FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O ROAMS THE HALLS OF THE WHITE HOUSE OF HORRORS THESE DAYS WHIMPERING, WHITE HOUSE PLUS-SIZE SPOKESMODEL JAY CARNEY REVEALS EXCLUSIVELY TO THESE REPORTERS.
HIS LOW POLL NUMBERS HAVE NOT HELPED, CARNEY STATES.
BUT NEITHER HAS THE PERCEPTION THAT "HE'S JUST A CHEAP WHORE WHO WILL SAY ANYTHING," ACCORDING TO CARNEY WHO POINTS OUT THAT BARRY O FAILED TO ATTEND THE AFRICAN FUNERAL OF ZEITUNI ONYANGO OR EVEN MAKE A POINT TO VISIT HER REMAINS IN BOSTON BEFORE SHE WAS SHIPPED OVERSEAS.
AUNT ZEITUNI, AS THE PRESS DUBBED HER, WAS THE RELATIVE WHO LOOKED LIKE TIM MEADOWS AND NOW, CARNEY REVEALED, WITH BOUNCE AIRING "THE LADIES MAN" NEAR CONSTANTLY, BARRY O CAN USUALLY BE HEARD WAILING, "WHY! WHY!"
EVEN MORE TROUBLING TO BARRY O IS THAT OREGON STATE HAS FIRED HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW CRAIG ROBINSON.
"IT'S NOT THE RUMORS OF WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE BASEMENT MEN'S ROOM AT THE MAIN LIBRARY," CARNEY REVEALS. "IT'S THAT HERE THE O IS, HE'S PRESIDENT STILL, AND YET HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW CAN BE FIRED. IT REALLY GETS ACROSS TO HIM WHAT A LAME DUCK HE HAS BECOME."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Barack Obama's administration continues its effort to circumvent oversight and accountability. The American Legion is calling for the resignations of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, VA's Dr. Robert Petzel and the VA's Allison Hickey.
In front of local media and a live Internet audience, American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger today called for the resignations of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Under Secretary of Health Robert Petzel and Under Secretary of Benefits Allison Hickey.
Dellinger cited poor oversight and failed leadership as the reason for calling for the resignations – something The American Legion hasn’t done regarding a public official in more than 30 years.
“Gen. Eric Shinseki has served his country well,” Dellinger said. “His patriotism and sacrifice for this nation are above reproach. However, his record as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs tells a different story. The existing leadership has exhibited a pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership that has been amplified in recent weeks.”
Dellinger pointed to allegations from multiple whistleblowers of a secret waiting list at the Phoenix VA Health Care System that may have resulted in the death of approximately 40 veterans, that VA previously had acknowledged that 23 veterans throughout the health-care system have died as a result of delayed care in recent years, and a the findings of an investigation by VA’s Office of Medical Inspector that clerks at the VA clinic in Fort Collins, Colo., were instructed last year how to falsify appointment records so it appeared the small staff of doctors was seeing patients within the agency's goal of 14 days, according to the investigation.
“These disturbing reports are part of what appear to be a pattern of scandals that has infected the entire system,” said Dellinger, noting issues that have come up in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Augusta, Ga. “Those problems need addressed at the highest level – starting with new leadership. The existing leadership has exhibited a pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership that has been amplified in recent weeks.”
Dellinger said that the failure to disclose safety information or to cover up mistakes is unforgivable – as is fostering a culture of nondisclosure. “VA leadership has demonstrated its incompetence through preventable deaths of veterans, long wait times for medical care, a benefits claims backlog numbering in excess of 596,000, and the awarding of bonuses to senior executives who have overseen such operations,” he said. “Some veterans have waited years to have their claims decided. That same leadership has failed to provide answers to why these issues continue to occur.”
Dellinger said that while errors and lapses can occur in any system, “The American Legion expects when such errors and lapses are discovered, that they are dealt with swiftly and that the responsible parties are held accountable. This has not happened at the Department of Veterans Affairs. There needs to be a change, and that change needs to occur at the top. “
When asked by media what the Legion would do if the trio didn’t resign, Dellinger said a draft of the request was being sent to the White House. “This is a very serious situation,” he said. “The administration needs to take steps now. It’s long overdue. Whenever you’re talking about a patient’s life – a veteran’s life – in jeopardy, it’s always serious.”
Dellinger also wrote an op-ed piece calling for the resignations. Read it here.
Though Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has not yet expressed an opinion on the call for a resignation, Gregg Zoroya (USA Today) quotes IAVA's CEO Paul Rieckhoff stating, "What everyone agrees is that there’s been a failure of leadership and accountability and oversight."
Meanwhile Marie Harf disgraced herself and her Department at today's State Dept press briefing:
And I would -- again, we talked a little bit about this on Friday, but I'm just going to read a little bit of quote for you from House Republican leader John Boehner. This is a quote from 2007 about a previous attempt to subpoena a Secretary of State. This was a subpoena to get information about prewar intelligence in Iraq. You’ll remember, I think, 4,500 Americans died in Iraq. This is the quote from John Boehner. Let me just read a little bit for you. Quote, "This partisan show trial is a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. By subpoenaing the Secretary of State, Democrats have revealed how beholden they are to leftwing activist groups while stealing the Secretary’s time away from critical diplomatic missions." It goes on. But Chairman Issa also opposed that subpoena for Secretary Rice. So what we would say is you don't get to have different rules for different administrations. And as Lindsey Graham this weekend said on a Sunday show, we shouldn’t play politics with Benghazi. Clearly, I think what we’re seeing now can be called nothing but that.
Clearly, what the country is seeing is a partisan hack.
I cannot believe this nonsense.
Marie never mentions the dead,does she?
This is about the September 12, 2012 attack in Benghazi which left four Americans dead: Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and US Ambassador Chris Stevens.
What happened sent a chill through the US diplomatic community.
And yet Marie can't explore that. She's a hack, a political appointee, who will leave the State Dept with this administration. But the American women and men who have made their career serving in the diplomatic service will remain and they're being betrayed by the political hacks in their own department.
She barked, she screeched, she did everything but her damn job. She's an embarrassment to the Dept and if there was any sense of maturity and accountability in leadership at the State Dept, Marie Harf would be informed that she needed to seek other employment.
She's an idiot to being with who needs her cheat notebook to comment on nearly every topic and has to flip through it in one briefing after another. How uniformed are you, Marie?
Let's go through Marie's latest nonsense.
And I would -- again, we talked a little bit about this on Friday, but I'm just going to read a little bit of quote for you from House Republican leader John Boehner.
Why are you going to read a quote from Boehner?
Do you think it will sway many people?
I've never been a fan of the man so why would I slap my forehead now and exclaim, "Boehner's making sense!"?
This is a quote from 2007 about a previous attempt to subpoena a Secretary of State.
Actually, it's not.
And when you stand at that podium, you need to know your facts.
Condi Rice was not subpoenaed because she was Secretary of State. The subpoena covered her time as National Security Advisor.
How stupid is Marie Harf or is she just that much of a cheap liar?
This was a subpoena to get information about prewar intelligence in Iraq.
That subpoena was to get information regarding Bully Boy Bush's claim in the 2003 State of the Union address that, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
That's what Condi was being subpoenaed about. It had nothing to do with the State Dept. Colin Powell was the Secretary of State when Bully Boy Bush told that lie. Colin wasn't subpoenaed.
From the April 25, 2007 snapshot:
In semi-related news, US Secretary of State and Anger Condi Rice has a subpoena with her name on it from the US House Judiciary Committee. CBS News and AP report that she will be asked to testify (presumably under oath) about the lies that Iraq "was seeking uranium from Africa." On a 21-10 vote, the committee agreed to compell Rice's testimony.
What was at stake here? That the remarks were wrong? No.
As Time magazine noted July 9, 2003, four years before the subpoena, "So, the White House is not contesting the fact that the President made a false claim -- merely whether he, or those who prepared his speech, knew at the time that it was false. "
Marie then feels the need to offer:
You’ll remember, I think, 4,500 Americans died in Iraq.
You're a government spokesperson and you can't get the figure right on an issue of grave importance to the country?
Recognize this? "The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4489." It appears here at least twice a week and has throughout Barack's presidency. We had used a website's statistics. We dropped due to e-mails about how the number and the number went down and they never offered an explanation or a footnote. I'm being kind and not noting the website by name. So while Bully Boy Bush was still in office, I was informed that the Defense Dept had a running tally. That's what the link goes to in this sentence: "The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4489." Is Marie too stupid to know that or is working a computer just too much for her?
Who knows but we've already gone over one key point: US soldiers who die in wars? They're trained for combat. They're considered heroic not because of their haircuts or the uniform. They're considered heroic because these men and women go into combat zones prepared to fight and knowing one likely outcome is death.
The diplomatic corps? They're not trained in combat. The death of a soldier in combat is tragic. It is not, however, shocking. War means death.
That Marie can't understand the difference between soldiers and diplomats does not speak well of her comprehension abilities.
It should also be noted that this woman never sees fit to raise the issue of Iraq. But now she wants to?
Kerry's State Dept is an embarrassment on this issue when contrasted with Hillary's State Dept which did regular briefings on Iraq -- and has covered for War Crimes wants to trot the American dead but can't even take the time to find out the number. Talk about lazy. Maybe Marie Harf should sign that next paycheck over to the American taxpayers since she's clearly struggling to do the most basic work she's paid to do.
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