Obama plays the ‘dumb card’ on VA scandal

Obama plays the ‘dumb card’ on VA scandal

Faced with mounting criticism over the Veterans Administration scandal, President Obama is playing the dumb card – claiming he found out about the problem through the media.

This claim is completely inconsistent with the facts. Earlier this week, we found out the Obama transition team was notified about the same problem at the VA five years ago (see previous post).

The Daily Mail reported on White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s comments when the president became aware of VA medical personnel doctoring the wait lists for veterans seeking treatment.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney wound up with egg on his face Monday as he told reporters that President Barack Obama first learned from a TV news report that his Veterans Administration was denying medical care to vets with secret off-the-books-waiting lists.

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But new evidence emerged this morning that his transition team was notified five years ago about how VA medical centers’ official wait-list times bore little resemblance to reality and risked denying military heroes critical health care.

The story notes Obama also played dumb with other scandals including Fast and Furious, Lois Lerner-IRS and the Department of Justice taking phone records from reporters from the Associated Press.

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