Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Change I Can't Believe In

Maybe I'm overreacting, but I'm pretty darn pissed off that the President of the United States has chosen to spend Memorial Day in Chicago instead of staying in Washington to honor our fallen in Arlington Cemetery, as every president in memory has done. That's just one of those traditions that doesn't need "hopey-change."

He tinkered with Memorial Day tradition last year when he dispatched a federal van and folks in uniform to place a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial for the very first time. As had other presidents, he also sent a wreath to the Confederate veterans' memorial at Arlington, despite objections from his entourage. I guess after that magnanimous gesture he felt entitled to give special recognition to one particular race of American soldiers. Or did he send a wreath to a Caucasian Civil War Memorial somewhere that I don't know about?

It doesn't comfort me that, this year, he'll place a wreath at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Elmwood, Illinois, isn't the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington Cemetery, symbolic of all America's fallen.

No. The solemn ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown will be delegated to Vice President Biden. Good ol' Joe Biden who, a few weeks ago, offhandedly suggested that the United States is no longer the "capitol of the free world" -- bestowing that title on Brussels and elevating NATO's importance in the process:

"As you probably know, some American politicians and American
journalists refer to Washington, D.C. as the 'capital of the free world,'" Biden
said. "But it seems to me that in this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of
history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European
Union, and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to
that title."

I'm a little tired of our leaders trashing us and elevating the concept of a world order.
So, good ol' Joe will do the honors at Arlington and host the White House luncheon for families of our fallen.
This isn't exactly the "change" anyone should believe in.
Hey, America's military! Are you feelin' pretty good about the attitude this administration has toward you?


  1. He's so tone deaf when it comes to Veteran affairs, I'm no longer surprised.

  2. Ya' know, Moogie...the guy is a waste of oxygen. I honestly think Joe stinkin' Biden more worthy of officiating the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. At least Biden does have a son that serves, and I really don't think he hates the US, or the military the way ObozO does.

    Sure, he's a buffoon.

    ObozO just continues to provide proof of just how worthless he is as a US President. It really is depressing sometimes.

  3. Hey, America's military! Are you feelin' pretty good about the attitude this administration has toward you?

    I'm one of those guys who buys into the "still serving" stuff, so I will answer... but just for me, personally.

    HELL NO!

    Now, that said, I'm grateful I'm no longer on active duty. Serving under Carter was hard enough, serving under this guy would be insufferable.

  4. Just a factual note here. According to the Washington Post, George W. Bush skipped going to Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day twice (2001-2002), George H.W. Bush never went to Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day, and Ronald Reagan skipped going twice (once to go vacation at his ranch).

    On the other hand, that great military loving Bill Clinton never missed a year.

    This one's kerfuffle, I think.