To Ensure Prompt Resolution Of Massive VA Care Failures, Obama To Meet With Seattle Seahawks

Urgency delayed

In the wake of the VA scandal, and this morning's briefing with Secretary Shinseki, the President is immediately diving in to "making sure our veterans get the care, benefits, and services that they need."

From the White House:

The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.

This morning's press conference covering the VA scandal made no specific mention of "next steps" that the President or the Secretary will be undertaking, other than to say that they are "looking into it." He closed his remarks this morning saying "there's not a problem that's not fixable." Spending the afternoon meeting with sports teams is not the best way to communicate to family members of dying or dead American veterans that the President is taking this in any way seriously or is taking any steps to "fix it".