Apparently in the Obama regime being briefed does not entail being “informed directly” nor does it include leaving with “enough awareness” of details concerning “red flags” on signature legislation. What goes on in Obama briefing sessions anyway? Spitballs fights and paper airplane races??? Because if one were to fall for the lies covering up the lies, covering up the lies, it certainly would seem that crucial vital information is a rare Obama briefing commodity.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who has portrayed himself as surprised by technical problems with the government’s new health care website, was briefed earlier this year on a consultant’s report that warned of possible widespread site failures, the White House said on Tuesday.
There have been weeks of questions about whether Obama understood the depth of the site’s problems and let it open anyway, or simply “did not have enough awareness” of them, as the president stated at a November 14 news conference.
Bits and pieces have leaked out over the past few weeks about flaws in the site’s development process. Monday night, however, Republican lawmakers who oppose Obamacare released a report and recommendations prepared by McKinsey & Co at the government’s request in March 2013.
It cited, among other things, a rushed process that left insufficient time for testing and a focus by officials on getting people enrolled versus making the system work right.
The consequence, it said, could be system failures that could make enrollment slow or at times impossible for consumers, which is exactly what happened.
Questioned about the McKinsey study, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president had been briefed on it in the spring.
But he said the president’s familiarity with the report and recommendations did not contradict previous statements from the White House that described Obama as surprised by the scope of flaws in HealthCare.gov.
Obama was told that the problems identified by McKinsey were being addressed, Carney said. And Obama had never claimed to be unaware of “red flags” about the site, only of their seriousness.
Dan Calabrese at Best of Cain responds:
How do you receive a warning that your signature piece of legislation is in peril, then simply accept without verification the assurance that everything will be fine. How do you not, in the days leading up to launch, ask someone: Those problems they warned us about back in the spring are all fixed, right?
If that’s how you manage, then you don’t manage at all.
Of course, that’s only if you believe Carney’s explanation, and given the administration’s track record on the honesty score, why would you?
It was only six days ago [Nov. 14, 2013] that he insisted, at 1:08 of the following video, that he would never have said how great the site would be if he’d been briefed about what was really going on. That was a clear plea of ignorance on his part. He conveniently forgot to mention the six-months-ago briefing he received, because that didn’t fit the narrative of his ignorance. Watch:
Obama: “On the website I was not informed directly that the website would not be working as the way it was supposed to. Had I been informed I wouldn’t be going out saying boy this is gonna be great. Um, you know (stammering) I’m accused of a lot of things but, uh, I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying this is gonna be like uh shopping on Amazon or Travelocity, uh a week before the website opens if I thought that it was wasn’t gonna work.
[Perhaps, perhaps not, but you are clearly devious enough.]
So clearly, we and I did not did not have enough awareness about the problems in the website even a week into it. The thinking was that these were some glitches that would be fixed with patches as opposed to some broader systemic problems that took much longer to fix, uh, and we’re still working on them. So um, that does not excuse the fact that it does not work uh, but I think it is fair to say that uh, no Garrett uh, Major, we would not have rolled out something that knowing that very well that it wasn’t gonna work the way it’s supposed to. Given all the scrutiny that we knew was gonna be on the website.
For someone who claims he is not “stupid” he sure plays stupid to a hilt…