CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 19, 2014 — President Obama is “madder than hell” about the Veterans Administration scandal, but its American’s who should be screaming they won’t take it anymore.
According to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who appeared on “Face the Nation”, healthcare delays may have resulted in 40 deaths of people waiting for care at VA hospitals.
Remember when Obama was “madder than hell” about abuses at the IRS? That was before they became a “phony” scandal manufactured by Republicans to make him look bad.
Remember when the president was “madder than hell” about the use of chemical weapons in Syria? He drew three red lines in the sand before Vladimir Putin bailed him out.
Remember when Obama was “madder than hell” about the Americans who died in Benghazi? He was so concerned that he couldn’t make himself go to the situation room, and he has been desperately looking for the perpetrators ever since.
Obama’s rhetoric is beginning to sound like the old Beatles song: “Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
Here’s what the president told the Veterans of Foreign Wars in a speech while he was on the campaign trail: “We’re gonna fund the best ideas and put them into action, all with a simple mission, cut those backlogs, slash those wait times, deliver your benefits sooner. I know you’ve heard this for years but with the leadership and resources we’re providing, this time means that we’re gonna be able to do it.”
So while you ponder those moments in the Obama legacy, here is something for the American people to really get “madder than hell” about. On Saturday, June 6, which is in the not too distant future, guess who will be standing on the beaches of Normandy to honor the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in 1944? Yep. Barack Obama. If that isn’t an ironic twist of fate suitable for the best O’Henry short story, then nothing is.
Remember when the sequester closed those hallowed sites because the president was “madder than hell”?
The celebration of the invasion that led to the liberation of Europe by the allied forces in France will likely be the last time that anyone who participated in those events who is still alive can be honored for their service on a milestone date. By the time the 75th anniversary rolls around, there will only be a small number of D-Day veterans remaining, and those who are will be too old to travel.
That makes the 2014 anniversary a momentous occasion that should be duly noted and treasured by every American citizen. And the man who will praise the heroism of the youth who kept the world free for seven decades will be someone who could not carry the backpack of a single participant.
That is something to be “madder than hell” about.
Obama did not create the problems at the VA; other presidents have been equally inept at dealing with the bureaucracy when it comes to caring for fighting men and women who have sacrificed so much.
“We’re going to get to the bottom of those things, fix them and ensure that they don’t happen again,” said McDonough during the CBS interview. That means they’ll work on it until something else hits the front page above the fold and then, “Dude,” we can forget about it again.
The sad thing about this story is that government couldn’t run a soda shop without screwing it up. The Obama administration practically has its entire cabinet mired in one scandal or another.
But even if that was not the case, the American people have always believed that our president is the most powerful man in the world and though the government might be a mess internally, the commander-in-chief personally has the deepest respect and highest regard for our military.
Not so with this president. Any way you look at the presidency of Barack Obama, there is nothing that instills those beliefs. How sad that the last remaining D-Day veterans should be praised by the likes of the weakest president in American history.
We should all be “madder than hell.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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