'Seething' Obama Called Out Senior Staff: Report
NYT has a 'White House in Crisis' story
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2013 11:44 AM CST
President Obama pauses while speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – President Obama may have apologized to the American public over ObamaCare, but he took a decidedly different tone with senior staff, reports the New York Times. In a piece whose headline begins "A White House in Crisis Mode," Michael D. Shear reports that a "seething" Obama summoned senior staffers to the Oval Office over the website debacle and let them have it. “If I had known, we could have delayed the website," he told the group, according to an aide present. The president's anger seems to have worked, suggests the story, given the all-out press to get the website fixed this month and the story off front pages. “I think they do realize that this is Defcon 1,” an outside adviser tells the paper.

The trick is avoiding the perception that the White House is ignoring other matters as well. As the Washington Post reports, Obama was in New Orleans yesterday for a speech that was supposed to be all-economy. Instead, he had to talk ObamaCare. “I wanted to go in and fix it myself," he said of the website, "but I don’t write code." Both the Post and Politico say the White House is working on some kind of "administrative" remedy for those affected by policy cancellations, but no details were available on what it might entail.

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Nov 12, 2013 6:38 AM CST
Now Obama knows how many of us feel. Repackaging the same old mess, and forcing us to buy it, is really beyond endurable.
Nov 10, 2013 10:22 PM CST
There IS someone who should be fired - Marco Rubio. Have you heard about the navigators who help people apply for the health insurance? Rubio now says that all navigators are to be subject to background checks. OK, that's no problem but requiring finger prints & a credit card report???? thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/189562-rubio-bill-would-prevent-felons-from-becoming Republicans will do anything to stop people from getting health insurance. Maybe all gun owners should submit their finger prints too.
Nov 10, 2013 8:01 PM CST
I think that there had been at least a few cautions from many quarters that at some point this 2700 page monstrosity might derail.Moral: always listen to your critics to determine if they might be right.