Friday, June 24, 2011
Obama Craps on the Military, Again
I'm not in the military, so I don't know this for certain. However, I can't imagine how frustrating it is for those who do serve, to have a Commander-in-Chief who repeatedly sh*ts all over them.
Mr. Obama, in prepared remarks he delivered at Ft. Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division, yesterday:
"First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn't receiving it posthumously."
Jared Monti died in the action he received the Medal of Honor for, in 2006.
President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to his parents on September 17, 2009.
The soldier Mr. Obama's speech writers were trying to refer to is Salvador Guinta, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 16, 2010.
In Obama's eyes, he probably thinks this is just a tiny mistake, not worth noting at all. For the family of Jared Monti, I can't think of a harsher insult to the memory of their loved one. For Salvador Guinta, the disrespect shown because the President can't be bothered to remember who you are, mere months after having awarded you this nation's highest recognition of bravery.
Obama should travel to the Monti and Guinta families, and apologize privately, in person, for the gaffe. He should publicly apologize to the units involved, and the US Army as a whole. He should immediately fire the idiots who prepared that speech for him.
The previous Commander-in-Chief would never, NEVER have allowed this to happen.
Thanks to Outlaw13 over at Threedonia and BlackFive for sharing this info ...
Update - President Obama telephoned Jared Monti's father to apologize for the mistake. How gracious ... he took a couple of minutes to TELEPHONE an apology. Way to phone it in! I suppose we should be grateful he at least did that much ... NOT!