President Obama went out of his way to make clear Monday that Chuck Hagel was leaving as Secretary of Defense of his own accord. "Chuck came to me to discuss the final quarter of my presidency and determined that having guided the department through this transition, it was an appropriate time for him to complete his service," said Obama.

But, all of the reporting on the departure suggests that it was not really Hagel's decision at all. And, judging from the body language and facial expressions on display at the announcement this morning, the reporting is right. Big time.