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.