Stephen Colbert is positively giddy that the GOP finally has a “real scandal” to focus on — allegations that dozens of veterans died awaiting treatment at VA hospitals.
The comedian said on Thursday’s “The Colbert Report” that so far, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has ignored calls for his resignation “because he knows that once he retires, he’ll have to use healthcare from the VA.”
Colbert also suggested President Barack Obama “get the NSA to start spying on Wolf Blitzer” so news of such scandals reaches him faster. The only other way the President could have been tipped off about problems at the agency, Colbert said, was when the Bush administration sent his team a memo outlining the difficulties veterans faced in seeking care from VA facilities.
“There was a memo. It warned them,” he said. “Bush even personalized it: ‘P.S. VA totally f-ed up. See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya!’”
“These veterans are suffering under Obama’s watch, after he declared them a top priority and his team had been alerted to misconduct,” Colbert continued with a wide grin. “Do you know what that means? It means we finally have a real scandal. A real scandal!”
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