Friday, November 12, 2010

Where was the CIC on Veteran's Day?

Yesterday, I had the incredible honor and privilege to meet some of our brave women warriors that were walking in the NYC Veteran's Day parade. The size of the parade (they are estimating 20,000 walked) and the scope of the attendance (5th Avenue was PACKED from 22nd Street to 52nd Street!) was breathtaking. It was humbling to be surrounded by Medal of Honor recipients, Wounded Warriors, and so many veterans from every conflict and era...Mayor Bloomberg walked by me and Charlie Rangle caught a ride on one of the Korean War floats...Buzz Aldren was there too...

BUT, The President and Commander in Chief missed it all. He didn't just miss NYC's giant parade, but missed ALL veteran's recognitions in this country. This was after he found time to travel all around the country to drum up votes for a bunch of lost causes...

"...So that is why your president is halfway around the world instead of being here in the United States to celebrate the sacrifices American soldiers, sailors and airmen have made around the world to keep the real, still-burning flame of freedom alive.

Obama honored our veterans from afar by laying a wreath during a ceremony at an Army base in South Korea last night. That is a distance from here matched only by the chasm that has opened up between him and the voters who elected him two years ago.
This aloofness of his really is becoming a problem.

Not that Obama doesn't appreciate the sacrifices of veterans. He absolutely does. Just ask the Indonesians. He was in Jakarta for their Heroes Day this week to honor their veterans "who have sacrificed on behalf of this great country." "This great country," of course, being Indonesia. "When my stepfather was a boy, he watched his own father and older brother leave home to fight and die in the struggle for Indonesian independence," Obama told the audience. And the White House wonders why so many people think there is something foreign about this guy.

In the same speech, Obama gave voice to a harsh criticism he has heard about freely elected governments."Today, we sometimes hear that democracy stands in the way of economic progress," he said. The shocking statement raises the question: Where has Obama heard this fatuous claim and with whom has he been talking politics? (READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE)

I wish I could bottle and share the feeling of thankfulness and pride that I experienced yesterday as I was introduced to so many women that gave up relationships, jobs, parenting and health to serve their country. And all of them remain SO proud of their service despite having it belittled by some that ignorantly still claim that women aren't in combat... I WISH Barack Obama and the First Lady could have met these women and felt the tangible wave of appreciation coming from the crowds that gathered just to say "Thank you."

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