Thread: Our wonderful President!
01-29-2009, 01:20 AM #1
Our wonderful President!
2008 News Politics U.S. Government U.S. Politics World Politics
Barack Obama may have stumbled over his words briefly during his
inauguration, but he made an even bigger blunder later Tuesday evening.
The newly sworn-in President opted not to appear at what should have
been one of the most important Balls on his agenda that evening -
"The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball."
The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball was begun in 1953 for President Dwight
Eisenhower's inauguration. The event recognized recipients of the Medal of
Honor, the nation's highest military award. There were 48 Medal of Honor
recipients in attendance, who were undoubtedly disappointed by the new
Commander-in-Chief's failure to show. Over the past 56 years and 14
inaugurations, no President has skipped this event - until now.
The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball is sponsored by the American Legion,
and co-sponsored by 13 other veteran's service organizations, including
Those such as the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Military Order of
the Purple Heart.
Instead of attending this ball honoring our nation's heroes, Obama was busy
making stops at 10 other official balls. Obama and his wife's first stop was at
the Neighborhood Ball. From there they went to the Home State Ball for Illinois
and Hawaii, the Commander-in-Chief Ball, the Youth Inaugural Ball, and the
Home State Ball for Delaware and Pennsylvania. They finished off the night
with brief appearances at the Mid-Atlantic, Western, Midwest, Eastern, and
Southern regional Balls.
Celebrities were a plenty at the balls, with Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Mary. J. Blige,
Faith Hill, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, will.i.am, Sting, Mariah Carey , and
Leonardo DiCaprio in attendance at the Neighborhood Ball. In addition, the other
nine balls also featured a star-studded lineup including Kanye West and Kid Rock
at the Youth Ball, Marc Anthony at the Western Ball, and Cheryl Crow at the Western
It was the party without all of the celebrities that Obama skipped. The very people who
he sought to have support him during his candidacy and campaign, who have fought
to protect this country, were snubbed in favor of publicity and the opportunity to rub
shoulders - yet again - with the out-of-touch Hollywood elite!
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01-29-2009, 09:56 AM #2
Isn't it amazing how fiction has replaced reality? Isn't it fantastic how easy it is to become famous for pretending to do something heroic? And, isn't it fascinating how little respect people who have watched their friends die beside them in the battlefield get when the media gets involved?
My father was drafted in 1968, shipped over to Vietnam where he served 2 years as a front-line medic in the 2nd Bt, 94th Art. He finished out his "sentence" by being shipped all over the world, including Germany, France, and Iceland.
Upon returning from his tour, he was greeted at the airport with dismay from onlookers. He was not treated as a hero, but as a villian.
It is my opinion that Barack Obama, this country's Commander in Chief, treated all those at the "Salute to Hero's" ball the exact same way. Kind of a slap in the face. "Thanks for fighting for our country, sorry you lost your mind, here's a piece of metal attached to a pretty piece of fabric.""Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions." "The things you own end up owning you"-Tyler Durden