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A New Low: Obama Abuses Military Families

By Greg L | 28 September 2008 | National Politics | 29 Comments

Scott’s Morning Brew (and plenty of other political blogs as well) are completely outraged, and with good reason, over the discovery that Barack Obama’s reference to a fallen American soldier in his campaign is against the wishes of the soldier’s family.  I swear, we really must have had to work incredibly hard to end up with this pathetic crop of presidential candidates. Obama, who refers to his “muslim faith” during interviews, can’t seem to remember to put his hand over his heart when the national anthem is played, and who thinks that protecting the ability of doctors to throw babies in linen closets to die after a botched later-term infanticide is somehow responsible public policy is now abusing military families that have lost their loved ones in the cause of freedom.

According to this article at NewsBusters.org - The family of fallen soldier Sgt Jopek, who Barack Hussein Obama mentioned in the debate asked him NOT to wear their son’s bracelet.

You know the one.  The one where BLObama couldn’t remember the name and had to READ the bracelet to remember who’s name was on it?

Pathetic.  It is amazing that this knucklehead could have ever been chosen as the Democrat nominee for President.  Of course, Republicans have only done marginally better, but at least their candidate isn’t trying to use someone’s dead family members who died in the service to our country as a campaign prop.

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  1. anon said on 29 Sep 2008 at 6:04 am:
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    Uh oh, Obama’s Truth Squad is going to come for you. Let’s hope the Commonwealth’s Attorney here isn’t in the bag for Obama as in St. Louis.

  2. Anonymous said on 29 Sep 2008 at 7:50 am:
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    I don’t particularly like either of the candidate. The only thing I like less are lies about either candidate.

    Associated Press Last update: September 28, 2008 - 7:13 PM Soldier’s mom defends Obama’s mention of bracelet

    MILWAUKEE - After Tracy Jopek gave Sen. Barack Obama a bracelet in honor of her son who was killed in Iraq, she asked Obama not to mention the bracelet on the campaign trail.

    But Jopek told The Associated Press on Sunday that she’s satisfied with how Obama discussed it during last week’s presidential debate.

    Read the rest of the true story at http://www.startribune.com/29863889.html?elr=KArksDyycyUtyycyUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

  3. CitizenofManassas said on 29 Sep 2008 at 7:53 am:
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    Obama claims to dislike lies and claims McCain lies all of the time. Yet, Obama lies about lying. Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

  4. jfk said on 29 Sep 2008 at 11:25 am:
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    Anonymous, who is lying? Sounds to me like everything was reported correctly, but the mother has now changed her mind after the fact and indicated that it is OK that Obama mentioned her son. He did betray a trust, regardless of whether the other party is OK with it.

  5. Naughtius Maximus said on 29 Sep 2008 at 12:12 pm:
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    How about a thread on this bipartisan bailout?

    They’re putting the final touches right now on a bill that will provide mortgage assistance to illegal aliens among others …

  6. Johnson said on 29 Sep 2008 at 12:15 pm:
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    This election seems more like a “Who can be a bigger piece of $h!t” contest. Couldn’t have picked two better contestants.

  7. Naughtius Maximus said on 29 Sep 2008 at 12:41 pm:
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    People so easily buy into the myth that they have a choice … we’re the victims of a monopoly scheme where the owner in question splits his company into two pieces and pretends they’re in competition.

    We the people don’t support this bailout but we’re about to get the bill for it.

  8. Naughtius Maximus said on 29 Sep 2008 at 12:59 pm:
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    I can’t believe no one has much to say about this bailout. This is a giveaway whose size and scope both incorporates and dwarfs most of what anyone here has ever complained about.

    THIS is what’s real. THIS is shaping America for the next decade or so.

    And what’s happening is completely absurd. The President tells us the sky is falling, his asleep-on-the-job treasury Secretary tells us his Wall Street friends have assured us they’ll keep investing if and only if we hand them 700 billion dollars, the Democrats in Congress say okay but only if we give money to failed homeowners too, and the Republicans in Congress literally can’t figure out what to do.

    Little old me, I think we should target the money we put in, you know not reimburse for executive’s salaries and not reimburse for illegal aliens’ home loans, and engage in some restructuring, and I think that if it takes weeks or even months before the money is committed, that’s okay. If Wall Street dips it dips. What goes up must come down and vice versa. I don’t see that rushing into this is in our best interest. Who the hell ever heard of bailing out a failed business and “you’d better send them the check right now”.

    The thing contradicts the values most Americans profess to, but people are willing to eat it. All they ask is to be distracted with a sideshow - Obama doesn’t respect the military, McCain with his 7 houses doesn’t like poor people, etc. No one’s in touch with anything real anymore.

  9. Naughtius Maximus said on 29 Sep 2008 at 1:10 pm:
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    America gets weaker every day. Our politicians and elites continue to sell out our country one piece, one tax cut, one deregulation, one bailout at a time.

  10. Ducky said on 29 Sep 2008 at 1:42 pm:
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    This thread should be reason enough to support John McCain and Sarah Palin this fall for President.

  11. Bridget said on 29 Sep 2008 at 1:53 pm:
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    The huge rush-job cover-up failed.

  12. Ducky said on 29 Sep 2008 at 1:56 pm:
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    Naughtius Maximus said on 29 Sep 2008 at 12:12 pm:

    They’re putting the final touches right now on a bill that will provide mortgage assistance to illegal aliens among others …

    Looks like you got your wish, Naughtius. The bill failed. The Dow is now down 500 points and the Federal Reserve is pumping cash into the system. Pretty soon the dollar won’t be worth toilet paper.

  13. Naughtius Maximus said on 29 Sep 2008 at 1:58 pm:
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    “Just remember to put your hand over your heart, salute the flag, and play into whatever their political convictions are - pro-life, pro-choice, defending freedom, anti-war, whichever - when you knock on their door and demand their money”.

  14. Naughtius Maximus said on 29 Sep 2008 at 3:01 pm:
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    Three cheers for the House Republicans. We didn’t hurriedly enact a bad bill today.

  15. Johnson said on 29 Sep 2008 at 3:40 pm:
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    The first bailout attempt was defeated in the House. I wonder what they’ll try to shove down our throats next?


  16. Brentsville Graduate said on 29 Sep 2008 at 3:45 pm:
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    They won’t try anything next. Members of the House left town immediately after the vote.

  17. DPortM said on 29 Sep 2008 at 4:02 pm:
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    Thank God the bailout went down in flames. There is hope for our elected officials!

    Greg, can we have a bailout thread???

  18. me-n-u said on 29 Sep 2008 at 4:09 pm:
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    Explain to me how this bailout will help in the long run. As far as I can see, it will help short term, but we’ll be facing the same situation again in a few months.

  19. Johnson said on 29 Sep 2008 at 4:24 pm:
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    Anybody see the hidden message? The bailout was defeated because we told our elected representatives to defeat it, just as we told them to defeat the propose immigration reforms.


  20. Johnson said on 29 Sep 2008 at 4:25 pm:
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    “Proposed”. Sorry!

  21. freedom said on 29 Sep 2008 at 5:05 pm:
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    Naughtius Maximus, Google “Community Reinvestment Act”

  22. Ducky said on 29 Sep 2008 at 6:15 pm:
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    The bailout failed. This is a great day for American democracy. My stocks are in th tank but I can live with that.

  23. Ducky said on 29 Sep 2008 at 6:19 pm:
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    The Dow is down 700 points but that is okay. They will just have to deal with it.

  24. Ducky said on 29 Sep 2008 at 6:26 pm:
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    Hip hip hurrah for free market capitalism. To hell with stinking unions!

  25. Ducky said on 29 Sep 2008 at 6:30 pm:
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    Free market capitalism means that businesses should be able to hire whoever the heck they want to hire. They do not need the federal government’s permission. I want to thank all of you for supporting free market capitalism.

  26. Ducky said on 29 Sep 2008 at 6:34 pm:
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    Stocks crushed
    Approximately $1.2 trillion in market value is gone after the House rejects the $700 billion bank bailout plan.
    Last Updated: September 29, 2008: 6:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Stocks skidded Monday, with the Dow slumping nearly 778 points, in the biggest single-day point loss ever, after the House rejected the government’s $700 billion bank bailout plan.

    The day’s loss knocked out approximately $1.2 trillion in market value, the first post-$1 trillion day ever, according to a drop in the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000, the broadest measure of the stock market.

    The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost 777.68, surpassing the 684.81 loss on Sept. 17, 2001 - the first trading day after the September 11 attacks. However the 7% decline does not rank among the top 10 percentage declines.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) index lost 8.8%, its seventh worst day ever on a percentage basis and the biggest one-day percentage drop since the crash of ‘87, when it lost 20.5%. The Nasdaq composite (COMP) fell 9.1%, its third worst day on a percentage basis and also its worst decline since the crash of ‘87.

    Stocks tumbled ahead of the vote and the selling accelerated on fears that Congress would not be able come up with a fix for nearly frozen credit markets. The frozen markets mean banks are hoarding cash, making it difficult for businesses and individuals to get much-needed loans. (Full story)

    “The stock market was definitely taken by surprise,” said Drew Kanaly, chairman and CEO of Kanaly Trust Company, referring to the House vote. “If you watched the news stream over the weekend, it seemed like it was a done deal. But the money is being held hostage to the political process.”


    Great news for free market conservatives!!!!!!!!

  27. Anonymous said on 30 Sep 2008 at 12:05 am:
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    Ducky said on 29 Sep 2008 at 1:56 pm:
    Pretty soon the dollar won’t be worth toilet paper.

    I figured that was what you used! Got some old Sears & Roebuck catalogues you can have. QUACK, QUACK!

  28. Lake Ridge said on 30 Sep 2008 at 9:24 pm:
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    Let’s not stick to the issues; you guys do that and you’ll lose in a landslide and you know it. How about we respect and honor the feelings of this soldier’s mother?

    Obama’s reference to fallen soldier fitting, mother says
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    Posted: Sept. 28, 2008

    The mother of a Wisconsin soldier who died in Iraq says she was “ecstatic” when Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama mentioned during Friday’s debate the bracelet she gave him in honor of her son.

    Tracy Jopek of Merrill said Sunday that she was honored that Obama remembered Sgt. Ryan David Jopek, who was killed in 2006 by a roadside bomb.

    She criticized Internet reports suggesting Obama (D-Ill.) exploited her son for political purposes.

    Jopek acknowledged e-mailing the Obama campaign in February asking that the presidential candidate not mention her son in speeches or debates.

    But she said Obama’s mention on Friday was appropriate because he was responding after Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, said a soldier’s mother gave him a bracelet.

    “I’ve got a bracelet, too, from Sergeant — from the mother of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek, given to me in Green Bay,” Obama said during the debate. “She asked me, ‘Can you please make sure another mother is not going through what I’m going through?’ ”

    “No U.S. soldier ever dies in vain because they’re carrying out the missions of their commander in chief. And we honor all the service that they’ve provided.”

    Jopek says Obama’s comment rightfully suggested there’s more than one viewpoint on the war.

  29. The Bulletproof Monk said on 30 Sep 2008 at 10:33 pm:
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    What was the woman thinking when she gave the bracelet to a f***ing POS that would walk away and leave people to die in the wake of his decision????
    When such an inexpereinced jackass says the “Surge” wouldn’t work DESPITE the fact that he’s never served or even tried to understand what it means to have to defend our country??

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