President Barack Obama defended Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Wednesday and said if there has been misconduct at the VA, it will be punished. "When I hear allegations of misconduct, any misconduct, whether it's allegations of VA staff covering up long wait time, or cooking the books, I will not stand for it. Not as Commander-in-chief, but also, not as an American," Obama stated. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed Monday, that the Obama Administration learned of the scandal through media outlets.