Not only did he fail to visit, but President Obama today SPED RIGHT BY the VA hospital in Phoenix that was the epicenter of a scandal over long wait times for care.
As the scandal unfolded last year, Obama made pious statements about his commitment to reform the Veterans Affairs hospital system. When it was revealed earlier this week that he would be speaking at a location about a mile away from the hospital, veterans and Republicans, led by Arizona Sen. John McCain, called on him to pay a visit.
The White House indicated it wasn’t going to happen. But in a move that amounts to giving the finger to his critics, Obama’s motorcade actually drove past the facility without stopping.
To be fair, it isn’t clear Obama or his aides knew the route the motorcade would take.
It’s not as if Obama didn’t have time for unscheduled events. He met with former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, whose shooting has become a symbol for a topic Obama is passionate about, gun control.