Video: Obama routinely shocked, angered by things happening within his own administration

posted at 12:01 pm on May 20, 2014 by Guy Benson

In case you missed it in last night’s QOTD, the RNC plucks some low-hanging fruit:

This White House’s “we found out on the news” formulation has become such predictable boilerplate that Allahpundit didn’t even have to spell it out in his earlier headline, and the “anger” charade is its inevitable counterpart.  Nobody is madder — “madder than hell” in this case — than the president, you guys.  But as MKH noted last week, the president’s ostentatious fury generally recedes into “we can’t comment on an ongoing investigation” territory, followed by “only wing-nuts are still talking about this phony scandal — which, by the way, happened a long time ago, brah.”  ABC News’ Jonathan Karl pressed Jay Carney about the Robert Petzel kabuki “resignation” yesterday, which Carney deflected by hiding behind a statement from the American Legion:

Karl specifically asked Carney not to invoke the American Legion in his answer (he’d already done so several times), but the former unbiased journalist did so anyway and decided to “leave it at that.”  Punchline: Here.  Oh, and for a fun fact about Petzel’s nominated replacement, click through.  I wrote an analysis for Townhall explaining why the president’s Renault routine is uniquely problematic for the White House in this instance:

The Washington Times reports that Obama’s 2008 transition team was alerted to concerns about this exact practice years ago, which presents both a headache and an opportunity for the Obama spin team. On one hand, they can Blame Bush — another staple of their crisis management handbook. On the other hand, the fraudulent scheme appears to have metastasized on O’s watch…after he made a big deal out of improving conditions at the VA as a candidate. It was a virtuosic political play at the time, of course. Obama could run against the Bush-tied GOP for starting a war that had grown highly unpopular, while twisting the knife by attacking the outgoing administration for failing to “do right by our veterans.” The unsubtle message: These Republican ‘chicken hawk’ cowboys sent our boys abroad to die in an ill-advised war of choice, then didn’t even have the decency to make sure the maimed were taken care of back home. An Obama administration would be different. No more foolish foreign entanglements that fail to advance American national security interests, plus a new emphasis on restoring our sacred commitment to the men and women who’ve worn the uniform once they’ve returned from the battlefield. That’s a winning message, perfectly suited for the country’s mood. Neither promise has been kept, alas, the latter one especially. If Obama cares as much about fixing the VA’s dysfunction as he’s claimed, his own due diligence would render the “I didn’t know” excuse moot. The other option is that the well-being of our wounded and sick veterans wasn’t quite the priority he wanted us to believe it was. Either choice is ugly.

The media swears that this is the scandal, finally, that will really hurt the administration.  They’re all over it.  But they were “all over” previous scandals, too, before they lost interest and eventually started playing defense for the administration.  Will (at least) dozens of dead veterans hold the press’ attention long enough to leave a lasting mark?  We’ll see, but in the meantime, please excuse my skepticism.  I’ll leave you with two tweets.  You’ve already seen the first one, circa Obama’s first presidential campaign. Four years later, more promises:

It’s almost as if Team Obama’s pressing and solemn commitment to our veterans becomes somewhat less pressing and solemn after election season passes, at which point numerous recommendations, red flags and overt failures go unnoticed or un-addressed. Without his knowledge, natch.  Weird.


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Obama sound like Ken Lay…

He didn’t know what the f*ck was going on in Enron

txdoc on May 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Limbaugh Theorem.

neyney on May 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

In a party driven by emotion rather than reason, is this at ll surprising? After all it isn’t the actions taken that count, it’s the emotional reaction expressed that’s important. The same is true of #bringbackourgirls, emotion and caring over action and substance.

Charlemagne on May 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Ms. Ham Mr. Benson, you’re stooping quite low with this kinda journalism

kids are generally off limits

nonpartisan on May 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

NotCoach on May 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Limbaugh Theorem.

neyney on May 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Pretty much. What’s disgraceful is that the media and Obama’s base(but I repeat myself) have pretty much decided that even dead Americans aren’t enough to hold him or his administration accountable. That’ll really inspire people to volunteer to serve in the military given the complete indifference the government and its watchdogs have shown toward their well-being.

Doughboy on May 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

In a party driven by emotion rather than reason, is this at ll surprising? After all it isn’t the actions taken that count, it’s the emotional reaction expressed that’s important. The same is true of #bringbackourgirls, emotion and caring over action and substance.

Charlemagne on May 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

This…

sandee on May 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Knowledge = Responsibility
No Knowledge = Racism

drivingtheview on May 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The Unicorn Prince: making grifters look like noble knights.

WordsMatter on May 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I’m angry.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on May 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

It’s like he got elected in 2008 (and 2012) but never ACTUALLY became President… He front loaded all his Vacay and never showed up for work.

ConstantineXI on May 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

How did Sgt Schulz end up in charge?
“I see nothingk, I hear nothingk, I know nothingk.”

dentarthurdent on May 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM

“2 words Mr President – plausible deniability.”

dentarthurdent on May 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Obama routinely shocked, angered by things happening within his own administration

… especially after he first hears about it in the papers.

ShainS on May 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Obama routinely shocked, angered by things happening within his own administration

…smartest president….evah!

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

kids are generally off limits

nonpartisan on May 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Don’t pick on puerile obama.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

He has got to stop watching so much Fox News.

Bmore on May 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I find it very interesting that Obama finds out most things from the news, yet he just knew that a YouTube video caused Benghazi within hours of the attack.

Bitter Clinger on May 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

What makes me madder than hell is that the lazy stupid rat-eared bastard shucks and jives during the elections about “our solemn duty” to look out after veterans.

Yet, here we have a full blown scandal with scores of veterans that died or were harmed because the VA officials were more concerned with getting bonuses than providing care. Did the rat-eared bastard call Eric Shinseki in and read him the riot act and/or demand his resignation? Did he go public with his outrage? Did he tell the DoJ to investigate the VA officials for possible criminal acts in what they did (DoJ is refusing to investigate this issue at all).

Nothing but cheap rhetoric from the White House Spokescritter. The man who thinks nothing about weighing in on cops arresting one of his racist friends who pulled the “do you know who I am” card. About injecting himself into the death of a worthless street thug who picked the wrong “white Hispanic” to attack. Who calls up a slut after she was called a slut on a national radio program and a gay 7th round draft pick who only was picked at all was because the NFL didn’t want to be deemed homophobic. Who has offered up an opinion about Donald Sterling. Who spends hours and hours on his NCAA basketball brackets. Who spent most of Saturday golfing……..

If Obama can find time for all of the above, he can certainly spend time dealing with the fact that his VA director is killing people at the pleasure of the President.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Oh, right, and YouTube. Must stop watching YouTube vids.

Bmore on May 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

No one suspects the President actually did know anything.

And, fwiw, I don’t think his race has anything to do with his incompetence.

Bigbullets on May 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Jamooo, the cow of Fox, after a sabbatical of Jeantel on display, this morning said “Hillary is the only one who can save the land now…”. It was marvelous when she was slapped down by a conservative black on how hypocritical and brainwashed she and the Guinea worms on the left all are.

obama is either incompetent or a Goebbelian crapweasel.

Take your pick.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

See no evil, hear no evil…

major dad on May 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Obviously – he needs to stop reading the paper before he heads out for the golf course – then he wouldn’t be so shocked and angered when he’s trying to focus on golf.

dentarthurdent on May 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

What does that man do all day? and why is he getting paid?

warmairfan on May 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

He has got to stop watching so much Fox News.

Bmore on May 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I’m sure Mooch has put the V-chip protection on FNC at the White House- just so that her lazy stupid husband’s blood pressure stays in check.

I want to know why he can find the time to call up some gay guy who got picked in the NFL draft but not that woman who recounted how Obama’s VA slowly killed her husband through neglect and incompetence.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

And, fwiw, I don’t think his race has anything to do with his incompetence.

Bigbullets on May 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

It must be his white half – since that side seems to prefer playing golf…..

dentarthurdent on May 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

This is all feigned anger, just like HRC on Benghazi. A dog whistle to the left.

rjoco1 on May 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

The land is run by thugs. Period.

Btw, LilliPutin is in China today.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I want to know why he can find the time to call up some gay guy who got picked in the NFL draft but not that woman who recounted how Obama’s VA slowly killed her husband through neglect and incompetence.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

To date, he hasn’t found time in his busy golf/fundraising schedule to meet with the victims of Nadal Hassan’s “workplace postal attack” either.

Bitter Clinger on May 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Obviously – he needs to stop reading the paper before he heads out for the golf course – then he wouldn’t be so shocked and angered when he’s trying to focus on golf.

dentarthurdent on May 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Speaking of which this story didn’t get as much play as it should have.

The pool reporter (who is assigned to represent the White House Press Corps when there isn’t room for everybody) was traveling with the presidential motorcade when, upon arriving at the fancy Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, he was first escorted to an equipment shack and then to a maintenance shed until the President finished his game.

This is the kind of respect the filthy rat-eared bastard shows those who are doing nothing more than their jobs.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Careful Obowma…

… your using up all of the white guilt.

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM

To date, he hasn’t found time in his busy golf/fundraising schedule to meet with the victims of Nadal Hassan’s “workplace postal attack” either.

Bitter Clinger on May 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I had forgotten about that. There he is at Fort Hood for the ceremony over the second shooting and he flat-out refused to meet with the victims of the terror attack that he took so seriously he gave a shout out to some indian before saying anything about the victims.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Nobody is as mad as he is.

Kat_man on May 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Where are all the vets protesting at any appearance by Obama, Biden, Michelle??? Why aren’t they out protesting? Or are they and the media does not report it?

albill on May 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Dude. he has been like working on this problem for six years. What more do you want?

pat on May 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Where are all the vets protesting at any appearance by Obama, Biden, Michelle??? Why aren’t they out protesting? Or are they and the media does not report it?

albill on May 20, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Where are the Dems calling for Eric “bite me losers” Shinseki’s resignation?

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I wonder how many others are getting fed up with the same lame and arrogant playbook being run by the WH over every one of the major failures / scandals of this feckless Administration?

Probably as many who are fed up with the media’s refusal to call the WH out over this juvenile playbook, or the fact that with hundreds of supposedly the best and brightest advisers working the WH – the only way BHO learns of what’s happening is when he reads it in the NYT or WaPo.

It’s also past time for someone in the lamestream media to call BS on this WH. The only problem is that they’ve sold any semblance of journalistic integrity down the river in order to advance their fascist utopia.

Athos on May 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM

The first time that a CEO said I don’t know what is going on in my company he would be jettisoned for someone that did know.

I’ll take action over talk and it is clear that:
Obama knew.
Obama just doesn’t care.
or worse:
Obama hates the military.
Obama hates veterans.

jukin3 on May 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM

No one suspects the President actually did know anything.

And, fwiw, I don’t think his race has anything to do with his incompetence.

Bigbullets on May 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Affirmative Action bestowed on him because of race has allowed him to coast through life without learning anything or accomplishing anything that he actually earned. That’s why we are stuck with an incompetent bumbling fool of a president.

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM

We got your back dear leader
-lsm

cmsinaz on May 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Obama loves the corpse men.

gwelf on May 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Why is anyone surprised? The man can’t even affirmatively activate an umbrella.

rogerb on May 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

He KNEW! Obama told of Veterans Affairs health care debacle as far back as 2008
The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/18/obama-warned-about-va-wait-time-problems-during-20/

Was Obama ‘madder than hell’ 5 years ago on this?

DinaRehn on May 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

And, fwiw, I don’t think his race has anything to do with his incompetence.

Bigbullets on May 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

However it does have everything to do with him being president…or a senator…or just about any position his incompetency has gotten in his life.

jukin3 on May 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

What is so striking to me is that a couple of rogue soldiers hooked up prisoners genitals to some fake electric wire and the whole lsm called for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to resign in relenting fashion. Now, we have confirmed deaths of vets and nothing against Odumbo, Biden or Hagel.

rjoco1 on May 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Just curious. I don’t have Fox News. Has 0 made a statement in person about the scandal he is embroiled in?

Bmore on May 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Eastwood was right. Empty chair.

iceman1960 on May 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Pivot to veterans! That’ll solve it!

GWB on May 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Does 0 need anger management? He seems mad as heII.

Bmore on May 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

What is so striking to me is that a couple of rogue soldiers hooked up prisoners genitals to some fake electric wire and the whole lsm called for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to resign in relenting fashion. Now, we have confirmed deaths of vets and nothing against Odumbo, Biden or Hagel.

rjoco1 on May 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Welllll, our military personnel, veterans, and embassy staffs are expendable.
But what kind of people would we be if we allowed terrorists to be scared or hurt in any way?
Prezzy Peace Prize can do no wrong……

dentarthurdent on May 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Have you seen his schedule of yesterday and today?

- jogging in the hallways with Biden
- little league
- fundraiser
- Reggie

But…he’s “Mad as Hell”.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Just curious. I don’t have Fox News. Has 0 made a statement in person about the scandal he is embroiled in?

Bmore on May 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

No, and when he does, Youtube will have another exemplar of an incompetent Goebellean puerile thug on display.

He fears nothing more than being mocked by the left.

SNL is on stand-by.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM

This White House’s “we found out on the news” formulation has become such predictable boilerplate

You know that’s all BS, the Golf Channel does not have any news shows.

JusDreamin on May 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

VA scandal?

Obama is more interested in funding sex change ops for troops because…justice and inclusion or something….

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Have you seen his schedule of yesterday and today?

- jogging in the hallways with Biden
- little league
- fundraiser
- Reggie

But…he’s “Mad as Hell”.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Well Obama’s got his eye on Julian Castro…

*snicker*

workingclass artist on May 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

He’s generally always let his animus towards others guide his actions. And that has often made him far less then a responsible person. Or a decent one.
Maybe this is the start of his apology tour.

rogerb on May 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Imagine if a Republican President said he wasn’t aware of the VA Hospital scandal, Benghazi, Fast and Furious or the IRS scandal … the media would crucify him.

bw222 on May 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

“Not even a smidgen of incompetence.”

BuckeyeSam on May 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Not only was Obama briefed on VA’s problems during the 2008 transition, he served on the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs while he was a senator. But he has no clue what’s going on at the VA.

Trafalgar on May 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM

The latest statement by the president:

“I am, of course, very disappointed in some of these things being done by government. The government has acted, uh, stupidly.

Let me be clear. If I ever find anyone who works for me involved in the governmnt, I, uuuh, will be mad as hell, and I will, uuhh, make sure they are punished appropriately. I, uuuh, just need to know whose ass to kick.

Thank you very much.”

At least, I think I heard it that way. Or maybe I just imagined it.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The Mad King

faraway on May 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

You know that’s all BS, the Golf Channel does not have any news shows.

JusDreamin on May 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

How about the cartoon network?

dentarthurdent on May 20, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Guy, your template of the evolution of an Obama scandal from him hearing it on the news hits the bulls-eye.

1. This White House’s “we found out on the news” formulation has become such predictable boilerplate that Allahpundit didn’t even have to spell it out in his earlier headline, and

2. the “anger” charade is its inevitable counterpart. Nobody is madder — “madder than hell” in this case — than the president, you guys.

3. But as MKH noted last week, the president’s ostentatious fury generally recedes into “we can’t comment on an ongoing investigation” territory,

4. followed by “only wing-nuts are still talking about this phony scandal

5. which, by the way, happened a long time ago, brah.

INC on May 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Charlemagne on May 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I think the Dems are driven by self-interest rather than emotion. They posture a lot of fake emotion with their pretend compassion for groups they have no intention of really helping.

They’re cold, stone-hearted, power-grabbers.

INC on May 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM

“served on the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs while he was a senator”

oh, like he ever went to one of the meetings …
[!!]

ABreitbart on May 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM

You know that’s all BS, the Golf Channel does not have any news shows.

JusDreamin on May 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM

How about the cartoon network?

dentarthurdent on May 20, 2014 at 1:08 PM

We’ve been told he spend much of his private time in the White House watching ESPN, barefoot, with his feet up on a chair.

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The media swears that this is the scandal, finally, that will really hurt the administration.

Sounds strangely familiar. I could almost swear I saw something like that, somewhere…..

Oh yes.

Finally. An actual scandal.

libfreeordie on May 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM

At this point it has become extremely believable. I don’t think anyone in Obama’s administration wants to tell him any bad news so they don’t. When anything comes up they just say…..hey first I heard about this, news to me, etc.

That is what happens when you have a boss that blows up and has temper tantrums when he hears bad news. Remember, the world disappoints Obama, not the other way around.

In everyone of these scandals the Obama administration could have gotten in front of the issue with a simple statement and shown strong leadership. Instead he/they chose to react instead of acting. Very poor choice as a manager and pathetic as a President.

Johnnyreb on May 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM

obama is either incompetent or a Goebbelian crapweasel.

Take your pick.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

C.) All of the above

Newtie and the Beauty on May 20, 2014 at 1:16 PM

INC on May 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Exactly!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 20, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Ditto, my friend, ditto.

Chuck Ef on May 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

He knew about it before he didn’t know about it. Kinda the same as being for it before you were against it.

Kissmygrits on May 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I thought mad was banned like bossy. /shrug

LaughterJones on May 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Report it here

http://vaoversight.org/

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Hey, don’t blame Obama. “He’s mad as hell” that he constantly learns about his White House collaboration in murder (Bengazi & Terry), intimidation (IRS), persecution (IRS), dislike of Vets (VA), American incompetence (Foreign Policy), selling guns to the drug cartels (Justice Dept), and so many other items he’s responsible for from the newspapers and people he meets on the streets around DC. He said he wishes they had told him sooner.

leader4hru on May 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Most ‘uninformed’person in the world.

gerrym51 on May 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Johnnyreb on May 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I think you nailed it Reb.
I don’t doubt that he gets “mad as hell”. But what he is mad about is how it looks, not the systemic failures in his administration that lead to these situations.
The man cannot manage, it’s pretty much that simple.

JusDreamin on May 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I’ll bet all kinds of reports to the White House are required by law, so, if the Choom Gang, is “finding this out on the news” (a stretch of credulity right there as there is no news on the news), does it mean nobody in the Administration can read?

formwiz on May 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Just curious. I don’t have Fox News. Has 0 made a statement in person about the scandal he is embroiled in?

Bmore on May 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Get real.

Has anyone done an analysis of the amount of time Obama has spent

1) fundraising
2) vacationing
3) golfing
4) doing photo-ops
5) having lavish parties

to try to determine whether if he had spent any of that time actually governing it would have provided him with the opportunity to do something about these problems before they were reported in the news?

talkingpoints on May 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

can someone draw this up…

Obama as the youn Skywalker with all of these issues in the back of the land speeder, the media, as Obi Wan next to him. Public standing next to them.

These are not the issues you are looking for…

Keith_Indy on May 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

That made me laugh. For the longest time now I’ve always thought Obama was like the cop who was shocked, shocked to find gambling in Casablanca.

TonyR on May 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Wee Wee’d up!

Galtian on May 20, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I want to know why he can find the time to call up some gay guy who got picked in the NFL draft but not that woman who recounted how Obama’s VA slowly killed her husband through neglect and incompetence.

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Making one phone call is easier than making hundreds.
And the gay guy is glad to hear from him.

AesopFan on May 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Lenin didn’t know dissidents in Russia were being executed. I bet he is still pissed.

Kjeil on May 20, 2014 at 10:48 PM