About the only time Obama wasn’t exaggerating or mischaracterizing the “state of the union” tonight was during his recounting of the profound sacrifice that Army Ranger Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg made for our country. His touching story resulted in thunderous standing ovation from the chamber that outlasted any applause President mompants received.
From the White House blog:
US Army Ranger Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg has met President Obama on three separate occasions — once overseas and twice since a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan on his 10th deployment left him in a coma for three months, partially paralyzed and brain-damaged. He currently endures six hours of occupational, physical and speech therapy per day, and his father, Craig, along with Cory’s step-mom Annie, is the caretaker by Cory’s side as he continues his recovery…. A native of Arizona, Sergeant First Class Remsburg joined the Army on his 18th birthday after Craig refused to sign the papers for the 17-year-old Cory to join on his own. Sergeant First Class Remsburg says “I won’t give up.” Sergeant First Class Remsburg has been awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Reaction on Twitter was just as laudatory, from both sides of the aisle:
Some also had some pointed jabs about this portion of Obama’s speech:
God bless you, Cory, and thank you for your sacrifice.