The point here is that Obama didn’t actually meet with Sebelius.
A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis finds that from July 12, 2010, to Nov. 30, 2013, the president’s public schedule records zero one-on-one meetings between Obama and Sebelius. Equally shocking, over the same period, the president’s calendar lists 277 private meetings with his other Cabinet secretaries (excluding full Cabinet meetings).
Given these startling findings, and the fact that the White House calendar did not reflect meetings prior to July 12, 2010, GAI researchers then performed a second analysis using another respected recorder of presidential activity, the POLITICO presidential calendar. The results: Just one April 21, 2010 entry was found listing a White House meeting between Obama and Sebelius—and even that was a joint meeting with then Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
While Obama should have been meeting with Sebelius considering that she had been given responsibility for his key “achievement” it wouldn’t have actually changed anything.
Higher ups knew that the website wasn’t working. They chose not to pass the message up to Obama. Or they did pass the message up and are denying it now.
It’s not as if Obama would have sat down for brunch with Sebelius and she would have come out and told him that the website doesn’t work. If she had been capable of that elementary level of responsibility, the word would have already gone up to senior staffers through other channels.
Obama spends very little time with cabinet members. And that’s a symptom of a broken workplace culture. But the entire process is a sign of the same broken workplace culture.
This is an administration that is very good at spin and very bad at functionality.