Sex, cocaine, and the Secret Service, oh my!
Two major scandals broke last week under Barack Obama’s watch: the first being the GSA’s outrageous squandering of taxpayer money on lavish birthday parties, and extravagant trips to Hawaii and Las Vegas, and the second being the reportedly cocaine and booze fueled prostitution scandal within the Secret Service shortly before the president’s visit to Columbia.
While he can not be held directly responsible for the actions of the GSA or the Secret Service this is still an embarrassing week for the president to say the least. And while he is not directly responsible for these scandals the fact is that these people work for the president and this happened under his watch so he can be held partially responsible for the actions of his employees.
Holding bosses accountable for the actions of his or her employees happens all the time in the public sector: bosses, who through either their inaction or ignorance, allow his or her employees to get away with doing things that are detrimental to the larger workforce, or the well being of the company, are punished right along with the employees who committed the violations for providing the employees with the environment to carry out the violations in the first place. In essence the boss is punished for a lack of leadership.
It seems as if the people employed by the GSA and the Secret Service now have the mentality that they can do no wrong because they are entitled to these fringe benefits and they are not used to being called on the carpet for their actions. This mentality had to have come from somewhere, and I can only think that these people did not fear any repercussions from their boss, Barack Obama, so they took advantage of him.
Because of this Barack Obama enabled these scandals because he provided them with the environment which led to these two agencies’ indiscretions. If they feared him they would not have taken advantage of him, but they perceived what many of us already knew–Barack Obama is no leader and they sensed he could be taken advantage of, and that is precisely what they did.