CNN's King: More Dems Calling Obama 'Detached,' 'Incompetent'

Sunday, 25 May 2014 06:33 PM

By Greg Richter

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It's not just Republicans saying President Barack Obama is out of touch as the VA scandal continues to grow.

CNN's John King on Sunday's "Inside Politics," noted that "More and more Democrats in key 2014 races are calling for the president to get a spine, they say, and fire his Veterans Affairs secretary" Eric Shinseki. "And what more and more Democrats are saying privately is scathing, calling the president and his team detached, flat-footed, even incompetent."

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King, CNN's chief national correspondent, said that Democrats have been saying privately since the HealthCare.gov opening debacle that "they see a president who doesn't want to take command, doesn't want to act fast."


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Some Democrats who believe in bigger government are saying the White House "doesn't appear to have its hand on the lever," King said.

One of King's panelists, Maggie Haberman of Politico, pointed to Obama's "tepid" press conference on the VA scandal last week, saying he was "sort of in, sort of not in with Shinseki." Obama also had a meeting with senators on foreign policy last week that he did not show up for.

"All of this adds up to somebody who just doesn't seem at all involved," Haberman said.

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