Sebelius: I don’t work for the people who want me fired
posted at 8:41 am on October 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Allahpundit included this in his QOTD last night, but it really deserves its own post just for the sheer cluelessness of the statement. It’s not quite “Let them eat cake” (which Marie Antoinette never actually said, by the way), but it’s not far off, either. And the bigger takeaway isn’t just about Kathleen Sebelius (via The Corner):
REPORTER: Who have you fired?
SEBELIUS: No one – no one has been fired. My goal is to actually get the website up and running.
REPORTER: [Crosstalk] What is your response to those who are calling for you to resign?
SEBELIUS: Well, the majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place. I have had frequent conversations with the president and I have committed to him that my role is to get the program up and running and we will do just that.
Perhaps Sebelius missed this point in high-school civics, but federal employees actually work for all of us. Sebelius obviously means that Barack Obama hasn’t demanded her resignation, but that’s just as obviously apparent, or she’d already be out of a job. There probably isn’t any way she could have said this any worse, politically speaking. Why not just say, “The President hasn’t asked me to resign, so there’s nothing else to discuss”?
The more significant point, though, is what she says to the first question — “No one has been fired.” Really? Not a single person has missed a paycheck after the disaster that cost $400 million and took 42 months to deliver? Recall that Sebelius claimed that Obama had been blindsided by the embarrassing failure and strongly implied that she had been as well. Sebelius had, after all, spent the last several months claiming that everything was going hunky-dory and that there was no need to delay the rollout. Either Sebelius has been and continues to lie about all of the above, or her subordinates have been lying to her — and any minimally-competent manager would have canned them immediately on discovering it. The fact that no one has been fired at HHS over this strongly suggests that it’s Sebelius and the White House who have been dishonest with the American public all along.