President Obama Vs. The FDA
The New York Times ran a front page story yesterday on the numerous conflicts between the White House and the Food and Drug Administration. The Bush Administration had regularly overruled the FDA but the agency thought things would be different under President Obama. But apparently the FDA hasn’t been paying attention for the last several decades.
The administration also views the agency’s hostility to its oversight as hopelessly naïve, given a 24-hour news cycle and a ferocious political environment that punishes any misstep.
“They want a world that doesn’t exist anymore,” an administration official said.
Rightly or wrongly the President gets blamed or gets credit for everything that every agency of the executive branch does (see Solyndra). That’s why every President, Democrat and Republican, has tried to exercise stricter control over those agencies. And there is nothing that Margaret Hamburg (head of the FDA — pictured) can do to stop that.