I don’t know how I missed this story but I did. It caught my attention when I saw some readers coming to Maggie’s Notebook from The Telegraph UK on an article I wrote about Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. I was disquieted that Barack Obama called the Sergeant “Sal,” said “I really like him,” (because it is always about Barack Obama) and gave him a very awkward hug. This new story is worse…far worse and it shows just how dim, disinterested and disrespectful Obama is about our Military. See a video below.
Appearing at Ft. Drum this week Obama recounted the times he has personally been with the 10th Mountain Division, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. He told the soldiers that his first Medal of Honor recipient which was not awarded posthumously (“actually came back”) was to the 10th Mountain’s Sergeant First Class Jared Monti.
Obama mixed-up the recipients and more. SFC Jared Monti did not come home. Obama gave the Medal of Honor to Monti’s parents, but was actually telling the Ft. Drum soldiers about SSG Guinta. It’s even worse. Hear it from The Telegraph’s Toby Harnden who “gets it.”
To mix up SSG Giunta and SFC Monti was just awful and it suggests a relaxed attitude towards American heroes that has been evident on previous occasions. Note that rather than referring to SFC Monti by his rank, Obama said just “Jared Monti”. Servicemen and women earn their ranks and deserve to be addressed by them…
There was further confusion. Obama intimated that SSG Guinta also served with the 10th Mountain Division, which he did not. He served with, and earned his Medal of Honor Status, with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, V Corps.
The ironic part of the speech, and this comes after the announcement of the politically pressured drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, was Obama’s closing remark, “Know that your Commander-in-Chief has your back.”
Even more than irony, is his disingenuousness.
Of course, if Bush had pulled this blunder, the liberal media and the blogosphere would be all over it, reminding us all how stupid the President is. Even Ms. Ritter’s story is mildly titled: “Commander In Chief Misspeaks…..”. Had Sarah Palin said anything like this to the troops it would be a major media crucifixion. Instead, it appears the liberal media’s going to keep “the shield” up covering Obama’s memory lapses. One has to wonder what else the President has forgotten—lately.
“See, what you all need to know about the President you helped to elect is thatwhen it comes to the people he meets, Barack has a memory like a steel trap. He has a gift in that way, able to retain information, know more than those who are briefing him, asking critical questions, because all of those wins and losses are not wins and losses for him [but] they are wins and losses for the folks whose stories he carries with him, the folks that he worries about and prays about before he goes to bed at night” – First Lady, Michelle Obama at a sold-out breakfast fund-raiser at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, Calif., on June 14
My hubby says the Obamas can open a bullsh** shop and equal the wealth of George Soros, because there is a big demand for bullsh** in America today.
The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. It is awarded to military service members only in cases of “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”
The creator of this video noticed that in the span of 40 seconds, Obama managed to refer to himself 6 times, but was unable to remember the name of the living soldier to whom he gave the medal.
The Lonely Conservative notes there was certainly no confusion with the lamestream media. They simply ignored it until the Obama apologies came forth.
Barack Obama speaking to Ft. Drum Soldiers (video)