Skip to comments.White House: Top VA official's resignation "is a termination"
Posted on 05/16/2014 4:03:49 PM PDT by kristinn
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said that Friday's resignation of Robert Petzel, a top Veterans Affairs official, was not a voluntary exit.
"There is no question that this is a termination of his job there before he was planning to go," McDonough told CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett for an interview to air on "Face the Nation" this Sunday.
Petzel, the undersecretary for health care at the VA, handed in his resignation to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday. He had already announced his intention to retire this year and President Obama earlier this month announced he was nominating Jeffrey A. Murawsky to replace Petzel.
Garrett pressed McDonough as to the circumstances behind Petzel's resignation asking if it was because President Obama's unhappy.
"You know you heard what Secretary Shinseki said yesterday which is that he's mad as hell and the president is madder than hell and I've got the scars to prove it given briefings that I've given the president and the conversations that he and [Shinseki] and I have had on these matters," McDonough said. "So, is one step like this one as important as it was sufficient? We'll continue to work - look at that Major, but at the same time that we're looking at accountability we want to continue to perform to provide our veterans the services that they have earned."
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I’ll just use the Leftist “rationale” right back at them: “He resigned! He wasn’t fired!!! What are you talking about?!!!”
Parse that quote from a liberal communist American soldier hating administration. “The service they deserve”
” the service they have earned.” Oops
I wonder how big his bonus will be.
That sound you just heard is the bus’s horn.
Where are the criminal prosecutions?
But, but, what happened to the investigation?
So Obama and minions throw a retireing government flak
under the bus and now everything is hunky dory?
As a Vet I must say, “ I don’t think so, you poor
excuse for a president”.
So mad he's liable to shank the next drive.
Why isn’t Shinseki terminated?
He’ll no doubt get a high paying gig at HHS.
If you plan to retire you are a new scapegoat.
He announced his retirement a year ago and Obama had already nominated his replacement. Smoke and mirrors.
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Susan Ferrechio on Greta said Shinseki has support on Hill. They’re willing to give him time to try to fix the VA. Greta said ‘he’s had five years!’
Is the bamster feeling the heat emanating from the populace that really doesn’t like mistreating the veterans?
This is where he really thinks geeze I wish it were an American and knew what the hell I am doing
Obama will get to the bottom of this.....like OJ still looking for Nicole’s killer.
Terminated just like Lois Lerner. Both will receive full government pension.
Suuuure it is.
Do they think we are all fools?
The Five discussed this tonight. He announced he would be retiring this year some time ago. ‘Hope the vets don’t swallow this one.
Shinseki has support from Obama, the only one that counts. It certainly has served Eric Holder well.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
Okay, well as long as everyone involved is “mad” that makes it alright.
Seems a bizarre statement?
They're already calling it "sufficient" ?
obama’s va secretary won’ t resign though. none of them have the nads to fall on the sword for their obvious fuk-ups.
Despite the high dudgeon and all of the
“Is this a dagger I see before me?”
histrionics of all the king’s men,
even the Ministry of Truth couldn’t hide the fact that ....
“He had already announced his intention to retire this year”.
So big whoop.
They pulled this same happy crappy over at the IRS: a clueless underling about to retire thrown under the bus, albeit with unspecified remuneration.
We want ... the king to resign.
So, they “fire” the one who is eligible for government retirement.
High fives for a proble government employee solution.
Active Duty/Retiree ping.
0bama is madder than Shinseki. Proves he cares. </sarc>
Congress need to pass laws giving Shinseki the authority to fire Federal workers. Union or no union.
If the older ObamaVAcare is crumbling, then how long will it take for this new and improved Obamacare to crumble?
If these two Federal Medical Programs were to be combined, say on Christmas Eve this year, would the surviving name be : OBAMA VERY AWFUL CARE?
That this pos could be that obtuse to use that analogy when referring to an issue where real men with actual scars, limbs blown off, horrifically burned...is beyond comprehension...but par for the course for this administration.
Are you referring to the one that would likely show that the guy was merely following orders of those above him????
No, the one where there wasn’t a smidgen of evidence
The VA has created a system of perverse incentives... No matter how many people are publicly ‘fired’ or humiliated, the system will treat vets like shit.
I would generally support privatizing.
I’m no expert on VA care, but I believe in private practice.
My dad would not go to a VA hospital and he was always better off, as far as he said and we could tell.
A voucher or credit system seems workable to me. They might even be able to sell off some of the buildings.