Monthly Archives: May 2010

Obama’s Memorial Day speech rained out

ELWOOD, Ill. – A violent thunderstorm rolled in just as President Barack Obama was to address hundreds of guests at a Memorial Day ceremony at Lincoln National Cemetery, prompting the Secret Service to pull the president from the event amid fear for his safety.

Obama, who was huddled under a white tent off to the side of the stage as the rain drove down, walked to a soaked podium holding a black umbrella, and told the service members and their families who had gathered on the grass to return to their cars for cover.

Maybe he should have gone to Arlington.
Posted:  05.31.10

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President Bush was at Normandy for Memorial Day 2002

In trying to justify the fact that Obama will not be at Arlington on Memorial Day, it has been published that “Bush missed 2002” to justify his absence.

He was at NORMANDY instead.  Not Texas.  Not Chicago.  Normandy.

Office of the Press Secretary
May 27, 2002

President Bush Commemorates Memorial Day at Normandy
Remarks by the President in Memorial Day Commemoration
The Normandy American Cemetery
Colleville-Sur-Mer, Fran

PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President and Mrs. Chirac; Secretary Powell and Secretary Principi; members of the United States Congress; members of the American Armed Services; veterans; family members; fellow Americans; and friends: We have gathered on this quiet corner of France as the sun rises on Memorial Day in the United States of America. This is a day our country has set apart to remember what was gained in our wars, and all that was lost. President George W. Bush gives a Memorial Day at the Normandy American Cemetery at Normandy Beach in France on May 27, 2002. White House photo by Paul Morse.

Our wars have won for us every hour we live in freedom. Our wars have taken from us the men and women we honor today, and every hour of the lifetimes they had hoped to live.

This day of remembrance was first observed to recall the terrible casualties of the war Americans fought against each other. In the nearly 14 decades since, our nation’s battles have all been far from home. Here on the continent of Europe were some of the fiercest of those battles, the heaviest losses, and the greatest victories.

And in all those victories American soldiers came to liberate, not to conquer. The only land we claim as our own are the resting places of our men and women.

More than 9,000 are buried here, and many times that number have — of fallen soldiers lay in our cemeteries across Europe and America. From a distance, surveying row after row of markers, we see the scale and heroism and sacrifice of the young. We think of units sustaining massive casualties, men cut down crossing a beach, or taking a hill, or securing a bridge. We think of many hundreds of sailors lost in their ships.

The war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, told of a British officer walking across the battlefield just after the violence had ended. Seeing the bodies of American boys scattered everywhere, the officer said, in sort of a hushed eulogy spoken only to himself, “Brave men, brave men.”

All who come to a place like this feel the enormity of the loss. Yet, for so many, there is a marker that seems to sit alone — they come looking for that one cross, that one Star of David, that one name. Behind every grave of a fallen soldier is a story of the grief that came to a wife, a mother, a child, a family, or a town.

A World War II orphan has described her family’s life after her father was killed on a field in Germany. “My mother,” she said, “had lost everything she was waiting for. She lost her dreams. There were an awful lot of perfect linen tablecloths in our house that never got used, so many things being saved for a future that was never to be.”

Each person buried here understood his duty, but also dreamed of going back home to the people and the things he knew. Each had plans and hopes of his own, and parted with them forever when he died.

The day will come when no one is left who knew them, when no visitor to this cemetery can stand before a grave remembering a face and a voice. The day will never come when America forgets them. And our nation and the world will always remember what they did here, and what they gave here for the future of humanity.

As dawn broke during the invasion, a little boy in the village off of Gold Beach called out to his mother, “Look, the sea is black with boats.” Spread out before them and over the horizon were more than 5,000 ships and landing craft. In the skies were some of the 12,000 planes sent on the first day of Operation Overlord. The Battle of Normandy would last many days, but June 6th, 1944, was the crucial day.

The late President, Francois Mitterrand, said that nothing in history compares to D-day. “The 6th of June,” he observed, “sounded the hour when history tipped toward the camp of freedom.” Before dawn, the first paratroopers already had been dropped inland. The story is told of a group of French women finding Americans and imploring them not to leave. The trooper said, “We’re not leaving. If necessary, this is the place we die.”

Units of Army Rangers on shore, in one of history’s bravest displays, scaled cliffs directly in the gunfire, never relenting even as comrades died all around them. When they had reached the top, the Rangers radioed back the code for success: “Praise the Lord.”

Only a man who is there, charging out of a landing craft, can know what it was like. For the entire liberating force, there was only the ground in front of them — no shelter, no possibility of retreat. They were part of the largest amphibious landing in history, and perhaps the only great battle in which the wounded were carried forward. Survivors remember the sight of a Catholic chaplain, Father Joe Lacey, lifting dying men out of the water, and comforting and praying with them. Private Jimmy Hall was seen carrying the body of his brother, Johnny, saying, “He can’t, he can’t be dead. I promised Mother I’d look after him.”

Such was the size of the Battle of Normandy. Thirty-eight pairs of brothers died in the liberation, including Bedford and Raymond Hoback of Virginia, both who fell on D-Day. Raymond’s body was never found. All he left behind was his Bible, discovered in the sand. Their mother asked that Bedford be buried here, as well, in the place Raymond was lost, so her sons would always be together.

On Memorial Day, America honors her own. Yet we also remember all the valiant young men and women from many allied nations, including France, who shared in the struggle here, and in the suffering. We remember the men and women who served and died alongside Americans in so many terrible battles on this continent, and beyond.

Words can only go so far in capturing the grief and sense of loss for the families of those who died in all our wars. For some military families in America and in Europe, the grief is recent, with the losses we have suffered in Afghanistan. They can know, however, that the cause is just and, like other generations, these sacrifices have spared many others from tyranny and sorrow.

Long after putting away his uniform, an American GI expressed his own pride in the truth about all who served, living and dead. He said, “I feel like I played my part in turning this from a century of darkness into a century of light.”

Here, where we stand today, the new world came back to liberate the old. A bond was formed of shared trial and shared victory. And a light that scattered darkness from these shores and across France would spread to all of Europe — in time, turning enemies into friends, and the pursuits of war into the pursuits of peace. Our security is still bound up together in a transatlantic alliance, with soldiers in many uniforms defending the world from terrorists at this very hour.

The grave markers here all face west, across an ageless and indifferent ocean to the country these men and women served and loved. The thoughts of America on this Memorial Day turn to them and to all their fallen comrades in arms. We think of them with lasting gratitude; we miss them with lasting love; and we pray for them. And we trust in the words of the Almighty God, which are inscribed in the chapel nearby: “I give unto them eternal life, that they shall never perish.”

God bless. (Applause.)

Posted:  05.31.10

Ronald Reagan missed:

1981 Recovering from an Assassination attempt

1983 G7 Summit in Virginia

1987 issued proclimation for prayer http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1987/052187c.htm

1988 Summit in Moscow

George H. W. Bush, missed all:

His patriotism was not in question.  He is a distinquished WWII veteran.

And Bill Clinton missed none.

So it is so much more than our president being at Arlington on Memorial Day.  It’s something else that is gnawing and nagging at us about his patriotism.  When there is a lack of trust, almost anything raises questions.

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Stand off while Obamas at BBQ

May 30, 2010

BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter

An interesting “stand-off’’ of sorts developed outside a barbecue President Obama was attending at a friend’s house Saturday night between followers of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on one side and members of the press and the U.S. Secret Service guarding the president on the other.

Just a few blocks from Obama’s home in the Kenwood/Hyde Park neighborhood, Obama’s friend Marty Nesbitt

lives across the street from the ornate yellow-gold home where Farrakhan lives.

For the past two years, when Obama has brought his family over to Nesbitt’s home, the press pool bus parks near Farrakhan’s house. This usually does not cause a problem, but Saturday night — as most of the city was indoors watching the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals — a bit of tension emerged on Woodlawn Avenue.

A pool report noted that as a dozen reporters and photographers following Obama stood on the sidewalk in front of Farrakhan’s home, someone’s foot touched the city-owned curbside grass.

Immediately, a polite man in jeans and T-Shirt emerged to ask the press to stay off the grass, the report stated. Soon he was pacing and talking on a cell phone. He went inside the mansion’s black wrought iron fence, crossed the well-landscaped yard, lifted a water bucket behind rose bushes and retrieved a walkie-talkie. He was heard to refer to “the CIA.”

[The Secret Service is a separate agency from the CIA]

Soon he approached the secret service agent minding the press and asked him to move the van and its occupants.

“How is this a security breach?” the agent asked. He asked if the house was government property. Neighbors all over Hyde Park and Kenwood have learned to deal with streets being blocked off and having to show ID to approach their own homes since Obama ascended to the presidency.

The man said something else and at that point the agent stuck out his hand to shake hands and introduced himself as a Secret Service agent. He added, “Sir, I can assure you that we will do nothing to interfere with whatever is going on in there.”

The man paced and talked on his cell phone, walkie-talkie in hand. Three more men in T-Shirts reading “Wide or Die!’’ joined the man from the Nation of Islam. A reporter asked one of the men if this was Farrakhan’s house. The man just stared back. Asked again, he said, “I don’t have no comment.”

Eventually a dozen “Fruit of Islam” agents arrived. As each casually dressed man arrived, he exchanged elaborate handshake/hug/double air-kisses with others. Two walked by a reporter, chanting “Islam.”

The men filmed and photographed the reporters, the van and its license plates with their cell phones.

One came and stood close to reporters and the secret service agent. The secret service agent asked if he could help. The man did not answer. The agent asked again. The man said, “No.” The agent said, “Secret Service — please move away from this group of people.”

The man did.

The agent asked the reporters to go back into the press bus, which they did.

Before they did, some asked the Nation of Islam crowd if they could use the rest room in Farrakahn’s home.

No offer was made.

Rev. Gary Hunter, a Baptist minister in Detroit who writes and blogs for the Detroit Times, told reporter Jackie Calmes of the New York Times that he called Farrakhan and his son and asked them to have the Fruit stand down: “I told him you were good people . . . He said he didn’t know you all were just waiting for the president.’’

The Blackhawks won the first game of the series around 10 p.m. — and Obama and his family were driven home at 10:43 p.m., the press bus in tow, ending the “stand-off.’’

*****

Three points:  What does “chanting Islam” mean?  allah akbar?

Jackie (tar ball in bathing suit) Calmes was present.  I guess that just means that she is a member of the roving press corp that follows the Obamas everywhere.

And did you plug the hole yet, daddy?

Posted:  05.30.10

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Day 40 – Top Kill Has Failed

 Top Kill Fails

“What can he really do?” said Billy Ward, a developer who comes to his beach house here every weekend and, like many other locals, had little positive to say about Obama’s trip to the beleaguered region on Friday. “If he wants to do something, let him get out there and pump some mud and cement into that hole. Just fix it. Help us.”

Obama in starched white dress shirt, picks at tar balls for the camera

What is wrong with this picture?

But did anybody think he would know what to do in a crisis?  Thanks all yall Obamacrats.  Now we all pay.

And the media is still trying to help:

New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes was skeptical: “Can you be sure these oil tar balls are from the oil spill? Because when I used to swim on the Gulf in Texas, I’d get tar balls in my bathing suit all the time.”

Allen and Randolf, the parish president, confirmed that tar balls do wash up at other times, though these, they said, were likely from the spill.

But the president was distracted. “At some point, Jackie, we’ll want to hear more about those tar balls and your bathing suit,” Obama said, as reporters laughed.

Tee Hee

But he’s beyond help.

Back to you later, Sweetie

Posted:  05.30.10

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Gulf of Mexico turns to oil

While Dear Leader dithers

I wonder if this oil well will ever go dry.  Because I don’t think they are going to get it stopped.

And has our leader even declared a national disaster or emergency?  If he did, I missed it.

If I counted it right, this is Day 38.  He didn’t say a word about it for eight days, then went on vacation in the Great Smokies, running, golfing, eating BBQ and stopping traffic for miles.  And his first reaction was to send lawyers down there.

He moves fast in condemning Governor Brewer and siding with illegals against American citizens.  And so he condemns her while ignoring I believe they said 29 million barrels of oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

I have asked if it would be possible to completely replace the water with oil.  I don’t know, but I think we are going to find out.

And some were so impressed with the “humanity” coming out of the president when he was asked by his daughter, did you plug the hole yet, daddy?  I see it entirely differently in that it just proves once again everything is all about him.  Poor daddy, has to try to answer a difficult question for his daughter, focused on that when there are 11 dead people with families and children who will be wondering where their daddy is, never getting to ask daddy a question again,  because daddy is in the Gulf of Mexico.

He gets up thinking about the “spill” and goes to bed thinking about the “spill” and it is such a burden on him to try to figure out how in the world he is going to cast blame on George Bush or BP or just anybody, an.y.body.  What a opportunity for him, really, to show leadership and maybe make history for rising to the occasion.

I’ll have to say this makes George Bush look really, really good.  He had military rescue in full swing within THREE days of Katrina.  The MSM gave him hell, but gave their lover boy over a month before he was criticized one bit.  Say what you will, but George Bush knew how to respond in a crisis and I would feel a lot better right now if we could get him back.

One thing is for sure – Obama does not care, he absolutely does not care.  He’s going down to the coast today, but is totally irritated about it.  He’s got to get to Chicago so he can break with all hallowed history and NOT put the wreath on the grave of the Unknown Soldier.

What a shame.  What a shame.

Corina, Corina

Katrina, Katrina (on steroids)

Posted:  05.28.10

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Obama: Oil spill has been “highest priority”

Day 37

“The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort,” Obama said. He was reacting to criticism that his administration has been slow to act and has left BP in charge of plugging the leak.

Obama said many critics failed to realize “this has been our highest priority.”

“My job right now is just to make sure 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.”

*****

Duke Day, earlier in the Rose Garden:

The team presented Mr. Obama with a framed Duke jersey.

“You know Reggie is going to make me hang this in the Oval Office. Take down Lincoln or something.”

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/05/duke-day-at-the-white-house-obama-jokes-youre-going-to-try-yo-bust-my-bracket-once-again.html

But did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?

Posted:  05.27.10

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James Carville to President: “We’re dying down here”

A Center for Responsive politics report shows that BP and its employees gave more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to president Barack Obama. “Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees;$2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.”

Posted:  05.27.10

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