Obama: Federal Workers Do Sometimes Do ‘Boneheaded’ Things

by Molly Wharton

The federal government is not the problem, President Obama says, but there are some federal workers don’t always do the right thing.  

At a town-hall meeting in Minneapolis on Thursday, he said, “Are there some federal workers who do boneheaded things? Absolutely.” 

Obama noted the Veterans Affairs waiting-list scandal as an example of “things not working the way they should,” and said the system needs to be reformed. 

“But we can’t paint with a broad brush and say somehow stuff’s not working,” he urged. “In the VA health-care system, once people get in, the quality of care, the satisfaction rates for customers are actually better than in private-sector health care so we can’t generalize like this.”