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Obama: Federal Workers Do Sometimes Do ‘Boneheaded’ Things

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.”

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