CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: To quote the president, I'm not stupid enough to not react when I hear the president of the United States say, as we just heard him say, I was not informed directly that the website would -- now what in God's sake does that mean, indirectly? The historian Bea Kristol was once asked if she read a certain book and she said, 'yes, but not personally.' So what does it mean, he was indirectly told? How was he told? What did he hear?
Look, what we're having here is this sort of a Clintonian way for him to protect himself in case there is a memo that comes out in which he was informed by another person. But what's happening here is the unraveling of the cover up. This is not a cover up of corrupt misconduct, it's a cover up of cosmic incompetence of the fact that they began to be told in March and nobody acted and nobody said. So, we now know the secretary of HHS knew, high officials in the White House knew way back in December and then pretended in a hearing two weeks later to Congress, it's all working well.
BRET BAIER: In March and then in April.
KRAUTHAMMER: Exactly. And then in the run-up, there's all these reassurances and we know the president had been briefed himself about that McKinsey study. So he knew, how much he knew, we are not sure. But this is a level of incompetence that is indescribable. And it stands to reason. We've got a president who never ran anything. He was never a governor. He never ran a hot dog stand in his life and he presumed that his team could remake one-sixth of the American committee and this is what happens.