It seems even the president’s most steadfast supporters in the liberal media are unsure how to react to Mr. Obama’s May 21 remarks on the Department of Veterans Affairs secret waiting-list scandal. The three major liberal news networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS, interrupted their normal programming to broadcast Obama’s first remarks on the VA controversy since the story broke almost a month ago.
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos – a former Clinton White House operative – attempted to spin the speech in a more positive light as Obama’s “most forceful sayings [sic] yet,” when, in reality, it was the president’s first and only statement on the four week old scandal. The anchors of NBC and CBS were less impressed. [See video below. Click here for audio]
NBC’s Matt Lauer ended coverage by saying, “I think a lot of people are going to have questions about his comments on Secretary Eric Shinseki,” while CBS’s Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett introduced the segment by commenting:
The president has not talked about this issue for the better part of three weeks. And there has, I must tell you, been a kind frantic improvisational quality of the White House dealing with this today. They added this to the president’s schedule very first this morning.
Norah O’Donnell ended CBS’s segment by wondering, “Where’s the president on this issue? Because it’s been a few days.” Despite Stephanopoulos’s attempt to portray the president in a positive light, it seems like Obama’s waffling has forced even his media counterparts to question his effectiveness as a leader, however mildly and as focused on process, rather than competence, that it is.