A Farewell to Secretary Hagel

4:05 EST: The President and VP deliver remarks at a farewell in honor of departing Secretary of Defense Hagel at Joint Base Fort Myer

69 Responses to “A Farewell to Secretary Hagel”

  1. January 28, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Good Afternoon, TODers!!!

  2. 7 Nerdy Wonka
    January 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm

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  4. 13 Linda
    January 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    The event has started

  5. January 28, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Something about “GOP leadership” + “elite” that smells like an oxymoron. Really smells. As with any story that mentions Scalise.

  6. January 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm

  7. January 28, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Interesting that VP Biden is also going to speak. That was not the case at a similar ceremony for walnut farmer Panetta ….

  8. 26 Linda
    January 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I thought Sec Hagel was staying until his replacement was confirmed……

    • 27 Gazelle
      January 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Me too. Who’s replacing him?

      • 28 Linda
        January 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

        Ashton Carter

        Former United States Deputy Secretary of Defense

        Ashton Baldwin “Ash” Carter is a physicist and United States Department of Defense official who was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 5, 2014 to replace Chuck Hagel as the United States Secretary of Defense.

        • 29 Vicki
          January 28, 2015 at 4:49 pm

          Good info Linda.
          Now my hope is for a speedy confirmation for him.

          • 30 Linda
            January 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

            I think he is scheduled for early February….

            Sadly… John McLoser is now the chair of the Armed Services Committee. I am sure Carter will have McLoser’s head spinning.

    • January 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      He is, Linda. The celebration was scheduled, I’m sure, to the convenience of his and his family’s schedules. He won’t depart the job until – and Unless – Ash Carter is approved by the Senate (same deal as with Holder, Lynch).

  9. 32 forus50
    January 28, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    For me it’s a good change. That isn’t to say a sincere thank you for a service to this country in Vietnam which cannot be said enough. But as a cabinet member for POTUS serving less than a year, Chuck Hagel appeared very unsure of himself, in over his head, similar to his disastrous confirmation hearing. I think they both are happy with this change.

  10. 38 Gazelle
    January 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Just dropping in quickly & leaving some silliness: 🙂

    If you like someone, set them free. If they come back, it means nobody liked them. Set them free again.

  11. January 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

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  13. January 28, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Fire him right away!

  14. 43 57andfemale
    January 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

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  16. 47 57andfemale
    January 28, 2015 at 5:15 pm

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  18. 53 57andfemale
    January 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

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  20. 58 57andfemale
    January 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    • 59 99ts
      January 28, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Bitter old man with bees continually buzzing inside his head – he is an extremely good match with his 2008 partner – still hating because the black guy defeated them at the polls.

    • 60 forus50
      January 28, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      He was with POTUS in Saudi Arabia but was on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning yelling for American boots on the ground in some/every country.

      McCain offered solutions to these growing threats. “We should arm the Free Syrian Army. We should have more American boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria in the form of forward air controllers, intelligence capabilities, [and] special forces.” He said the U.S. needs to understand that Iraq and Syria are not different conflicts.


      Jeez, when will the curse of Old Man and The Quitter from Wasilla leave us?

  21. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    January 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Me guessing she’ll have a little wine with dinner, if she drinks.

  22. January 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    “Dagan was the head of Mossad when Ariel Sharon was prime minister, and drew a comparison between the two prime ministers’ approaches.

    “Sharon had arguments with the US but it never leaked to the public. It was done with diplomatic sophistication. Netanyahu causes provocation and makes sure it’s done publicly. Sharon had big confrontations with the Americans, but quietly, and that led to a solution.”

    When Netanyahu became prime minister, “Netanyahu asked me, ‘why don’t you indulge me? You’re my subordinate.’ I told him I’m his subordinate but loyal to the state. The education I had was different than what he did. He was educated in politics, I was educated in the army. I thought his position was problematic, but I didn’t disobey him.”

    Sharon, meanwhile, “never demanded that I indulged him, he demanded I expressed my opinion and he was tolerant,” Dagan said. ”

  23. 67 forus50
    January 28, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    If Dems can’t win the House, Senate and presidency in 2016 on this, they will never win it back again.

  24. 68 forus50
    January 28, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    And this:
    According to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, only 27 percent of the public agrees with the Republican leaders’ strategy to take health care away from millions of Americans if they get an assist from the Supreme Court.

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