This Memorial Day, let’s also remember “The Obama Crisis Response Template.”
1: Express surprise that your policy (Fast and Furious gunrunning, IRS targeting conservative groups, Benghazi gunrunning to Al Qaeda in Syria, Obamacare policies gouging Americans, canceling their good policies and denying them their doctors and hospitals, watching veterans die while Veterans Administration officials put them on secret waiting lists) has even occurred.
2: Express anger that this has happened.
3: Deflect criticism.
4: Blame Bush.
Follow the VA scandal timeline and you’ll recognize how it parallels events in other Obama scandals.
In 2008, VA officials specifically tell the president and his transition team that wait times are becoming dangerously long and the real (secret) wait times for veterans to get the medical help they need are being hidden. There needs to be an investigation.
Fast forward to 2014.
1: (Express surprise) As reported by a London newspaper, “A CNN reporter asked (Obama spokesman Jay) Carney on Monday when the president was ‘first made aware ... of these fraudulent lists that were being kept to hide the wait times’ at VA medical centers?”
“You mean the specific allegations,” Carney asked, “that I think were reported first by your news network out of Phoenix, I believe?”
“We learned about them through the reports.”
Yes, even though President Obama and his transition team were briefed by the VA in 2008 specifically about secret wait times, they pretend they didn’t hear about it until it was on CNN recently.
2: (Express anger) Obama administration officials appeared on Sunday talk shows and chatted to the press about how “angry” the president is about the VA wait times. Oh, my, he’s so angry. He actually used the phrase, “Mad as hell.” Coincidentally, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told a Senate panel he was “Mad as hell” over veterans dying while they waited for medical care. Did they test the phrase “Mad as hell” with a focus group before their appearances?