Rich Galen

"It will take twice as long as we'd planned, cost twice as much as we'd budgeted, and do half as much as we'd hoped."

Sebelius said she had never phoned the White House to tell them the website might not be ready. I Tweeted that might be true, that she never personally picket up a phone and called, but it is impossible for me to believe that no one in the White House called the HHS HQ on Independence Avenue to ask if this thing was going to work.

If so, then the rumors of no one being willing to bring Obama bad news must be true and if they are true then we're in way more trouble than I thought we were.

In addition to the ObamaCare woes, German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the National Security Agency of tapping her cell phone. The White House denied it, but it is not clear to me and probably not clear to the Germans how the White House keeps track of every cell phone the NSA is tapping but didn't know the ObamaCare website was garbage.

I just looked up what the German word for "garbage" is thinking that would be an amusing way to conclude that sentence.

Know what it is?


We are NOT amused.

Saudi Arabia is making it ever more clear that they are not amused by Mr. Obama's foreign policy, sending Prince Bandar - who was the Saudi Ambassador to the US for decades - to publicly say the Saudis are angry at Obama:

-- For having allowed the Russians to take control of the Syrian situation;

-- For not helping the Bahrainis when they were dealing with street violence;

-- For not having moved the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis at all; and

-- For cozying up to the Iranians.

There's more, but the major point is that the Congressional GOP blinded us to the failings of the Obama Administration in bright lights the shut-down fight.

Now that they've lost that battle, we can see all the more clearly that Obama is in a slump.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at