US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan hold a joint press conference, during a rain shower, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, May 16, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
David Jackson, USA TODAY
Now President Obama has gotten the Richard Nixon question -- and he didn't sound too happy about it.
Asked Thursday "how do you feel about comparisons by some of your critics of this week's scandals to those that happened under the Nixon administration?" Obama told reporters: "I'll let you guys engage in those comparisons."
The president added: "You can go ahead and read the history I think and draw your own conclusions."
As we noted this week, Obama's staff has also gotten Nixon questions in connection with Republican accusations over Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department seizure of Associated Press phone records.
White House spokesman Jay Carney presaged his boss's reaction earlier this week, saying: "I can tell you that the people who make those kind of comparison need to check their history."
Part of that history is that just about every president has received variations of the Nixon question since he resigned in 1974 amid the Watergate scandal. It's part of the political culture.
Obama and aides can point to one difference with Nixon: Neither this president nor any specific aides in the White House or the Obama 2012 re-election campaign have been accused of specific wrongdoing.
In the meantime, Obama told reporters: "My concern is making sure that if there's a problem in the government that we fix it. That's my responsibility, and that's what we're going to do."