background noise (BACK-ground noys) noun. The legitimate and ever-increasing inquiries and comments directed at US government officials in regards to their activities and questionable procedures.
George Senior: Son, what is happening with your second term? You only have a 28% approval rating.
Laura: He's been drinking again and his buddies are getting busted left and right.
The Twins: Daddy, you just need another crisis to fix then the people will stop questioning and doubting you.
George Junior: Who cares? As long as I can declare martial law it's all just background noise. Now, where is my copy of Mein Kampf?