A while back one of my daughters saw Obama on the TV and blurted out “I hate him.” Realizing she had been listening to my tirades aimed at the TV every time The Lightworker opened his mouth, I took the opportunity to explain to my darlin’ that while we can hate his policies, we didn’t know Obama personally and that our dislike of his administration did not, could not, mean that we hated him as a man.
Recently that has been changing though. His arrogance and condescension have been slowly moving my dislike from policy and position based, to a more personal dislike. The more I see of his public character the more I’m starting to dislike him as a person. I readily admit that even if I was ever to meet him I probably wouldn’t want to have a beer with him, but I haven’t really disliked him on a personal level until today when I heard that he can’t even keep the living and dead recipients of the Medal of Honor straight.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award our nation can bestow. It is revered with an almost mythical quality by those who understand what must be done for a man to earn it. And for the family of Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, and for the families of six other Long War warriors who sacrificed all for others, it’s pale blue ribbon represents the life of a beloved father, husband, son, brother. A life freely given so that others may live.
Obama has disgraced himself, the office of President, and the memory of SFC Monti. He has cheapened the Medal presented to Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta, the only living recipient from the Long War. And he has demonstrated in pure naked ugliness the shallowness of of his soul, and his total lack of personal character, dignity, and honor.
Speaking at the ceremony where he presented the Medal of Honor to the parents of SFC Monti, Obama said;
“Of all the privileges serving as President, there’s no greater honor that serving as Commander-in-Chief of the finest military that the world has ever known.”
It is an honor that you Sir are wholly undeserving of, and it is a post that is blemished by your association with it, if you even believe your own statement. When previous Presidents have spoken similar words, the listener could reasonably believe that for once a politician was speaking the truth. In a quiet aside while presenting the Medal of Honor to a recipient during Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson famously said that he would trade in the Presidency for the pale blue ribbon and white stars of the Medal of Honor. For all his faults, Johnson knew what the Medal meant, to the recipient, to the military, and to the nation. Obama has no such understanding. To him it is nothing more than just another photo op, another political machination, another ceremony required by the office. SFC Monti was just another name, one more of the unwashed who foolishly believed in something greater than themselves; who lived a life according to antiquated notions of duty, honor, country.
You spoke of those values Mr. President, remember?
“Duty. Honor. Country. Service. Sacrifice. Heroism. These are words of weight. But as people – as a people and a culture, we often invoke them lightly. We toss them around freely. Do we really grasp the meaning of these values? Do we truly understand the nature of these virtues, to serve and to sacrifice? Jared Monti knew. The Monti family knows. And they know that the actions we honor today were not a passing moment of courage. They were the culmination of a life of character and commitment.”
A life that you have dishonored by failing a simple moral imperative. A life sacrificed for those values that “we” invoke so lightly. A death that was forgotten by you as soon as you had left the room.
To lie during a campaign or scandal is a moral failing so common that it has become expected, a sad commentary on the state of American society. Speaking empty platitudes and patronizing the listener are skills cultivated by the politician. By his “gaffe”, as it’s being called, Obama has shown that every word he said to the bereaved family of SFC Monti were also platitudes, false praise and lies.
If my daughter were to again make the statement I referenced earlier, sadly I feel that my response would be very different.