timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, November 9, 2009

A new level of...

I was going to call this "A new level of contempt," but it occurred to me that Obama's fun-loving "shoutout" to his friend the Medal of Honor winner (patience...) and casual mention of the Ft Hood massacre during a different speech probably weren't contempt. I'll say that it shows where the military ranks in Obama's hierarchy of issues. Now why he and his handlers thought it was a good idea to handle it that way, I can't say. I can say that the way it was handled was just plain stupid. There's no other way to put it.

Not to mention calling the Medal of Freedom a Medal of Honor. Obama even awarded that medal personally. Of course, if Dubya had done that it would have been front page news with the discussion on how stupid he is, after all, he can't tell the difference between the medals.

So in the middle of all this, he goes in to damage control mode, give another pale soulless speech then schedules a trip to Ft Hood for tomorrow, to explain how his teleprompter feels about this tragedy.

But then, FoxNews broke the story that the last known leader of the free world, George W. Bush, visited Ft Hood and spent "considerable time" visiting with the surviving victims and families, as well as the families of the deceased. It's nice to see a president who cares, isn't it?

What's interesting is the commentary showing up from overseas on Obama's gaffe. The Telegraph has this headline: Bloodless President Barack Obama makes Americans wistful for George W Bush.
Completely missing was the eloquence that Mr Obama employs when talking about himself. Absent too was any sense that the President empathised with the families and comrades of those murdered.
That says something, doesn't it? Maybe it is contempt after all.

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