I’m not real big on gotcha journalism and since that is pretty much the only arrow in the quiver of the LSM when it comes to GOP reporting, I’m not much of a fan. Goofs, gaffes, misspeaks, even inaccuracies are all part and parcel of any political speech, so when someone mentions 57 states, 10,000 people dead in a Kansas tornado, making fun of the Special Olympics, mixing up his words like ,”The time has changed for come”, even losing track of where he is on his teleprompter, I don’t get too worked up, we are all human. But some F-ck ups are so egregious, so careless, and so reflective of an apathetic view of the military, that attention must be paid.
This is just so god awful. Stepping on your dick while giving a speech at a GM plant or a college campus, nobody much cares or will notice, but every single one of those soldiers in the background knows who in their ranks got the MOH and know the circumstances behind it. Bullshitting the military or not prepping properly to speak in front of the military is beyond the pale in my book. Presenting the MOH is such a solemn occasion, it is an honor for any president to be in the company of such heroes, something that should be remembered.
Obama confused Jared Monti with SSG Sal Giunta
As we all know, SSG Sal Giunta, of the 173rd Airborne, was the first living recipient (2011) of the MOH who fought in Iraq/Afganistan. SFC Jared Monti, 10th Mountain Division, was KIA in Afghanistan in 2006. He was posthumously awarded the MOH by Obama in 2009.
How does the Commander-in-Chief mix these heroes up? He put that medal around Giunta’s neck and he stood with Monti’s parents as they grieved. These fallen heroes leave such a great legacy, and we should know all their names. The ironic part of the speech, and this comes after the announcement of the politically pressured drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, was Obama’s closing remark, “Know that your Commander-in-Chief has your back.”
Compared to Bush, who was always portrayed as a dolt and a numbskull, Obama gets the special treatment because he is just so effing brilliant, but can anyone imagine in their wildest dreams that Bush would ever make a mistake like this?
The funny thing is that when some flunky staffer makes it known to Obama what he did, it will get the attention appropriate for a commercial break on ESPN while he is watching the NBA draft.