Obama strangely claims good work amid VA scandal

By Neal McNamara | May 21, 2014
Eric Shinseki

President Barack Obama’s press address Wednesday morning on the growing scandal involving mistreatment of Veteran’s Administration patients was full of hypocrisy and half-truths.

Host David Boze picked out just one example immediately after Obama concluded the address on the VA scandal.

Addressing the VA problems is “a top priority, a top priority, a top priority – but, I only have time for two questions,” Boze said about Obama only taking two press questions, from the Associated Press and Reuters.

The thesis of Obama’s address seemed to be that, since becoming president and during his short time as a U.S. Senator, he’s made it a priority to make veteran’s care at government facilities better.

But, he obviously hasn’t, since over the last few weeks we’ve learned that perhaps 40 veteran patients of a Phoenix-area VA hospital died because they didn’t get care in time; or that up to 10 VA hospitals are under investigation for covering up wait times.

Some expected Obama on Wednesday to announce that he had asked for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

Instead, Obama just heaped praise on Shinseki during his speech. He said, “no one cares more about veterans than Eric Shinseki,” and “I think Eric has performed well overall.”

Toward the end of the speech, one reporter shouted a question at Obama, wondering if the president would retract bonuses doled out to VA hospital administrators as the backlogs for healthcare only grew longer. Obama ducked the question, saying that he wants to wait for the results of a report on the matter.

But the worst part of Obama’s speech came when he took the opportunity to hit George W. Bush. Obama claimed that backlogs at the VA go back “decades” and problems facing the system now are the result of a huge influx of soldiers coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama said that problems at the VA haven been “compounded by more than a decade at war.”

Host Michal Medved said that this Obama scandal is unique, because it’s the first one where Obama has tried to claim that his policies have been successful.

“This is reaching some sort of critical mass. Because this is not the first Obama scandal, but this is the only one where he says that his has been the cause of his presidency,” Medved said.

Back to the original hypocritical tone of Obama’s speech, host Ben Shapiro pointed out that Obama had pledged to take on the issue of veteran care, but hasn’t followed through. In 2007, reported Shapiro, Obama claimed in a speech “American veterans deserve a president who will fight for them every hour of every day for the next four years.”

“Have you been fighting for veterans every hour of every day for the last four years?” Shapiro wondered. “He’s seriously now going to talk about how his administration has been awesome for veterans?”

comments powered by Disqus
Top stories

Don't miss

Don't miss

Real Estate Corner
  • Robin's Real Estate Reality Talk
    Robin's Real Estate Reality Talk We are in a very unique market. Right now our area is showing signs of recovery. We are moving in a positive direction and gaining equity though are ways off from where we were in 2006 and 2007.