The Tweet-Shaming of the President
We may just have watched the first ever presidential press conference focused on IT problems. Major IT problems.
President Obama used his bully pulpit Thursday afternoon to give a mea culpa on the horrifically botched web rollout of Obamacare, and to offer some Band-Aids. His latest idea: All those recently canceled plans can now be kept for up to a year while the government makes an administrative fix to the rollout.
The Twitterverse was less than kind. To wit, some of Obama’s most cringe-worthy statements from the presser:
Quote: “We fumbled the rollout on this health care law.”
Twitter, where the first hit comes from a Florida Congressman, Rep. Trey Radel.
Former White House green advisor Van Jones was one of a few who had a positive spin:
But again, one of the very few. From former comedian Dennis Miller:
Quote: “I think it’s legitimate…to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general.”
Quote: Obama wasn’t “informed directly that the website would not be working, as the way it was supposed to. Had I been informed I wouldn’t be going out saying, ‘Boy, this is going to be great.’ You know, I’m accused of a lot of things but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity a week before the website opens if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.”
Quote: “Buying health insurance is never going to be like buying a song on iTunes.”
Quote: “What we’re also discovering is, insurance is difficult to buy.”
President Obama also discussed Iran and nuclear weapons, but the main focus was on the health reform law. The final take: