Adviser: Obama 'Madder Than Hell' Over VA Scandal
Denis McDonough says he's got the scars to prove it
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2014 11:45 AM CDT
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough speaks at the National Security Agency on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Fort Meade, Maryland.   (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

(Newser) – White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough today summarized the commander-in-chief's feelings on the VA scandal pretty pointedly: "The president is madder than hell, and I’ve got the scars to prove it, given the briefings I’ve given the president. Nobody is more outraged about this problem, right now," he tells CBS, "than the president of the United States."

His comments echo VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's last week, notes Politico, when he told the Senate he was "mad as hell." (Politico notes that Newt Gingrich was equally blunt today when asked whether Shinseki's head should roll: "Yes.") Continued McDonough: "The president’s demanding that we get to the bottom of the exact allegations that you're talking about as it relates to whether veterans are getting the timely access to care that they have earned."

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Jun 3, 2014 8:04 PM CDT
The Prez is madder than hell about a lot of things -- and he's got the right to be.
May 22, 2014 5:32 PM CDT
'Madder Than Hell or wanting to get to hell???
May 19, 2014 9:10 PM CDT
An under secretary has resigned to placate those demanding scalps ! Turns out the guy had already filed for retirement and he is simply being released 2 weeks early. This is what the sneaky and evil 'crats try to pull. They are bad, bad bad. B. O. is mad but he is at a loss for words- hell, he didn't know about it...AGAIN ! He doesn't know about any of these scandals.