The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) released an alarming report last week which focused on the number of individual meetings Barack Obama has had from March 2010 until November 2013 Cabinet meetings. During those three and a half years, Obama held a total of 277 meetings with members from his cabinet. The number of meetings he held with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius: ONE. Yes, just one individual meeting was held between Ms. Sebelius and Mr. Obama from the time Obamacare was passed until its implementation this past October. No wonder the rollout was a cluster — three years of consultations, strategizing, and troubleshooting were skipped which ultimately failed to produce Obama’s self-proclaimed legacy.
Upon its release, the report was immediately dismissed by Obama’s lapdog Jay Carney as “misleading” and “based on a ridiculously false premise” When asked by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) how many times she individually met with Obama, Sebelius answered by saying, “a lot.” When Rep. Gingrey asked Ms. Sebelius to verify the number of times they met, Sebelius responded by stuttering and throwing her hands up. Needless to say, Sebelius never answered the question.
Interestingly enough, the report used the public White House visitor log which records individual meetings with the President. What did Carney have to say about the log? In a White House Press Conference following the report’s release, Carney said one on one meetings with the President are always occurring but not recorded in the log, but that Obama and Sebelius met “regularly.” So, a log exists whose sole purpose is to record visitors meeting with the President one on one, yet it is to be considered inaccurate? Then if the log is inaccurate and so is the GAI’s report, is the White House willing to provide evidence which proves Obama met with Sebelius one on one as much as Carney is willing to claim? It would certainly put to bed any notion that the GAI report is “misleading” and “based on a ridiculously false premise.”
While the White House has obviously condemned the report as untrue, veteran political advisors such as David Gergen do not agree. Gergen appeared on CNN’s Newsroom on Sunday, December 8th, saying the report is concerning and clearly displays a lack of leadership in the White House as well as questionable conduct. He also suggested that, negligence aside, this administration is bordering on “malfeasance.”
This administration’s clear refusal for transparency is proof in and of itself that these meetings flat out did not take place. What’s even more disturbing is because this administration has never been challenged to produce evidence of its dealings, wrong doings, and (in)actions, we know we won’t be seeing any confirmation that these meetings took place. I think most of us can agree at this point that with the disaster Obamacare has been thus far, they did not in fact take place. Gross negligence aside, the GAI’s report, and the White House’s response to it, undoubtedly displays this administration’s refusal for transparency — something Obama ran on to win the 2008 election.
Jay Carney and the rest of the Administration have dismissed hard and often inconvenient facts as “misleading” and outright lies only when it serves their agenda. They have never been confronted and forced to produce factual evidence to disprove these “conservative” fables created by evil pro-life, pro-God, pro-gun right wingers.
Hey libturds, I would LOVE to be wrong, really. I would LOVE if conservative theories and opinions about the left were wrong because if they were, America wouldn’t be headed down this road.
Knowing the success of Obamacare was left to chance, Obama still propped himself up on that podium, teleprompter rolling, and lied time after time to your face, America. Obama was and is willing to leave his “legacy” and signature legislation in the hands of someone he didn’t even bother to consult with individually. It must have interfered with tee time.
What’s more, he left many Americans’ health, wellbeing, and future in the hands of … well, no one. Obamacare was not a priority for this administration — it was a false election platform. Obama allowed a government shutdown, people to lose their health plans, and refused to negotiate with GOP (something he bragged about doing so well in 2008) all the while knowing Obamacare’s future was uncertain. The way I see it, Obamacare is essentially an analogy of Obama himself —something shiny, new, and different on the outside but lacks substance and integrity on the inside.
Nice work, “Mr. President.”
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