The New Obama Narrative: Epic Incompetence. As I said two years ago on Facebook, before the election, this president is likely to earn the distinction of being the worst performer in-office of all time, and that conclusion does not necessarily require an ideological perspective. He’s not even good at being a progressive! To call him ineffectual or Carteresque would be too generous. And now, as Charles Krauthammer has noted, we’ve heard the most absurd excuse for inaction of all time: Obama says that he learned about the VA scandal from media reports, even though he’s been working on it for six years! Wait, did Biden write that?
I see your error. You’re equating the current scandal with the decades-long problem.
Not blaming the existence of the VA scandal on Obama at all. Now, he’s known something about the dimensions of the problem for a year (when he was informed by a member of Congress), and the WH claims to have been “working” on the VA’s problems for six years. But I used the odd excuse in the VA case as an illustration of a general pattern made necessary by incompetence, which often involves blame-shifting as well (hence the title of the post).