Maddow Slams Obama for 'Ridiculous' Veterans Affairs Resignation

On MSNBC Monday night, Rachel Maddow highlighted the phony resignation of Undersecretary of Health Robert Petzel in response to the Veterans Affairs scandal.

Petzel was already scheduled to retire in 2014, and President Obama had already nominated a replacement.

Maddow highlighted the details of Petzel’s resignation, pointing out that it was absurd that the White House offered it as a sign of accountability.

“If this was the big accountability moment to make it look like they were canning somebody in charge because that's what everybody was clamoring for, this was not that moment,” Maddow said.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the characterization of the resignation on Monday, pointing out that the American Legion issued a statement praising the decision. But Maddow wasn’t buying it.

“Presumably, everyone can agree that someone who has already resigned will do nothing to fix this problem and nothing to make it even look like the problem is being fixed or taken seriously,” she stated. “All that sort of thing does is make everybody involved in this look ridiculous, in addition to already looking like failures for their inability to address this problem which is not new, which has been around for a very long time, and that the whistle has been blown on countless times before.”


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