Expectation Met: Obama Heard About VA Issues From News Reports

The big question is, how does this administration have any credibility left? Can you imagine the response had any of Bush’s press secretaries tried this?

(Real Clear Politics) JIM ACOSTA, CNN: When was the president first made aware of these problems? Of these fraudulent lists that were being kept to hide the wait times, when was he first made aware of those problems? And when did other White House officials, top White House officials, become aware of these problems?

JAY CARNEY: When you say these problems, the fact that there have been bureaucracies —

ACOSTA: The delays have been known for some time.

CARNEY: You mean the specific allegations that I think were reported first by your news network out of Phoenix, I believe. We learned about them through the reports. I will double check if that is not the case.

But that is when we learned about them and that is when I understand Secretary Shinseki learned about them, and he immediately took the action that he has taken.

Of course, we know that this is a lie, unless Obama has horrible memory retention. Does anyone in the media have the cajones to call Carney and Obama out on this? As Allahpundit notes

Exit question: When Obama told veterans in 2007 that we need a “new sense of urgency” in making sure sick and injured vets are quickly seen, what else did he mean if not proactive investigation and resolution of the problem by the new president?

We also know that Obama was specifically told about this issue back during the transition in 2008.

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5 Responses to “Expectation Met: Obama Heard About VA Issues From News Reports”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Teach,

    Do you read your own posts? You’re dangerously close to hoftian territory, here. (hoftian = refutation of his thesis in the same report he uses for evidence)

    Here’s specifically what Carney said:

    CARNEY: You mean the specific allegations that I think were reported first by your news network out of Phoenix, I believe. We learned about them through the reports. I will double check if that is not the case.

    So, a few seconds later you forget your own “reporting” and claim:

    “Of course, we know that this is a lie…

    Exit question: When Obama told veterans in 2007 that we need a “new sense of urgency” in making sure sick and injured vets are quickly seen, what else did he mean if not proactive investigation and resolution of the problem by the new president?

    We also know that Obama was specifically told about this issue back during the transition in 2008.”

    Are you really claiming the Obama new about the specific problem in Phoenix in 2008?

    Broader question. Can conservabloggers EVER get anything right? Or is it enough to just yell, “You lie!” at Obama?

  2. Diane B. says:

    No one believes a word Obama says. He is the worst president we ever had even worse than Carter & that’s saying a lot. This whole administration lies.

  3. Better_Late_Than_Gumball says:

    The fact that Carney narrowed down his answer to only Phoenix does not negate the facts that Obama and his administration and the VA for decades knew about the issues within the VA organization.

    This is not just an Obama issue. Issue has been around since the Carter and Nixon years, but has been getting worse and worse.

    But now, Obama claims to not have known about the VA issues (and these are not relegated to Phoenix) and will get focused like a laser on it.

    how’d that work for employment? How’d that work for Benghazi? How’d that work for Fast-n-Furious? How’d that work for our economy?

  4. Blick says:

    Even with the largest and most sophisticated spy-intelligence agencies in the world, Obama finds out how his administration is doing by reading the newspaper or watching the evening news. No wonder he is a lousy administrator and leader his information is no better than the average citizen. That’s a whole lot of taxpayer money going to waste on NSA-CIA-FBI-DIA-TSA spying on citizens.

  5. Better_Late_Than_Gumballs says:

    Mark Steyn had a great point today. Said Obama should replace his top advisors and aides and cabinet secretaries. Should now hold his daily briefings with the major media journalists. They’ll be happy to do so help out. They already cover for him

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