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Obama’s Dishonorable Gaffe

I hate to play the "imagine if Sarah Palin had said this" game because quite frankly, she never would. But what the heck…

Imagine if Governor Palin were responsible for the following:

During his remarks to troops at Fort Drum today, the President was reminiscing about the times he has spent with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, when he got something wrong.

"Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a President, I’ve always run into you guys. And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.

First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously."

The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009. President Obama handed the framed medal to his parents, Paul and Janet Monti. He and the First Lady comforted them in the Oval Office following the ceremony.

Let me be clear… What Obama did here was more than a gaffe, it was a disgrace. What he did was to forget the grieving parents of Jared Monti, an American Hero. He seems to have compartmentalized his memory of Jared Monti into the ‘pander to the military’ section of his brain, and forgot the rest. Once again, Obama proves to be an out of touch commander-in-chief, focused only on himself.

As of this time, I have only seen the story on CBN’s website, the rest of the media has been totally silent about this gaffe. Although, if you type "Obama Misspeaks" into the search on Yahoo News, you will be able access a story about Paul Revere. Go ahead. It will remind you how desperate the media was to pin some mistake on Governor Palin, even though she didn’t make one. The media still continues to suggest that the governor misspoke that day in New Hampshire, even though local historians have backed up her remarks. If, for some reason you needed anymore evidence to prove that the media is totally corrupt, here you go.

Perhaps on the next leg of the governor’s bus tour (after jury duty, of course), some journalist can ask Governor Palin who Sal Guinta is. At that point, you would see how a real leader honors America’s brave heroes.

Last May, Governor Palin delivered a powerful speech to the Tribute to the Troops benefit, at Colorado Christian University. Speaking on Sgt. Guinta she said:

Let me give you another example of victory, among thousands of examples that we can think of in our military – an example of the heroism over the years. One of Colorado’s newest residents is Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, and he’s a new resident in Fort Collins.  He’s the first living service member from the Afghanistan or Iraq conflicts to receive the Medal of Honor. He was a rifle team leader in Afghanistan; and on October 25, 2007, his unit was ambushed shortly after nightfall. Sgt. Giunta described it:  "There were more bullets in the air than stars in the sky. A wall of bullets at everyone at the same time with one crack and then a million cracks… They were close – as close as I’ve ever seen.” But the sergeant kept his cool and relied on his training.  He fought off the insurgents and rescued several members of his unit, including an injured soldier who was being carried off by the Taliban. Giunta’s squad leader later praised him saying, "We were outnumbered. You stopped the fight. You stopped them from taking a soldier.”

When he was notified that he was being recommended for the Medal of Honor, Sgt. Giunta was humble. He said, “If I’m a hero, every man that stands around with me, every woman who is in the military, everyone who goes into the unknown is a hero.”

Why do these American heroes go into the unknown? G. K. Chesteron once wrote that “the true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” They fight because they love America and they love the ideals that America represents. What America stands for is liberty, and justice, and equality, and the empowerment of the individual.

Unlike the current occupant of the White House, Governor Palin has the capacity to think about more than herself. She honors our troops and having had a son serve in Iraq, appreciates the sacrifices their families make. Our troops and their families deserve a president who respects them and understands what they go through for this nation.

As I said in the opening, there is no way Governor Palin would have committed the sort of blunder that President Obama did on Thursday, while speaking to the troops. But if she did, no doubt it would be a top story today.

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  • Hyman Roth

    Let me be clear: Obama has sought to weaken our national defenses in any way he can.

    • socon

      He’s purposefully destroying our economy, too.

    • Guest

      I vote for the Ceaucescu solution.

      • Quiet_Righty

        Gasp! You’re inviting a visit from the Secret Service!

        • Bogdan51

          I don’t know Quiet. The Romanian people wanted to depose Caucescu peacefully. Those were Romanian commies acting as Gorbachov’s emissaries who tried and then executed the bastard.

          And they did it because they feared that Nicolae and his witch would reveal too much about the secrets of of Soviet empire.

          Execution of Causescu was an element of Gorbachov strategy of "reforming" the Soviet empire without actually dismantling it. Caucescu, Honecker of East Germany and few others stood in Gorbachov’s way so they had to go. Honecker was a bit more lucky but only because the events in the East germany went out of Gorbachov’s hands.

          So speaking about the "peaceful deposition" of Obama, MaMcGriz is basically right…

          • socon

            I had no idea, but I should have known the Soviets were behind it.  Amazing what you learn blogging with people around the world.

        • Bogdan51

          P.S: However, as to the question what to do with Obama after he is finally deposed and how to properly punish him for all the acts of treason he is commiting against the people of America and her constituion… it is another story.

          In that case, Caucescu solution seems to be highly appropriate…

        • MaMcGriz

          Am I not ???

          I’m a brazen bear, for sure.

          I’m impressed, QR. Almost no one ever knows what that means.

          • Quiet_Righty

            It was headline news when it happened in 1989.

      • Lynda Armstrong

        How are you doing …I am in MS

        • MaMcGriz

          Doing real well, thanks.

          I’m out in the pacific northwest in Washington.

  • navak

    Why would we expect the media to play this?  They are out there to protect Obama from himself.  Such a double standard.  He gets away with being "confused".  Well he seems to be confused a lot when he is speaking.  I really don’t understand why people think he is so smart!

    And of course we know if Palin had done this it would be looping on all the news channels and blogs, with people laughing with their noses scraping the ceiling.

  • V

    The LA Times has reported on this….finally…,0,4244870.story

    Now, Obama himself has not issued any type of apology (that I’ve seen), instead sending the White House Press Secretary to clarify the statement.  But, I haven’t read where even Jay Carney has issued any type of apology.  Why would that be?  It’s bad enough the mistake was made, but no apology makes it even worse.  Perhaps they believe their Media will cover by not reporting the story?

    This is really bad.  It reflects that we have a President who doesn’t give a damn about the Military.

    • socon

      Obama doesn’t give a damn about our country as a whole.  As long as he can line his own pockets and those of his corruptocrat friends like the dirtbag J. Immelt of GE, he’s happy.  I can’t stand to look at the man’s face.

    • blackbird

      "…But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight…" V for Vendetta

  • 1momofsoldier1

    I just thought this was so pathetic. As a mother of a soldier, I can’t even imagine the horror that those parents felt. Yet, this is the same pathetic person who, I’m sure, could probably recite all of the names of his picks in the basketball brackets and everyone he ever golfed with. This should be on every front page and on every news channel. I know it won’t, but it should. I was truly disgusted when I heard about it.

    • LadybugUSA

      My son has 76 days to serve in his deployment. I too thought of the horror of the parents of these soldiers.
       I tried to watch the video but couldnt get past 15 seconds. Seeing him using our troops as his background photo op makes me want to puke.
      Stacy said it perfectly "the ‘pander to the military’ section of his brain."
      I have totally had it with him. He is the most pathetic excuse of a Commander in Chief we have ever had. He does not care at all about the troops. 2012 cannot come soon enough.

      • socon

        God bless both of you military moms and your sons.

        • LadybugUSA

          Thank you. God bless you too.

        • Vicki


      • 1momofsoldier1

        God bless him. Mine got home a month ago, 6th tour. But I know he’ll be serving a few more because he’s reenlisted again. This CIC is a disgrace, total, total, disgrace.

        • socon

          Americans like you and your son are why I will fight to the bitter-end for our country.  You make me proud to be an American.  Thank you for your sacrifices.

    • Dave Kawasaki

      TOTUS could recite them. Zer?, not so much.

  • TexasRayGunner

    Oh don’t worry – the White House has "clarified" obama’s remarks – (whatever) – 

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney :

    "At Fort Drum, the president misspoke when discussing the first Medal of Honor he presented posthumously to Jared Monti, who was a member of the 10th Mountain Division," Carney said in a statement. "The president paid tribute to Monti in his remarks to troops in Afghanistan in March 2010. Last year, the President presented the Medal of Honor to Salvatore Giunta, who was the first living recipient of the Medal who served in Afghanistan."

    (Huh? – Yeah, that’s it, that’s all they have to say on the matter – I think they will need to clarify this clarification…)

    • Quiet_Righty

      The White House is constantly "clarifying" all kinds of crap uttered by our magnificent leader.

      • socon

        The LSM make up gaffes and blame them on Sarah but cover for the gaffe-masters, Obama and VP BiteMe.

    • 1momofsoldier1

      Carney is also pathetic. There’s more I could say and do say around here, but I’ll keep it clean on here. Needless to say, we don’t like the CIC of our son, not even one little bit. There is absolutely no redeeming quality about him. Misspoke my …….. 

      • MaMcGriz

        Thank you, mom. for being here with us, and please thank your boy for us all.

        God bless those who serve, and may He bind and blot out those who cause them harm or defile their memory.

        • 1momofsoldier1

          Thank you. I know there are many who DO appreciate the sacrifice, and that keeps us going, even if it isn’t our CIC.

          • MaMcGriz

            You bet there are, mom.

            We know who’s walkin’ tall and who’s just woofin’.

            That’s no cic. That’s some jive turkey too ignorant to refrain from talking down to his betters in uniform.

            And to his real bosses, their moms.

        • socon

          Beautiful post.

          • MaMcGriz

            Thanks, socon.

        • Lynda Armstrong

          Thank you…my grandson is in the Army …he was in Iraq in 2004…now he is in Korea 

          • MaMcGriz

            Hope he’ll be home soon.

            God bless and keep him.  

    • Marianne

      How interesting that the clarification from Mr Carney made no mention of President O’Bonehead’s use of the word "comrade" in describing an American soldier. Probably because the matter hasn’t drawn much attention to this point and Mr. Carney did not want to open up a new can of worms.

  • Spiridon

    Obama hates the military. Remember how he said the military just air-raids villages and bombs civilians? Also, this Memorial Day he said about how proud he was to be the commander of ONE OF the greatest fighting forces in the world.  

  • votermom

    You’re right, it is disgraceful.

  • PCR1

    Yahoo should have its business license revoked under a Palin administration.

    If a media entity functions as a democratic party adjunct, it should be so licensed.

    The same goes for all the media, both print and broadcast!

    Yeah, hey, what the  heck, when it’s our turn, we’ll show the left that we can kick ass too, and then some!

  • danielvito

    This to me is not a gaffe, it’s a disgrace!

    Obumler is not one ounce the man Jared Monti was.

    I am embarrassed for our country that this person in office as president soils the office of Washington, Lincoln, Reagan et al. He takes a dump on that office everyday.

    We need Sarah more than ever. She’ll bring honor back to the presidency!

    • socon

      A 1000 Obamas would never be worthy of one Monti.

      This kind of disrespectful crap makes me more determined than ever to beat this moron in 2012!

      • danielvito

        Said so well, socon!

        • socon

          Thank you, it’s from the heart.

      • ADRoberts

        God bless America. Please. 

        • Lynda Armstrong

          There is an old country song that say"God Bless America Again" that is my pray

  • OldGuyAZ

    No matter how hard they try to protect BHO, even the LSM "can’t fix stupid."

  • blackbird
  • socon

    It’s a national disgrace that this man is even in the White House.

  • Nancy6

    Obama misremembriated.
    He does it quite a bit.

    • Don B


      I’d love to hear Obumbler try to say that.

      • MaMcGriz

        It would probably be as hard for him to say as "I’m truly sorry."

        • socon

          I just want to hear the moron say good-bye!

  • Sheya

     "But if she did, no doubt it would be a top story today."
    I believe what you meant, today, tomorrow, next week and for the next month. Nationally and internationally. The media and commemorators would pronounce that this effectively disqualifies her from being president.

    Add this to the list of things that disqualify Obama.

  • manajordan

    Obama has such disdain for our military. This really is a complete disgrace. 

  • TModelTom

    This low-life is a disgrace to our country and the entire world!!  Wouldn’t it great to see him tried by our Militaty Court!!

    • MaMcGriz

      I pray for that day.

  • Nancy6

    Obama could call Paul Revere, Pat Revert, and the media wouldn’t blink an eye.

  • Guest

    Awful. Feel bad for the family of the soldier.

    Rush is on it. I’m sure Andrea Ferret-Face Mitchell will report on it./

  • Hung Vu

    Unflippingbelievable. File this under "WTF." Wait for it, some libtard will try to refudiate this disgrace.

  • freeperjim

    "Whatever room he walks into, Obama is ALWAYS the LEAST qualified" – El Rushbo

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