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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