Obama ‘madder than hell’ over VA scandal, aide says

The White House chief of staff said Sunday that President Obama is “madder than hell” about reports that dozens of veterans died due to preventable delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Denis McDonough said the president is demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and others in the administration “continue to fix these things until they’re functioning the way that our veterans believe they should.”

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“The president is madder than hell. I’ve got the scars to prove it,” he added.

The VA is investigating scheduling practices at its hospitals as part of a nationwide audit after rumors surfaced that a secret electronic wait list showed information from veterans that was entered into computers at a Phoenix VA facility but never saved. Dozens of veterans reportedly died while waiting on the fake lists.

The department’s secretary, Eric Shinseki, resigned on Friday, just one day after lawmakers called for more accountability.



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Comment by Larry Wayne Clark Sr. on May 29, 2014 at 7:42pm
Obama is mad about the VA scandal, why did so many vets live is what Bam is thinking.
Comment by Christine Puliselic on May 19, 2014 at 7:57pm

He's only mad that he got caught allowing more Americans to die.

Comment by Nick Leech on May 19, 2014 at 6:54pm

Obama has problems with computers, and fake documents/list. His teleprompter sometime fails leaving him speechless....

Comment by Gregory Lesniewski on May 19, 2014 at 12:53pm

This is because he is running out of people to blame!

Comment by John Thomas Dunlap on May 19, 2014 at 10:38am

Oh I'm sure he is mader than hell ,that his appointed flunkey got caught cooking the books. I'll just but he can even muster a few Crockadile tears.

Comment by Robert William Metcalf on May 19, 2014 at 9:16am
The problem with Gavernment Agencies is they are Government Agencies full of Bureacrats doing what Bureaucrats do, Dude; and blame everything that screws up on the Burracracy! PERIOD.
Comment by Robert William Metcalf on May 19, 2014 at 7:55am
This scandal is just the tip of the Ice Burg in the VA system. Did you know that the VA has eight " Enrollment Priority Groups "? Each have criteria that a Vet has to meet to get VA Health Care. The " Enrollment Priority 8 " which has 6 Subpriority's Enrollment criteria. All of these has to do with the Vet's income. Treated like Medicaid, if your gross household income is above the VA national income threshold, you can't get VA healthcare.
Comment by Lola Martin on May 19, 2014 at 7:17am

LOL, frankly my darling he doesn't give a dam.

Comment by Barry Wind on May 19, 2014 at 6:06am

Okay folks, you got a barb that makes 0bama look in the mirror.... keep working it! He caused the deaths of many VETS get the word out... put it on Youtube spread it on FaceBook and don't forget to Tweet it!!! Keep it up until the elections and beyond!!

Comment by Larry K. Parent on May 19, 2014 at 5:12am

I am posting our 'MAERICAN SPRING' URL,(LIVE from Washington D.C. all week!! on FACEBOOK, CRAIGSLIST, TWITTER !! Get the message out.  BLESS GOD AGAIN ,A MERICA! Naples,FL.

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Breaking: Jury Sides With Sheriff Joe
Smacks Down Establishment GOP’s Lawsuit

A jury has sided in favor of conservative icon, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, against the lawsuit filed by Austin Flake, the son of GOP establishment Senator Jeff Flake, and Austin’s ex-wife, Logan Brown.

Flake and Brown had filed a lawsuit against the Arizona sheriff for “malicious prosecution” after over a dozen dogs died on their watch at a Gilbert dog kennel.

The jury decided Flake and Brown had failed to provide sufficient evidence to back up their accusations of malicious prosecution by Arpaio, The Associated Press reported via Tucson.com.

Flake and Brown ran the kennel while Brown’s parents were out of town in 2014, the AP reported.

The two were still in college.

Initially, Flake and Brown were charged in the incident, but the charges were dropped at the prosecution’s request. Later, Flake’s in-laws pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after an expert determined that the facility air conditioner failed because it was not properly maintained.

Thus, the owners of the kennel were responsible for the death of the 21 dogs, and they answered for their crimes.

Nonetheless, Flake and Brown reportedly alleged that Arpaio had charged them to gain publicity and deal damage to Senator Flake — an establishment fixture within the GOP.

The two “contended the charges caused them emotional distress, contributed to the demise of their marriage and led the senator’s son to being suspended from college for an honor-code violation,” according to The Associated Press.

Despite the jury’s decision, the U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake will not issue a final verdict until the defense explains why it didn’t turn over documents that may have benefited the plaintiffs, according to a statement from the plaintiffs’ attorney to The Associated Press.

“The struggle to hold government officials accountable has always required a steep, perilous climb,” the plaintiffs’ attorney said in a Friday statement according to KNPX.

“Although we disagree with the jury’s verdict, we are grateful we had the opportunity to force former Sheriff Arpaio and his subordinates at Maricopa County to account for their indisputably reckless conduct. Near the end of the trial, we discovered that the County failed to turn over documents that might have helped us prove our case,” he continued.

“The Court has ordered the County to explain its failure and indicated that it will not enter a final judgment in the case until a satisfactory explanation is provided. We will access our future options in this fight when the County complies with the Court’s Order.”

Charges that didn’t pan out are an annoyance to those affected — there’s no question of that.

But to claim that those charges — which were dropped — were the reason behind a failed marriage, and that Arpaio needs to pay is completely ridiculous.

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