In an interview with TMZ.com posted yesterday, Montell Williams, a former Marine and Navy officer, implored Obama to order a “surge” by assigning thousands of soldiers who are going off active duty to man military hospitals. He said the extra people could reduce the VA’s backlog in care.
“I’ve issued a petition, and I’m waiting for the White House to respond. And they will, in time,” Williams, 58, says, before growing increasingly animated.
Williams’s petition on the White House’s “We the People” site was unavailable on Thursday, with a message stating it “failed to meet the signature threshold.”
“It’s not about me. It’s about the veterans. Fix the problem. I don’t care if he ever responds to me,” the former host of his eponymous talk show exclaims.
“I don’t want [Obama] to wait 120 days. … I want them today to start working on helping our veterans. And they can do that with the stroke of a pen.”
When asked what he would discuss with Obama if he saw him that day, Williams responded
“Sign the paper, homeboy.”
Williams, a Baltimore native, was in the nation’s capital on Wednesday to speak at a military veterans conference.