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May 21, 2014 - 8:33 am

President Obama delivered his first public remarks on the Veterans Administration scandal today, a week after the scandal first broke. The president, who is often quick to comment on pop culture and sports in real time, broke his silence by declaring that he would not tolerate mistreatment of veterans.

Which was a strange thing to say, coming from a man who has tolerated mistreatment of veterans for six years, and who failed to fire anyone in the current scandal. In fact, Obama declared that Gen. Eric Shinseki, who heads the VA, still has his full confidence and will stay on the job.

The closest the president came to holding anyone accountable for the growing VA scandal was to call for the problem to be studied. It was studied in 2005 and 2008. Problems were found, but not fixed.

The bottom line is that, today, President Barack Obama was forced by the building scandal into saying something. So he said something. As far as he is concerned, his job is done.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The right has just gone off the rails. Numerous conservatives friend sincerely believe President Obama is firing generals for political reasons, or even the "Alex Jones" reason -- Obama will refuse to leave office after 2016 and he is getting rid of generals who might refuse to open fire on Americans. But aside from the lies of talk show hosts who didn't serve our country because of flat feet or a cyst on their butt, or the chickenhawks like Dick Cheney who profited from war, but never had to risk their own lives..(got 4 deferments from the draft because he "has other priorities" and a 5th because he had a daughter - born exactly 9 months after the law was changed to alllow deferments only from married men with children)
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He is appointing a blue ribbon committee, with Top Men. Top Men!
He will have a report within the month. He promises to talk some more.
Short of breaking his putter over his knee, what more do you expect?
40 weeks ago
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Yeah, he drew a red line around the VA, blamed it on Bush and the veterans, declared sanctions against a player to be named later, put on his tam o shanter and headed for the links.

It really looked like he went out there entirely unprepared, confident he could b.s. his way through the situation. Showed zero understanding of the problems, of the family to which the problems belong, or to the kinds of actions needed to resolve them. A kid who didn't even begin to do his homework.
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