“President Bush apologized Friday for the shoddy conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and promised during a visit to the facility for war veterans that ‘we’re going to fix the problem,'” The Associated Press reports.
“Critics questioned the timing of Bush’s visit six weeks after poor conditions and neglect of veterans were exposed there,” AP reports.
AP reports, “Bush toured the main hospital and Abrams Hall, where soldiers were transferred after they were vacated from the facility’s Building 18, where moldy walls, rodent infestation and other problems went unchecked until reported by the media. He said his conversations with those who had been in Building 18 left him ‘disturbed by their accounts.'”
“‘The problems at Walter Reed were caused by bureaucratic and administrative failures,’ the president said at the end of a more than two-hour visit. ‘The system failed you and it failed our troops and we’re going to fix it,'” AP reports.
AP reports, “Bush first toured a typical — but empty — patient room in Abrams Hall. The room Bush saw featured a wide-screen television and a Macintosh computer on a desk. ‘I appreciate that soldiers have got a Mac’ to communicate with their families, the president said.”
See related article: Soldiers at Walter Reed Building 18 moved, get Apple Macs – March 05, 2007
“Bush declared the situation at Walter Reed unacceptable and ordered a full-scale review of care for veterans. He appointed a presidential commission to study the problems. The Pentagon, Veterans Affairs Department and Congress are conducting a slew of reviews,” AP reports.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rob” for the heads up.]
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