Would you believe it was last May when former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that President Obama had just recently learned of the VA scandal by hearing about it on the news?

Reports that dozens of veterans had died waiting for care at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center while schedulers used bogus waiting lists to hide long delays inspired the president to announce that he was “mad as hell.” “If these allegations prove to be true,” he announced, “it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it.”

Almost a year (and one quick drive directly past the Phoenix VA) later, the president found himself in the neighborhood for a fundraiser and finally visited the facility in person to check on progress. Things must have improved dramatically, because the president who was mad as hell announced that all was going well, with the exception of a few “bad apples” — who may or may not still be working there.

We doubt it. His scientific expertise is somewhat limited to reproductive health and climate science.

The president’s diagnosis?

Let’s see if the newly created VA advisory committee meets as often as the president’s now-defunct White House Jobs Council.