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White House offers tepid support to Shinseki as pressure builds
The Hill ^ | May 29, 2014 | Justin Sink

Posted on 05/29/2014 11:34:09 AM PDT by jazusamo


The White House offered tepid support on Thursday for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, skirting questions on whether he’ll soon be fired.

White House press secretary Jay Carney repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether Shinseki retained the confidence of the president.

Carney said the president believed Shinseki had “performed overall well” and “put his heart and soul” into providing care for veterans. But he also emphasized that the president was waiting to see the results of an internal investigation led by White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors.

“When it comes to the current situation, the inquiries and the investigations and some of the allegations, the president wants to see the results of these reports,” Carney said. “And he, as you know, made clear that he believes there ought to be accountability once we establish all the facts.”

The White House knew Carney’s briefing would be dominated by questions surrounding Shinseki, who many observers think will be gone from the Veterans Affairs Department by the end of the week.

Eight Democratic senators have called for his head, and the number has been quickly growing.

A number of Republicans have also dropped their support for Shinseki, though Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday again did not call for his resignation.

Calls for Shinseki to resign grew after a VA inspector general’s interim report found systematic mismanagement within the department.

According to the preliminary IG report released Wednesday, a Phoenix-area veterans clinic claimed veterans waited just 24 days for care, when in fact they were kept from booking a primary care appointment an average of 115 days. Some 1,700 veterans were put on an unofficial wait list by managers at the facility.

Carney said Obama expects a preliminary report on the VA's internal investigation “very soon” — and likely by the end of this week.

But Carney said that the president's main focus was “getting to the root of the problem and determining the full scope of the problem, so we can get most importantly the veterans the care they need and deserve.”

“The president's focused first and foremost on the need to address the problems that have impeded the quality and speed of care,” Carney said.

In an op-ed published Thursday, Shinseki said the findings of the IG report were "reprehensible" and that he was scrambling resources to help veterans at a Phoenix hospital at the center of the controversy.

He also pledged to punish those responsible for misconduct.

“After 38 years in the Army, I am honored and privileged to serve veterans as the secretary of Veterans Affairs, and I remain committed to providing the high-quality care and benefits that veterans have earned and deserve. And we will,” he wrote.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama; shinseki; vascandal; veteransaffairs
0bama is right on top of it, waiting for results of his investigation. /sarc
1 posted on 05/29/2014 11:34:09 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

The Boehner-funded, Commander in Chief Obama’s latest Grand Bargain is assign the US Military to mercilessly attack the Settled Science of the Climate Change Weapon of Mass Destruction.

This Grand Bargain Announcement by Commander in Chief Obama was greeted by the 2014 Graduation Class at West Point with a 25 % standing ovation.

IOW, a future 75 % reduction in force of the newly commissioned Army officers from West Point.

Over the years, Doormat Republican Speaker Boehner has been able to fund all of the Democrats’ Commander in Chief Obama’s Military decisions.

Speaker Boehner has thus been essential to helping Obama to lead from the bottom of a Socialist, Group Hug, Hell Hole.

Speaker Boehner should indeed be in line for a promotion by Arrogant Commander in Chief Obama.

Over the years, Boehner has doubled the taxpayer dollars sent to the failed Veterans Administration.

The rumor that a grateful, but still Arrogant, Obama is considering promoting Boehner to be in charge of the Veterans Administration has yet to be confirmed.


2 posted on 05/29/2014 11:36:14 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: jazusamo
Question: Why hasn't Shinseki yet offered his resignation?

Answer: He's waiting for an appointment with Obama

3 posted on 05/29/2014 11:43:26 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050

Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

I am surprised that 0bama hasn’t fired the IG that made the report on the VA, that’s 0bama’s way of handling them if he doesn’t agree with IG findings.

Boehner should be screaming for Shinseki’s firing.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 11:47:20 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

results of an internal investigation led by White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors

In February 2010 Nabors, became senior advisor to then-White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel

White House deputy chief of staff (Rob Nabors) told Durbin, others about erroneous rude GOP comment

unidentified senior House Republican leader during negotiations over the debt ceiling and partial government shutdown told President Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you,” made its way from the White House to the Senate via White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, sources tell CNN.

“While the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker in the House GOP meeting with the President is not accurate, there was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret the misunderstanding.”

White House officials would not comment on whether Nabors misunderstood what Sessions said, or whether he just communicated the story to Senate Democrats in a less than optimal way. Nabors could not be reached for comment.

5 posted on 05/29/2014 11:50:07 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: jazusamo

Does Eric golf?

Drink beer?

Smoke cigarettes?

He ain’t letting’ him go.. Yet!


6 posted on 05/29/2014 11:54:44 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: jazusamo

I suppose Shinseki should go, but the real problem is a corrupt, stale, union-dominated bureaucracy that views its survival and the perks of its members as more important than running a good operation to benefit veterans. There need to be firings (almost impossible at a unionized government bureaucracy) and prosecutions for malfeasance, with real penalties—like clawed back bonuses or diminished pensions, and the threat of jail time.


7 posted on 05/29/2014 11:54:45 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: kcvl

Nabors is definitely no mental giant.


8 posted on 05/29/2014 11:56:21 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Agreed...Lets start at the top and work down, many heads should roll.


9 posted on 05/29/2014 11:58:06 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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10 posted on 05/29/2014 12:06:47 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
"Boehner should be screaming for Shinseki's firing."

Wouldn't solve a damned thing.

The problem at VA is the same with ALL government agencies.....unions. They are so deeply implanted, for such a long time, that virtually every activity is heavily effected by 'The Union Label'.

You can change the figurehead weekly, and it will only get worse.

For instance, Fox recently reported that a fired NYC air controller had gotten his job back, courtesy of NATCA. He screwed up, and 9 people died in a mid-air. They reported that at least 12 fired controllers, involved in the deaths of at least 59 people, had all been reinstated, thanks to union contracts. And unions have been in place at VA far longer than NATCA has existed.

Until the unions are stripped of their power to defend the indefensible, nothing will change.

And what do you think the odds of that EVER happening are?

11 posted on 05/29/2014 12:07:33 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: jazusamo; flaglady47; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; seekthetruth
Shinseki will be probably be gone during the usual Friday graveyard docu-dump.

Obama can't avoid the heat of the ongoing and ever-multiplying VA scandal, but he can avoid the heat and pressure focusing on the General's continued employment by cutting the cord this week.

Shinseki is now on Death Watch, unless he falls on his OWN sword before the weekend is over.

Leni

12 posted on 05/29/2014 12:08:35 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: diogenes ghost

That is exactly right. Public employees unions should not exist.

It will happen when the economy collapses very badly, which is on the menu sooner or later. Or some other kind of collapse.


13 posted on 05/29/2014 12:10:47 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: kcvl
I'm sorry, but this Rob Nabors guy doesn't look too swift...
14 posted on 05/29/2014 12:30:06 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: jazusamo

That snake slithered back again. I hadn’t seen him anywhere in a while.....he gives me the creeps. Something really weird about him. It isn’t the numerous lies that he says, it is something else...unexplainable. I would not let my children (boys 16, 14, 12 or my daughter 6) alone in a room.....EVER.


15 posted on 05/29/2014 12:39:08 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: diogenes ghost

You’re correct...I stated above that many heads should roll and the unions should be included. It won’t happen but their powers need to be cut way back.


16 posted on 05/29/2014 12:41:06 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

The last time I saw Barack smile like that, him & Reggie were leaving the gym shower.

I did notice one thing missing from Rob Nabors wiki profile...

17 posted on 05/29/2014 12:47:35 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: jazusamo
The bus Shinseki is going to be thrown under should be pulling into the parking lot any minute now.
18 posted on 05/29/2014 12:49:09 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: jazusamo

Wait until Obama finds out about this. Nobody’s madder than him, I tell ya!


19 posted on 05/29/2014 1:08:25 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: jazusamo

Obama has done no better overall in the Oval Office than Shenseki has done at the VA. Incompetence and neglect happening in lower management is almost always traced back to lack of oversight or incompetence in the upper management in business. The situation is analogous to the Oval Office. Obama should demand his own resignation.


20 posted on 05/29/2014 4:31:29 PM PDT by Sasparilla
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To: jazusamo

Obama has done no better overall in the Oval Office than Shenseki has done at the VA. Incompetence and neglect happening in lower management is almost always traced back to lack of oversight or incompetence in the upper management in business. The situation is analogous to the Oval Office. Obama should demand his own resignation.


21 posted on 05/29/2014 4:31:30 PM PDT by Sasparilla
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To: jazusamo

Well, Obama just threw Shinseki under the bus.


22 posted on 05/30/2014 8:20:48 AM PDT by Wisconsinlady (Is the GOP actually TRYING to lose in 2014 and 2016?)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Yep, I flipped on FNC and the BSer is talking his hero talk, as always I immediately axed his image.

The only way to start to solve the fiasco is to keep firing those on down the line but it’s not gonna happen.


23 posted on 05/30/2014 8:37:47 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: MinuteGal

Bingo. You win the door prize!


24 posted on 05/30/2014 10:04:12 AM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: flaglady47; mickie; pax_et_bonum; seekthetruth; Maine Mariner; ThomasMore; Bob Ireland; ken5050; ...
PRESCIENT MINUTEGAL WINS PREDICTION AWARD OF THE YEAR, MONTH, CENTURY.

Thanks, Flaglady. I accept the prize, humbly.

I shall henceforth be known as the FReepic Oracle. (Refer to post #12).

I'm working on several more resignation predictions now, unfortunately being gone today and too late for Carney's throwing-in of the loofah.

Jay-Jay must have looked in the mirror this week only to see that his tongue had finally turned totally black. He will be the least-missed of the Obama administration's appointees as he's the least memorable, the least remarkable and the most easily-corruptible.

(Signed): The Great Madame Leni, the FReepic Oracle (I am humble, and I work cheap)

25 posted on 05/30/2014 2:19:27 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

Hey there, Great FReepic Oracle!

Got any lottery numbers?

;-)


26 posted on 05/30/2014 3:19:23 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: pax_et_bonum
LOL!

Leni

27 posted on 05/30/2014 4:53:25 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

Grand dame oracle, not a bad moniker.

5.56mm


28 posted on 05/30/2014 5:00:47 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: MinuteGal
The Great Madame Leni, the FReepic Oracle (I am humble, and I work cheap)

I pay homage!

29 posted on 05/30/2014 5:31:19 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: MinuteGal
***PRESCIENT MINUTEGAL WINS PREDICTION AWARD...***

You didn't come from Delphi, did you? ;-)

30 posted on 05/31/2014 9:04:10 AM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: Bob Ireland
Yes, that's why I'm known far and wide as "The FReepic Oracle".

Leni

31 posted on 05/31/2014 9:45:09 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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