In yet another sign that President Obama has no idea what is happening in his administration, White House press secretary Jay Carney revealed on Monday that the President only learned of the VA hospital scandal from news reports:
Jim Acosta (CNN) : When was the president first made aware of these problems? 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 top White House officials become aware of these problems?
Carney: …If you mean the specific allegations that I think were reported first by your network out of Phoenix, I believe we learned about them through the reports. I will double-check if that’s not the case. But that’s when we learned about them, and that’s when, as I understand it, Secretary Shinseki learned about them and immediately took the action that he has taken, including instigating his own review — or initiating his own review, but also requesting that the Inspector General investigate.
It would be possible that Obama was clueless enough that he didn’t have any knowledge of the problems with waiting times at VA hospitals, except that he mentioned the problem in a speech when he was a Senator back in 2007. And The Washington Times reported on Monday that the Obama administration was informed of problems at the Arizona VA hospital in 2008. So much for no prior knowledge.
Obama has used the media excuse several times during his presidency, feigning surprise and shock along the way, as if it’s no big deal for the president of the United States to be so unaware of what was happening in his administration.
So much for transparency.