Let your mind drift back to any number of incidents and scandals over the past 5+years: the failed Obamacare website; the AP phone records; the IRS. And then ask yourself: what was President Obama’s reaction?
It’s always the same: only the reasons for it change. And this time, Barack’s reason for being more upset than you (or anyone else) is the burgeoning VA scandal.
‘…White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough took to CNN Thursday to say that “nobody’s more mad than the president.” Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters the president is “concerned and angry” about the situation.
That, as my colleagues Colleen McCain Nelson and Ben Kesling write, reprised, nearly verbatim, a similar White House tactic from last fall’s health-care website debacle. In October, Mr. Obama spoke of his anger in the Rose Garden. “Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should,” he said...’
Especially since his Nobody’s-More-(blank)-Than-Me shtick usually is in regards to some level of incompetence or illegality perpetrated by the Government. You know, that big Federal thingamajig of which he’s ostensibly in charge??
Last year, National Review’s Charles Cooke called attention to this hyper-repetitive trope in one of his columns:
“…Along with “let me be clear” and “make no mistake,” this is a favorite construction. Obama, you see, is more concerned for and correct about everything than everybody else at all times.
“Nobody shares the frustrations of the American peoplemore than I do,” he told WABC earlier this month; “nobody ismore frustrated” than he about the IRS scandal; “no person,” the president affirmed during the election, “is more interested” in “seeing this economy growing strong.”
The line is contagious. In January, while trying pathetically to sell gun control, “Shotgun” Joe Biden informed the press that “nobody” was “more committed to acting on this moral obligation we have than the president of the United States.” “Nobody is more interested,” either, “in finding out exactly what happened” in Benghazi,” “more upset” about “the oil spill in the Gulf, or “more offended about the anti-gay and -lesbian legislation that you’ve been seeing in Russia.”
Even when he’s not interested he’s interested. “The bottom line,” Obama instructed NASA after cancelling the Constellation program, “is that nobody is more committed to manned spaceflight, to human exploration of space, than I am.” …”
We recently pointed out the stultifying repetition of the Left constantly crying “McCarthyism” every time you turn around, but this inanity is just as bad. Such scripted assurances of Obama’s all-encompassing sincerity only makes him come off as LESS sincere, if that’s even possible.
It’s almost as if his handlers set out to create an updated version of Bush 41’s “Message: I Care” moment. They made it, filmed it, syndicated it, and up ’til now we’re STILL the only ones who seem to have noticed it exists.
But that may finally be changing, ’cause when the cheerleading squad at CNN starts doing stories like this, you may have gone back to the well once too often:
Phony data? Vets dying as they waited for care?? And according to FOIA documents obtained by the Washington Times, this White House has known all along???
“…Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting…”
It’s an outrage, and should be enough to animate and aggravate most any citizen, regardless of their political affiliation. By rights, the White House’s phone should be ringing of the hook right now, and millions should be marching in the streets.
And yet, …I daresay that NO ONE is more upset about this than President Obama.