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According to the Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are now 26 facilities around the country under investigation for delaying treatment and falsifying records related to veterans’ health care. Before you succumb to outrage, however, take this comfort: the President of the United States is responding to this scandal with his greatest weapon: a speech. From Fox News:
“We’ve got to do better,” Obama conceded, while indicating he wants to wait for the conclusion of internal probes before addressing whether any more top officials should resign.
“When I hear allegations of misconduct … I will not stand for it,” Obama said. “None of us should.”
He added: “If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful and I will not tolerate it — period.”
Fair enough. The president has given us his word. What could go wrong?
Reacting to the IRS scandal (May 2013):
“This is pretty straightforward,” said Obama. “If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that is outrageous, and there is no place for it, and they have to be held fully accountable, because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity and people have to have confidence that they are applying the laws in a non-partisan way.
From a December interview with Chris Matthews, addressing shortcomings with the ObamaCare implementation:
“I’m holding every cabinet member accountable. And I want to have strong interactions with them directly.” Furthermore, he said, “I have an open door policy, where I want people to be bringin’ me bad news, on time, so that we can fix things.”
From the 2012 town hall presidential debate, on Benghazi:
President Barack Obama took ultimate responsibility on Tuesday for issues around last month’s terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
“I am ultimately responsible for what’s taking place there because these are my folks, and I’m the one who has to greet those coffins when they come home,” Obama said during a debate with Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney in New York.
In addition to ordering an increase in security at all U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and across the region, Obama said he ordered an investigation to find out exactly what happened “regardless of where the facts lead us to make sure folks are held accountable and it doesn’t happen again.”
The president said he also told his team the United States was “going to find out who did this and hunt them down.”
The President of the United States: that husband who’s figured out that, in the short term, it’s just as effective to say you’re going to take the trash out as it is to actually do it.
I’m not holding my breath for root-and-branch reform of the VA. I’m sure they’ll come up with a hell of a hashtag though.Published in