So Sebelius took responsibility for the glitches and promised to get them fixed.
“I am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov,” Sebelius said of the online disaster.
She apologized to folks unable to buy health insurance because of the flawed Web site. The problems are “fixable,” she said.
And there was an obituary-worthy quote. “Hold me accountable for the debacle,” Sebelius said. “I’m responsible.”
While Sebelius squirmed, Clinton continued her post-Cabinet life of giving speeches, raising money and, presumably, working on her 2016 presidential campaign. She’s been stumping for old friend Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia.
Holder, whom we had last seen in New Zealand, is in Morocco this week, speaking at the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery and the Institut Supérieur de la Magistrature.
We’re thinking those two are having much more fun.
Less strange than fiction
John Owens, nominated by President Obama
for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, may not be familiar to most people. But what if he were a character in the legal-themed rom-com “Legally Blonde”? He’d practically be famous.
Owens once feared he had been lampooned in the “Blonde” franchise. And with good reason. Amanda Brown, his former classmate at Stanford Law, penned the novel “Elle One” (the title is a play on “L1,”
Scott Turow’s classic book about law-school life). “Elle One” was renamed after it was translated into the big screen as “Legally Blonde,” the story of an unlikely legal student named Elle Woods.
In an essay he wrote for Legal Times in 2001, Owens recalled hearing rumors that Brown was working on a “tell-all” about their class. He recounted watching the movie and reading the book with dread.
The movie, starring Reese Witherspoon, contained nothing that alarmed him. But a character in the novel named “Johnno” sounded familiar to Owens, mostly because their names sound similar. Was he Johnno? He figured not, since the character was “not the brightest bulb on the tree.”
But perhaps, he mused, portraying him as a dummy might be “Amanda’s poetic-license revenge”? Finally, he simply asked the author. Turns out he failed to inspire any of her literary creations.
His lesson from the experience was “not to wait until the big trial to treat someone well; start at the beginning.” You never know who’s noticing — and whether they’ll someday get a book deal.