What kind of executive are you if you don't know about what goes in your admin until you hear about in the media?—
Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) May 19, 2014
A pretty lousy kind — and, according to press secretary Jay Carney, the kind that’s currently occupying the White House. Confronted about the developing Veterans Affairs scandal during today’s press briefing, Carney reassured the press corps — and thus the country — that President Obama only found out about it recently. From the news, natch:
Reporter: “When was the president first made aware of these problems, these fraudulent lists that were being kept to hide the wait times? When was he first made aware of those problems, and when did other White House officials — top White House officials — become aware of these problems?”
Carney: “If you mean the specific allegations that I think were reported first by your network out of Phoenix, I believe, we learned about them through the reports. I will double check if that’s not the case, but that’s when we learned about them.”
Sound familiar? It should.
This isn’t the White House’s first time playing the ignorance card before. And just like back then, citizens are calling B.S.:
Take comfort, though:
The White House is on it!
We’re in capable hands, America.