President Obama hasn’t exactly inspired much confidence in the past few days with apologies and proposed fixes for a health care law the White House spent over three years working on, especially with his admission during his presser this week that that he wasn’t kept in the loop on the website issues. CNN’s Gloria Borger said today this is a level of disengagement that shock people more about Obama than it would if it were Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush.
In a column for CNN.com, Borger argues that Obama not knowing so much about the machinations of his signature accomplishment in office is “a real head-scratcher” and says it’s truly shocking that someone who doesn’t have a reputation for being disengaged would actually be this aloof.
She elaborated during an appearance on CNN today.
“If this were Reagan or Bush, people would say ‘Oh my God it’s a disengaged president,’ and criticized them, perhaps unfairly. With this president, he’s known to be very detail-oriented, he’s not disengaged, and so the question is how did this screw-up occur? Why didn’t it get to the White House?”
She suggested that there were people who could have informed the White House what was going on, but no one wanted to be perceived as a “tattletale.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
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