Apparently, the president can't walk and chew gum at the same time
Press secretary Jay Carney claims that President Obama is not focused on assigning blame for the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website. He's more interested in getting "these problems fixed and make sure the system is working."
So he can't do both at the same time?
Carney's comments come after prominent Republican lawmakers have suggested that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should resign over the technical glitches.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told CNN on Monday Sebelius should "absolutely resign," while Sen.Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Fox News "that may become an option."
"I'm not a fan of those immediate calls for people to resign, but I think in this case, actions like the one you just outlined are going to make it harder and harder for her to do her job effectively," the Florida senator said. "I think people - the transparency or lack thereof on this issue is very concerning."
Last Monday former White House press secretary and Obama adviser Robert Gibbs said he hoped "they fire some people that were in charge" of the rollout, although he did not specify Seelius.
Earlier Monday, White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri said President Obama "has a lot of confidence in Kathleen Sebelius."
"Implementing this law is a hard piece of policy business. It's a hard piece of technology business and it's very hard politically. And Kathleen has taken a lot of hits over the years, and she can very much handle them."
Sebelius is set to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week about the rocky rollout of the exchanges, following Republican demands she appear before Congress.
Monday night, Carney said the Republican criticism was ideological in nature, noting that Cruz "led a campaign to shutdown the government" over his opposition to ObamaCare.
This is a no-brainer. Fire Sebelious and anyone else at HHS who oversaw the design and building of the website. What could be simpler? Bureaucrats love flow charts showing lines of authority so don't tell me this project didn't have one. Just lop off the top 3 or 4 names and send them packing.
It may very well come to that as both Democrats and Republicans are sharpening their knives over the prospect of questioning Sebelius at a House hearing next week. You can be sure every member of Congress is hearing it from their constituents and want to take out the voters' frustrations on the hapless HHS chief.
If she had an ounce of self-awareness, she'd resign.