MSNBC Questions Obama’s ‘Management Of Government’
Despite announcing his resignation today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was the subject of some pointed questioning from MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and ABC’s John Karl over the nature and competency of the White House throughout the Veterans Administration scandal.
Todd led off pointing out the similarities between the president’s response to the VA waiting lists scandal and to previous scandals.
“The president in explaining the problems of the VA seemed to sound a familiar theme that he did during the HHS situation, that he did during the GAO issue, which he did during the IRS, which is that its a systemic bureaucratic issue, out-dated technology in one case,” Todd said. “In another case its people that didnt, there wasn’t enough manpower over here, in another case its middle management not getting the issue up to the top.”
“Is there now a concern that essentially if there was any department that we all spent ten days scrutinizing, we’d find out it was just as mismanaged, just as bureaucratically a mess? Is he [Obama] concerned that this technology issue that he has identified at HHS, that he has identified at the VA is systemic around the government? and if that’s the case is it time to front load and do something about the management of government?”
Carney swatted away Todd’s broader question attempting to argue that the roll out of Healthcare.gov and the ongoing waiting list scandal at the VA were intrinsically different creatures.