Tumblr Icon RSS Icon

Rove digs in: Obama trying ‘to avoid oversight’ by appointing czars.

By Amanda Terkel  

"Rove digs in: Obama trying ‘to avoid oversight’ by appointing czars."

Share:

google plus icon

Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that former Bush adviser Karl Rove made his critical views of President Obama’s various “czars” known on Twitter. Rove called them a “giant expansion of presidential power.” Rove, though, was actually the “domestic policy czar” in the Bush White House, serving as just one of many czars in that administration. In response to various messages from other Twitter users, Rove has been digging in today, saying that Obama is trying to skirt “oversight” and “transparency” by appointing the czars:

rovetweetsczar

Of course, Rove was never actually approved by the Senate either. As Steve Benen points out, Bush had so many czars that “it quickly became the butt of jokes. Newsweek satirist Andy Borowitz suggested in 2007 that the White House needed a ‘lying czar’ to ‘oversee all distortions and misrepresentations.’”

Update

KarlRove responded to us on Twitter regarding the “domestic policy czar position, writing, “That wasn’t my title or my job.”

‹ Former Bush ‘domestic policy czar’ Karl Rove now rips czars as a ‘giant expansion of presidential power.’

Holder ‘leaning toward appointing a prosecutor to investigate’ Bush admin’s torture policies. ›

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.