In an opinion piece this week, CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger asks a question: “Does Obama still have faith in government?”
It is the wrong question. It should be: “Does government still have faith in Obama?”
And for government, you can substitute the word “people,” because people are the government.
While she tries to be as neutral as possible, Borger is too far in the president’s corner to hit hard; rather, her prose is wreathed in feather pillow blows, not hammer body punches.
Nevertheless, she is as critical as a liberal can get.
Let’s not go back to Benghazi, let’s just examine more recent record, starting with the here and now.
The president of the United States did not know that the testing of the Obamacare website was inadequate and could lead to a big headache, which of course it did.
But a top contractor for HealthCare.gov sent a warning memo to the administration three weeks before the website went online, saying it had not been sufficiently tested, CBS News reported Wednesday.
In a CNN story, Health and Human Services Secretarysaid that the first time Obama was told of any troubles was “the first couple of days” after the site went online Oct. 1.
This is stretching credulity to the breaking point.
In her piece, Borger, who has access to many insiders in Washington, wrote, “And so the ultimate irony may be this – a President who extols the virtues of government has now been sucked into the big government vortex, experiencing (up close and personal, as they say) what it feels like to lose control to the bureaucrats. The ones who are afraid to deliver bad news, not to mention those who don’t deliver bad news at all. (As in, “the website crashed.”)”
Also, Obama did not know the cell phones of leaders of friendly nations, such as German Chancellor, were tapped by the NSA, the BBC reported.
Once again, Borger weighs in (and once again in ounces, not pounds).
“And the surveillance chiefs who, um, didn’t initially volunteer that they’re spying on the private phone lines of America’s best friends,” she wrote. “Maybe the President needs to figure out some new communications tools to make himself clear.”
What is the explanation for the oversights on not telling the president about the website and the surveillance phone taps?
“Bad news is not a good thing to deliver to presidents,” she wrote. “Or, as one former White House hand told me, ‘People just don’t want to upset the boss, or get him blamed for anything.’”
So, following that reasoning, George Bush should not have been told about 9/11, at least not for a few days. Going back further, no one should have told Franklin Delano Roosevelt about Pearl Harbor until after a waiting period.
Silly examples, of course, but try this fantasy scenario.
“Camaro sales are in the toilet,” the head of the sales division says to the vice president of General Motors.
“For god’s sake, don’t tell the CEO,” replies the vice president.
It does beg the question: How gullible do these people believe we are?
The commander in chief does not know. His people are afraid to tell him. What does that say about leadership?
It is up to the man or woman in charge to create a climate in which those under him feel comfortable, free to provide advice that is not always welcome but will be considered without retribution, and, lastly, that the door to the Oval Office is always open.
Borger is blaming the bureaucrats.
She should blame the man who doesn’t want to hear bad news, because the buck stops at the president’s desk.
“I didn’t know,” just doesn’t cut it because even if it is true, it is the ultimate failure of leadership.
There is one more piece of deadly fallout to the Affordable Care Act website.
It fuels the mistrust that a significant number of Americans have for government, that government cannot do anything right. And overall, Americans may have lost at least some of the trust they put into the president.
And that is prime grounds for support to erode for Democrats and send voters to the Republicans.
In Washington, that is the biggest crime of all.
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CNN, Obama didn’t know: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/22/politics/o