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Obama’s Memorial Day Snub

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 31, 2010

Since entering the national political scene just a few years ago, Barack Obama has shown an unusual characteristic for one seeking the Presidency of the United States.  It has become evident that Obama feels little connection to the history and heritage that made the United States what it is.  To the contrary the evidence indicates that he views much of America’s past with the disdain typically found in Progressives from outside the United States.

There many examples of Obama’s negative view of America’s past.  Listed below are just a few:

American Flag Lapel Pin – During the campaign in October, 2007, a flap developed over the fact that Obama was the only candidate who did not where the American flag on this lapel.  When questioned, his reasons for not wearing the flag were not credible.

Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.”

Bunk!  Showing the flag does not indicate ones agreement with any governmental policy or public official.  This is Progressive dribble was meant to obfuscate the real answer to the question.

I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.  Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”

What a telling statement; what arrogance.  America was great long before Obama came along.  Hopefully it will be great after he is gone.

Refusal to Salute the American Flag – In October 1, 2007 “Time” had a photo that showed Obama, Clinton and Richardson on September 17 in Iowa.  During the National Anthem. Richardson and Clinton had their hands on their heart as a show of respect. Obama felt no such need.

Forgetting ones view of how to conduct oneself during the playing of our National Anthem, the US Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 171 is instructive reading: “During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.  Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

Obama clearly feels no need to respect what has come before him.  It is probable that his narcissistic views place the individual, himself, above the prestige of the office that he was running for.

Apologizing to Europe – Shortly after his elections, Obama made a speech to Europeans that included:

In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

The president skipped the part about listing how Europe has led in the past 100 years.  But facts have never gotten in the way of an Obama oratory.  And as far as “celebrating your dynamic union”, given what is now occurring in Europe, such celebration was clearly premature.

Bowing to the Saudi King– In April 2009, President Obama bowed to the Saudi King, as shown throughout the world in a photograph.  To show such reverence to a man who is not elected by his people and to the leader of a regime that has nothing in common with Western values is denigration to the office of our Presidency.  Once again, with Obama’s narcissism the office he holds takes a backseat to the individual holding it.  It is ironic that the same man that has disdain for any showing patriotism to his own country would show such respect to a foreign totalitarian leader.

Skipping a Memorial Day Visit to Arlington National Cemetery– It is customary for Presidents to pay a visit to Arrington National Crematory to honor our fallen soldiers.  However, customs won’t get in the way of President Obama’s vacation to Chicago.  It is curious that the President in recent weeks found time to make two campaign visits to California to help raise money for Barbara Boxer’s reelection.  But not to worry; the President has indicated that he’ll return to Washington in time to for a White House tribute to Paul McCartney on Wednesday evening.  One would think that given the fact that this country is currently art war that its Commander-In-Chief would find time to honor those that perished preserving our freedoms.

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Any one of the above incidents could be forgiven as merely bad judgment or a miscue.  However, when considered in aggregate, it paints a picture of a man that shows little respect for this Country’s great achievements and heritage.

In October 2007, Obama’s campaign issued a statement that is relevant today: “We all revere the flag, but Senator Obama believes that being a patriot is about more than a symbol. It’s about fighting for our veterans when they get home and speaking honestly with the American people about this disastrous war.” Nearly three years later Obama doesn’t have the time to honor those that fell in service to this Country.  And yes, that includes many who have perished under Obama’s watch in his “disastrous war” in Afghanistan.

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