Controversy at the V.A. Placed Obama on the DefensiveIt is just one of many failures that suggest his reputation for effectiveness was vastly overrated. The Benghazi fiasco stands out as does his recent trip to Afghanistan he is having trouble even giving a coherent speech about his foreign policy. Competence does not appear to be his forte. He is a poor manager, a poor negotiator and generally a poor leader. But, hey, he's cool.
For President Obama, who came to office hoping to restore public faith in government as a force for good in society, the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs threatens to undercut his reputation for effectiveness.