Skip to comments.Analysis: Shinseki exit breaks Obama’s crisis mold
Posted on 05/31/2014 8:14:38 AM PDT by Olog-hai
This was not in the Barack Obama playbook. The resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday did not follow the usual arc of a crisis in the Obama administration.
Obama prefers to not get sucked into a drama and cede in the heat of the moment. Hed rather send in fixers and have the bloodletting occur in due course. Shinseki, however, tendered his resignation at the height of a political clamor for his departure and as revelations of systemic delays in veterans patient care mounted daily. Shinseki left even before the review Obama had ordered of the departments problems was completed. [ ]
The inspector general, examining the troubled VA health care system in Phoenix, found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were at risk of being lost or forgotten after being kept off an official waiting list. That came after allegations that as many as 40 veterans may have died while awaiting care at the agencys Phoenix facilities. For a president who lists veterans as a priority, that suggests a massive failure.
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Obama said , he always takes responsibly and in the next sentence he blamed the VA problem on Bush
Shinseki was supposedly a great VA administrator, and left because he didn’t want to be a distraction. If he’s such a great administrator, why wouldn’t Obama want to keep him around to fix the mess?
the bus he throws people under needs an underbus inspection by Holder and zer0 himself....
this marxist POS needs to go.
Too bad Obama won’t get to milk this like the Trayvon Martin incident or the Newtown shootings....it migh have brought him up 2 points.../s
Which tells me that Shinseki was only a small part of the problem.
When the democrats refused to vote for the 3 page VA accountability bill which would allow easy firings for incompetence, I immediately thought “UNIONS”.
Hillary is now in charge. She wasn’t having lunch with 0.
0 was having lunch with her to get his marching orders.
Remember all of those FBI files?
Just after the November elections, Biden will resign due to prostate cancer (or some other medical condition). Hillary will get the VP appointment, and run for President as the sitting VP.
Obama doesn’t mind firing General Shinseki. The Secretary isn’t female or a protected minority, just a man with a distinguished military career.
The VA inspector general's report and a preliminary review by Shinseki himself depicted the problems as widespread. The inspector generals report offered another troubling observation: The issues went back nearly a decade, before Obamas presidency.We know Obama knew about it and that its on the record that he ran for the presidency on it; blather about an IG report is blather. Point is, he did nothing about it and even made it worse. Thats called a Blame Bush Fail.
Thats hardly a comfort for Obama and his beleaguered White House. Obama served on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that reviewed those inspector general studies. He ran for president in 2008 with a promise to improve the delivery of benefits for veterans. His wife has made helping veterans and their families a priority. Last week, Obama called the care of veterans one of the causes of my presidency.
‘Obama prefers to not get sucked into a drama and cede in the heat of the moment’
No-drama Obama?? Yeah, right. Obama is sooooo predictable. Drag it out, then say it is old news. Then fire the person Obama is blaming, then ignore the problem and create another diversion drama. If we had a Press that was even half responsible, Obama would have never had the opportunity to destroy this once great country.
Obama would replace Shinseki with Medea Benjamin if he thought he could get away with it.
He’d replace Kerry with Medea Benjamin if he thought he could get away with it.
Good. Maybe she’ll have a real stroke this time.
Interesting (and scary).
Exactly as Rush predicted.
Hmmmmm. If “O” and “Ho” didn’t hate each other quite so much, that would be a near certainty.
Bottom line- Shinseki was a lousy, self centered executive and his lord and overseer Bammy, is even worse, but none of that matters to the fascists running the switches. What matters is the warp spped fundamental transformation of the USA into a euro style socialist state.
Obama fires Shinseki but keeps Holder? Racism.
This is actually going to work out for Shinseki.
“I resigned from the corrupt Obama Administration.”
I doubt it breaks any mold. The WaPo and NYT among other news organs have declared his high-holiness to be incompetent. That’ll be hard to walk back.
More stories on Obamacare failures and loss of job-related private insurance will keep things roiling right into November and beyond.
VA failures will continue to roll-out too. This administration and Dem led Senate will never allow a move to privatize the system and close VA facilities by issuing vouchers for us to take to a preferred clinic or hospital.
Yes, in a few cases it is already being done, but not in the main. There is too much political power and support in the lib/dem conglomerate that runs these VA facilities (and many other bureaus in our federal government). To eliminate that power base by going private would jeopardize the source of political donations and the source of reliable Dem votes.
1. Set somebody up to take the blame.
2. Let that person handle the heat until badly burned.
3. Fire that person.
4. Declare problem solved.
Benghazi’s still unsolved in spite of the replacement of the secretary of state, of course.
Benghazi’s still unresolved in spite of the replacement of the secretary of state, of course.