Houston Forward Times

20 November 2013 Written by  Jeffrey L. Boney


proton-rocket-launch-failure-express-am4-satelliteWhy do people get so defensive when you criticize their favorite politician or community figure; or ask thought provoking questions that most engaged folks are thinking themselves?

For some people, their favorite politician or community figure could say that the sky is purple and that the clouds were actually marshmallows and folks would argue anybody down who contested that philosophy. 

Such has been the case since President Barack Obama has taken a significant amount of criticism for the botch Obamacare website rollout that was completely and utterly fumbled.

It’s clear to me that President Obama took for granted how monumental of a task this website rollout would be and he do enough to ensure things were in order for its rollout success. 

I am not a Monday morning quarterback nor am I offering an “I told you so” commentary; but I honestly knew that this website was troubled for some time because there was no “beta” period given for this project. Every single website project has a “beta” period and to not test this website and work out the kinks to deal with any setbacks was suspect to me from the start.

You mean to tell me that we, as Americans, can send a man to the moon, create Facebook and find Osama Bin Laden, but we can’t fix a government healthcare website…..Really?

If we can do all of these wonderful and amazing things as Americans, how is it that we can’t fix a website to enroll people after spending billions of dollars; having over three years to prepare; and supposedly having the best and brightest on board to get in launched?

Tell me what’s illogical about those thoughts and questions?

This was a way to make so more money and pad the pockets of some key contributors, if you ask me, while also keeping people occupied worrying about this, while other critical bills, decisions and contracts get handled.

Folks have lost their health insurance because of this and may not even get it back and you mean to tell me that we shouldn’t address it because he is a Black man who you believe had this website sabotaged in order to make him look bad?

That is ridiculous!

Again…..we are talking about the United States of America.  Are we that vulnerable and unprotected from the inside that we can’t effectively work out the kinks on this President’s most historical and important pieces of legislation in recent memory?

So many people want to give the administration a pass and I will address this administration as I would any other one, because this is an issue that can’t be overlooked and ignored because President Obama is a Black man.

If something is wrong and it negatively impacts you, do you want solutions or excuses? If your cell phone service gets cut off for a few hours or couple of weeks, will you avoid complaining about your service because the CEO of the cell phone company is a Black man?  Of course not!

Remove the fact that he is a Black man and what would your position be then???

This is the President’s signature piece of legislation. If it wasn’t ready to be implemented to simply enroll people, then he should have pulled back as the leader and made sure it was ready.

President Obama and his team should have prepared for and anticipated these sorts of issues and this alleged sabotage that people are claiming. The conspiracy theorists that are of the belief that the website was sabotaged should have been on board and on the frontlines to prevent sabotage and worked through all scenarios. Where were they at before the fumbled launch?

That’s what leaders do. If you are a leader, you are held accountable and President Obama understands that. That is why he came out to speak to the American people and has indicated that fixing this problem is a top priority.

This isn’t picking on the President, but most of these website problems and issues should have been worked out over the past three years.

Trust me, this President has on his big boy pants and can handle this scrutiny. I mean, he handled two grueling elections and the daily criticism from his political opponents and his political allies; so I know he can handle my critique.

The people who were chosen to handle the website launch are supposed to be the best and brightest minds in the world, but they have shown that they weren’t the right company. As a matter of fact, CGI Federal, the main Web site developer, has been known to have mishandled at least 20 other government IT projects, including a flawed effort to automate retirement benefits for millions of federal workers. Why were they hired?  Was it a hook up or just a bad decision?

If people focus on the issues at hand and not focus on the politics and personalities, then I strongly believe that we can get some things done.

Don’t get at me for criticizing the way President Obama handled this website rollout.  I mean, it wasn’t too long ago that he criticized Black folks and told us to stop complaining, take off our bedroom slippers and put on our marching boots. If he can challenge Black folks, then I know he doesn’t have a problem with me doing the same when it concerns him and his failure to launch.

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper.  Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance.  If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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