administration and the ministry of propaganda and disinformation, (the main stream media) will go to protect the fraud’s image.

  • Zefal

    obama: I made the right decision on Bergdahl He did it!

    • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

      “And *he* would do it again!”

  • Marvin Nelson

    BS!! I knew that Hagel is as dumb as a box of rocks, but it never occurred to me that he would be dumb enough to go under the bus for BO. The WH must also believe that the country is full of morons. Well, the 50% of us with brains don’t buy this bovine scat for one minute. Keep digging the hole, fellas, so that you can bury the whole administration in one place.

    • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

      Hagel is like a deer in the headlights. He’s getting the Shinseki treatment.

      I wonder if anyone inside the pentagon has started to wake up?

  • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

    I can just imagine O stomping his little feet and pounding his little claws while screaming, “They are supposed to love me for this! I’m supposed to be their big hero!”

  • The Masked Avatar

    Not a very “classified” briefing if people are tweeting about it.

  • AT

    So… what am I supposed to take from this, from a President/Commander in Chief point of view? “I’m Barack Obama. I don’t actually make any big decisions. That’s for people like my SecDef to do.”

    Y’know, I hate to say it… maybe this actually IS all about race. Maybe this is about an utterly desperate Democrat Left who will go to any lengths, however absurd or facially ridiculous, on the principle of: “The first black president cannot be allowed to fail.” I mean, it just doesn’t make any sense outside of that. The guy isn’t remarkable. He’s an international relations nightmare. Every single thing he’s touched is a flaming train wreck. The guy can’t go a month without a new scandal. So… why protect him?

    I can’t believe it’s simple blind brainwashed (and/or ignorant) messiah worship, and I don’t believe that it’s all rooted in unions/special interests protecting their kickbacks and backroom deals. There has to be some reason behind it. But the only one I can come up with is: he’s black. And the left is terrified of his being the start of the legacy for future black presidents.

    I mean, does anyone else have any ideas?

    • Acethepug

      Here’s the Barack Obama process, in a nutshell.

      Anything good, I did.

      Anything bad, someone else did.

      It’s how, as someone on twitter posted a while ago, we are supposed to believe Obama was the mastermind behind the Osama Bin Laden operation, but that he knew nothing about anything else in his Administration.

      He’s the equivalent of a five-year old blaming the family pet for everything. The difference is, the child will grow out of it, Obama never will.

  • Dean Bruckner

    Isn’t there some Kubler-Ross type progression through the stages of lying? Instead of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, the White House seems to have blasted through ignoring, insulting, misleading, raging, and hiding in less than a week. They are in full #5 craven now, complete with footie jammies and a cup of stolen hot chocolate.

    Maybe these five steps are better; at least they end in recovery: http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/addiction/stages-of-compulsive-gambling/

  • Jerome Goolsby

    Wonder how Hagel feels knowing he is suddenly the fall guy for this fiasco?

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Honestly don’t think he’s figured it out yet. Give him a few days.

      • Elizabeth Fisher

        He won’t find out that the’s the fall guy unless he turns on Fox News – kinda like how Obammy finds out that there is a scandal in his administration.

  • ProfShadow

    The buck stops….there; there; there; there; there; SQUIRREL!

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Must be getting crowded under the Obama bus.
    Simpler Obama; Its all me, until it turns to shat, then its somebody else.

  • douglasmarks

    chuck Hagel under the bus . Irony in a name ?

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    So if Hagel made the final decision on the trade, who made the final decision to flout the law and bypass Congress?

    • Fire and Adjust!

      George Soros………………

  • Hotlanta Mike

    The buck stops with anybody but Obama…surprised he didn’t say he found out about it the news. But then that would be too obvious since he personally received the family at the White House.

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  • FirstBoot

    I see Fauxbama’s double-wide bus made another appearance. Will it ever run out of gas?

    • Name

      no because it runs on green energy, like that great-selling and performing product the Volt…..

  • bobbymike34

    Perfect strategy quick release everyone from Gitmo like Obama wants, ‘Oops Hagel did it again’

  • FreedomFighter

    Where is the article on CNNs website?? Nowhere to be found.

  • ceemack

    “So it’s agreed we’re going to trade those five Taliban for this Bergdahl guy. Any objections, Chuck?”

    “Uh, no, Mr. President.”

    See? Hagel made the final call.

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      Yep… it was exactly like dat

  • Bob Richards

    Does Obama even work?

  • Bklynnygirl

    Here’s what Hagel said on Meet the Press on June 1. “I signed off on the decision,” Hagel said. “The president made the ultimate decision.”

  • Elizabeth Fisher

    See ya Hagel – wouldn’t want to be ya!!! How freaking big is that bus that Obammy’s driving?

  • Barton Fowlkes

    Didn’t Obammy say he ‘would do it again’ regarding a swap? How can he do it again if he didn’t do the first one?

  • Acethepug

    President ‘NOT ME’ strikes again! Assumes that everyone is like him, abysmally stupid and possessed of a ten-second attention span.

  • Wonder Pony

    I have to apologize to the president. Somehow I got the impression that this was the one thing his administration has done that he had knowledge of.

  • knucklehead1234

    it drinks the kool aid and crawls under the bus Hagel