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TODAY   |  May 17, 2013

Joe Scarborough: ‘It’s been a bad week’ for Obama

The host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” discusses the slew of scandals facing the Obama administration this week, saying the president is “still going to face a lot of tough questions.”

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>> scarborough, host of " morning joe " on msnbc which is airing now. good morning to you.

>> good morning.

>> the three controversies, scandals unfolding at the same time. the president spoke out at that press conference pretty forcefully on thursday. did he do and say what he needed to do to stop the bleeding politically?

>> it has been a bad week for the president despite what he said but he at least sent a message to democrats and his supporters that he was going to push back, he was going to fight back. this president has been far too passive. he's still going to face a lot of really tough questions, i guess even tougher questions from ap reporters about how it could be that, with all these scandals or whatever you want to call them breaking, that he's learning about them when he reads the morning newspaper . lot of people just don't buy it. he's back on his heels, still. there's an irs hearing up on capitol hill and breaking news last night that the person that was in charge of the tax exempt area in the irs is now running obama care, so it looks like they may have actually fired the wrong person at the irs and the person responsible may have gotten a promotion.

>> steven miller , ousted head of the irs will testify on capitol hill today. what would you ask him in.

>> i would ask him what he knew and when he knew it and i would also try to figure out, and in fact he may have just been the fall guy . i would want to know where did this policy start, who talked about it at first, how did it grow inside the organization and i'd like to know who he spoke with in the administration, who else outside of the irs knew about this? the first story from the white house was this is just a field office in cincinnati, a bunch of low level employees. we found out later that just wasn't true.

>> joe, during the press conference yesterday the president supported eric holder the attorney general. is holder's job safe in your opinion?

>> it certainly is. the president will stay with eric holder until the very end. eric holder has been under attack from the time almost he got sworn in. there's been one republican dust-up after another, republicans would call them scandals, and demanded his resignation time and time again. you saw him push back very hard on capitol hill to darrell issa , i think that was a strong signal that this guy knows he has the backing of his president and he can push back as hard as he wants on the hill.

>> joe, thanks so much for your time.

>> thank you so much, matt.