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Monday, June 30, 2014

President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, McDonald rose from an entry-level job to CEO of Procter and Gamble over more than three decades at the company. He spent four years as CEO before leaving in mid-2013 amid cost-cutting at the Fortune 500 company.

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The planned nomination of McDonald comes after Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson and Rob Nabors, a White House aide sent to work on problems at the VA, updated Obama on Friday about their efforts to examine the VA's struggles in delivering health care to veterans. The agency has "a corrosive culture" that has affected performance and care, Nabors said in a report to the president.

Unlike other business leaders brought into the Obama administration to help problem-solve -- such as now-National Economic Council head Jeff Zients -- McDonald has a record of supporting Republicans. During the 2012 presidential race, he gave $2,500 to Mitt Romney and, less than a year ago, he made a contribution of $1,000 to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

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That appointment should at least take away the political football aspect of an election year GOP frenzy of faux outrage over some more liberal appointment.

Maybe he can bring the VA out of the Dark Ages. It's a big job.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-30 12:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

GOTP will brand him a RINO soon, and block the nomination as long as possible.

No credit; it's like predicting the sun'll come up.

#2 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-06-30 09:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

I think he'll be in for a real shock, as he runs headlong into insane Civil Service rules and Congressional interference with any of his ideas, good or bad.

The constraints he faced in the private sector are nothing compared to what he has in store.

#3 | Posted by DoofusOfDeath at 2014-06-30 09:28 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

He will find that steering the VA is akin to steering an aircraft carrier by dipping his hand in the water by hanging off the fantail...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2014-06-30 12:16 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

I hate to sound pessimistic, but he won't be able to make much of a difference. A few appointments here, streamlining of processes there. The appointment will have all the impact OF appointing the head of the International Arabian Horse Association to run FEMA.

#5 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-06-30 01:55 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

On the surface, a good appointment by Obama. But only if they go the next step and give him the ability to hold VA employees accountable. Otherwise it doesn't matter who's driving the bus. We'll just have to wait and see.

#6 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2014-06-30 02:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

My guess is the Repubs in the House will pass something that would allow him to be effective but Reid and the Dems will not allow it to come to the floor in the Senate. Time will tell.

#7 | Posted by sawdust at 2014-06-30 10:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I think he'll be in for a real shock, as he runs headlong into insane Civil Service rules and Congressional interference with any of his ideas, good or bad. "

I think he is smart enough to understand what he is facing, he is quite courageous to take it on, but I do not think he is naive. Good pick by Obama.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-30 10:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

"My guess is the Repubs in the House will pass something that would allow him to be effective but Reid and the Dems will not allow it to come to the floor in the Senate."

Please Sawdust, bring that to my attention when that happens because that was one of the dumbest predictions ever. But hey, if it happens, prove me wrong.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-30 10:39 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

You would think Obama would hire someone with health care management experience. NOT someone who ran a company that sold toilet paper and Pringle's.

#10 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-01 08:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

Hey Pringle's are awesome.

If he is behind the Salt and Vinegar Pringle then he may be just the man for the job.

#11 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2014-07-01 08:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe he can bring the VA out of the Dark Ages. It's a big job.
#1 | POSTED BY CORKY

I like the idea, but unfortunately I doubt he can bring it out of the DarkAges.... not his fault..

There is an entrenched government system that cannot undo itself, this is true through out large organizations...

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-01 09:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

Otherwise it doesn't matter who's driving the bus. We'll just have to wait and see.

#6 | Posted by bogey1355

With all the STUPID rules for government employees, he won't even be able to touch the steering wheel. He needs to go thrue the place with a huge book full of pink slips and give them all away the first month in office.

#13 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-01 09:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

Real national health care. Problem solved.

#14 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-01 10:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

Which would be just like the VA health care. GREAT.

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-01 12:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Real national health care. Problem solved.

#14 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-01 10:40 AM | Reply | Flag: Flag:

Which would be just like the VA health care. GREAT.

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-01 12:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

LOL!

#16 | Posted by cbob at 2014-07-01 02:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe he can bring the VA out of the Dark Ages. It's a big job.

#1 | Posted by Corky

Did they pay bonuses in the "Dark Ages"?

#17 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-07-01 02:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

With all the STUPID rules for government employees, he won't even be able to touch the steering wheel. He needs to go thrue the place with a huge book full of pink slips and give them all away the first month in office.

#13 | Posted by Sniper

Nice. You don't like the "stupid rules" so you want to immediately fire the people.

Good thinking.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-01 07:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nice. You don't like the "stupid rules" so you want to immediately fire the people.
Good thinking.

#18 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2014-07-01 07:28 PM | FLAG:

"The beatings will continue until morale rises!"

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-07-02 09:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

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