It seems that Karl Rove's attempt to whitewash the Bush administration's part in the problems we have now with the Veterans Administration was even too much for Fox's Bill O'Reilly to take, and the two of them ended up getting into a heated exchange over it during this Wednesday's The O'Reilly Factor.
In the end though, O'Reilly let Rove hedge and spin his way out of it, and do his best to lay all of the responsibility for the problems at the feet of the Obama administration, rather than the administration he worked for that was responsible for overloading the system with veterans from the two wars they started.
Bill O’Reilly took on Karl Rove over the management of the Department of Veterans Affairs during the Bush administration.
“The problems existed on the day President Bush left office,” the Fox News host said to Rove, who was a White House aide to President George W. Bush, on Wednesday evening.He cited a 2008 report issued by VA to the Obama-Biden presidential transition team that said waiting times at the department were too long and threatened veterans’ access to health care. The report, obtained by CBS News, said, “the problems and causes associated with scheduled, waiting times and waiting lists are systemic.”
Rove responded that Bush doubled the size of the VA budget to invest in modernizing the department and succeeded in decreasing wait times.
“Because President Bush involved the nation in two very intense wars, he had to upgrade the VA facilities. Everybody knows that,” O’Reilly replied, referring to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Rove said later that the 2008 report was written by people assigned by the Obama team and that they were “probably Democrats.”
“You’re wrong,” O’Reilly said, as the two talked over each other. “This came from VA officials,” he added.
Leave it to Rove to try to make someone issuing a report on the VA a partisan issue.
If anyone was wondering if it was possible to out-bully bully-boy Bill O'Reilly, well, you just got your answer.