Breaking: Obama calls Shinseki to White House … again; Update: Duckworth calls for his resignation

posted at 9:16 am on May 30, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Gee, two meetings with the boss in two weeks? Not bad for a Cabinet Secretary whose last face time with the President had been almost two years earlier. It’s amazing the kind of attention that a scandal can bring. Once again, the Commander in Chief has summoned his embattled subordinate for another unscheduled meeting:

President Barack Obama is summoning VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to the White House Friday morning.

The meeting comes amid mounting calls for the embattled Shinseki to resign. There are widespread allegations of treatment delays at VA hospitals around the country. Shinseki is expected to give the president an update on a review he has been conducting.

Last week, Barack Obama had the perfect set-up to dismiss Shinseki. The scandal had made it clear that Shinseki had little knowledge and even less control over the VA despite years of bragging about improvements, and despite massive growth in the VA budget (78% over six budget cycles, and $235 billion in additions over the FY2008 baseline.) Instead of asking for Shinseki’s resignation, though, Obama kept him on board and extolled Shinseki’s qualities, although pointedly not his work.

One might expect something else from the do-over. However, Shinseki spent the early part of the morning apologizing to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, and admitting that the problems at the VA are “systemic”:

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized Friday for what he called “irresponsible and unacceptable” practices at VA health care facilities and announced that he has started the process of firing leadership at the Phoenix facility at the epicenter of the scandal.

‘Given the facts I now know, I apologize as the senior leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs,” he said at a meeting of the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans in Washington D.C.

“I cannot explain the lack of integrity among some of the leaders of our health care facilities,” he said. “This is something I rarely encountered during 38 years in uniform. And so I will not defend it, because it is indefensible, but I can take responsibility for it and I do.”

President Barack Obama is set to meet with Shinseki at 10:15 a.m. ET Friday “to receive an update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

Last night, Obama let it be known that he wanted to have a “serious conversation” with Shinseki about whether he was the right man to reform the organization that, er, he’s led for the past five and a half years:

President Obama said he will have a “serious conversation” with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki about whether he’s the right person to address the veterans’ care crisis.

The comment, made during an interview taped Thursday for “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” was played on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.

With calls for him to resign hanging over his head, Shinseki on Friday will face representatives of people particularly vulnerable to his agency’s medical failings.

The problem is that Obama seems to be the last person having that conversation:

So does this mean that Shinseki will get the boot? If Obama wanted to gain himself some breathing space on the scandal, then he could have done so last week. The new IG report created a quantum leap in pressure to act since then, but if that’s what Obama had in mind, then why did the White House allow Shinseki to make his speech this morning? That sounds like the beginning of an attempt at rehabilitating Shinseki, especially with his announcement that he’s sacking the executive management at the Phoenix VA.

We’ll see. So far, the only announcement from the White House is that the meeting will take place at 10:15. If they call a presser later like they did last week, I’d bet that it won’t be to extol Shinseki’s virtues a second time.

Update: This should get the White House worried about another endorsement of Shinseki’s continued run at the VA:

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a former Veterans Affairs official who lost both of her legs while serving in combat during the Iraq war, said Friday that her former boss Eric Shinseki should resign.

“Our first priority should be the veterans and at this point whether Secretary Shinseki will stay or go is too much of a distraction,” she said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post. “I think he has to go. He certainly loves veterans, but it’s time for new leadership, it’s time to get someone in who will put veterans first. We’ve moved away from veterans being the primacy of the conversation. It’s now a political discussion and that’s not where it should be when it comes to our nation’s heroes.”

That’s going to hurt if Obama doesn’t act today. [Updated with corrected transcription.]


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“Not only are you on probation but now you will have to go without supper!”

Don’t mess with Bark, he has a spine of steel.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Choom break?

Oil Can on May 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Weak, vacillating ‘leadership’.

changer1701 on May 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Last time we were convinced it meant Shins was on his way out, even though we should have known better. Now I don’t know what to believe when it comes to this clown show of an administration.

NotCoach on May 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Breaking: Obama calls Shinseki to White House … again

If Shinseki was Sec. Of State on 9/11/2012…

He wouldn’t be bothered with these pesky White House visits…

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 9:22 AM

What is that sound?

Sounds like the ObamaBus is getting ready for another victim to be thrown under it… Of course that bus has to have been upgraded with monster truck tiers by now to have enough ground clearance for all the bodies…

Looking good for those of us who predicted Shinseki would be the Friday news “dump”.

Now the question is where he resurfaces… Which Soros “thinktank” organization would be best suited for an anti-American former general?

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Wonder how long Obama will make him sit and wait?

TimBuk3 on May 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

C’mon. It’s easy:

Keep him in the role and let the bipartisan chorus grow that “he has to be fired.” Then a week later, fire him.

The whole push this past week was for the firing. So Obama cans him today. The end. Scandal over. No reforms, no fixes, conversation over.

chuckfinlay on May 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Stuck

Bmore on May 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

For a stern talking to.

No one’s madder than Obama.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Breaking: Obama calls Shinseki to White House … again

I hope it is after 1PM or so….

Obama needs to get his daily briefing read the newspaper

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

“I cannot explain the lack of integrity among some of the leaders of our health care facilities,” he said. “This is something I rarely encountered during 38 years in uniform. And so I will not defend it, because it is indefensible, but I can take responsibility for it and I do.”

Lack of integrity starts at the top you worthless crap weasel!

he has started the process of firing leadership at the Phoenix facility at the epicenter of the scandal.

Phoenix isn’t the epicenter. It was just the first crack in the dam. Before we knew that every VA facility had these unofficial wait lists as a matter of policy to willfully hide the real wait times.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

President Barack Obama plans to meet with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday morning and says he will have a “serious conversation” with him about his “capacity” to adequately handle the problems in the department.

Well that makes me feel so much better…we can all relax now and know that it is being taken care of by our president…

And tell Putin he dodged a bullet, that could have been him receiving a “serious conversation”…

right2bright on May 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM

What is that sound?

Sounds like the ObamaBus is getting ready for another victim to be thrown under it… Of course that bus has to have been upgraded with monster truck tiers by now to have enough ground clearance for all the bodies…

Looking good for those of us who predicted Shinseki would be the Friday news “dump”.

Now the question is where he resurfaces… Which Soros “thinktank” organization would be best suited for an anti-American former general?

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:22 AM

There have been very few top official that have been thrown under the bus.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM

“Look Eric, I don’t like ‘em any more than you do but they’re loud, vocal and people seem to respect them. So, at least pretend to be sympathetic to their ridiculous demands.”

MaiDee on May 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Incomptant trying to be combatant?

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Wonder how long Obama will make him sit and wait?

TimBuk3 on May 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Right after his meeting with Jay-Z and Oprah…

right2bright on May 30, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Phoenix isn’t the epicenter. It was just the first crack in the dam. Before we knew that every VA facility had these unofficial wait lists as a matter of policy to willfully hide the real wait times.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Culture of corruption.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Compatant….

sorrowen on May 30, 2014 at 9:26 AM

this will not be the shinsenskicide all of you are hoping for.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:28 AM

The only way “Ric” could be above the accountability line would be if he had “discovered” the fraud, announced it to the public, and then rolled some heads.

Since he has yet to any of those things, he is the prime target, and deservedly so.

You cannot be both in charge, and not responsible.

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Hey, sorry I’m way OT with this, but has anyone else heard about this Directive 2035.18 thing?

Archimedes on May 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM

he has started the process of firing leadership at the Phoenix facility at the epicenter of the scandal.

And they all get lawyers and sue over being fired.Mark my words.

docflash on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Little late there Obama

cmsinaz on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

There have been very few top official that have been thrown under the bus.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM

thats because obama is a good leader who does not bow to public pressure when it is wrong. he is loyal to his people and leaves no man behind. he knows shinsenski is not to blame and will not punish him accordingly.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

You cannot be both in charge, and not responsible.

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Apparently you’ve been in a coma for the last 5 years, homophobe.

Why do you hate history?

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Wonder how long Obama will make him sit and wait?

TimBuk3 on May 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

It’s 9:30. No way Obama is up, dressed, and ready for what he calls “work” at this early hour!

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Hey, sorry I’m way OT with this, but has anyone else heard about this Directive 2035.18 thing?

Archimedes on May 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Yes, it has to do with the Final Solution for tea party people. Don’t worry though, the cattle cars will have air conditioning so your ride to the “East” should be somewhat comfortable.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM

thats because obama is a good leader who does not bow to public pressure when it is wrong. he is loyal to his people and leaves no man behind. he knows shinsenski is not to blame and will not punish him accordingly.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Wrong, racist, it’s because Barack HUSSEIN Obama is the perfect messiah, the 12th imam, Teh Won we’ve all been waiting for.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:33 AM

President Barack Obama is set to meet with Shinseki at 10:15 a.m. ET Friday “to receive an update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

That may be first time such an invitation has ever been let. Does Ric know how to get to the WH? Hope his visit request is up to date.

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Apparently you’ve been in a coma for the last 5 years, homophobe.

Why do you hate history?

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM

That was unkind.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

You figure Obama has to fire him at this point. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if he still resists the calls to do so. Maybe(and I’m just spitballing here) the reason he’s so hesitant aside from his massive ego is that the moment he cans Shinseki, he essentially takes ownership of the problem(i.e. the Limbaugh Theorem).

Sure, Obama and the Dems will try afterwards to say the problem is solved now that Shinseki is gone, but if this really is systemic and widespread and reports of dead veterans keep surfacing, this scandal could consume the rest of his Presidency. Plus Obama hates to actually do any real work.

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Eric, Valerie’s told me I have to fire you…

jon1979 on May 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

thats because obama is a good leader who does not bow to public pressure when it is wrong. he is loyal to his people and leaves no man behind. he knows shinsenski is not to blame and will not punish him accordingly.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Do you think Obama is incompetent because he’s black, or are there other factors?

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Come on people, give the man a break. He has only known about this issue for 5 years. What do you expect? Sheesh…….

Johnnyreb on May 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Apparently you’ve been in a coma for the last 5 years, homophobe.

Why do you hate history?

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM

That was unkind.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Apparently you’re unfamiliar with Bishop.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Obama has nothing to gain by firing this guy.

There is no scandal that will stick to Obama.

And we all know why that is.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Fish rot from the head down. This entire anti-military agenda is the heart and soul of the left.
Firing this clown merely allows the Obama media to proclaim that it is over.

Hint: killing one bee doesn’t get rid of the hive. Unless you get rid of the queen.

Don L on May 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

thats because obama is a good leader who does not bow to public pressure when it is wrong. he is loyal to his people and leaves no man behind. he knows shinsenski is not to blame and will not punish him accordingly.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Chris Stevens is unavailable for comment.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Apparently you’re unfamiliar with Bishop.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

It was sarcasm.

You’re welcome.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Shinseki, like all upper management, is shocked to find the American people expected him to actually perform some function during his tenure. At the very least he could have read an email or two concerning the long ago reported scheduling and care failures.

Fire Shinseki and fine and jail every single person who gained from this deplorable wait-list scheme.

ROCnPhilly on May 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I know, I the Gertz piece, is it true though? Someone needs to verify or debunk it. As slow Joe B would say, this is a big effin deal!

Archimedes on May 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Obama has nothing to gain by firing this guy.

There is no scandal that will stick to Obama.

And we all know why that is.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Teflon is black.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

It was sarcasm.

You’re welcome.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Got it.

Bitter Clinger on May 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

That was unkind.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

You’re right, instead of “coma” I should have used “uncontested vegetative state” (ht: Dog Eater). I’m an unfeeling jerk.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

thats because obama is a good leader who does not bow to public pressure when it is wrong. he is loyal to his people and leaves no man behind. he knows shinsenski is not to blame and will not punish him accordingly.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

You’ve posted this exact comment in other threads – right down to the misspelling of “Shinseki.” You’re not very good at this trolling thing, are ya.

TarheelBen on May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

thats because obama is a good leader who does not bow to public pressure when it is wrong. he is loyal to his people and leaves no man behind. he knows shinsenski is not to blame and will not punish him accordingly.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Ol KockOnTheBrain reminds me of the dude you see wandering around in any major downtown area…pantless and sniffing airplane glue muttering to himself.

HumpBot Salvation on May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Hey, sorry I’m way OT with this, but has anyone else heard about this Directive 2035.18 thing? Archimedes on May 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM

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Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I’m an unfeeling jerk.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

What? don’t be ridicules, you haven’t been that warm and fuzzy since the third grade…

oscarwilde on May 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

You’re right, instead of “coma” I should have used “uncontested vegetative state” (ht: Dog Eater). I’m an unfeeling jerk.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I didn’t say it was undeserved.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

“Good Job Brownie er, Shinseki”

Don L on May 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

You’re right, instead of “coma” I should have used “uncontested vegetative state” (ht: Dog Eater). I’m an unfeeling jerk.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Thats because you’ve lost your touch for First Post. You should probably give yourself more credit than you do.

I don’t care. Bishop is awesome.

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Do you think Obama is incompetent because he’s black, or are there other factors?

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

The non-threatening beta-make personality traits Obama had to have to get elected make him an incompetent leader. If he was more aggressive and decisive with his hard left ideology, he would have scared away not just general election voters, but Democratic primary voters in 2008, who would have run to Hillary out of fear Obama was nothing more than Al Sharpton with teleprompter-reading ability.

He’s not incompetent because he’s black. He’s incompetent because he’s a black liberal who had to hide who he really was to get elected, and never would have been able to do so over a two-year election campaign with an alpha-male personality. (At the same time, it’s not that those on the left thought Obama was going to be this much of a wimp as president. They knew he was lying to the American public about his beliefs during the 2008 election and were hoping he also was lying to them about his temperament, and once sworn in would turn into alpha-male Barack who would go full Hugo Chavez on his and their enemies. The fact he is who he was personality-wise has frustrated them since that time, and as the failures bubble up more and more so does their anger and frustration at Obama.)

jon1979 on May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

thats because obama is a good leader…..blah..blah..blah he is loyal to his people and leaves no man behind. blah..blah..blah…he knows shinsenski is not to blame and will not punish him accordingly. blah..blah…blah..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Say it enough times…
And you can almost feel the awesomeness of Obama…

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Shinseki will announce that he’ll be resigning in order to spend more time with his family–as soon as they notify him of an opening.

Barnestormer on May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Veterans Affairs hospitals secret waiting lists allegations

Phoenix, AZ, US
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More: Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he has begun process for removal of senior officials at VA Medical Center in Phoenix – @markknoller
End of alert
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Eric Shinseki
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on hospital scandal: ‘I will not defend it … But I will take responsibility for it’ – @DavidMDrucker
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The White House, Washington, DC, US
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White House says President Obama will meet with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki at 10:15 am ET in the Oval Office – @nedrapickler
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Photo: Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki before beginning his speech to National Coalition for Homeless Veterans – @dougmillsnyt
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Eric Shinseki
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says last few weeks have been ‘challenging’ for the VA; says VA has proven it can fix problems – live video
End of alert

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/phoenix-veterans-hospital-investigated/

canopfor on May 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I guess 6pm news dump will happen to earlier?

cmsinaz on May 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

When Joe Pesci walks into the room and sees the plastic tarp on the floor…

Roy Rogers on May 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Stick a fork in him. You don’t go see Bammy a second time on a Friday and survive.

Ray Van Dune on May 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

this will not be the shinsenskicide all of you are hoping for.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I don’t really care if he fires Shinseki or not. Replacing Shinseki will NOT fix the problems at the V.A. or get care for the veterans who are on waiting lists.

TarheelBen on May 30, 2014 at 9:49 AM

You’ve posted this exact comment in other threads – right down to the misspelling of “Shinseki.” You’re not very good at this trolling thing, are ya.

TarheelBen on May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Based on the number of serious responses he get here at HA I’d say he could do worse.

But that says more about us than him.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Say it enough times…
And you can almost feel the awesomeness of Obama…

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Or the utter mindless state of his minions and supporters.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Stick a fork in him. You don’t go see Bammy a second time on a Friday and survive.

Ray Van Dune on May 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Agreed. He’s toast.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM

And they all get lawyers and sue over being fired.Mark my words.

docflash on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

They are in the process of being fired. Nothing says the intent is to ever fire them.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 22m

In the interview, taped yesterday, Pres Obama said Shinseki is an American hero who cares about veterans more than anyone he knows.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 23m

Asked about Shinseki, Pres. Obama said he’ll have “a serious discussion” with him on whether he’s up to the job of fixing the V.A.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 27m

Pres Obama says of Hillary Clinton: “I always admired her.” “We’ve become really good friends.”

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 29m

“If she were to run for president, she’d be very effective at that,” said Pres Obama about Hillary Clinton in interview on @KellyandMichael.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 39m

Shinseki said he waited till after his remarks on homeless veterans to address “the elephant in the room.”

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 45m

Shinseki offered the apology at the end of a previously scheduled speech to the Natl Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 47m

Shinseki said he apologizes “to the people I care most deeply about: the veterans of this great country” and their families & loved ones.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 48m

“So given the facts I now know, I apologize, as the senior leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Shinseki.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 50m

Shinseki admits he was “too trusting” of some subordinates when he initially said VA scandal was isolated. He now concedes it is “systemic.”

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 51m

Shinseki says he can’t explain “the lack of integrity” displayed by some VA officials in the delayed treatment scandal.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 52m

“This situation can be fixed,” says Shinseki of the V.A. scandal. He also says he’s cancelled bonuses for all VA healthcare officials.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 54m

Shinseki also calls on Congress to pass legislation giving him greater authority to remove subordinates from office.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 55m

Shinseki says he has initiated process for removal of senior officials at VA Medical Center in Phoenix.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 57m

Shinseki offers apology to veterans for the “indefensible” treatment delays at VA. “I can take responsibility for it,” he just said.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1h

WH just announced Pres Obama will meet with Secy Shinseki at 1015am/ET in the Oval Office. No press coverage.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1h

Shinseki says last few weeks have been “challenging” for everyone at the VA. But he says VA has proven it can fix problems, “even big ones.”

https://twitter.com/markknoller

canopfor on May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

It doesn’t have that same lovin’ feelin’ it used to, not with the falling number of comments on most threads these days. “First!” used to mean something, now it’s just a cheap public union gimmick.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Obama’s probably just going to make him stand in the corner in the oval office.

Oldnuke on May 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I don’t really care if he fires Shinseki or not. Replacing Shinseki will NOT fix the problems at the V.A. or get care for the veterans who are on waiting lists.

TarheelBen on May 30, 2014 at 9:49 AM

This is true because there is no fixing government bureaucracy.

No matter how much money you throw at it a government entity cannot function like or be as efficient as a private entity.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Stick a fork in him. You don’t go see Bammy a second time on a Friday and survive.

Ray Van Dune on May 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Unless it’s to get Mooch out of the house…

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

For a stern talking to.

No one’s madder than Obama.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

And don’t forget that he won’t rest until it’s fixed.

NavyMustang on May 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

thats because obama is a good leader who does not bow to public pressure when it is wrong. he is loyal to his people and leaves no man behind. he knows shinsenski is not to blame and will not punish him accordingly. ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

You’ve posted this exact comment in other threads – right down to the misspelling of “Shinseki.” TarheelBen on May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

There’s a good reason for that.

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I’m an unfeeling jerk.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Truer words seldom spoken. Bigot!

Bmore on May 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

How dare Shinseki embarrass the One this way, forcing him to make a decision and his people to answer questions. Obama must be furious.

“Valeria, why is it we just can’t find good help these days?”

ROCnPhilly on May 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

They are in the process of being fired. Nothing says the intent is to ever fire them.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

They ended up re-hiring or shuffling around the people supposedly “fired” for Fast and Furious…

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I know what you mean. HA is more and more beginning to sound like an Eric Cantor/John Boehner press release.

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Oops. “Valerie”

ROCnPhilly on May 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Under Shinseki our veterans lost their lives. Stop the babbling BS Obama and fire this despicable man. And yes, I know he was a general but frankly I couldn’t care less if he was a 13 star general, he must be punished for his neglect and incompetence.

rplat on May 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

All politics, all the time.

forest on May 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 57m

Shinseki offers apology to veterans for the “indefensible” treatment delays at VA. “I can take responsibility for it,” he just said.

canopfor on May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

How does one apologize to dead men?

Don L on May 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Washington Examiner @dcexaminer · 5m

Eric Shinseki fights back, fires leaders of Phoenix Veterans Affairs facility (@susancrabtree) http://washex.am/1k7HcLl
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Eric Shinseki fights back, fires leaders of Phoenix Veterans Affairs facility
By Susan Crabtree | May 30, 2014 | 4:35 am
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http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2549104

canopfor on May 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Truer words seldom spoken. Bigot!

Bmore on May 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

That was indiscriminate.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

thats because obama is a good leader who does not bow to public pressure when it is wrong. he is loyal to his people and leaves no man behind. he knows shinsenski is not to blame and will not punish him accordingly.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

THAT is some funny sh1t!

What a good leader does is remove the head of the organization, then sends in someone competent to clean house, a hammer to recalibrate the department. After that, he puts in another competent leader to build the place back up.

Obama is incapable of such actions.

We saw what a “good leader” he was when he went to bed while one of his Ambassadors was being slaughtered. A real leader would have camped out in the situation room.

NavyMustang on May 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

canopfor on May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

How does one apologize to dead men?

Don L on May 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Don L: A tad awkward, me thinks!:)

canopfor on May 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

If Obama does sack Shinseki, I wonder what Shinseki would think to be more honorable to do, be honest and open about how he followed Obama’s direction on implementing the secret wait lists, or continue to be silent about it?

Dusty on May 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

How dare Shinseki embarrass the One this way, forcing him to make a decision and his people to answer questions. Obama must be furious.

“Valeria, why is it we just can’t find good help these days?”

ROCnPhilly on May 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

What has Obama done to deserve this?

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Looks like they’ve reached the point where “Ric” is
going to stand there while Val hurls rotten vegetables
from Michelle’s garden at him…

ToddPA on May 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

How does one apologize to dead men?

Don L on May 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Shinseki should have pulled a “what difference….” remark..

It worked for Killary.

Electrongod on May 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

canopfor on May 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

“I’m you all down with me…..”

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

The non-threatening beta-make personality traits Obama had to have to get elected make him an incompetent leader. If he was more aggressive and decisive with his hard left ideology, he would have scared away not just general election voters, but Democratic primary voters in 2008, who would have run to Hillary out of fear Obama was nothing more than Al Sharpton with teleprompter-reading ability.

He’s not incompetent because he’s black. He’s incompetent because he’s a black liberal who had to hide who he really was to get elected, and never would have been able to do so over a two-year election campaign with an alpha-male personality. (At the same time, it’s not that those on the left thought Obama was going to be this much of a wimp as president. They knew he was lying to the American public about his beliefs during the 2008 election and were hoping he also was lying to them about his temperament, and once sworn in would turn into alpha-male Barack who would go full Hugo Chavez on his and their enemies. The fact he is who he was personality-wise has frustrated them since that time, and as the failures bubble up more and more so does their anger and frustration at Obama.)

jon1979 on May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

LOL. Too funny.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM


https://twitter.com/LeoShane

Leo Shane III @LeoShane · 12m

For the record, Shinseki said he supports @SenSanders version of #VAaccountability act. Remains to be seen how that syncs w/ House version

Leo Shane III @LeoShane · 13m

Emotional Shinseki promises the VA scandals “can be fixed,” vows changes at department http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20140530/BENEFITS04/305300041?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

canopfor on May 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

How does one apologize to dead men?

Don L on May 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

You make a televised statement their deaths don’t make any difference.

BobMbx on May 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Probably to give him a pat on the back …….
and a flack jacket .

Lucano on May 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I know he was a general but…

rplat on May 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Our military has more than its share of weasels. Joe Sestak, who ran for Senate in PA, was a U.S. Navy Admiral and he quickly proved himself to be a scheming, lying sack-o-sh!t.

ROCnPhilly on May 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Once again, the Commander in Chief has summoned his embattled subordinate for another unscheduled meeting

Well, Barry’s staff hadn’t had the time to complete a review of Sinseki’s IRS returns for the last 10 years, before the last meeting so there had to be a second one to finish up the conversation.

Dusty on May 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM

According to Twitter, Shinseki received a standing ovation at the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans annual conference. Unreal.

debg on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Eric, aka GEN Beret, will soon announce he needs to spend more time with his family

Dingbat63 on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

According to Twitter, Shinseki received a standing ovation at the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans annual conference. Unreal. debg on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The what?! I guess at least while they’re at the conference they get rooms.

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

According to Twitter, Shinseki received a standing ovation at the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans annual conference. Unreal.

debg on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Did these homeless veterans receive a free meal?

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Alternate headline: Loser-in-Chief to meet with Loser he hand picked for a job.

GarandFan on May 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

The problem is not Shinseki. The problem is socialism. The problem is bureaucracy. The problem is government.

The Democrats want to turn your healthcare into the VHA. They will get treatment. You will be put on the waiting list.

Ted Torgerson on May 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

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