Sebelius Whatever’s Congress

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius got visibly frustrated middle of a long hearing on the rough roll-out of the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, facing questions from Mississippi Republican Rep. Greg Harper over who bears ultimate responsibility for the troubles with Healthcare.gov.

Sebelius said she bears responsibility for the website and apologized. Harper repeatedly asked whether President Barack Obama bears ultimate responsibility, and Sebelius eventually conceded the point, but only after giving Republicans a choice soundbite.

Rep. Greg Harper: The president ultimately is responsible. While I think it’s great that you’re a team player and you’re taking responsibility, it is the president’s ultimate responsibility, correct?

Sebelius: Um… You clearly… Uh… Whatever. Yes he is the president. Yes he is responsible for government programs.

(MORE: Obama Health Care Official Apologizes for ‘Flawed’ Website Launch)

Watch the exchange below:

13 comments
JasmineH
JasmineH

She answers to the President, therefore he is responsible.

The President answers to the people, therefore the people are responsible.

What the H is his point?  

Really.

GaryKSchwartz
GaryKSchwartz

She should have said, "Bless your heart, you're trying so hard I just can't disappoint you. Yes, sweetie, the president is ultimately responsible. Now you and your friends run along and play while the adults talk."

jmac
jmac

Who's responsible for the ridiculousness of the performance by the Republicans?    McConnell?   Boehner?   

tom_malik
tom_malik

All these congressmen deserve a loud: WHATEVER.   In fact, it would be hard for  someone  to cross path with these men and don't tell them WHATEVER.  Next time I see Cruz, Rubio and Lee  I will pass them by muttering WHATEVER.

The only one that deserves respect is Boehner.  He struggled with these looneys

tom_malik
tom_malik

Yes, the president is responsible in same manner as YOU  are responsible for the Government Shutdown.  These idiots in Congress would have had a higher ground and more distinguished hearings if they wouldn't have succumb to the Cruz scum. 

I feel compelled to clearify that I am  NOT a tea party ignorant looney.  However,  I am for a fiscal  responsibility,  business friendly legislation and separation of church and state.   

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

It looks like Harper isn't enjoying that big sh|t sandwich he's eating.

reallife
reallife

"Uh… Whatever..."

"what difference does it make?"


you libs must be so proud


jbfromBigD
jbfromBigD

Shocking news:  Congress frustrates people trying to actually get things done.  Everyone agrees it is not working.  Some people are trying to fix it and some people are looking for sound bites.

MrObvious
MrObvious

That's putting it mildly to a bunch of boobs that shut down the government over Obamacare and now wrangle their hands about glitches.

raygillies550
raygillies550

@jmac Silly question... Republicans never take responsibility for any thing other than success - the success doesn't even have to be their own. Problems are always caused by someone else.

raygillies550
raygillies550

@tom_malik Ultimately getting business out of the healthcare trade -- wouldn't that be business friendly??

MrObvious
MrObvious

@reallife 

And you should be proud of your GOPer finally figuring out who's the boss of the executive branch. Now for the hard task to teach the 'wingers that they're responsible for passing legislation. 

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@reallife  "you libs must be so proud"

Why? We have a centrist president battling a bunch of traitorous right-wing Republicans in the Congress, supported by a small group of psychopathic plutocrats and millions of bone-ignorant Teatards across the heartland. What is their for a liberal to be proud of? Other than the majority of Americans rejecting Republicans in utter disgust, that is.