Mitch McConnell recently stated how he thinks Obama should “step up to the plate” in the VA scandal. Earth to McConnell – this is Obama you are talking about. He will not…actually he refuses (that would be more precise) to take responsibility for anything that has happened during his presidency.
Let us remember the 2012 presidential debate on foreign policy. Do you remember this line about Benghazi?
Starting at 0:29 – “Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job. But she works for me, I am the President…”
Yet, there is no definitive account of what happened. No one is responsible – even though Obama claims that it is his responsibility. Due to Obama’s lack of responsible leadership, the House Republicans have instituted a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack. I hope they will find some answers…wait, they will have to get documentation from the Obama White House – don’t hold your breath on that one.
The BP Oil Spill
Here is the full text of the speech Obama made in response to it. Let me draw attention to one line in particular –
“From the very beginning of this crisis, the federal government has been in charge…”
So, if you remember his tone from the presidential debate, Obama is saying that he is indeed in charge and responsible for the clean-up of the spill. To further substantiate his claim of responsibility –
“But make no mistake: We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes…”
Obama is making a personal pledge of responsibility that he will lead the efforts to clean-up the spill. But, wait for it –
“…we’ve directed BP to mobilize additional equipment and technology…”
Yes, this was in the same speech. It only gets worse in his lack of responsibility.
“…These servicemen and women are ready to help stop the oil from coming ashore, they’re ready to help clean the beaches, train response workers, or even help with processing claims…”
So, there were numerous resources and personnel in the gulf at the time, but…
“…and I urge the governors in the affected states to activate these troops as soon as possible…”
That lack of responsibility is why the oil spill lasted all summer that year. Obama was not going to be held accountable for his actions.
The Stimulus Bill
Upon his first election, Obama made the ominous promise that only the immediate passage of the stimulus bill would stave off the onset of a possible second Great Depression.
“Not only do I want the stimulus package to deal with the immediate crisis, I want it also to lay the groundwork for long-term sustained economic growth…”
Yet, he did not claim responsibility for its outright failure to achieve anything, his response was –
Starting at 0:57 – “…in the absence of the stimulus…our recession would be much worse…”
Even when he failed to deliver, he still did not take responsibility. His claim that it kept things from getting was evident when he said –
Starting at 0:22 – “…still not at actual recovery…”
As for the Democrat talking point that unemployment is down to its lowest level since Obama took office – so it the overall participation in the labor force. People have stopped looking for work because Obama failed to deliver on the millions of shovel-ready jobs, millions of green energy jobs, millions of healthcare jobs…and so on.
(The problem is that Obama stopped counting the number of jobs being created a LOOONNNG time ago. Why be held responsible for real jobs, real economic growth?)
Due to Obama’s lack of responsibility, China is now the largest economy in the world.
The VA Scandal
This is what McConnell is referencing in the quote about “stepping up to the plate.” There are numerous stories about how the federally-run Veterans Administration healthcare system is denying veterans’ healthcare while pocketing huge amounts of money for themselves.
The White House response –
“…I think it is important to allow the investigations…”
(I’ll wait for you to stop laughing.)
“…see the actions that Secretary Shinseki and others at the VA take in response to any revelations that are contained within those,”
Did you notice that Obama is still not claiming any responsibility? Veterans are dying while waiting for healthcare that is run by the federal government – sounds like Obamacare, doesn’t it? – and it is still NOT Obama’s responsibility.
All we have from Obama on this is silence…deafening silence.
Except for impeachment, Obama will manage to elude responsibility for anything that has happened during his presidency. However, the Democrats need to be held responsible for not limiting the impact of his incompetence as they have continually run interference for him.
That has to end in November.