First, Obama has his spokespeople say the administration was unaware of this “unacceptable, outrageous” information until it was reported in the press, but that the president is very upset by it. This time, Shinseki was described as “mad as hell,” so the president had to go one better by being “madder than hell.”
Then comes the speech or press conference where the president declares that those responsible will be held accountable, and that he will “not rest” until the problem is solved or the perpetrators are brought to justice.
If possible, as in the VA case, the president will try to insulate himself from criticism by claiming that it will make whatever group is affected a “political football.” Of course, by saying that, Obama is the one making the veterans a political football.
Finally, at some point, the president and his people will mock those who continue to demand answers for what has gone wrong by calling it a “phony scandal ... without a smidgen of corruption.”
The final proof that nothing substantive will change is that the president has been promising to fix the VA wait times since he started campaigning for the office.
It’s been almost six years. It hasn’t happened yet. Don’t hold your breath.
Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org