"For the first time in nine years, Americans are not fighting, dying in Iraq." - Obama at Vietnam Memorial. Unbelievable.—
Sam Valley (@SamValley) May 28, 2012
President Obama gave a Memorial Day speech today at Arlington cemetery. Even on Memorial Day, a day to reflect upon and honor those men and women who made the greatest sacrifice to fight for and defend others, he chose to campaign.
It’s so convenient how he didn’t “inherit” some things from President Bush. The narcissist and campaigner in chief couldn’t put aside his own hubris even on Memorial Day. It would be unbelievable, if it wasn’t par for the course with him.
Twitter gives him the business and rightly so. Politicizing Memorial Day? Campaigning at the expense of the families of our fallen heroes? Beyond the pale. Maybe he’s like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and is ‘uncomfortable’ calling our fallen heroes. Well, except for himself, natch.
Yes. For someone who is supposed to be the greatest orator evah, his repertoire is quite limited. To himself.
Exactly. Disgraceful. He could have gone on more in this vein.
But, no. The ego is too strong in this one. And other Twitter users agree.
If only the President had read the following:
Mankind has always struggled with the definition of honor. It can be found along many different paths. The soldier under fire finds a fusion of courage, love, and duty that the rest of us can only imagine, as calm waters reflect flashes of lighting from a distant storm. It is our great civilian honor that America’s armed forces reflect upon us. Each new cohort of young people in uniform, setting aside a measure of their freedom to accept military discipline, makes a perilous investment in American liberty. It is our honorable duty to return their investment with interest.
We pause now to remember those who gave everything, and live now in loving memory, marching only through the pages of history they have written. So many empty seats will surround picnic tables across the land on Memorial Day. So many outposts in the deadly corners of the Earth will be patrolled by the spirits of the fallen, walking beneath a flag whose stars and stripes glimmer and burn with a spirit that will never fade.
Read the whole thing. And have tissues handy. We honor and owe a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid to all those who heroically sacrificed their very lives as part of the greatest force for good that the world has ever known.
Thank God that such men lived, as General Patton said.