Speaking on Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade and Friends Thursday, Jeb Bush said that it was “inappropriate” for Sarah Palin to blame President Barack Obama for her veteran son’s behavior and post-traumatic stress disorder. In doing so, Bush echoed remarks from a veterans’ support organization that said Palin was in the wrong to blame the president.
Asked about Palin’s comments, Bush said, in audio first pulled by Buzzfeed, that post-traumatic stress disorder “is a national tragedy.” He continued: “I don’t think blaming the president is appropriate.”
This mirrors remarks from Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), who told NBC News, “It’s not President Obama’s fault that Sarah Palin’s son has PTSD.” Rieckhoff added: “PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health injury and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular.”
Bush, however, qualified his response, saying:
You can blame the president for the dysfunction of the Department of Veterans Affairs, where they’re giving out bonuses totaling $140 million. And included in that bonuses for people that reduced workloads or the wait list for veterans, but they didn’t give veterans care and veterans died. That’s a scandal. That I think we all can is the responsibility of the president.
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