Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Analysis: Shinseki exit breaks Obama’s crisis mold
Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2014 11:06 AM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn

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. He’d 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 department’s 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 agency’s Phoenix facilities. For a president who lists veterans as a priority, that suggests a massive failure. …

(Excerpt) Read more at hosted.ap.org ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: governbycrisis; obama; shinseki; underthebus; vascandal

1 posted on 05/31/2014 8:14:38 AM PDT by Olog-hai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

Obama said , he always takes responsibly and in the next sentence he blamed the VA problem on Bush


2 posted on 05/31/2014 8:20:20 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

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?


3 posted on 05/31/2014 8:24:24 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

the bus he throws people under needs an underbus inspection by Holder and zer0 himself....

this marxist POS needs to go.


4 posted on 05/31/2014 8:26:21 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dilbert San Diego

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


5 posted on 05/31/2014 8:28:43 AM PDT by jsanders2001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

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”.


6 posted on 05/31/2014 8:29:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

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.


7 posted on 05/31/2014 8:30:09 AM PDT by jonose
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

Obama doesn’t mind firing General Shinseki. The Secretary isn’t female or a protected minority, just a man with a distinguished military career.


8 posted on 05/31/2014 8:31:38 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dilbert San Diego
It gets more hilarious than that.
The VA inspector general's report and a preliminary review by Shinseki himself depicted the problems as widespread. The inspector general’s report offered another troubling observation: The issues went back nearly a decade, before Obama’s presidency.

That’s 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.” …
We know Obama knew about it and that it’s 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. That’s called a Blame Bush Fail.
9 posted on 05/31/2014 8:33:46 AM PDT by Olog-hai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

‘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.


10 posted on 05/31/2014 8:35:20 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai; All
"end of crisis"
Hey!, A(ll) P(oop), Only in your Marxist dreams.
Marxism/Statism, IS a on-going crisis

11 posted on 05/31/2014 8:35:24 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pollster1

Obama would replace Shinseki with Medea Benjamin if he thought he could get away with it.


12 posted on 05/31/2014 8:35:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

He’d replace Kerry with Medea Benjamin if he thought he could get away with it.


13 posted on 05/31/2014 8:37:36 AM PDT by Olog-hai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: jonose

Good. Maybe she’ll have a real stroke this time.


14 posted on 05/31/2014 8:40:41 AM PDT by Tonytitan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: jonose

Interesting (and scary).


15 posted on 05/31/2014 8:40:41 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

Exactly as Rush predicted.


16 posted on 05/31/2014 8:42:20 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jonose

Hmmmmm. If “O” and “Ho” didn’t hate each other quite so much, that would be a near certainty.


17 posted on 05/31/2014 8:44:24 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

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.


18 posted on 05/31/2014 8:46:12 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai
Eric Takes the fall for The One!


19 posted on 05/31/2014 8:54:44 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

Obama fires Shinseki but keeps Holder? Racism.


20 posted on 05/31/2014 9:19:25 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

This is actually going to work out for Shinseki.

“I resigned from the corrupt Obama Administration.”


21 posted on 05/31/2014 9:46:31 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai
 photo zuluwitchdoctor_zpsf8d4f280.jpg
22 posted on 05/31/2014 9:50:04 AM PDT by RetSignman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

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.


23 posted on 05/31/2014 9:50:35 AM PDT by CARTOUCHE (9999 EOM)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Olog-hai

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.


24 posted on 05/31/2014 12:19:07 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gen.Blather

Benghazi’s still unsolved in spite of the replacement of the secretary of state, of course.


25 posted on 05/31/2014 1:05:57 PM PDT by Olog-hai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Gen.Blather

Benghazi’s still unresolved in spite of the replacement of the secretary of state, of course.


26 posted on 05/31/2014 1:06:06 PM PDT by Olog-hai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson