President Barack Obama http://www.kunc.org en VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces http://www.kunc.org/post/va-chief-eric-shinseki-resigns-post-obama-announces Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.<p>President Obama said Friday that the decision was made so Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/16/312978077/shinseki-pressed-by-senate-panel-on-va-hospital-delays">wide-ranging problems</a>.<p>The agency will be led on an interim basis by Sloan Gibson, its deputy secretary who was confirmed by the Senate in February. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:10:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 57181 at http://www.kunc.org VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained http://www.kunc.org/post/more-diplomacy-fewer-military-missions-5-obama-statements-explained In an interview with NPR, President Obama says now is an appropriate time to step up aid to moderate Syrian rebels. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 57122 at http://www.kunc.org More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Statement On Afghanistan http://www.kunc.org/post/video-transcript-president-obamas-statement-afghanistan <p>Following a trip to Afghanistan over Memorial Day weekend to visit troops, the President spoke from the Rose Garden at the White House Tuesday. Obama announced the timeline to bring the longest-running war in the United States' history to an end as well as the expected residual troop levels beyond the end of the conflict.</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:15:00 +0000 KUNC Staff 57038 at http://www.kunc.org VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Statement On Afghanistan Obama: People 'Will Be Held Accountable' For Veterans Affairs Problems http://www.kunc.org/post/obama-people-will-be-held-accountable-veterans-affairs-problems Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified Veterans Affairs records "will be held accountable," President Obama said Wednesday. The president condemned the reported widespread problems at the VA, defending Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.<p>Obama spoke after he and Shinseki met in the Oval Office Wednesday morning with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, who since last week has been detailed to work with the VA. Wed, 21 May 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 56799 at http://www.kunc.org Obama: People 'Will Be Held Accountable' For Veterans Affairs Problems Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy http://www.kunc.org/post/obama-gets-taste-jiros-dream-sushi-name-diplomacy President Obama kicked off the first leg of his tour of Asia on Wednesday with some sushi diplomacy.<p>He dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a revered and tiny temple of sushi in Tokyo called <a href="http://www.sushi-jiro.jp/eng-index.html">Sukiyabashi Jiro</a>. The subterranean restaurant, with just 10 seats at the counter, was made famous by the 2011 documentary <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/16/148737187/cameras-follow-worlds-greatest-sushi-chef">Jiro Dreams of Sushi</a>.<em> </em><p>Obama emerged with a thumbs-up review. "That's some good sushi right there," he said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:20:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55745 at http://www.kunc.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy