Total number of one-on-one meetings between Obama and Sebelius since ObamaCare was passed: One

posted at 10:31 am on December 6, 2013 by Allahpundit

Actually, says Peter Schweizer, the number is zero, but he’s crediting O for having once met with Sebelius and a single other cabinet member. More than three and a half years ago.

Remember, this is the same guy who said recently of the website, “We’re evaluating why it is exactly that I didn’t know soon enough that it wasn’t going to work the way it needed to.” A possible clue:

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis finds that from July 12, 2010, to Nov. 30, 2013, the president’s public schedule records zero one-on-one meetings between Obama and Sebelius. Equally shocking, over the same period, the president’s calendar lists 277 private meetings with his other Cabinet secretaries (excluding full Cabinet meetings).

Given these startling findings, and the fact that the White House calendar did not reflect meetings prior to July 12, 2010, GAI researchers then performed a second analysis using another respected recorder of presidential activity, the POLITICO presidential calendar. The results: Just one April 21, 2010 entry was found listing a White House meeting between Obama and Sebelius—and even that was a joint meeting with then Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner…

To be sure, presidents exchange emails and phone calls that are not recorded on White House calendars. Still, why would the White House calendar list by name one-on-one meetings with 16 other Cabinet secretaries but omit Sebelius if other meetings with her occurred? Wouldn’t Obama want to catalog for all to see his personal devotion to the law that bears his name?

Schweizer wonders whether O and his deputies deliberately kept Sebelius away just in case the project went to hell, so that Obama could plead ignorance later as a defense to the charge of gross incomptence. That was my first hunch too, but why would they have taken that approach so soon after the law was passed? If they were trying to quarantine Sebelius, I would assume they’d have done it once the first signs of development problems started showing, not a month after he signed the bill. There had to be some period, certainly longer than a month, where he was optimistic that this rocket could get off the launch pad.

Regardless, the irony of Schweizer’s piece is that it’ll ultimately prove more useful to the left than to the right. Liberals will sneer at him for it today, dismissing the lack of personal interaction between O and S as irrelevant and typical of how modern bureaucracies work. Obama’s their guy for the next three years so they’ll do what it takes to defend him. Three years from now, though, assuming O-Care’s still on the books and groggily stumbling along, they’ll point back to this piece as evidence that the real problem isn’t the law, it was Obama’s odd passivity and disengagement. A more proactive executive — like, say, Hillary Clinton — would have made time for Sebelius every day. Watch and see.

Via RCP, here’s video of the one pitch that Matthews threw him in yesterday’s interview that had a little heat on it. Simple question: Do you have “strong top-down authority”? What is it about your management system that would allow the website problem to snowball? Key bit from O’s reply:

Generally speaking, my theory has been, number one, that yes, I’ve got a strong Chief of Staff but I’m holding every cabinet member accountable and I want to have strong interactions with them, directly. Number two, is I have an open door policy where I want people bringing me bad news on time so that we can fix things. And, you know, the challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization. It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier which is we had these big agencies, some of which are outdated.

He’s a hands-on manager saddled with a bloated bureaucracy who craves direct problem-solving interaction with his subordinates. And also, he met alone with his quarterback on ObamaCare once in three and a half years. What?


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Indeed. It might slap me with those gloves mittens.

Bitter Clinger on December 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

More likely to scamper away.

Again.

bigmacdaddy on December 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

They should have made her his caddie. Problem solved. Plenty of face time…

VA_gent on December 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

They should have made her his caddie. Problem solved. Plenty of face time…

VA_gent on December 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Except that isn’t how it works. Valerie sends him to the golf course when tough decisions need to be made. She doesn’t need him in the way.

NotCoach on December 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

He met less with her than any other cabinet member…all you need to know.

He hates you. Your health means nothing to him.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Problem solved. Sebelius should transfer to the IRS. he met with their chief hundreds of times…

CaptFlood on December 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Meetings, schmeetings. This was never about healthcare, affordability or a working website.

On the other hand had he known, King Barack would fixed all with a glance and a wave of his hand.

/

ghostwalker1 on December 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

On the other hand, this is a dark side thing.

Very likely the whole web site / roll out deal would have been much worse, a larger disaster, more a total fail had she met with this dork/hate America/commie know nothing/ Chicago street thug.

Had he been hands on,,,, even the hospitals would have been closed down for years to come. May be that will be what happens once he takes his revenge on U.S. for standing up in front of him and calling him out.

like that, He is a dark side deal.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

His Hate Took Him Long Ago.
He knows only the hate now.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

So. Is this the basis for “I was not informed”? That let’s him through Seby under the bus. If he knew what he was doing (which he does not), sooner would be better.

TerryW on December 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

To be sure, presidents exchange emails and phone calls that are not recorded on White House calendars. Still, why would the White House calendar list by name one-on-one meetings with 16 other Cabinet secretaries but omit Sebelius if other meetings with her occurred?

This is simple. President Jarrett performs all daily task that requires national domestic attention, (unless there’s lobbyist money involved). For this alone she should be impeached for dereliction of duty.

Rovin on December 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

The meeting was held at Uncle Omar’s place.

Christien on December 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Zerocare = designed to fail. Literally. Obama could have cared less about it until the massive failure of the implementation was on the front page and he needed to make excuses. I think Harry Reid said it plainly: “Don’t worry so much about the implementation of the ACA. Single payer is the goal.”

TarheelBen on December 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Why, then, was the IRS rep visiting the WH hundreds of times?

Deafdog on December 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM

What the hell is he talking about? He rambled for 2 1/2 minutes and said absolutely nothing.

crazywater on December 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

It’s ignorant to suggest this is Obama’s doing.
 
verbaluce on December 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

rogerb on December 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier which is we had these big agencies, some of which are outdated.

Like..Congress.

BobMbx on December 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM

How many times has Obama met with union bosses, community agitators, Chicago political bosses and his golf pro?

Priorities!

simkeith on December 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Obama is toxic. No poli wants to go near the pork jerky.

SparkPlug on December 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

It all makes perfect sense given Obama’s management style of “let it be written, let it be done.” He made a speech on the subject so his minions obviously know what has to be done. What more does the smartest man in the world have to do????

Fred 2 on December 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

After O’dumbo gets done, the last thing this country will need is a Clinton or Warren at the helm.

GarandFan on December 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

please don’t address our first Black President as a boy…thank you

nonpartisan on December 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

OK. Man-child is much more fitting anyway.

stvnscott on December 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM

What is it about your management system that would allow the website problem to snowball?

“I think there’s a laziness in me”

Fallon on December 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I can’t really blame him for avoiding her. And let’s be honest – Valerie Jarrett in charge of implementing this.

kcewa on December 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

He met with the Muslim Brotherhood dozens of times.
Priorities.

Buttercup on December 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

This is classic, from Breitbart:

OBAMA: “I’m holding every cabinet member accountable. I want to have strong interactions with them directly.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/06/Obama-cabinet-officers-accountable

TarheelBen on December 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

“Teacher,,,, Teacher,,,,, I,,,, Know,,,,, I ,,, Know,,,,,, TEACHER”

No your never any help.

“But,,, But,,,, Teacher,,, Teacher I DO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED…”

Well, class should I/we let him speak, you do know how he is…?

thinking, thinking, thinking……. oh well can not harm that much

OK,,, what

“Well its those Clinton’s once more, well that and conjugation of words in the translation.” Ya see Obama thought it was,,,

“Don’t ask”
“Don’t be told”

see, not his fault at allllllllll

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Looks to me like there was a standing 4 year long reservation under the bus for Sebelius.

LarryinLA on December 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

He met less with her than any other cabinet member…all you need to know.

He hates you. Your health means nothing to him.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The more we find out about EpicClusterFarkNado, the more clearer it becomes….this was never ever about ‘fixing’ the nation’s healthcare challenges. This was all about ‘fundamental change’, seizing control over 1/6th of the national economy, and massively expanding wealth redistribution.

It also demonstrates just how incompetent, feckless, mendacious, and narcissistic this former community organizer is. Not only is virtually everything he says full of lies, but they are rife with contradictions all designed to muddy the waters and avoid accountability or responsibility.

He whinges about the government bureaucracy – as he expands that same bureaucracy and empowers it to abuse its powers in the name of politics and furthering an ideological agenda. He talks about ‘I’ constantly, yet, is so hand’s off and aloof in managing his direct reports (cabinet officials) that we are supposed to give him a break when a major debacle occurs on his watch?

One week we get reports of him meeting with key HHS / CMS officials and getting into the weeds of web programming when discussing the challenges of Healthcare.gov, then the next week we hear that he’s not met one on one with the cabinet officer responsible for its implementation in the entire time from when his single biggest legislative achievement passed until now.

And where are the sycophants in the media who should be asking the logical questions around these mendacious lies and contradictions?

Athos on December 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Oh, come on…

Nurse Ratched could easily have met with O’Barky at any of his dozens of fundraisers each year…..

…. for a price.

viking01 on December 6, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Can’t he just give another speech?

Tater Salad on December 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Total number of one-on-one meetings between Obama and Sebelius since ObamaCare was passed: One

Obviously Kathleen Sebelius isn’t strong enough to easily carry Obama’s golf bag or she would be meeting with Obama very regularly.

RJL on December 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Come on. This is simple. Obama is simply a lying POS. End of story.

deadrody on December 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Comrade O bullsh!tted his way into office. Got re-elected by continuing to bullsh!t while smearing his opponent in one of the dirtiest campaigns in modern history — if not the dirtiest — and he is continuing to bullsh!t.

He is an incompetent empty suit and a clueless empty headed arrogant socialist who has no idea how the real world works. That’s it. That’s all there is. He is, essentially, a simpleton.

He has never accomplished anything substantive in his life. He has never had a real job. He has never run anything, much less run anything successfully.

He is a better packaged and better sounding version of Chauncey Gardiner. What’s worse worse, he actually believes much of his own bullsh!t and thinks he knows what he is doing.

farsighted on December 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

…One
…Won!

KOOLAID2 on December 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

One of the other threads gives us a new name to use for Ms Sebelius,,

Sec. of HHS,”Errors Galore”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Where is the need to meet any of his cabinet members when NSA is there to give him the scoops.

Sticky Wicket on December 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

The All Knowing Ozbama.

Sherman1864 on December 7, 2013 at 4:43 AM

“Go away.”

Akzed on December 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

this headline is very deceiving

you state that obama only had one ‘one-on-one’ meeting with Sebelius

but we all know that generally when a President meets with someone like Sebelius, there will be assistants around…are those not ‘one-on-one’ meetings then?

nonpartisan on December 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

gulp
swallow
rinse with mouthwash
repeat

dmacleo on December 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM

please don’t address our first Black President as a boy…thank you

nonpartisan on December 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

hes a boy in a mans body. the word boy has existed long before it became a forbidden term by racists like you.

dmacleo on December 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM

0zero meetings with Sebelius=1
Sebelius meetings with Valerie Jarrett=71

Why meet with the pimp/frontman when you can meet with the real boss.

rodguy911 on December 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

As long as the Teflon Media gives Obama the-Magical Mocha Pass, he can literally do no wrong.

profitsbeard on December 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Remember, this is the same guy who said recently of the website, “We’re evaluating why it is exactly that I didn’t know soon enough that it wasn’t going to work the way it needed to.”

Wow, just unbelievable how he projects he failure on others. Just remember…” A man can fall many times but he’s not a failure until he blames someone else.” Obama is a failure.

jaywemm on December 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

…wonders whether O and his deputies deliberately kept Sebelius away just in case the project went to hell, so that Obama could plead ignorance later as a defense to the charge of gross incompetence.

The ‘achievement’ carries his name, forchristsake.

That being said, the following is likely the most asinine post ever on HotAir:

It’s ignorant to suggest this is Obama’s doing.

verbaluce on December 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

The ignorance is in leaving such a monumental and historic task alone– and assuming it’d have half a chance to succeed.

socalcon on December 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

please don’t address our first Black President as a boy…thank you

nonpartisan on December 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Acceptable substitutes:
Lad
Tot
Child
Tad
Nipper
Shaver
Kid (heh, Kid ba-Rock)
Brat
Tyke

socalcon on December 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Obama is dazedly incompetent.

pat on December 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Acceptable substitutes:
Lad
Tot
Child
Tad
Nipper
Shaver
Kid (heh, Kid ba-Rock)
Brat
Tyke

socalcon on December 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Punk.

CurtZHP on December 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

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