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The Commander-In-Chief Speaks

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President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House following his meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. The White House moved Wednesday to address the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, summoning VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to an Oval Office meeting, hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a bill that would grant the secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives.

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NPR: Obama: People ‘Will Be Held Accountable’ For Veterans Affairs Problems

Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified Veterans Affairs records “will be held accountable,” President Obama said Wednesday. The president condemned the reported widespread problems at the VA, defending Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Obama spoke after he and Shinseki met in the Oval Office Wednesday morning with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, who since last week has been detailed to work with the VA. Neither of those men attended the president’s news conference. Speaking about reports of long wait times — and efforts to cover up the delays — Obama said that if they’re proven true, the behavior is “dishonorable” and “disgraceful.” “I will not stand for it,” Obama said. “None of us should.”

The president said that Nabors is heading to Phoenix today to look into reports that a facility there had produced misleading statistics about veteran care. Obama mentioned accountability several times in his prepared remarks; he also noted that some employees had already been put on administrative leave. He said that his administration will continue “bringing the VA into the 21st century – which is not an easy task.” Obama also defended Shinseki, saying, “No one cares more about our veterans.” But Obama added that he told Shinseki today that he expects accountability and improvement in the full report on the VA’s problems.

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59 Responses to “The Commander-In-Chief Speaks”


  1. 1 57andfemale
    May 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Seriously?

  2. 4 GGail
    May 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    So close!

  3. 5 japa21
    May 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm
  4. May 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks a TRABILLION Nerdy!

  5. 10 Nena20409
    May 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Wow. That was quick and informative NW.

    Thank you.

    57andFemale took the 1st prize: It’s Golden ;)

  6. 12 amk for obama
    May 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm
  7. 15 japa21
    May 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm
  8. 17 amk for obama
    May 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Several young people arrested in Iran for taking part in a YouTube tribute to Pharrell Williams’ hit song Happy are released, according to reports.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27509813

  9. 19 GGail
    May 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    He looked very stern.

    • 20 hopefruit2
      May 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      In that last pic, Jon Karl looks almost depressed. It’s as if he desperately wanted PBO to say that he was going to fire the VA Secy – with no further investigation.

  10. 21 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Republicans outraged over treatment of veterans filibustered better healthcare for vets in February

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/21/1300939/-Republicans-outraged-over-treatment-of-veterans-filibustered-better-healthcare-for-vets-in-February#

    Reposting 57andfemale comment from previous thread.

    • 22 57andfemale
      May 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      It was ‘budget-busting’.

      It is breathtaking to me that they can lie with such righteous outrage and never blink.

      Breathtaking.

  11. May 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm
  12. 29 Nena20409
    May 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    5-21-14

    Jay’s Wed at WH Press Briefings is coming soon LIVE

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-203

    BBL

  13. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    May 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm
  14. 34 yardarm756
    May 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Well, miracle of miracles. The WHPC has got more color on the front row. It still remains to be seen if the level of stoopid will be diluted.

  15. 37 JER
    May 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm
  16. 38 Nena20409
    May 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Wow I just peaked in to the WH presser and saw more women and people of color more than ever.

    Wow…..Chips and Co Twitter TOD brigades……I see your handiwork got a change at least for today…….Hmm?

    Great Job TOD!
    >-I
    >-I
    >-I

    BBL :)

  17. 39 Nena20409
    May 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Oh Mothers and what they do.

    Thank all Mothers and Fathers too.

  18. 42 Nerdy Wonka
    May 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Access Hollywood’s interview with First Lady Michelle Obama and Sara Jessica Parker on Turnaround Arts and the White House talent show. Great stuff!

    http://www.accesshollywood.com/michelle-obama-and-sarah-jessica-parker-celebrate-the-arts_video_2170537

  19. 43 Linda
    May 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday named 5 Democrats to the GOP-led select committee on Benghazi, announcing that her party will fully participate in the investigation.

    The members:

    Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

    Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee

    Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Committee on Appropriations (Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations), Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

    Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA), Committee on Ways and Means (Subcommittee on Oversight)

    Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Armed Services Committee, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/the-5-democrats-benghazi-committee

    • 44 hopefruit2
      May 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      I’m glad Alan Grayson was not selected – he would have turned this into a circus and made it all about him.

      • 45 Gazelle
        May 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        Indeed, HF2! I cringed when words were flying around that he’d be on the committee. Nope. No way. Sorry-oh! Go away, Mistah-Me-Me-Me!

        • 46 57andfemale
          May 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

          And that’s really a shame: he has amazing ability and quite often his heart is in the right place. What a great force he would be, if he’d learn to see the big picture and discipline himself.

      • 47 Obama Grandmama
        May 22, 2014 at 12:47 am

        That is exactly what I thought when I first heard the idea of sending Grayson to represent the Dems alone. In this case fighting fire with fire does not do what we need. We need sensible people there that will contrast with the crazy GOP legislators.

    • 48 4morefor44
      May 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      tammy duckworth will be taking care of business, that’s for sure. looking forward to her doing this to these sham republican/news media proceedings:

      that guy in the video has since committed suicide. the privilege progressives were trying to bully alan grayson onto this committee, and certainly they’ll be whining as usual about this delicious snub to him and them, and of course rep duckworth will get real things accomplished instead of putting on a show. great job, rep. pelosi!!

      • 49 57andfemale
        May 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        It’s been a pleasure to watch her grow as a speaker and a great representative and public servant. So genuine.

    • May 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Wasn’t Adam Schiff the District Attorney in Law and Order?? :)

  20. May 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Cummings is a pitbull. Just ask Issa. Any hopes of the GOP getting away with anything just went out the window.

  21. 52 Linda
    May 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Lynne and Dick Cheney Confronted on Torture Program

  22. 54 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm
  23. 55 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm
  24. 56 Nerdy Wonka
    May 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm
  25. 58 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    LMAO! Since PBO gave his remarks on VA situation earlier today, Ron Fournier has been literally unhinged on Twitter….he has spent the last 2 hrs bashing the President, even dragging Ezra Klein into it calling Klein an “Obama apologist” – which we all know Ezra isn’t and has never been.

    Something in PBO’s speech must seem very threatening to Ron…because his anxiety levels are a tad too high and not even a megadose of Valium would calm it, it appears.

    • 59 Gazelle
      May 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      He must’ve forgotten to take his anti-psychotics this morning. He might finally get that jacket he’s been vying for — the straight one w/ ties that bind the sleeves! :)


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