Thursday, December 27, 2012

Letter to Obama from a WWII Veteran

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

"We're no longer a Christian nation"

"America is arrogant" - (Your wife even announced to the world, "America is mean-spirited." Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I'd say shame on the both of you but I don't think you like America nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said, "America hasn't lived up to her ideals." Which ones did you mean?

1. Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British ?

2. Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?

3. I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellahs I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around because we stand for freedom.

4. I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer,young man. Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their
people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.


Harold B. Estes

This letter and the author have been verified by

The author of the letter was Hawaii resident Harold B. Estes, a long-serving veteran of the U.S. Navy who was pictured in the May 2005 issue of Fore 'n Aft magazine and for whom the BMC Harold Estes Leadership Award is named.


Zelda said...

I almost wish he hadn't written it. When you compare past generations with the smug, lazy, malcontents in the White House, the contrast is just too heartbreaking.

Anonymous said...

That's like his opinion, huh?

Rickvid in Seattle said...

Z, glad he wrote it, and, as we could expect, Anon puked up some of its regular smug snark. Typical of the leftists. Too self satisfied to say anything relevant; too gutless to leave their misery behind and kill themselves.

Zelda said...

Anon has retreated so far up his own ass, I have no idea what he's trying to say. Apparently he needs someone to explain 'opinion' to him.

jim marquis said...

I think he's saying this stuff was one citizen's opinion...not words written on a golden tablet handed down by God.

Haverwilde said...


Of course it wasn't written on a golden tablet handed down by God. You are such an ass.

It was the considered wisdom of a 95 year old man.

It rings with truth, unlike your missives.

It is an honest appraisal of the abysmal failure of our president.

No snark, no sarcasm, no pussyfooting around, no foundationless attacks, no exaggerating the current plight [all in sharp contrast to your usual excretions.]

Obama has won four more years. And I still hope that you live long enough to rue the day you chose to vote for the destruction of this once great nation.

Anonymous said...

So like Haver, that's like your opinion, huh?

Zelda said...

Oh Jim, even you don't know what he's talking about. Of course it's Estes' opinion. And we know your opinions are that Obama is shaft-strokin' wonderful. Estes opinion has more clout in that he's seen and done more for the country than Obama can fathom from his ivory bubble of ignorant smug.

Anonymous said...

"shaft-strokin'" Zelda's primary occupation

elspeth said...

I was all for your story, until you mentioned

That web site has no credentials. They are not trained in research or reporting. The information they present changes without explanation.

Why anyone would site them as a reference is beyond me.

Zelda said...

Relax, Plushie. I couldn't compete with you if I wanted to.

CrabbyOldMan said...

Neither Enemas nor Malarkey have any original thoughts. I cannot think of a better anology than the old fashioned player piano.