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The Obama Morning News || May 22, 2014

Obama transition told of VA falsifying . . . Washington Times
Obama’s transition team was warned in 2008 that the Veterans Affairs Department was misreporting wait times for medical treatment, including one audit revealing delays nearly 10 times worse than the department was officially acknowledging.

Obama’s VA problems just got worse . . . Examiner
Obama took to the podium Wednesday to tackle the outrage threatening his administration. When he left the stage, however, Obama may have worsened the political headache caused by allegations of cooked books, claims backlogs and deaths at the VA.

Heck of  Job, Shinseki . . . Politico
Obama: “I would say that on homelessness, on the 9/11 GI Bill, on working with us to reduce the backlog across the board, he has put his heart and soul into this thing and he has taken it very seriously.” Then the president caught himself.

Two Dems call for Shinseki to go . . . Newsmax
Two House Democrats from Georgia are the first to buck their party and call for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

Obama, the unaccountable president . . . Joseph Curl
Has there ever been a president in the history of America who knew less than President Obama? With each new crisis and scandal, Mr. Obama tells Americans that he just didn’t know.

Palin: Problem is, Obama’s lazy . . . Politico
“When you hold someone accountable, it takes an energy and resource. And Barack Obama is lazy,” Palin said. “In fact, he warned us that he was lazy and he attributed that to having been brought up in Hawaii. His words, not mine.”

Pre-Election Day premium hike drumbeat . . . The Hill
States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections.

Hillary pressured Dems to join panel . . . Politico
Clinton emissaries launched a back channel campaign, contacting several House Democratic lawmakers and aides to say they’d prefer Democrats participate, according to sources familiar with the conversations.

Obama to promote tourism . . . Associated Press
Promoting travel to the U.S. as a job creator, Obama is planning new steps to make it easier for people from other countries to visit the 50 states and spend money at their hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other businesses.

NJ Fiscal woes plague Christie . . . Reuters
Almost six months into his second term as governor, Christie faces a more than $800 million budget gap. The state’s credit rating — already downgraded twice by each of the three main rating agencies — could be hit again.

Ryan says he may run . . . Politico
Rep. Paul Ryan told a group of business elites and donors at a New York City fundraiser that he’s asking friends and supporters “to keep their powder dry” as he mulls a 2016 presidential bid.

12 thoughts on “The Obama Morning News || May 22, 2014”

  1. My blood is boiling this morning while watching and reading the news about Obama and his lack of leadership and character.
    This is becoming more heartbreaking with each day that passes.
    My blood may boil but I believe that his runs ice water.

    1. The whole country is with you, Anne. The VA scandal touches everyone with a heart and a respect for veteran and their families. Here’s what I wish he had said right at the top of his speech yesterday:
      1. I am sincerely sorry that I have let veterans and their families down. I have no excuse.
      2. We have known what the problems were, and ignored we have ignored them.
      3. I am asking the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation to immediately begin a review on all VA hospitals, and report to report their findings to me in two weeks.

      Let me say something about the Joint Commission. The Commission is a very well known organization (not affiliated with the government). They are responsible for inspecting hospitals to approve them for accreditation–a very big deal for hospitals. They know what to look for–proper patient care, physician qualifications, safety and hygiene, organizational structure, even what medical journals are available for medical staff in the hospital library. And many other areas. They know what to look for and they mean business. I’ve seen them come into a hospital, spend a week or two and come out with an excruciatingly detailed report on what’s going on in that hospital. The hospital has a strict deadline to fix the problems or lose their accreditation. Bang. just like that.
      That’s what needs to be done. You need one report like this, not three or four investigative teams flying around all these issues.

      Here’s a link to the Joint Commission to give you an idea of what they are about. (I think there are other similar accreditation groups, as well, this is the one I am familiar with). They all do the same sort of thing.

      Here’s alink

        1. So are we…my husband is a Navy Veteran (Cuban Missile Crisis on a carrier). Thankfully he has excellent health but we know many who do not and need help.

  2. We’ve lived to see the famous Will Rogers quotation become personified. (Glad you included Joe Curl today, one of my favorites.)

    1. Agree. The words of wisdom from Will Rogers are finally coming to pass with regard to Obama. Too bad it only took six years! It appears that the liar-in-chief has reached the point of no return. The walls of Jericho are tumbling down.

      With a little bit of luck, we will have control of both chambers of Congress come November. With new leadership, we should be able to at least impeach the bum so that he will not escape unscathed. He needs to pay for his crimes. His legacy should at least contain the “I” word – impeachment. Conviction would be the icing on the cake, but I’ll settle for the “I’ word.

        1. The Republicans cannot go off in too many directions either. If they prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming President, I will be satisfied. Obama is a lost cause.

  3. It has been announced that the President will observe Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Scapegoat.

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