"You know, I'm accused of a lot of things, but I don't think I'm stupid enough to go around saying, this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity, a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn't going to work." - President Obama, News Conference, November 14th, 2013
President "Nobody Told Me" is the systemic problem here.
At last week's news conference, Obama told Major Garrett that he was, "not informed directly," that Healthcare.gov wasn't going to work properly and had he, "been informed," he wouldn't have been bragging about how great it would be and that he, "did not have enough awareness" outside of some minor glitches that they were expecting to fix with, "patches."
Garrett then followed up with a story from Tuesday that said that the White House was informed as early as April of this year that the website would not be functioning properly for an October launch.
So, nobody told the President for seven months?
In May of this year Obama held a press conference saying he was angry about the IRS targeting, and that he, "certainly did not know anything about" it before the news broke. He wasn't, "informed" because higher-ups in the administration didn't inform him because it wasn't necessary to, according to Jay Carney.
Carney said the president wasn't upset that he had to learn about the report through the media, rather than from his advisers.
"The president believes and has faith that it is entirely appropriate that nobody here took any action to intervene," Carney said. "Some matters are not appropriate to convey to him, and this is one of them."
But, then, it was discovered that the Treasury knew about the targeting during Obama's re-election effort.
Speaking of the 2012 election, you may remember Jorge Ramos from Univision who asked Obama about Fast and Furious, seemingly out of the blue and revealing border state's concerns about the issue. Obama sidestepped, and blamed the Bush administration, but Katie Pavlich dug up an interview with Ramos done a year and a half prior, where Obama said he was, "absolutely not" informed about Fast and Furious, saying, "This is a pretty big government, The United States government, I've got a lot of moving parts."
Ramos then asked, "Mexico was not informed?" The President responded, "Well, if I wasn't informed I can assure you that Mexico wasn't either."
An oppressive tool of the police state of East Germany where Merkel grew up, NSA eavesdropping really got the German leader riled. Obama said he was unaware of the spying on friendly heads of state, and officials said, "although Obama ordered the curtailing of some of the program and informed Merkel that the United States was not currently monitoring her calls, he was not angered that intelligence officials had not told him sooner about the extent of the eavesdropping."
We have a match, same reaction he had about the IRS scandal.
After campaigning on, and selling, a stimulus package that was going to go for "shovel-ready" jobs, the President found out that there is, "no such thing as shovel-ready projects." And, then, when a businessman pointed out that the permitting process was bogged down and detrimental to being able to move forward, Obama made a joke, ""Shovel-ready was not as ... uh .. shovel-ready as we expected."
And we still don't know where Obama was for seven hours while our boys were being killed in Benghazi.
President Knowledge Vacuum is ruining the nation's integrity because so many things that end up as scandals are definitively not shared with him, probably so he can allow the devastating policies to continue while feigning outrage and blame his own office for being too damn busy.
If there is too much on Obama's plate, and he is having a difficult time handling his "big government" as he whined to Univision, there is good news: with all his documentable lies, he has given the nation grounds for impeachment.
Impeachment can come with a Congress that cares enough about the country to make it happen. In fact, if I were any candidate running for either the House or Senate, I would not run from the word, but embrace it, learn what can be done, and make the case to the American people.
The office of the President should be a respected one, not a wholly ignorant one.