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White House: Top VA official's resignation "is a termination"
CBS News ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014 | Steve Chaggaris

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.

SNIP

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: denismcdonough; fridaynewsdump; mcdonough; obama; petzel; robertpetzel; underthebus; vahospitals; vatermination; veterans

1 posted on 05/16/2014 4:03:49 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I’ll just use the Leftist “rationale” right back at them: “He resigned! He wasn’t fired!!! What are you talking about?!!!”


2 posted on 05/16/2014 4:05:14 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: kristinn

Parse that quote from a liberal communist American soldier hating administration. “The service they deserve”


3 posted on 05/16/2014 4:06:34 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: petitfour

” the service they have earned.” Oops


4 posted on 05/16/2014 4:07:01 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: kristinn

I wonder how big his bonus will be.


5 posted on 05/16/2014 4:07:13 PM PDT by airborne (My heroes don't wear capes - My heroes wear dog tags!)
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To: kristinn

That sound you just heard is the bus’s horn.

Where are the criminal prosecutions?


6 posted on 05/16/2014 4:07:32 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: kristinn

But, but, what happened to the investigation?


7 posted on 05/16/2014 4:07:43 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: kristinn

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”.


8 posted on 05/16/2014 4:10:04 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: kristinn
I'm certain the President is just 'as mad as hell' about this.

So mad he's liable to shank the next drive.

9 posted on 05/16/2014 4:10:31 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: kristinn

Why isn’t Shinseki terminated?


10 posted on 05/16/2014 4:11:12 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: kristinn

He’ll no doubt get a high paying gig at HHS.


11 posted on 05/16/2014 4:13:44 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: kristinn

If you plan to retire you are a new scapegoat.


12 posted on 05/16/2014 4:17:33 PM PDT by kempster
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To: kristinn

He announced his retirement a year ago and Obama had already nominated his replacement. Smoke and mirrors.


13 posted on 05/16/2014 4:19:21 PM PDT by kabar
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14 posted on 05/16/2014 4:26:18 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: kabar

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!’


15 posted on 05/16/2014 4:28:02 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

Oh boy

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


16 posted on 05/16/2014 4:30:16 PM PDT by stanne
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To: The KG9 Kid

Obama will get to the bottom of this.....like OJ still looking for Nicole’s killer.


17 posted on 05/16/2014 4:30:45 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: kristinn

Terminated just like Lois Lerner. Both will receive full government pension.


18 posted on 05/16/2014 4:31:05 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: kristinn

Suuuure it is.

Do they think we are all fools?

.


19 posted on 05/16/2014 4:32:34 PM PDT by Mears
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To: kristinn

The Five discussed this tonight. He announced he would be retiring this year some time ago. ‘Hope the vets don’t swallow this one.


20 posted on 05/16/2014 4:33:35 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: kristinn

Shinseki has support from Obama, the only one that counts. It certainly has served Eric Holder well.


21 posted on 05/16/2014 4:36:25 PM PDT by kabar
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22 posted on 05/16/2014 4:45:42 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: kristinn

Okay, well as long as everyone involved is “mad” that makes it alright.
Carry on.


23 posted on 05/16/2014 4:58:35 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: kristinn
is one step like this one as important as it was sufficient?

Seems a bizarre statement?

They're already calling it "sufficient" ?

24 posted on 05/16/2014 5:06:22 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: kristinn

obama’s va secretary won’ t resign though. none of them have the nads to fall on the sword for their obvious fuk-ups.


25 posted on 05/16/2014 5:13:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: kristinn

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.
He’s evil.


26 posted on 05/16/2014 6:14:08 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: kristinn

So, they “fire” the one who is eligible for government retirement.


27 posted on 05/16/2014 6:31:37 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: airborne
As lohg as the secrer waiting lists were also race based, moving blacks to the front of the line, I'm sure he still gets his bonuses and $500,000,000 of new office furniture as his legacy.

High fives for a proble government employee solution.

28 posted on 05/16/2014 6:33:40 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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Active Duty/Retiree ping.


29 posted on 05/16/2014 7:45:11 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: kristinn
**You know you heard what Secretary Shinseki said yesterday which is that he's mad as hell and the president is madder than hell**

0bama is madder than Shinseki. Proves he cares. </sarc>

30 posted on 05/16/2014 7:50:31 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: kristinn
Susan Ferrechio on Greta said 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!’

Congress need to pass laws giving Shinseki the authority to fire Federal workers. Union or no union.

31 posted on 05/16/2014 8:05:51 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: kristinn

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?”


32 posted on 05/16/2014 8:07:45 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: kristinn
"I've got the scars to prove it"

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.

33 posted on 05/16/2014 10:01:20 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: morphing libertarian
But, but, what happened to the investigation?

Are you referring to the one that would likely show that the guy was merely following orders of those above him????

34 posted on 05/17/2014 4:30:59 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: trebb

No, the one where there wasn’t a smidgen of evidence


35 posted on 05/17/2014 7:22:44 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: kristinn

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.


36 posted on 05/17/2014 8:11:55 AM PDT by GOPJ (Obama - when will you tell radical muslims to stop clinging to their guns & religion?)
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To: GOPJ

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.

Best wishes!


38 posted on 05/17/2014 8:45:50 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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