Jay Carney either giggles maniacally to himself or drinks himself blind after each press conference. This time, the Depressed Secretary responded to the latest V.A. scandal and cover-up by going to a familiar punchline: ‘Obama heard about it on the news.’ Here’s the exchange:
Reporter: “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 White House officials — 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.”
There you have it, yet another Jay Carney talking point that Obama was late to learn about his own scandal. Except the White House was actually notified of problems with the V.A. back in 2008 and Obama said he was “mad as hell” about it. Oversight?
This isn’t just partisan GOP bewilderment at a White House that projects the image Obama is a stranger to his own administration. “Even” Jon Stewart was baffled at the numerous other scandals that the president supposedly heard about ‘on the news.’