Here is the CNN reporter who broke the story of the shenanigans at the Phoenix VA office. He comes off not as the least bit partisan, but as sober and concerned. And he clearly was disconcerted Wednesday by the sound of a president who doesn’t seem, even now, to get what veterans want and need for him.
From remarks CNN’s Drew Griffin made right after Obama’s briefing room appearance:
What (veterans) did not want to hear is that we’re going to wait for yet again another office of inspector general report orosome fact-finding mission.
I was a little caught off guard by what apparently is a disconnect by what’s happening out in the country and what the president is talking about.
I hate to be curt, but these GAO reports, these Office of Inspector General reports, these memos dating back to 2010 and 2008 — this problem is real. It exists. It really doesn’t have to be studied as to what’s going on. The government has done its job studying these issues.
And to say that you’re going to now wait for yet again more studies to come back and more fact-finding to come back, I would think that the vets I’ve been talking to wanted much more direct action of what actually is going to happen going forward, instead of, “Wait and see and then we’ll decide what’s going to happen going forward.”
We’re five years into his presidency, and the problem seems to be certainly not better, and perhaps even worse.