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Wow Obama Is Already Doing So Much

he has become the first president to skip the ball honoring Medal of Honor recipients in over 50 years.

 

Submitted by Julie on January 21, 2009 - 10:13pm. 
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 
Ball..

                   Now we know how obama feels about veterans!

MissThang420 MissThang420 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 27, 2009

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Obama cares about voters and (especially) contributors, insofar as they support his re-election. You're hopelessly naive if you think he gives a damn about veterans.

There is no reason to call anyone naive when they are on your SIDE.

Maybe Obama only cares about veterans when their is an opportunity to do something concrete in terms of helping them after they have served.

Obama obviously hates veterans. <br><br />
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lol. <br><br />
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Since we care about the veterans, it would be useful to point out that the VA grades politicians based on their voting records. One might assume that John McCain, being a war hero, would have tremendous support from the VA. Alas, that's not so. They gave him a low grade and didn't support him because, well, he doesn't support veterans. It's a simple equation. Obama, on the other hand, had a stellar rating from the VA. <br><br />
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Strange you never hear about it, and yet we get to hear about how Obama "really feels about veterans"...

From the American Legion, which is the sponsor of this event, in response to an inquiry about this: <br />
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"The American Legion, as it has on every inauguration evening since 1953, hosted the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Banquet & Ball on January 20th. The quadrennial event is co-sponsored with fourteen veterans service and military service organizations and honors recipients of the Medal of Honor. Forty-seven of these heroes attended this year’s event which was held in the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel.<br />
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President Obama was invited but did not attend. Vice-President Joe Biden did appear, however, and was very warmly received. The new President’s absence was understandable considering the unprecedented logistical challenges presented by the vastly increased number of visitors to this inauguration and the necessary attendant security measures. The American Legion, as an organization, does not feel offended or “snubbed.”<br />
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Thank you,<br />
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Craig Roberts<br />
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Media Relations Manager<br />
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The American Legion<br />
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1608 K Street, NW<br />
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Washington, DC 20006"<br />
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I would also point out that according to Stars & Stripes, "But at the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball, hundreds of military men and women and their dates held their positions for hours, waiting anxiously for the biggest star of the day: President Barack Obama.<br />
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When the president emerged waving from a giant backdrop lit with stars and stripes, the troops, including 300 invited wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and their families, erupted in jubilation. Obama shook hands with the senior enlisted advisers of the five services before taking the podium, pledging to work hard for the military and their families, while continuing his call for national unity and service."<br />
The picture accompanying the article also shows 7 Medal of Honor recipients at the Commander in Chief's Ball.<br />
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=60160<br />
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So I am quite confident that I DO know how the President feels about veterans! Perhaps Walter Reed will now be cleaned up!