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Spiro Agnew
Jules Witcover: On presidential firings [Commentary]
Jules Witcover: On presidential firings [Commentary]

President Obama's firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, transparently dressed up as a resignation under congressional pressure, seemed somehow out of character for a chief executive known for patience and dislike of wielding the knife. The retired Army general and Vietnam combat veteran had matched Mr. Obama's own style of cautious deliberation in coping with the VA scandal that left thousands of patients waiting interminable months for medical treatment, some even dying while they waited. Mr. Shinseki's congressional testimony that he was "mad as hell" about the backlog and delays, delivered too calmly for many...