Barack Obama in Chicago on Dec. 5, 2017. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Bruce G. Kauffmann's Jan. 28 letter, "Smells scandalous," contained three examples of "scandals" under President Barack Obama that quickly become less scandalous with a little bit of scrutiny. The "Fast and Furious" gun-walking program was similar to one begun by the George W. Bush administration under another name. When found to be faulty, it was canceled by then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The Obama administration corrected its statement on the perpetrators of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, nearly as soon as the fog of war lifted. And the increased level of investigation the Internal Revenue Service exercised on conservative political "charity" groups included the liberal "occupy" groups as well as "tea party" groups.

Unlike the current administration, which doubles down on falsehoods, as soon as the Obama administration gained new evidence, it corrected itself — except in one case. The tea party political groups that gained approval for charity status still influence elections while their donors get a tax deduction. Okay, I concede. That latter example continues to stink.

Thom Link, Washington