Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer joined his fellow Fox panelists in condemning the president’s weak response on the growing healthcare scandal at the VA, explaining that Obama is hesitant to confront the crisis because it “totally dissolves” the promise of “Yes We Can” and the idea that “government can do great new things.”
Krauthammer appeared on a Fox panel Wednesday along with The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes and National Journal’s Ron Fournier to discuss President Obama’s brief statement that morning on the scandal, which whistleblowers allege entails a deliberate attempt to cover up the Veteran Administration’s massive backlog for healthcare appointments for sick or disabled veterans.
Hayes explained the contradiction between two parts of Obama’s statement, noting the president cannot simultaneously claim he just learned about the scandal and assure reporters that he’s been working to address the mess left by the Bush Administration since he first came into office.
Fournier agreed, adding that the White House is trying to deflect its way out of the crisis. “The fact of the matter is, the political response has been both dishonest and way too weak,” he asserted, “and I think this may be one of the lowest points of his presidency.”
Krauthammer claimed that the White House is particularly loathe to give this issue the necessary attention because it undermines the entire mythology built around Barack Obama and the new progressivism.
“When you think of how this man was elected,” he began, “‘Yes We Can’ — apart from the narcissism of it — was, ‘Yes, the government can do great things: Revolutionize healthcare, create a green energy economy, do all of this efficiently.’”
“He can’t even run a decades-old, normal, absolutely mundane healthcare system that are run everywhere in the world between here and Togo,” Krauthammer charged. “So the idea that this is a government that’s going to do great new things — universal preschool and all of these wonderful promises — is totally dissolved.”
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