White House Calls Critical Bioterrorism Report 'Absurd'

03/28/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Obama White House is pushing back against a federal panel's "report card" giving it an F for failing to prepare the country's defenses against a bioterror attack.

"We think it's absurd," said a White House official, who didn't want to be publicly identified criticizing the commission in public. "We think we've done a lot." And while the official says the timing is purely a coincidence, Obama plans to address the issue in the State of the Union tomorrow night.

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