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Ed Driscoll

Office of the President Elect Fails President Obama

May 19th, 2014 - 11:38 am

“Report: Obama transition team was warned about unreliable wait times at VA in 2008,” Allahpundit writes at Hot Air:

Great news for the White House, no? Sure, it shows they knowingly left sick and injured vets to languish in a Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare. In a sane world, that would be the last straw in sending Shinseki packing. But it also lets O share blame with the Bush administration, one of his favorite methods of damage control. There are three steps in Hopenchange crisis management: (1) they profess to be “mad as hell”; (2) they accept a resignation/announce the retirement/place on “administrative leave” some relatively low-ranking officials; (3) as time wears on and media interest fades, they pronounce the whole thing a phony scandal. Their problem with the VA mess is that, no matter how long it drags out, they don’t dare pronounce this one “phony”; they can laugh at “#Benghazi” but they won’t laugh at wounded troops. So they need a Plan B for defusing the crisis, which, in this case, will be to claim that it’s another problem they’ve inherited from Bush. For, er, five and a half years.

Remember in November and December of 2008, when Obama attempted to bigfoot the news by giving speeches behind a podium with a Photoshopped “Office of the President Elect” sign that looked like it was run off on a color printer at Kinko’s and taped to it? (AKA, the highpoint of the Hopenchange era, when Obama could still criticize all actions by President Bush in his last days in office, and even John McCain, before having to govern himself.) Perhaps they can take the fall for this.

Otherwise, to borrow Jim Geraghty’s leitmotif, yet another Obama promise reaches its expiration date:

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Point of clarification: the Veterans Benefits Administration (they handle claims) and the Veterans Health Administration (they handle the medical appointments) are two fire-walled separate organizations. (The third division of the VA is the National Cemetary Administration -- burial and death benefits -- who gets to handle the Vets the other two divisions screw up on.)

The sole point of responsibility for both two divisions on the org chart is VA Sect'ry Shinseki. (And above him, Obama.) http://www.va.gov/ofcadmin/docs/vaorgchart.pdf

So, yeah. Shinseki has to go.
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Five-and-a-half years into the Obama presidency, and with the problems of ObamaCare and pretty much anything to do with foreign policy still in the headlines, the stategerie of simply blaming Bush and leaving it at that is a little frayed at the edges. The alternative -- "Bush started it, and I'm too incompetent to fix it" wouldn't seem to be all that great an option, but Obama does have a large group willing to wipe the Teflon clean over anything he does, so it may be their best option to get through the anger over the VA's de facto death panel system.
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