Finally we get to witness the president mad about something.
To understand exactly what he's mad about, let's cut to the before and after pictures of the Veterans Administration scandal.
So like two weeks ago, dude, when this story first broke of veterans dying because of substandard care, Obama didn't seem so mad then.
After all, the guy running the Veterans Administration is still running the show.
Two weeks, to me, seems like a long, long time ago for Obama to suddenly be mad.
“There are now clear signs that veterans' health centers across the U.S. are juggling appointments and sometimes manipulating wait lists to disguise long delays for primary and follow-up appointments,” reports the LA Times, “according to federal reports, congressional investigators and interviews with VA employees and patients.”
And this mismanagement has led to veteran deaths.
This was the BEFORE picture.
The LA Times is key here.
They are part of the AFTER picture.
Because were it not for the mainstream media, as represented by the LA Times, finally reporting—for the first time ever-- truthfully on a scandal arising from the Obama administration, Obama would likely not be madder than hell.
After all, this is a president who doesn't know the difference between a corpsman and a corpseman.
Up to this point, Obama probably figured that with all those corpsemen hanging around, the veterans were supposed to die.
But with documented cases of veterans dying because of substandard care, I suppose we see that even liberals in the media have their limits.
And later on I'll tell you exactly what these limits are.
So this weekend the White House Chief of Staff-- pun intended-- made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows telling everyone that Obama was mad as hell about the situation at the Veterans Administration.
“The president is madder than hell, and I've got the scars to prove it,” says Denis McDonough, the president’s newest Chief Tool. “We're going to get to the bottom of those things, fix them and ensure that they don't happen again.”
Generally speaking, “getting to the bottom of things” is White House-speak for burying something at the top or bottom of all the scandals, mismanagement and poor political decisions that come out of this White House daily.
The best friend of this administration has been the continuing stream of scandals-- in both big and little things-- that knock the previous scandals off the front page so that they can remain things that happened a long, long time ago.
But I believe this time it's a little different.
The mainstream media is positioning the liberal message to be, “We've got great ideas we just have the wrong guy implementing them. There's only one woman who can save us: Hillary 2016.”
This is why Obama is so angry.
This is what makes this scandal so different.
We can all agree, at least publicly, that the benefits that veterans derive from the government are earned; they are not entitlements.
Veterans gave up significant portion of their liberty so as to preserve the liberty of the rest of us.
Most veterans do not see combat, but still the sacrifices are real.
There is boredom, there's time away from home, there is danger from operating on a flight deck, or in a truck carrying supplies, or just doing paperwork at the Washington Navy Yard. There is the double jeopardy of being subject to both the Uniform Code of Military Justice (USMJ) and also being subject to regular civilian laws. There are workplace hazards such as nuclear exposure, chemical exposure-- like Agent Orange-- and the risk that unproven vaccines will one day affect veterans health.
Even liberals would have a hard time not defending veterans in this scandal.
But if we look at the Veterans Administration as a microcosmic model of the cradle-to-grave care that Obama is proposing for the rest of us, one can see that there is more at stake than just midterm elections, or one administration.
With an eye on 2016, the media must convince the rest of us that there's nothing wrong with the model of cradle-to-grave care, but there's something wrong with the poor execution by the Obama administration.
Hillary can fix that, the media will say.
And that, my friends, is the root of Obama's madness.