President Obama is dependent on the press

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If it weren’t for the press, our fearful leader would know absolutely nothing. For instance, let’s take a look at the VA hospital mess.

First of all, we have to note that the President’s transition team was told in 2008 that there was a problem in the VA with wait times and that the reporting from the hospitals was problematic.

Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting.

“This is not only a data integrity issue in which [Veterans Health Administration] reports unreliable performance data; it affects quality of care by delaying — and potentially denying — deserving veterans timely care,” the officials wrote.

Waiting times were a problem during the Bush administration and we’ll be happy to throw some rocks at the former President over the problem. On the other hand, 2008 was 6 years ago. Since the current administration knew there was a problem what have they done? Here’s what candidate Obama said, in 2007, he was going to do.

No veteran should have to fill out a 23-page claim to get care, or wait months — even years — to get an appointment at the VA.

When we fail to keep faith with our veterans, the bond between our nation and our nation’s heroes becomes frayed. When a veteran is denied care, we are all dishonored.

In other words, “If you like your doctor…”

OK, so the President’s team knew about the problems at the VA in 2008. Veterans and their medical care are a priority for the President dating back to 2007.

So, just how did the President find out about the mess at the VA hospitals? Here’s Baghdad Jay with the answer to that question.

You’ve got it, he found out about it from Channel 5 in Phoenix.

It’s comforting to know that the Obama administration is on top of things.

On the other hand, the President may have only known about this problem for a week, but things are getting better.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has formally approved the request of Pvt. Bradley Manning, convicted for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, to be temporarily transferred out of military custody in order to undergo expensive hormone therapy and surgery to become a woman.

Hell of a job Barack. Hell of a job Chuck.

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