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When a President Learns Everything on TV
commentarymagazine.com ^ | 5/20/14 | Jonathan Tobin

Posted on 05/21/2014 9:18:32 AM PDT by cotton1706

Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sought to partially walk back his statement yesterday in which he said President Obama learned about the growing scandal at the Veterans Administration by watching a report on the topic on CNN. After realizing just how bad that sounded, Carney returned to the daily briefing with the White House press corps today to say that his statement was being misinterpreted. According to Carney, what he really meant to say was that the president had only heard of the “specific allegations” about misconduct at VA hospitals by watching television. But, he insisted, the president was aware of problems at the VA, as proved by statements he had made during his 2008 presidential campaign when he promised to fix the agency.

Which is to say that, yes, Barack Obama had heard of the VA and had some vague intention to improve it as part of an effort to pose as someone who cares about our nation’s veterans. But between his arrival in the Oval Office and his subsequent appointment of retired Army General Eric Shinseki to head the VA in 2009 and the moment when he stumbled into awareness about the scandal during the course of spending some quality time with his remote control, he hadn’t given the topic much, if any, thought.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chaunceygardiner; obamaclueless

1 posted on 05/21/2014 9:18:32 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Last paragraph of the article:

“The lack of confidence in government is a natural response to events like the VA scandal, but it is compounded by a presidential response that makes it clear that Obama doesn’t pay much attention to the issues he raised in his own campaigns and that he is slow to act even after learning about such disasters on television. This scandal makes it clear, if it hadn’t already been so, that the Obama administration has run out of steam, ideas, or even a willingness to pretend that it cares about public opinion. It’s going to be a long slog until January 2017.”


2 posted on 05/21/2014 9:19:20 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

If he gets all his news from TV, then it is probably CNN ... so no wonder we are becoming a banana republic.


3 posted on 05/21/2014 9:20:10 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: cotton1706

“I like to watch TV.”


4 posted on 05/21/2014 9:21:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

He just learned that he can’t even pitch a baseball while watching TV. Think that’ll stop him from pitching other stuff though? Not bloody likely. Kinda odd that he and billy boy clinton are both lefties in sports and politics huh?


5 posted on 05/21/2014 9:26:05 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: cotton1706

So the Presidents original position in the scandal of Veterans dying because of a conspiracy to improperly withhold medical care they were entitled to at Veterans Hospitals was that he heard it first on TV with CNN

Now he has changed his story to say that he really was aware of the withholding of care killing Vets all along but that he was not really aware of the problems until he heard about it on TV.


6 posted on 05/21/2014 9:26:22 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: cotton1706
Carney, what he really meant to say was that the president had only heard of the “specific allegations” about misconduct at VA hospitals...

I would wager that Carney has two very important people on retainer....

A priest to confess his lying ways and a chiropractor because he has to twist himself into s pretzel everyday to cover for this regime.

7 posted on 05/21/2014 9:26:41 AM PDT by red-dawg (<<< click for info on my book.)
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To: cotton1706
Why can't one of his handlers send him a text message?

8 posted on 05/21/2014 9:26:52 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: cotton1706
J Goebbels is having trouble keeping his BS straight.
9 posted on 05/21/2014 9:27:03 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: dfwgator
“I like to watch TV.”

-PJ

10 posted on 05/21/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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11 posted on 05/21/2014 9:29:38 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help Veterans!)
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To: red-dawg

Carney sneers when he is about to lie!”


12 posted on 05/21/2014 9:32:40 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help Veterans!)
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To: cotton1706

Although i don’t watch either show, I missed the finals of Dancing With the Stars and American Idol - guess I should call the Pres and ask him who won


13 posted on 05/21/2014 9:33:22 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: cotton1706

When a President Learns Everything on TV

Then it’s time to get a real leader and president!
Obama can then go on Dancing with the Stars!


14 posted on 05/21/2014 9:33:35 AM PDT by Isabel2010
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To: rktman

No but he can catch from Reggie while watching Modern Family or some other queer infusing show.


15 posted on 05/21/2014 9:36:15 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: cotton1706

Our ‘low-information’ President. Pray for America.


16 posted on 05/21/2014 9:37:29 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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17 posted on 05/21/2014 9:38:38 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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18 posted on 05/21/2014 9:39:47 AM PDT by RetSignman
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To: cotton1706
“The lack of confidence in government is a natural response to events like the VA scandal, but it is compounded by a presidential response that makes it clear that Obama doesn’t pay much attention to the issues he raised in his own campaigns

Obama is a reader of campaign speeches. He doesn't write them, he doesn't understand them, he doesn't care about them.

It is just something you recite to get elected to the most powerful position on earth. And that is his only interest.

19 posted on 05/21/2014 9:40:09 AM PDT by oldbrowser (This looks like a make it or break it point for America.)
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To: cotton1706
Obama has known there were problems in the VA hospitals way back into 2008 , by his own admission.
He was surprized by wiat lists being edited , and Veterans dying from aggressive neglect .
Expect more of the same from ObamaCrap medical neglect.. um , I mean healthcare .
This is practice for "Death Panels " by willful neglect of civilians as Sarah Palin foretold several years ago !!

This is but a pattern of "ignorance" by the "smartest guy in the room "

20 posted on 05/21/2014 9:40:16 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: cotton1706
I don't think Obama actually watches TV either. He's busy with other stuff.


21 posted on 05/21/2014 9:46:52 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: cotton1706

He is the responding/reacting President, finding out about stuff after the fact and issuing sound bites that sound as though a firecracker just woke him from his hammock.


22 posted on 05/21/2014 9:54:39 AM PDT by lurk
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Hammock? Golf cart, maybe. Or his choom induced haze.


23 posted on 05/21/2014 10:22:34 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: cotton1706

people say the TEa Party is dead, but there are people beginning to talk about “crony” government and bad government in ways that never got done before. It is time to undue government unions and rewrite civil service rules. The fact that millions of IRS refunds go to one address, or that people in every branch are found wasting time - watching porn on gov computers... when do we clean house of bad working the includes no way to fire bad workers?


24 posted on 05/21/2014 10:36:03 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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