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Obama in Chicago on Memorial Day? Really?

By Greg L | 26 May 2010 | National Politics | 49 Comments

Guest Post by Sanford D. Horn

Does Barack Obama have no sense of history? Does he have no sense of respect for the fallen who gave their all? Does he have no sense of decorum? Does he have no sense of right and wrong? Does he have no sense?

Just when I thought I could not be embarrassed of this so-called leader any further, he makes the woe begotten decision to spend Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, instead of where he belongs – doing his duty as Commander in Chief – speaking and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

According to The Washington Post, clearly a left of center newspaper, Obama believes it is more important to shun the memories of the fallen who fought to make the world a freer, better and safer place by returning home to Chicago simply because he pledged to do so every six weeks or so. He referred to the trip to the Windy City “as addressing one of the great broken promises of his administration.” (I’ll save the dissection of that comment for another column.)

Obama will also not be attending the breakfast at the White House for “Gold Star” families. These folks are the survivors of those who died in the service to their country. Instead, Vice President Biden and his wife Jill will host the breakfast and participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Making remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, which is what is on Obama’s agenda for next Monday, is not an appropriate substitute. Obama can do that next February – it will be more meaningful then. After all, if he plans to be in Chicago, “every six weeks or so,” he can certainly arrange his schedule to coincide with Honest Abe’s birthday.

It’s bad enough most people have forgotten the true meaning of Memorial Day – not just a chance to have a weenie roast and chug some cheap beer, although I have no doubt most of the fallen would enjoy doing just that – but the opportunity to recall with pride and introspection those men and women who made the greatest sacrifice one can make for his or her country.

Is this the legacy Obama wishes to leave for his young daughters? It is shameful enough that most schools don’t even bother to teach their charges about the observance formerly known as Decoration Day.

Memorial Day was proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in 1868 and observed by the placement of flowers at the graves of both union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

After her 1915 poem referenced poppies and their redness, Moina Michael began the time-honored tradition of wearing red poppies in remembrance of the fallen soldiers. Later, poppies were sold to help raise money for the widows and orphans of the servicemen who did not return home. By the early 1920s the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) was enlisted to make and sell the poppies.

The American flag is to be flown at half-mast until noon on Memorial Day. In December 2000 the National Moment of Remembrance was passed by Congress calling on all Americans to pause from their activities at 3 p.m. and offer a moment of observation, respect and silence. Taps should also be played.

Quite frankly, more than a “moment” should be “sacrificed” in remembrance of those brave men and women who died in the service to their country – the volunteers and the draftees. We take for granted the freedom we enjoy in these United States and Obama is setting a poor example by shirking his responsibilities.

The job of President is a full-time, 24-7 task requiring the attention of the leader at all times. He can take a weekend in Chicago at another time. Memorial Day is a work day for the Commander in Chief and he ought to show his children and his country how it’s done – properly. But only after someone shows him first.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and political consultant living in Alexandria, VA.



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49 Comments

  1. anon said on 26 May 2010 at 8:45 am:
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    He is just a smooth talking Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton. No difference in attitude and the same amount of class. Why should we be surprised by this?

  2. Former Officer said on 26 May 2010 at 1:57 pm:
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    Before sounding all stupid please check on what his itenerary will be. This is not the first time a president was not in DC to attend the laying of the wreath in Arlington. I am not an Obama fan but I get tired of stupid misinformation put out to the masses. You want to complain then make it a serious one.

  3. Anonymous said on 26 May 2010 at 2:58 pm:
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    Does he really care?

  4. Anonymous said on 26 May 2010 at 3:35 pm:
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    Former officer,

    Do you know how many times a President has missed the Ceremony and for what reasons? I’m willing to cut obama some slack if it has been more a common occureance than we think. However, I do not think visiting Chicago is enough of a reason to miss the tradition.

  5. Sarah Connor said on 26 May 2010 at 3:38 pm:
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    Listen, W. spent most of his Memorial Days at Camp David. Give it a rest, Greg. You’re grasping at straws with this one. SC

  6. Rocky said on 26 May 2010 at 3:53 pm:
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    As a Vietnam vet who tries to make it to the Wall and Arlington
    Cemetery every Memorial Day, I’d just as soon do without
    Obama. I’m also one of those who gave WillyBoy a proper
    welcome when he tried to speak at the Wall on MD. His
    speech was abruptly ended when he realized that tens of
    thousands of Nam vets were booing and shouting obscenities
    at him and they weren’t going to stop. If BHO shows up, it
    just might be an event he wouldn’t like. (although I doubt if
    vets from the 173rd Abn Div. would drop their pants and
    moon him the way they did WillyBoy)

  7. Johnson said on 26 May 2010 at 4:15 pm:
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    Good riddence, I say, and to his cronies and supporters. Cower in your big city apartments, fearing to leave them and become a victim. You already are. Wake up.

  8. Jon Wong said on 26 May 2010 at 5:12 pm:
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    Maybe he go Bejing. Put flower on Mao grave.

  9. me said on 26 May 2010 at 5:22 pm:
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    Just as an fyi……Those loons (WBC) who demonstrate at the funerals of our brave military men and women are planning to picket at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday between 9 and 11 (during the wreath laying ceremony) and then they are moving down town to picket during the parade….

  10. BattleCat said on 26 May 2010 at 8:10 pm:
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    Well, I believe Ododo’s mere presence at Arlington is an insult to the brave soldiers who have fought and died for our freedoms. I would prefer Oblunders not to defile sacred grounds with his presence.

  11. Disgusted said on 26 May 2010 at 8:45 pm:
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    Boo hoo hoo. He’s not going to Arlington. When did any of you blowhards go visit some of those wounded kids at Walter Reed, or just cut a check for some relief agency supporting survivors and wounded vets? Or just walk around Quantico National Cemetery? Likely never.

  12. local gop said on 26 May 2010 at 8:53 pm:
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    ok, this is an idiotic posting…and just when i thought it couldn’t get any worse.

    GWB was in France on MD in 2002 and participated in a ceremony there.

    GHWB did not attend a single MD ceremony in Arlington during his entire presidency. He was in Rome on MD in 1989, and on action in Maine for MD 1990-1992.

    Ronald Reagan missed arlington on MD 4 times 1) at the Reagan Ranch (in fairness he was shot earlier that year), 2) 1983 he was at a summit in Williamsburg, 3) 1987 he was vacationing at Reagan Ranch, and 4) 1988 he was at a meeting in Moscow.

    Clinton attended Arlington MD ceremony all 8 years.

  13. Former Officer said on 27 May 2010 at 3:27 am:
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    Thanks local gop. Keeps me from doing the research. Is this enough for you Anonymous? I get so damned embarrassed as a Conservative when crap like this is posted. It’s no different from when Bush was president and all the local liberal nutjobs were posting stupid articles that were baseless and stupid.

  14. NoVA Scout said on 27 May 2010 at 5:47 am:
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    It’s far more important what a president does on Memorial Day than where he is. It is not a local event.

  15. Jay said on 27 May 2010 at 6:12 am:
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    Redneck hucksterism of the highest order for the reasons already listed here. . .

    After all, there aren’t any vets in Chicago, right?

    Big O has reasons that drooling dixie f#cktards hate him but this one (to use a scientific term for this kind of utter stupidity) is “not even wrong.”

  16. Cathymac said on 27 May 2010 at 7:05 am:
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    Were we at war during the Clinton and Reagan administrations? Perhaps the record of war time Presidents is different.

    Honestly, Let the Obamas go back to the hood. Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and assorted other leftitsts are waiting to exchange some more “community organizing” ideas in Barry and Michelle’s basement. He needs a good does of the home crowd to keep his feet firmly planted in his own reality of the “third way”.

    I’d like to encourage everyone to check their locals papers for observations on Monday in their own communities. I’ve never been to Arlington or the Wall on Memorial Day - but I have visited them with my children over the years. We do take time to pay our respects locally on MD, and participate in local 4th of July celebrations. I’d rather be with my local heroes than home watching a ceremony on TV. Obama’s “respect” rings very hollow to me, he can do his own thing in Chicago and we are best to ignore him.

  17. Freedom said on 27 May 2010 at 7:31 am:
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    Couldn’t agree more, Cathymac…just wish he’d STAY there!

  18. Big Dog said on 27 May 2010 at 7:45 am:
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    local gop,

    Don’t inject facts into the conversation - you may give
    these poor folks a headache.

    “Partisans on both sides routinely condemn their opponets
    for sins far more menial than offenses for which they absolve
    their allies.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch 5-27-2010).

  19. Anonymous said on 27 May 2010 at 8:38 am:
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    me said on 26 May 2010 at 5:22 pm: Flag comment

    Just as an fyi……Those loons (WBC) who demonstrate at the funerals of our brave military men and women are planning to picket at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday between 9 and 11 (during the wreath laying ceremony) and then they are moving down town to picket during the parade….

    Rocky said on 26 May 2010 at 3:53 pm: Flag comment
    (although I doubt if vets from the 173rd Abn Div. would drop their pants and
    moon him the way they did WillyBoy)

    Maybe the 173rd Abn Div. vets could show up at Arlington and have a “friendly discussion” about world affairs with the WBC.

  20. Big Dog said on 27 May 2010 at 9:18 am:
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    Anon,
    A deep loathing for WBC’s disgusting antics at military
    funerals and ceremonies is something on which we all can agree.

  21. Big Dog said on 27 May 2010 at 12:04 pm:
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    FYI - The U.S. Army Blue Band will play at the Harris Pavilion in
    Old Town Manassas from 7 to 8 tonight. It is no charge and
    everyone is invited. (May want to bring a lawn chair).

  22. APoverME said on 27 May 2010 at 5:05 pm:
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    Actually, Sarah Conner, W. spent every Memorial Day at Arlington except one where he was at Normandy Beach, France. An appropriate place, I think.

  23. Disgusted said on 27 May 2010 at 9:44 pm:
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    Amen on your point about the WBC’s moronic behavior Big Dog. Brave men and women sacrificed their lives so imbeciles like them can spew forth their insanity. Doesn’t seem fair.

  24. Tom Andrews said on 28 May 2010 at 7:14 am:
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    What gets lost in the noise is that when a President performs this sacred duty at Arlington on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, it is not about Arlington or any other National Cemetery. While Arlington is the preeminent National Cemetery-first among equals, the President is not laying a wreath to honor Arlington. The wreath is layed at the Tomb of the Unknown to honor those that are unaccounted for; either at Arlington or another place of honor. It is to honor those still missing as well as the one “known only to God”.

    As the Chief of the US Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard in the late 90’s/early 2000’s I had the privelege to participate in dozens of active duty/retired burials as well as leading the troops up the steps on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day in what is referred to as a “top job”. Trust me, these two 30 minute ceremonies mean more to military members and their families than can be adequately expressed and in my view, the President-ANY President has an obligation to perform this solemn duty above any and all other demands on his time. Wreaths are laid occasionally throughout the year by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries but these two occasions; Memorial Day and the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month require nothing less than the President of the United States.

  25. Sanford Horn said on 28 May 2010 at 3:10 pm:
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    Tom,

    Thank you for your service to a great and grateful nation!

    I am humbled by your words expressing the duties of the President regarding the Tomb of the Unknown (which sadly, I failed to mention) Memorial Day and Veterans Day as being so sacrosanct - which they are.

    Clearly THIS president lacks the knowledge and maybe even the capacity, due to his political bent, to appreciate the task with which he has been charged.

    The office of President is bigger than any one individual, as George Washington noted when begging off of a third term to which he would clearly have been reelcted. Washington did not want the office of president to be viewed as a monarchy, which we the people had just defeated in an effort to secure the freedoms we enjoy today. This is also why he chose the low-key term of “Mr. President,” instead of any other regal sounding title.

    Again, Tom, thank you and G-d Bless you.

  26. Anonymous said on 28 May 2010 at 5:06 pm:
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    The guy is nothing but a poseur. Just another opportunity for him to promenade around as something he’s not. The honored dead may rest easier without this d-bag around.

  27. Tom Andrews said on 28 May 2010 at 6:10 pm:
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    Anonymous,

    While I can sincerely appreciate your displeasure with the current administration and recognize your right as an American to speak your piece, I have to say that regardless of political leanings or feelings in my view it is always inappropriate and wrong to speak of the President of the United States in those terms. Which is also my right to say…..

  28. Ron Homan said on 28 May 2010 at 8:14 pm:
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    I for one am glad Hussein isn’t going to set foot on that Hallowed ground.

  29. Anonymous said on 28 May 2010 at 8:41 pm:
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    Come on guys, I am quite shure we were all proud of President G.W.Bush on how he kept the skys of west Texas clear while the common mans boy of no means went and fought in the jungles of nam as infantry. At least all Gore went to nam. C.C.R.s song of fortunate one rings loud and clear today as it did 40 years ago. All of you college educated right wingers who came of age in the sixties ought not to be posting if you got a college deferment or some cushy national guard slot. I am sorry guys but most people who came from that time were all trying to figure a way out of not being killed so the U.S. would not look bad to the world. Were the little yellow people out to get us? Maybe you could get Doug Feith to speak on this! Lol. The left has some nut jobs and so does the right, drill baby drill girl where have you gone? Ha ha ha.

  30. Anonymous said on 28 May 2010 at 10:50 pm:
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    This is pretty disgusting, and only someone who has not served in the military would have put up a thread like this. Some of the posts here are an insult to Memorial Day. The Horn, Cathymac, and Homan posts in particular are truly offensive. They do not, however, represent the sentiments of true Conservatives, but the rantings of an ignorant few. Yes, we were at war under Reagan and GHWB. We had forces under fire in Lebanon when Reagan missed, and we had forces under fire in Irag and Somalia when GHWB missed. How can anyone with a straight face lament the lost meaning of Memorial Day and then in the same breath taint it with this line of criticism. We don’t have to like Obama, but he is the Commander-in-Chief, and it is disgraceful to use which cemetery he goes to on Memorial Day as a basis for attack. Greg would not have put up something like this.

  31. Anonymous said on 29 May 2010 at 5:49 am:
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    Tom Andrews, with all due respect to your service and views, I will stand by mine: The ONE person who has shown the least respect for the office of President of the United States of America is the fraud currently holding that esteemed office.

  32. Anonymous said on 29 May 2010 at 6:36 am:
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    On This Memorial Day There Are Two Americas
    William R. Forstchen Ph.D.

    “…According to tradition it started shortly after the Civil War when General Logan, who was part of the forces occupying the South, observed Southern women laying spring flowers on the graves of both Confederate and Union dead, graves still fresh and barely covered with the grass that covers over memories. When he asked why they were thus decorating the graves of their former foes, a woman dressed in the black of mourning supposedly replied that the dead were now comrades in peace and she prayed that southern dead, buried far from home, might be tended by mothers, wives and daughters of the Union. Logan wrote of it, urged a national day of commemoration and thus “Decoration Day” became a tradition in nearly all states.

    After World War One, the fallen of that conflict became part of the memorial services as well. After World War Two, with hundreds of thousands of new graves to tend, the tradition evolved that “Decoration Day,” would be a day of national commemoration of those who gave “the last full measure of devotion,” and that “Armistice Day,” November 11th, would become a day of honoring all veterans who served.

    And thus it was until 1971 when Congress, creating three day weekends for government employees, including themselves, reordered Memorial Day to the last Monday of the month.

    As a boy growing up in the 1950s I recall Memorial Day in my town as one of solemn dedication. Streets would be blocked off and a parade would weave through the community, visiting the various cemeteries. I would march with the boy scouts, my father with his American Legion post, and at each cemetery prayers would be offered, wreaths laid, followed by a volley salute and taps, which even then made my throat constrict.”…

    …”We were a single America, united in memory. Yes there was already the blaring of ads on a new thing called television, about Memorial Day sales, and the exodus to the beach by some, but as a shared culture, Memorial Day was a day of memory, recollection and prayer.

    We are two Americas today. Yes Presidents have “missed” visiting Arlington before this day but this time, the reasons why and what commentators have said in defense so clearly shows a national divide.

    Earlier this week a notice from the White House announced that the First Family would “vacation” this weekend in Chicago. The First Lady was quoted as saying that this time the children “decided” where they would spend their mini vacation.

    Vacation? So Memorial Day is a vacation weekend now, even for the First Family? Of course it was quickly pointed out that the President would visit a military cemetery near Chicago. Of course.

    But that is not Arlington. Arlington is the symbolic center of our national memory for those who died in service to our country. It is as well where the Tombs of the Unknown from most of our 20th century wars are located. The ritual of the Unknown Soldier, as symbolic of all the fallen emerged after World War One, when from the torn battlefields of Europe, America and other nations recovered the unidentified remains of one soldier, to thus symbolize the millions whose final resting place, and identity is “known but to God.” To honor this one Unknown was the symbolic act of honoring all and thus it became a sacred ritual.

    Arlington is, as one Civil War veteran would write, the “the vision place of souls,” and the Tombs of the Unknown, are the focal point of that memory. When a President lays a wreath before those tombs, it is a symbolic act of memory and mourning on behalf of all of us. The laying of a wreath in and of itself is also a tradition that harkens back to biblical times. For a President, it is one of the highest honors and obligations that comes with his office.

    Is that too much to ask of our president? Is it too much to ask of a president to set such an example and rather than have a vacation defined by “the kids” that instead, as the First Family together they lead the nation in a day of memory, a memorial day of prayer?

    We are now so clearly two Americas and this conflict about how to observe Memorial Day so clearly symbolizes a cultural divide which started in the 1960s and now seems all but unfathomable. That divide was so clearly stated this week by the leftist journalist David Corn, editor with “Nation” Magazine, when he wrote in defense of the First Family’s decision to treat this weekend at a “vacation”:

    So what the hell do these conservatives want out of Obama? And does it matter if Obama throws some leaves on a tomb?

    David, I will tell you what we want. We want a President who holds sacred certain beliefs and traditions that are the very core and fiber of what we see as being an “American.”. In a world of such political correctness where we are constantly ordered not to offend, we are the people who on this sacred day are offended beyond any ability to express, offended by our president’s actions, offended by your soulless mocking words. . .”throws some leaves on a tomb. . .”

    If that is indeed your belief, and the belief of those who are apologists for yet another insult by our president to ancient traditions, there is only one answer. We are a house divided against itself, we have become two Americas with all which that implies and such a divide, in the end, will be resolved one way or the other and come November, of this year and in 2012 we will remember.

    http://torenewamerica.com/forstchen-two-americas

  33. Anonymous said on 29 May 2010 at 7:16 am:
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    In Flanders Fields
    By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
    Canadian Army

    In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm

  34. Disgusted said on 29 May 2010 at 7:28 am:
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    Tom Andrews: explain what you mean by Obama being a fraud? Please keep in mind the election of 2000 in your answer.

  35. Citizen12 said on 29 May 2010 at 9:49 am:
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    It may comfort some to know that our first black President, William Jefferson Clinton, attended Memorial Day Services at Arlington National Cemetery throughout his eight years in office. This is a perfect attendance record which stands out, both before and since.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/memorialday.asp

  36. Anonymous said on 29 May 2010 at 10:56 am:
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    Disgusted demanded:

    “Tom Andrews: explain what you mean by Obama being a fraud? Please keep in mind the election of 2000 in your answer.”

    Can’t find where Tom Andrews mentions anything about Obama being a fraud.

    How much time do you have, Disgusted….

    http://thebulletin.us/articles/2009/03/13/herb_denenberg/doc49b840333ee87374341303.txt

    Plenty more where that came from.

  37. Ron Homan said on 29 May 2010 at 7:49 pm:
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    Anonymous said on 28 May 2010 at 10:50 pm:

    I don’t know or care what your credenials are, but I spent 24 years in the USMC doing tours in Indo China, Korea, and Viet NAm twice when I suppose you thought crapping your pants was a great sport. I have voted for republcans since 1954 and held my nose when pulling the lever for some of them. I feel it is my God given right to comment on anyone at any time so cram it where the sun don’t shine.

  38. Disgusted said on 30 May 2010 at 7:42 am:
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    Tom Andrews: My apologies.

    Given the topic of this thread, do the families of the fallen interred in places other than Arlington get miffed when their cemetery is always bypassed by the president on Memorial Day? Do you think there tell themselves, “Oh, its okay, because Arlington is the “National” of all the national cemeteries.”?

    Anonymous: I see a lot of accusations; a lot of hand waving; but only one citation. I got it that you conservatives don’t like him and want him to fail (even if it means taking down the country with him, which I don’t understand, but its your right). Give me numbers. Give me cold hard facts from unbiased, reputable sources (not Fox news), not some geek with a laptop and a bone to pick.

    I won’t hold my breath, because you can’t.

    Listen, boy scout, these guys, Dems and Repubs, are all politicians. Those, like the Big O, that come from outside of DC have no idea what they up against. You need to understand that there is campaign rhetoric and there is the reality of governing (with a strong flavor of politics). You probably came unglued that the liberals had the unmitigated gall to criticize W on his campaign “promises”, didn’t you. Does the name Bob McDonnell ring a bell? Checking on all HIS promises? Bet they aren’t gonna be met either because of a flip-flop.

  39. Tom Andrews said on 30 May 2010 at 10:05 am:
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    Disgusted,

    Any veteran can choose to be interred at Arlington if they or the family chooses to do so, or at any number of national cemeteries across the nation. I’ve never experienced anyone that was bitter about the attention given Arlington over the others, although I’m sure some do feel that way. But to reiterate, the President is not specifically honoring those in Arlington on this day, he is laying the wreath at the Tomb which of course can only occur at Arlington.

  40. Anonymous said on 31 May 2010 at 4:36 am:
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    You pathetic parrots. Jesus. More manufactured right-wing outrage.

  41. Anonymous said on 31 May 2010 at 10:06 am:
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    Anonymous: I see a lot of accusations; a lot of hand waving; but only one citation. I got it that you conservatives don’t like him and want him to fail (even if it means taking down the country with him, which I don’t understand, but its your right). Give me numbers. Give me cold hard facts from unbiased, reputable sources (not Fox news), not some geek with a laptop and a bone to pick.

    I won’t hold my breath, because you can’t.”

    Care to share the authorized Obama pre-approved menu of those ” cold hard numbers and facts from unbiased, reputable sources”? I think you are forgetting that the left is in control of the main propaganda organs. Obama has endorsed the Huffington Post site as an alternate news source. I wonder why:

    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/huffington-post-obama-obama-campaign-paid-huffington-post-55354-in-2008-money-in-2008-government-controls-now/

    Obama wants this country to fail, to falter… to fall down so low that he can declare ” we now have our boot on its throat” (“Our job is basically to keep the boot on the neck of British Petroleum to carry out the responsibilities that they have” ~ Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior for the Obama Regime)

    “What exactly is the job of the president of the United States? Let’s ask the man who currently holds that position, Barack Obama:

    “My job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about: the spill.”

    Obama’s job description is fascinating. He has been depicted as a proponent of “activist government,” but this may be a bum rap. Now he tells us he thinks that if he somehow gets people to think about him and how much he’s thinking about what he thinks they think he should be thinking about, his job is done.

    Which raises only two questions: First, if the requirements of his job are so modest, why is he still having trouble meeting them? Second, couldn’t all this cogitation be done at a cost of less than $3.5 trillion a year?”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704596504575272542364164212.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion

    That list of Obama permitted news sources grows shorter and shorter.

    After trillions in careless spending and the USA is in deeper debt
    After watching voting poll harassment, backroom deals to score a vote, job offers for bailing out of elections and our laws not being upheld
    After endless speeches that say nothing beyond how he thinks of himself as Mr Wonderful
    After more troops dead in one year than we have had in the past eight
    After seeing enormous job losses and an increase in homeless
    After industries being seized by the government and then bailout with our money
    After enduring the parties and the vacations during times of crisis and problems
    After the lies, the bullying, the vanity and arrogance

    After all is said and done, Obama will go down as a symptom.

    And nothing was or is more pathetic than the left packaging and selling Obama as a cure- all.

  42. Anonymous said on 31 May 2010 at 10:58 am:
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    …”Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.”

    We will hold that torch, the light of liberty up high.

    We shall never break faith, surrender or submit to silence.

    Rest in Peace.

  43. Anonymous said on 31 May 2010 at 11:23 am:
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    ….Information becomes a distraction, a diversion…
    —President Barack Obama

  44. Anonymous said on 31 May 2010 at 2:12 pm:
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    Looks like Bambi got a little rolling thunder on Memorial Day after all….

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/2337648,lincoln-memorial-ceremony-obama-053110.article

  45. Anonymous said on 31 May 2010 at 2:45 pm:
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    “Obama supporters hoist portable lightning rods over their heads during President Barack Obama’s rain-shortened speech at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL, May 31, 2010. Reuters photo by Larry Downing.”

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2524740/posts

  46. Disgusted said on 3 Jun 2010 at 5:26 pm:
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    A truly sad attempt to refute a call for citations, Anonymous, but about what I expected.

  47. Anonymous said on 3 Jun 2010 at 9:36 pm:
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    What sort of pathetic fantasy world do you reside in, Disgusted? I don’t work for you, am not on your payroll and do not owe you squat didlly.

    Keep bowing in the direction of that bozo you hired to sit in the White House … Obama is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster. And you are a deluded tool.

  48. Frank Lynn said on 12 Jun 2010 at 9:25 pm:
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    Obama is not the only one.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/memorialday.asp

  49. Anonymous said on 15 Jun 2010 at 9:09 pm:
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    Why do you think Congressman Etheridge (D-NC) acted the way he did in that video when asked if he supports the “Obama agenda”? He knows. Most Democrats know. Surely none of them are confident that the damage he is doing to their party isn’t going to be the end of it.

    Even after the Democratic Party gets devastated in the upcoming election, he’ll still be there for another two years. Some like to believe in the fantasy that he will recover the way Bill Clinton did.

    But, deep down, they know. They know Obama is no Bill Clinton. Two and a half more years of Obama’s idiopathic tomfoolery will ensure no Democrat is elected President again for the next fifty years.

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