In 118 visits to the White House, the subject had never come up? Not even in casual conversation? No, he couldn't recall that it ever had.
Could he remember exactly why he had been to the White House 118 times in the two years before the last election? Could he even remember one visit?
"Um, the Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn with my kids." [actual quote]
Try that next time an IRS agent comes calling to ask how you're living in a house worth more than the gross domestic product of Canada but have never had any reportable income. Oh yeah, and why the 118 visits to the Cayman Islands in the past two years.
"Um, snorkling with my kids."
Apparently nobody, except for maybe Tiger Woods, tells President Most-Transparent-and-Honest-Administration-in-History anything. The White House chief of staff and chief counsel, as well as other high administration officials knew about the IRS business over a year ago but nobody ever told the president.
"Mr. President, did anybody in the White House know about the IRS scandal?"
"I didn't know anything about it until I read about it in the papers."
"Mr. President, with all due respect, the question wasn't what you knew. It was about whether anyone in the White House knew. With all due respect again, Sir, this all happened before the last election and some have suggested that it might possibly have effected the outcome if it had become known."
"Ok, well, got to go now. 'E pluribus unum,' baby (got to show the kids that I'm still cool). 'E pluribus unum.' [trans. 'The Easter bunny ate my homework.']