Gee whiz, Kathleen, didn’t you hear what President Obama said to Jay Leno in March 2009? Here’s a reminder for those who don’t read this blog that often:
And one of the things that I’m trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame. And I think Geithner is doing an outstanding job. I think that we have a big mess on our hands. It’s not going to be solved immediately, but it is going to get solved. And the key thing is for everybody just to stay focused on doing the job instead of trying to figure out who you can pass blame on to.
But, alas, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is passing the blame onto someone else. In her testimony tomorrow before the House of Representatives, she intends to “blame contractors, not HHS, for Healthcare.gov problems in House testimony“:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will tell a House committee tomorrow the site’s botched rollout was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations – not bad management at HHS, as the contractors suggested.
Wouldn’t a good executive have recognized well before the rollout date that the contractors were derelict in their duties?
UPDATE (from Jeff): Today Sebelius is doing the opposite and apologizing. Someone must have explained to her, finally, that it’s part of her job to publicly fall on her sword for her boss.