President Obama, who has seen his job approval ratings sink to new lows thanks to the failure of the Obamacare rollout, met with MSNBC hosts and some liberal pundits at the White House on Thursday in an effort to stanch the bleeding.
According to Politico, those in attendance included MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall, Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, Mother Jones bureau chief David Corn, Think Progress editor-in-chief Judd Legum, Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta, Salon political writer Brian Beutler and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.
While the meeting was supposed to be off-the-record, Williams appeared on Fox News and divulged that senior officials said that the administration is “in full fight mode” over Obamacare:
I met with other senior officials at the White House. I can tell you, they are in full fight mode over the Affordable Healthcare Act right now. What you hear from these senior officials is they’re concerned about what happened with insurance companies; they wish the insurance companies hadn’t sent out the cancellation notices; and if they had, that they had simply called them renewals. They feel as if they had a major systems failure, a major management failure, and they’re trying to get back on track.
Obama has met previously with journalists from the left and right—more left than right—but the rollout and subsequent attempts to fix the many flaws in the law have been so bad that not even these liberals carrying out the President’s latest PR initiative can save his presidency from running into the ditch.