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May 21, 2014

Obama Faces Feeding Frenzy Over VA Story

First Read: "The White House has just announced that President Obama will meet at 10:00 am ET with embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki... Will Obama make public remarks after the meeting? Is Shinseki headed out the door? We don't know the answers to those questions, and it's unlikely Shinseki would exit today -- it just isn't Obama's style. But what we do know is that the president, potentially, has a feeding frenzy on his hands... And it's now turned into a local news story, in which news organizations are looking closely at their own VA hospitals."

"Perhaps more importantly, the story has resurrected all of the complaints about President Obama's management style, especially during a crisis. He's too methodical. He doesn't get that mad. He seems to have found about this at the same time everyone else did (through the news). And he's always a couple of beats too slow in taking action. All of those things are being re-litigated in this VA story."


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