President Obama is always the first to claim that no one is more frustrated, angry, or upset than he is whenever his administration meets a setback. In a lengthy article in Friday’s New York Times, sources at the Ebola meeting for which the president had to cancel a DCCC fundraiser said the president was “visibly angry” at the incompetence on display:
Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response.
Those frustrations spilled over when Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday. Medical officials were providing information that later turned out to be wrong. Guidance to local health teams was not adequate. It was unclear which Ebola patients belonged in which threat categories.
“It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. He told aides they needed to get ahead of events and demanded a more hands-on approach…
In anyone surprised that days after demanding aides get ahead of events, the president’s hands-on approach to the Ebola crisis involves the shaft of a golf club?
Did we mention that new Ebola czar Ronald Klain didn’t even call in to Wednesday’s meeting? He must have been busy filling out his Form W-4 or something.