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President Obama announced the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday, vowing to take full responsibility for the increasingly widespread scandal engulfing the VA’s health services. Within seconds of taking responsibility, however, the President made sure to assert that the problems “predate my presidency.”

“This predates my presidency. When I was in the Senate, I was on the Veterans Affairs Committee. I heard first-hand veterans who were not getting the kinds of services and benefits that they had earned,” the President said to the White House Press Corps this afternoon. The assertion that the VA scandal was an ongoing cultural problem within the institution followed declaration that he would “always take responsibility for whatever happens,” particularly with regard to Veterans Affairs.

In the same announcement, President Obama noted that it was “with considerable regret” that he accepted Secretary Shinseki’s resignation. He took the time to commend Shinseki’s work within the agency. “Under his leadership, we have seen more progress on more fronts at the VA and a bigger investment in the VA than just about any other VA secretary,” the President asserted, adding that “Ric’s commitment to our veterans is unquestioned. His service to our country is exemplary.” Shinseki himself, he said, had begun the process of mass firings in agencies with considerable problems throughout the country.

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