During an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," the top leader of the nation's largest military veterans organization accused White House Press Secretary Jay Carney of lying to reporters about the American Legion's praising the Obama administration over having a top VA official resign.
During Tuesday's press briefing at the White House Carney repeatedly told reporters that the American Legion had praised the Department of Veterans Affairs for the resignation Friday of top VA health official Dr. Robert Petzel.
But according to the American Legion's press statement about the Petzel resignation, they characterized the resignation as “business as usual,” since Petzel had said eight months ago he planned to resign in June 2014.
Carney said during his usual "Washington Two-Step", “The American Legion said that the group looks at Petzel’s resignation as a, quote, step towards addressing the leadership problem at the VA. So I think that undercuts the assertion that that is not a meaningful development.”
During the course of his press briefing, Carney repeated his American Legion statement numerous times as he smiled at the room full of alleged Obama sycophants.
In fact, the American Legion did put out a statement on Friday about Dr. Petzel’s resignation but it said the opposite of what Carney announced on live television.
“This move by VA is not a corrective action, but a continuation of business as usual,” American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said in a statement. “Dr. Petzel was already scheduled to retire this year, so his resignation now really won’t make that much of a difference.”
The statement, which is posted on the top of the American Legion’s website, said: “Secretary [Eric] Shinseki and Under Secretary [Allison] Hickey remain on the job. They are both part of VA’s leadership problem, and we want them to resign as soon as possible.”
According to an Examiner news story:
"[Attorney General Eric Holder] claimed that the Justice Department has no intention of investigating the allegations that veterans were placed on secret waiting lists -- some call them death lists -- at VA hospitals and the delays in treatment caused dozens of deaths of American war heroes."