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November 15, 2013 - 2:50 pm

This exchange took place during today’s White House press briefing:

JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS: Can I just ask you, the president said yesterday, ‘I was not informed directly that the web site would not be working the way it was supposed to.’ I mean, we’ve heard the latest is the project manager on healthcare.gov warned, was worried this thing could crash at takeoff. I’m just wondering, did the president at any point ask the question has this thing been tested? Are we ready to go? What was the answer to that.

JAY CARNEY: The president was regularly briefed on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the run-up to the launch. What he and others have said is that we — at no time did we anticipate that the problems that we ended up seeing on October 1st would occur. And if we had –

KARL: People working on this knew there were problems, were worried this could happen and I’m just asking did the president ask the question?

CARNEY: Absolutely. The president constantly asked where we were and what the progress on –

KARL: So who misled him? If they knew these problems and didn’t disclose it to him –

CARNEY: Again, there’s a jump in your logic there. The fact is, as we acknowledged and have said since October 1st and even before that, we anticipated glitches, we were told there might be some problems, and as is the case when any site –

Video and more over at RealClearPolitics.

Remember, yesterday Obama said that he was not told “directly” that there were problems with the website before it launched. The government officials in charge of developing Healthcare.gov were so worried about the site’s viability that, on July 16, project manager Henry Chao emailed that he feared it would “crash on takeoff.”

In a July 16 email sent ahead of a meeting with the site’s chief contractor CGI Federal, HealthCare.gov project manager Henry Chao, who was a key witness during the House Oversight and Government Reform’s hearing earlier this week, wrote, “I just need to feel more confident they are not going to crash the plane at take-off, regardless of price.”

The next day, July 17, Chao testified at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that Healthcare.gov would be ready to launch on-time. He then distributed a video link to his testimony to several people he described as “leaders in this endeavor,” urging developers to ensure his pledge under oath did not come back to haunt him.

“I wanted to share this with you so you can see and hear that both [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner] and I under oath stated we are going to make October 1,” Chao wrote in a July 20 email where he distributed the link to his testimony. “I would like you [to] put yourself in my shoes standing before Congress, which in essence is standing before the American public, and know that you speak the tongue of not necessarily just past truths but the truth that you will make happen.”

So Chao, the project manager, was worried about Obamacare crashing on October 1. He had been worried about that for months. Obama said he had not been told “directly” of these fears. Carney said today that Obama was “briefed regularly” on the site’s progress and issues.

How do we resolve this? What was in those briefings? Did Obama pay any attention to them?

It may be that Obama was not actually being briefed regularly at all. We know that he skips other duties such as attending his Daily Intelligence Briefing. You can lead a horse to water, and all that. Or maybe David Axelrod was right when he said earlier today that Obama has surrounded himself with yes-men who just tell him what he wants to hear. They knew there were problems but they lied to Obama because they knew he couldn’t handle or didn’t want the truth.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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How that website went live in the shape it was in simply boggles the mind. How did Obama not know? The fog and paranoia in his palace must be Stalinesque. We shall never know until the tell-all books come out, but when they do, they'll be horrifying and epic.

omg an edit button. I'm editing this comment just to use it.
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"Obama Either Knew that Healthcare.gov Wouldn’t Work or He Is Keeping Incompetent Liars On His Payroll"

Actually it's both.
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"Obama Either Knew that Healthcare.gov Wouldn’t Work or He Is Keeping Incompetent Liars On His Payroll"

Either/Or?

‘I was not informed directly that the web site would not be working the way it was supposed to.’ (I was told the damn thing wouldn't work at all)

I golf, I campaign, I make speeches. Meetings are for the little people.

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I had a friend/mentor once tell me that first rate leaders hire first rate assistants and second rate leaders hire third rate assistants. A first rate leader wants the best information he can get to make an informed decision so he hire first rate assistants/advisers. A second rate leader doesn't want his assistance/advisers to make him look bad so he hires third rate assistants/advisers.

I now see what he meant in watching Obama. Third rate leader hiring fourth rate advisers.
1 year ago
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There's good news and bad news. Good: The President was getting updates and was fully informed. Bad: President Jarrett has other things to do than answer these silly questions, she'll get back to you after she finds Barack--now where did that man get himself off to? Shooting hoops again or cards with Reggie?
1 year ago
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Obama himself is the incompetent liar.
1 year ago
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The American People are keeping incompetent liars on the payroll by continually voting for them. The blame for this mess lies solely with the American voters.
1 year ago
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Like the Mafia, these people speak in code (when they're not conversing in Sicilian). "Has the package been delivered?" "There are eleven eggs in a dozen." "I'd rather have carrot cake" "Perche?" "Non sai niente." "Si, ciao"


OF COURSE Obama knew. No serious human being doubts than. But... look at the photoshopping still taking place in the press. We are in deep, deep trouble.
1 year ago
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In a story on drudge today, the article lists the several laws broken, that if B.O. care was a private concern would have hordes of Holder's lawyers breaking down their doors to serve them with civil complaints and possible criminal complaints.

So how does the government get a pass on breaking the laws. We need the law to say that congress, government must play by the same rules as the laws on the books for all others
1 year ago
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B.O. doesn't know anything until he reads it in the papers like everyone else.

Yet we are supposed to believe this man is intelligent, up on issues and other fairy tales.
1 year ago
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Will Obamacare be repealed or won't it? Will Congress fund it or won't it? Blah, blah, blah. We the people just need to do what we need to do and Congress be damned. Resist. Refuse. Revolt. EXEMPT OURSELVES! We did not comply with Prohibition and we simply should not comply with Obamacare. For religious reasons. For privacy reasons. For the cause of liberty and freedom and in protest of the idea that the federal government (under one party rule, no less), can force private citizens to purchase anything with our own money. Are we citizens or subjects? Mice or men(women)? Just say NO to socialism and to the corrupt, unionized, far left IRS, the gestapo of America's political class. After all, the federal government ignores millions of illegals who are breaking U.S. immigration law every day and nothing happens to them. Selective enforcement of our laws is just as UN-Constitutional as the Obamacare law itself! (Supreme Court be damned as well). Our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. All we have to do is just say no to a scheme we all know is un-American and a violation of our most basic founding fundamentals of privacy, self reliance, limited government and individual freedom.
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I like your attitude but the likelihood of citizen non-compliance is why the IRS was brought in as the enforcer of the ACA. They already have the hooks, methods and meanness to ensure your participation. You could go underground economy although this is not practical for people employed by others - and if you are not working, then ACA costs you nothing anyway. A great question though - how to get a resistance started such that the government must deal with it rather than pick people off one at a time.
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--You have missed the DEPTH of the LIES!
--Not only did Obama LIE to us, they were DELIBERATE and CALCULATED LIES!
--This FACT was inadvertently revealed by Ezekiel Emanuel on the KELLY FILE a couple of nights ago.
--Kelly said: “You have a goal of signing up 7 million people, already 5 million individual policies have been Cancelled, so you are 12 million behind today!”
--Emanual : “No you’ve got that wrong, 7 million includes the people who were expected from the individual market to come on as well…”
--CALCULATED to provide OBAMACARE (and the insurance companies) the LUCRATIVE pool of “customers” needed to jumpstart HIS ACA at EXACTLY the time these customers were needed. (i.e. sign-up time for ACA.)
--MILLIONS of Responsible, already paying premiums, individual policy holding, and likely more healthy—CUSTOMERS!
--Now, ACA (Obama) cancels all their individual policies!
--AND, there is only one place to replace the cancelled policies: ACA exchanges!
--End result: 1. Millions of responsible individuals only have one place to get replacement policies: ACA exchanges. 2. ACA and Insurance companies get the BEST POSSIBLE BASE of initial customers. 3. Obama care is nicely entrenched and off to a fast start.
--BOTTOM LINE: Obama’s repeated lies were DELIBERATE and CALCULATED to achieve HIS desired result.
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It doesn't matter if Obama is black, puce or turquoise, he must be impeached. It looks to me as though he may be setting himself up for such an action because it would cast him as the ultimate victim of American racism and erase, somewhat, the stench of incompetence and corruption that surrounds him now.
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