CNN’s Jake Tapper, who is sorely missed in the White House briefing room, showed why today as he confronted White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough with a letter showing the White House was warned by the Republican VA Committee Chairman a year ago about “serious and significant patient care issues.”
The White House gave the congressman the usual response it reserves for Republicans, which was, in essence, jump in the nearest lake.
Tapper wants to know why:
TAPPER How many stories like this, how many letters like this, how many dead veterans do you need before somebody asks the question within the White House: Maybe this guy isn’t the best steward of these veterans?
MCDONOUGH The question Jake, is, are we doing everything every day to get the veterans the care and the opportunities they deserve . . .
TAPPER “But you’re not! This letter was sent a year ago and you guys ignored it . . .
TAPPER How on earth, can the president still have full confidence in him. People died.
McDONOUGH You heard what Gen. Shinseki had to say about this. He’s mad as Hell about this. Nobody’s more mad than the president.
Nobody’s more mad than the president. The usual, pathetic White House spin.
Obama never fires anyone because he’s wimp, but also because he’s vain and he knows it reflects poorly on him.
But he has a problem. Even Democrats will have to get outraged about this, because it involves our veterans. The Democrats and the White House, who want to politicize everything, cannot get away with politicizing the treatment of our war heroes.