Obama’s Disgrace at Medal of Honor ceremony

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Obama’s Disgrace at Medal of Honor ceremony

Some say those who commit such acts of omission, referring to the article below, may be only lacking in historical perspective when they ignorantly trample (being not informed) on basic tradition… BUT, knowing [former Secret Service – protected the President] the detail and briefings (from The White House and military) that go into a moment like this, you must ask – where are the wise counselors? And IF that counsel (briefing on the significance and historical tradition associated with the MOH) WAS given, the only two viable explanations for President Obama’s reprehensible behavior are these:

-he forgot to salute, or
-he selectively, and willfully, ignored his briefers and their recommendations.
Most U.S. Presidents seemed to discover the “sanctity” of the presidential office only after having obtained it. Even they come to revere it as something ‘above them’. With this president, you get (by his actions) that it is a role “due him”.


Did You Elect This Man?

Obama’s Disgrace at Medal of Honor ceremony

Some say those who commit such acts of omission, referring to the article below, may be only lacking in historical perspective when they ignorantly trample (being not informed) on basic tradition… BUT, knowing [former Secret Service – protected the President] the detail and briefings (from The White House and military) that go into a moment like this, you must ask – where are the wise counselors? And IF that counsel (briefing on the significance and historical tradition associated with the MOH) WAS given, the only two viable explanations for President Obama’s reprehensible behavior are these:

-he forgot to salute, or

-he selectively, and willfully, ignored his briefers and their recommendations.

Most U.S. Presidents seemed to discover the “sanctity” of the presidential office only after having obtained it. Even they come to revere it as something ‘above them’. With this president, you get (by his actions) that it is a role “due him”. Reading of, and trying to understanding his “centers of influence” that have contributed to his make-up, my only open question is – why are so many surprised? We know our character will reflect those philosophies and values held by those with whom we have long term association. We have seen this in him. He has so “simply failed” to salute on many occasions in many venues… His repeated actions make you wonder if he truly believes he is “above it all.”

Professionals have written of the narcissistic personality traits of this President, in particular. They seem to reflect frequently in his behavior. In which case, this article’s observation and opinion seems warranted and justified. Classically, he will say one thing while he reflects a contradicting behavior. In the MOH award ceremony, that I watched several times, he kept saying repeatedly, “I really like this guy.” That’s nice. But it is not about “I”… Go on… The whole point of the ceremony and the award is not just to acknowledge an individual’s remarkable selfless action and stellar performance of duty “above and beyond,” but to demonstrate , by presidential example , the honor to be afforded and reflected by those into whose presence the MOH comes. Our country does NOT know what to do or how to receive one who crosses paths with a bearer of the MOH. We don’t see many because most are given posthumously. He had opportunity. He had a moment to be most presidential and to give this country a lesson and example. Anyone can make a presentation. Few can teach. Fewer can lead. And those that are the best of leaders- lead by example.

Warm regards and Semper fi,
Jim Meyers (Board, CftC)
above article edited, emphasized, or added to by the CftC, where indicated in blue

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Why No Salute by Obama at the Medal of Honor Ceremony?
By Attorney Rees Lloyd
November 26, 2010 NewsWithViews.com

A moment of national pride took place recently in the White House when an American soldier, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, received the Medal of Honor for bravery above and beyond the call of duty in combat in Afghanistan<

Sgt. Giunta became the first living American soldier to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. He is now one of only eighty-eight (88) living holders of the Medal of Honor.

As modest and self-effacing as he is brave, Sgt. Giunta brought further honor to himself by his humility in receiving the nation’s highest medal of valor. While he made no comment in the ceremony, Giunta said before the ceremony that he was “not at peace” with being “singled out” for the honor as so many other soldiers did so much. And after the ceremony, he said he would trade the honor in a moment if he could bring back those whose lives he attempted to save under enemy fire but was unable to save. He definitely showed that he was an American in whom America could be proud.

In contrast, there was another “first” at the ceremony involving the Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Hussein Obama, in whose conduct the nation cannot and should not take pride: As far as is known, Obama became the first President, the first Commander-in-Chief , not to salute the living recipient of the Medal of Honor after presenting the medal.

It is a tradition in the military for all military personnel, no matter how high their rank, including the Commander-in-Chief, to salute a holder of the Medal of Honor no matter how lowly his or her rank. If General David Petreas was to encounter Sgt. Giunta, it would be the General who would salute the enlisted man, as a sign of respect for that soldier’s extraordinary bravery, but also to show respect to all those who have received the Medal of Honor.

At all gatherings of veterans of the American Legion, or VFW, or other veterans organizations, if a Medal of Honor recipient enters the room, even a National Convention involving thousands, the proceedings stop to render military honor to that holder of the Medal of Honor. All veterans rise, come to attention, and salute. It is a matter of pride, of respect, of tradition.

And, as far as is known, it is tradition that every President who has had the honor to present the Medal of Honor to a living recipient, has shown humility, respect, and national pride in that recipient by stepping back and rendering a salute.

It was missing in action in the Obama presentation. He is apparently above all that; “like a God,” as an editor of Newsweek once wrote.

Instead of rendering the traditional salute, after fumbling as if all-thumbs in trying to affix the blue-ribboned Medal of Honor, Obama, equally awkwardly, tried to “hug” the Sergeant. Yes, a “hug” for the soldier who remained at attention with eyes front in military bearing.

But a “hug” is not a “salute,” even in the Age of Obama. While there may be some comedic value in Obama’s pathetic display, it was more emetic than comedic. I didn’t write about it at the time, so as not to distract from Sgt. Giunta’s receipt of the Medal of Honor. But days have passed, and it needs to be said.

Why? Is it naught but petty carping of poor President Obama? I think not. He is the Commander-in-Chief” who has in his power the lives of those who serve in defense of the country, which he himself did not deign to do. It is pointing out that this man, this professional politician, repeatedly evidences contempt for America, for America’s traditions, and for Americans who respect those traditions.

It is as if he loathes the nation he was so desperate to lead, and be loved by, Messiah-like. It is of a piece with his constant misquoting of the Declaration of Independence by leaving out the words “endowed by their Creator” when speaking of “unalienable rights.”

Perhaps more aptly: It is of a pathetic piece with Obama’s penchant for declining to abide by the U.S. Flag Code when the Flag passes to place his hand over his heart. Instead, he drapes his arms down and enfolds his hands at his crotch Michael Jackson style. It is now mocked as Obama’s “crotch salute.” But it isn’t funny. It is contempt by Obama for the Flag, for America.

Perhaps it is unfair to criticize this President of the United States for displaying such contempt for American traditions. Perhaps it is too much to expect an American President to salute a recipient of the military Medal of Honor when that president never served in the uniform of his country; has said that the Rules For Radicals of the America-hating socialist revolutionist Sol Alinsky are “seared into my [his] brain;” who launched his political career in Chicago from the living room of the revolutionist Weather Underground rich-brat-bombers Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn; and who sat for twenty years in a pew of the church of Rev. “God D…n America” Wright, being marinated in hate-filled, grievance-filled, self-defined “anti-white” and “revolutionary” Black Liberation Theology.

Then again, perhaps it is not too much to expect anyone who would be America’s president to at least respect American traditions, including honoring the Flag, and saluting those who receive the Medal of Honor.

© 2010 Rees Lloyd – All Rights Reserved

REES LLOYD is a longtime civil rights attorney and veterans activist whose work has been honored by, among others, the California Senate and Assembly, and numerous civil rights, workers’ rights, and veteran’s rights organizations. He has testified as a constitutional expert at hearings before the U.S. House and Senate representing The American Legion.

He has been profiled, and his work featured, by such varied print media as the Los Angeles Times and American Legion Magazine, and such broadcast media as ABC’s Nightline and 20/20, Fox News In The Morning, and, among others, by Hannity. His writings have appeared in a variety of national, regional, and local newspaper, magazine, and other publications. He is a frequent radio commentator, and a sought after speaker.* [*For identification only. The views expressed here are solely Rees Lloyd’s and not necessarily any person, entity or organization he may otherwise represent. ]

E-Mail: ReesLloydLaw@gmail.com

Anonymous said…

“Without judgment I write these words.” Sorry…like so many others you (anon. 1 and 2) have passed judgment without even looking at the evidence. You have judged that this president (Obama) is “harmless” despite his actions that prove otherwise and fault those of us who are outraged for simply examining the evidence: no proof of eligibility; appointing radicals and cheats (taxes) in his administration; a close friend of domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn; nationalizing the auto industry and health care and turning our country toward outright communism; lack of respect for Constitutional law; fraudulent use of a soc. security number, and on and on and on. And while not holding his hand over his heart may seem trivial to you, there is a federal statute that requires us to do that when the National Anthem is played. And this man is president??? Even if ignorant of the law, which he apparently is, he should do it out of respect! No, anon. 1, you judged him “innocent” without any supporting facts, yet condemn the rest of us for our outrage when we have all the EVIDENCE we need that he is NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA, and may not even be American.

anon.2…where is the evidence about GWB? Or is this another dose of leftist propaganda? Oops..sorry. Just another case of “judgment” without being based on evidence.

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