President Obama is angry! He’s the angriest of them all! He’s like a lion whose mane is being incessantly plucked by a relentless aardvark! Nobody in the whole world is angrier!
Buhhhht . . .
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough had a tough time explaining to a persistent Major Garrett how it is that his boss – McDonough’s, not Garrett’s – could be so hopping mad about the deaths – DEATHS – caused by his own Veterans’ Administration and not be moved to say something publicly about it.
Obama’s single public mention of the scandal was in response to a question during a press conference three weeks ago in the Philippines, in which he bravely acknowledged that despite his own Herculean efforts, “some folks may still not be getting the help that they need.”
Watch how Garrett, the CBS White House reporter who was guest-questioning McDonough for Face the Nation, calmly cuts through the spin. He’s one of the few White House reporters who bothers to do it.
I don’t think the White House realizes yet that their usual garbage won’t cut it in this case. McDonough is left stammering, like the Wizard of Oz still trying to project his voice even after Toto has raised the curtain. So maybe now he knows.