Following President Obama’s speech in the Rose Garden on Monday, Chuck Todd of NBC News asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney an interesting question about accountability. Quite simply, Todd wanted to know who told President Obama healthcare.gov was ready to be rolled out. And, as usual, Carney did not have an answer.
TODD: Five days before the launch, the President said it’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health care plans, the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak. Who misled him? Who misled the president on this? Are you telling me … somebody let the president go out to the American public to give this speech and say this and make this promise? In fact, the next line is: ‘I promise you, this is a lot easier, it’s like booking a hotel or plane ticket.’ Who let him down?
On one level, this question is a step in the right direction. At least a reporter is actually asking for accountability. But when you consider the way Todd poses the question, you realize any and all responsibility for this disaster has already been removed from the President.
“First of all, do you ever think they would ask that about George W. Bush? Who let the President down on Iraq or Hurricane Katrina? Who let the President down,” Glenn asked. “No, it was all about him. So the subtleness of this is, and the one you don't necessarily notice, they have already set the premise that this is removed from the President. It's not his fault.”
Todd is essentially asking Carney to give him a name, any name, so that the blame can be assigned elsewhere.
“Please give me someone to feed the populace. Let me do the job for the President. I'm protecting the President here. I understand it's not his fault. I got that. So, give me somebody to feed the populace because they are hungry, and they are angry, and they want a head. Just give me a head. Any name,” Glenn said. “This is blacklist kind of stuff. How many times do you have to see Good Night and Good Luck? You see it once, you get it – just give me a name. That's what they are doing here.”
“They will find someone else to blame. They always do,” Glenn concluded. “Marxists will always find someone to blame.”
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