Editor’s note: this article contains language some will find offensive.
The news that Veterans Affairs medical facilities had been lying about patient wait list times and delaying treating patients in a timely manner, to make their services appear better in reports to the government, is not new news, but it’s making headlines again. And this time, even the president’s fans are mad at the way the government under Obama has mistreated veterans. Continued after the video.
In a profanity-laced rant on the “Daily Show” May 19, liberal comedian Jon Stewart mocked the VA Secretary General Shinseki who testified before Congress that horror stories were “isolated cases” that made him “mad as hell.” Stewart deemed General Shinseki’s response “not strong enough” and suggested, “Mother Fucking Shit does seem appropriate.” Throughout the segment Stewart would open a jar labeled, “Veterans’ Affairs F*@K-Ups,” which would shout out swear words.
Stewart then went after the White House’s tepid response to the situation. After playing a video of the White House Chief of Staff relaying, “The president was madder than hell. I’ve got the scars to prove it,” Stewart mocked, “Ooh yeah, I’m sure the story of how you got those scars will really impress the guys waiting for the VA for treatment ... ‘I got this when some spittle hit me in the eyebrow!’”
Comparing it to the 2007 Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal, Stewart lamented, “Our government leaders are clearly suffering from ‘Post-Bureaucratic Stress Disorder (PBSD)’...That wake-up call was seven years ago, but for some reason we just keep hitting the fucking snooze button.”