President Obama Makes His Case Amid Minefield of Scandals

Obama does damage control with recent Benghazi, IRS controversies.
1:44 | 05/16/13

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washington and the president under pressure from a trifecta of scandals. We wondered, behind closed doors, what is this president really saying and doing? Here's abc's jonathan karl. Reporter: During a rose garden press conference today the president got a little extra protection from the elements, courtesy of the marines. There we go. That's good. Reporter: But he could use more than an umbrella. My concern is making sure that if there's a problem in the government, that we fix it. Reporter: The problem -- too many problems. conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. In the years before the election, more liberal groups were being approved, while conservative groups with names including words like "patriot," "constitution," and "tea party" were stymied. In 2011, not a single tea party group was approved. I am angry about it. Reporter: We've seen that before. It was a shameful day for washington. Angry and frustrated as well. Reporter: Plenty for the president to be angry about -- uncooperative congress, benghazi, and his own justice department subpoenaing phone records of journalists. The tea party movement, beaten defeat, is re-energized, a big showing today at the capital. American people have not been told the truth. Reporter: The president is so frustrated he's reportedly joking about going bull worth, the movie about a politician totally unafraid to tell the truth. You promised u.S. Federal funding to rebuild our community. What happened? Well, you really haven't contributed any money to my campaign. Reporter: The real white house plan is to go back on offense. The president is shaking up the irs. A second official was fired today. He's also trying to get back to his second-term agenda. Tomorrow, traveling to baltimore, where he'll be talking up his economic plan.

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