Two different approaches to President Obama’s recognition of Memorial Day are circulating. One perspective paints the event as just another day on the job for the honorable Obama, tainted by some inconsequential trumped up scandal. The other perspective isn’t afraid to portray the situation negatively for the president.
The following AP story won’t even mention the fact President Obama is taking a vacation, and that this timing of vacation is part of the reason there is an issue here at all.
Obama asks Americans to observe Memorial Day
May 29, 2010 by AP
President Obama’s Memorial Day Vacation
May 26th, 2010 by The Heritage Foundation
So what’s the big deal? As leftist columnist David Corn writes: “[D]oes it matter if Obama throws some leaves on a tomb?” Well, apparently to liberals, it does not matter and to Corn, even wondering why the president would miss the occasion in itself dishonors lost soldiers. Seriously. Somehow, wanting the president to appropriately honor the troops who paid the ultimate price is chalked up as “political ammo.”
The truth is that no president has missed the Arlington ceremony on Memorial Day since 1992. That year, former President Bush attended a ceremony in Maine while campaigning for re-election. In 1992 our nation was not at war. President Bush was himself a decorated war hero in World War II, risking life and limb to complete bombing missions in the Pacific and losing crewmates in the battles. His commitment to honoring his brothers-in-arms was never in doubt. So comparing 1992 to 2010 is not exactly an apples to apples debate.
On the other hand, President Obama has demonstrated time and time again an unwillingness to fully support our troops whether through resources or through rhetoric. He gave a commencement address in 2008 with the theme of ’serving your country’ on that Memorial Day weekend, and did not mention serving in the military once. His proposed budgets reduce defense spending as a percentage of GDP to pre-9/11 levels. And this White House is uncomfortable even using the term ‘war on terror’ which is the cause that many of those who sacrificed their lives committed themselves to in the first place.
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