VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned this morning over the scandal involving long waiting lists for veterans in need of medical care, or in some cases, veterans not even put on waiting lists. President Obama accepted his resignation, not that the resignation of one man is going to solve the systemic problems plaguing the VA.
In a hastily arranged statement after meeting with Mr. Shinseki at the White House, the president said he accepted the resignation “with considerable regret.”
The president said VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson will take over on an interim basis.
Mr. Obama said Mr. Shinseki presented him with preliminary findings that showed the delayed care has affected veterans at “many” facilities across the country. The president said it was “totally unacceptable.”
The president also said Mr. Shinseki had begun to fire several VA officials deemed responsible for the problems.
Asked if he’s responsible for the problems, Mr. Obama said, “I always take responsibility for whatever happens” in his administration. But he also said the VA’s problem “predates my presidency.” (Read More)
There’s always a “but” when it comes to Obama accepting responsibility.