“If you engage in an unethical practice, if you cover-up a serious problem, you should be fired period. It shouldn’t be that difficult…” – Barack Obama, Aug. 7, 2014.
With dozens of veterans dead allegedly from cover-ups in the Veterans Administration ranging from administrative indifference to flat-out greed-induced fraud by more than a few VA officials, Barack Obama spoke loudly and often of his shock and anger that numerous former members of the Armed Forces died due to systemic negligence under his watch. However, as reported by Fox News on Aug. 7, 2014, records previously buried in the bureaucracy have revealed that maybe the VA scandal wasn’t really all that important to the Commander in Chief.
In documents obtained by Fox News by way of the Freedom of Information Act, it was uncovered that during the totality of the time frame of the scandal, Barack Obama never held any meetings with former Secretary Eric Shinseki specifically concerning the administrative negligence and corruption that led to the deaths of over 60 vets nationwide. During all of calender year 2014 to date, Obama met with Shinseki a total of three times – twice during standard Cabinet meetings, once on the day Shinseki resigned under a cloud of suspicion and shame.
While speaking before a crowd at the Washington, DC-area’s Fort Belvoir, Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. During the course of his speech, Obama omitted to speak of the behind the scenes lack of urgency despite his public displays of outrage.
As cited on National Public Radio’s internet news portal on Aug. 7, 2014, spoke in glowing terms of the new law, as well as how the new VA Secretary Robert “Bob” McDonald was empowered with new and sweeping ability to dump incompetent senior executives within the Department.
More than a handful of Republicans couldn’t help but see the irony when a visibly gaunt Obama nonetheless confidently stated, “We’ve gotta give Bob [McDonald] the authority so that he can move quickly to remove senior executives who fail to meet the standards of conduct and competence that the American people demand.”
“If you engage in an unethical practice, if you cover-up a serious problem, you should be fired period. It shouldn’t be that difficult,” Obama also said at the bill signing. “And, if you blow the whistle on an unethical practice or bring a problem to the attention of higher ups, you should be thanked.”