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No Obamacare firings? Here’s one reason
USA Today

Donald Trump delights in it on The Apprentice as do the celebrity chefs on Chopped, but breaking the bad news to people that their services are no longer needed is something that most American presidents seek all manner of ways to avoid.

Instead, presidents often try to fob off the dirty work onto a White House underling. Richard Nixon, desperate to get rid of Interior Secretary Walter Hickel in 1970, called on his hatchet man, Attorney General John Mitchell to wield the ax. But even Mitchell waffled, forcing Nixon to grudgingly do the job himself.