Michael Shear of the Times covers the VA debacle:
Obama Faces New Test in Mismanagement at Veterans Hospitals
A new mismanagement test? Obama has already proven his ability to mis-manage.
WASHINGTON — Growing allegations of mismanagement at veterans hospitals across the country are threatening to engulf President Obama in another scandal that brings into question his ability to make government work.
As a candidate, Mr. Obama denounced delays and poor care for veterans at hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and vowed that his administration would fix the backlogs and dramatically improve care for those returning from the battlefield.
In a speech in 2008, Mr. Obama pledged to build “a 21st century VA” and promised to confront what he called “the broken bureaucracy of the VA - the impossibly long lines, or the repeated calls for help that get you nothing more than an answering machine.”
But five-and-a-half years into his presidency, Mr. Obama has once again found himself exposed to political danger by a bureaucracy that seems out of his immediate control.
Fortunately Obama has time to keep up on the news, since he and his staff seem to have embraced a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.
And the NY Times spends three paragraphs on Jon Stewart's reaction, so perhaps Sasha and Malia can become an important source of breaking news for Barack as well.
MORE AND BETTER BASHING at Hot Air. Jay Carney really cited as praise an American Legion statement blasting "business as usual" at the VA? Wow. As Ron Fournier wonders, "How Dumb Does Obama Think We Are?" Dumb eough to elect him twice, anyway...