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:
"My recovery has not been easy. Nothing in life that's worth anything is easy." Vets like Cory Remsburg make our thanks seem so inadequate.
— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) January 29, 2014
Waves of emotion and rumble of cheer for Cory Remsburg Army Ranger
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 29, 2014
Delighted to see Cory Remsburg trending hard! #SOTU
— Is Mise Moira ☘ ن (@Moira1987) January 29, 2014
Hear hear for the gallant Sgt. Cory Remsburg.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) January 29, 2014
I respect Cory Remsburg. Not because Obama told me to, but because he 100% earned it. #sotu
— Ashley Ciandella (@AshleyCiandella) January 29, 2014
God bless Cory Remsburg.
— Jerome Hudson (@JeromeEHudson) January 29, 2014
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) January 29, 2014
God bless SCF Cory Remsburg! Thank you, sir!
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) January 29, 2014
God bless Cory Remsburg, other veterans like him who are recovering, those with wounds we can't see, and those who didn't make it home.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) January 29, 2014
We all salute Cory Remsburg & the heroes who have fought the good fight in Iraq & Afghanistan. God bless them for their service.
— Ralph Reed (@ralphreed) January 29, 2014
— Amber Smith (@AmberSmithUSA) January 29, 2014
— Max Twain (@MaxTwain) January 29, 2014
Some also had some pointed jabs about this portion of Obama’s speech:
It's great that Obama saluted Cory Remsburg….after he and the Democrats just cut his pension. #sotu
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) January 29, 2014
The best part of the #SOTU — Congress saluting Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg and Obama leaving…
— Matt Vespa (@mVespa1) January 29, 2014
God bless you, Cory, and thank you for your sacrifice.