Monday, January 26, 2009

Priorities Established Early

Note: After doing a little more research, I have amended this blog. In the earlier version, I asserted that Obama went to 10 other auxiliary Balls including some for music industry groups. It appears this is not true. It does not change my contention that he sent a clear and convincing message to the troops that they are not relevant to him or worth his time. Taking this on top of the snub in Germany when he chose to skip visiting wounded troops and played basketball instead because he could not turn the visit into a photo op, my original point that Obama does not care about the troops stands.

New President Barack Obama did not wait long to let us know where his priorities lie as far as the armed services and the men and women who serve are concerned.

As I posted in yesterday's blog, Obama's decision to halt the trials of prisoners at Gitmo is not an overly popular one.

Thinking about it this morning though, there is more to this story than appears on the surface.

We have to take this decision in the context of another decision this past week, skipping the Heroes Inaugural Ball.

For 56 years every President has attended the Heroes Inaugural Ball to honor the Medal of Honor recipients. Every year that is, until now.

Think about this.

Jimmy Carter went to it. The same Jimmy Carter who has been so critical of the United States and the armed services.

Bill Clinton went to it. We likely have never had a President who has been more disdainful and harmful to the men and women in uniform than Bill Clinton and he went to the ball.

So, let's recap. In his first week in office, Obama ignored the Medal of Honor recipients to go to 10 other Balls then the next day he signed an order halting the trials of terrorists who killed 17 sailors. As horrendous as all of this is, I would think the men and women in uniform would find some comfort in knowing early where they stand with their new Commander-in-Chief. Saves them all of the time they would have wasted wondering.


Tina Hemond said...

Hi Chuck, don't for a moment think that the active duty military are not aware, so are the veterans - Jimmy Carter is going to look like George Bush's brother given the direction it appears were headed.

Anonymous said...

Obama did not attend all the unofficial balls you listed--its completely false.

EatYourOkra said...

Don't you love it when someone has something to say that differs from you but hides behind Anonymous? How about telling us what did keep Obama away from the Heroes Inaugural Ball?

Victor's Voice said...

Anonymous said...
"Obama did not attend all the unofficial balls you listed--its completely false."

No it's NOT false, this blog is Factual

Chuck said...

Tina, I have ot doubt he will be a hit with the military

Anonymous, I wasn't with him, maybe he went to all of these, maybe he did not. I do notice two things about your comment though (other than the braveness of the anonymity of course).

-You offered nothing to back up your claim that he did not attend all of them.
-You obviously missed the point of the blog. It was about the one he did not attend. A point which you conveniently ignored.

Okra, gotta love anonymous comments

Note: I did more research and it does not appear that he attended the balls I mentioned, I will amend the article although the original premise still satnds: Obama did not attend the Heroes Ball, making it clear he does not care about the troops.

Chuck said...

Victor, thanks for stopping by. After further research I did amend some of the facts but I stand by my original assertion.

DaBlade said...

Chuck- The fact that you made a correction with the new information makes you superior to all the so-called official news sources.

I have weighed the arguments and have made my decision.Your assertion stands untainted.

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Barack Obama may have stumbled over his words briefly during his inauguration, but he made an even bigger blunder later Tuesday evening. The newly sworn-in President opted not to appear at what should have been one of the most important Balls on his agenda that evening - The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball.

The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball was begun in 1953 for President Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration. The event recognized recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. There were 48 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance, who were undoubtedly disappointed by the Commander-in-Chief's failure to show. Over the past 56 years and 14 inaugurations, no President has skipped this event - until now.

CJ said...

This is so sad. My hubby is a bronze star w/valor recipient and this truly sickens me!! Seeing him salute sickens me! To think we now have a president that thinks gitmo detainees have more rights than our military, sickens me!

Chuck said...

DaBlade, it's not easy to eat crow but I do have to live up to my name

DD, it's incredible. One almost have to think it was intentional. He could have stuck his head, made a quick thank you. One of the reasons cited for not going is security. Bush landed in Iraq during the height of the war for God's sake.

Speaking for all of us, thanks to your husband. I can't even imagine what a service man, active or retired, thinks about him.

shoprat said...

His popularity is peaking now and with this kind of nonsense he will be as close as president has ever been to single digit approval rating (though the elitists will still love him.)

Leslie said...

Yes Obama is making history all right...he is the first president to skip the Heroes Inaugural Ball since it began.

*sidenote, heard today the Obama's approval rating has already dropped into the high 60's down from I believe 83%...he hasn't even been in office a full week.

Chuck said...

Shoprat, it may be a race between him and Congress

Leslie, he's been busy this week

Brooke said...

This is just a taste of what's to come.

Obama's first formal TV interview will be not with an American outlet, but with an Arabian station.

Chuck said...

Brooke, caught that. Wonder if we will ever stop being surprised by him.

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

10, 17, 56...Good God, man! Such complicated statistics make my head hurt!

mksviews said...

Nothing like having your true colors exposed ey. Oh well, when the troops start leaving and enlistment drops, hussein will at least have his peace corps eh. Off course it won't achieve anything other than burn through millions, but hey, at least the left will feel all warm and fuzzy.