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Mr. Obama Do you Think My Son Serving in Afghanistan is a Photo Op?

Updated on September 8, 2010

My son Rt with a translater

My son who left his young wife and little baby girl Kaylee, serving in Afghanistan
My son who left his young wife and little baby girl Kaylee, serving in Afghanistan

So you think the troops make a good photo op Mr. Obama? Oh I know, your defenders will say, “It was just a joke.” You, of all people on this planet should never joke about anything to do with our troops. When it comes from you, it’s not funny.

You know what Mr. Obama? You don’t joke about things like that for a myriad of reasons. One glaring reason is -- the troops believe you don’t give a flap about them! Yes, they're a pretty smart lot those crazy military folk! They pick up on these things pretty quick!

Those smiling faces behind you? They’re ORDERED to do that! I promise you their commanders had to look long and hard to find any troop even willing to stand behind you so they were probably forced to (now before any investigation ensues - harassing the military to save some face - asking for any "fishy emails" I have ZERO first-hand knowledge of this - it's just my very educated guess).BUT - they always volunteered when it was our former President George W. Bush because in stark contrast, they knew he loved them and supported them and worked on strategy every single week, several times a week with his Joint Chiefs of Staff. You? You meet ONE TIME with your military leaders – the Joint Chiefs of Staff since taking office. Seeing a pattern here?

You don’t make a joke when you stand there before any soldier while being the King of indecision about the very lives of these brave men and women. Remember that August thing? General McChrystal asking for more troops? What is it now? November? And what is it that we have heard from your lips Mr. Obama regarding this issue?

A great big box of nothing.

You think a joke about my son with his butt on the line in Afghanistan is joke? Do you think my daughter’s boyfriend she misses so much and worries about in Iraq is a joking matter? Do you think THOSE WHO DIED AND LOST BODY PARTS ARE FODDER FOR YOUR STUPID JOKES AT THEIR EXPENESE? You know for someone who is so cool, that was not cool at all!

What’s so funny about soldiers on the front line? I'm not finding the humor. Is it a laugh-a-minute with regard to my son’s Infantry unit, in the middle of nowhere, never knowing where the enemy is and how and when the enemy is plotting to kill them next? Since you appear to be utterly clueless, the answer is NOTHING IS FUNNY ABOUT THAT.

Just to make a joke, you use them. Are you honestly that out of touch? So out of touch that you didn’t realize you did that very thing when you made your idiotic JOKE?! You used the troops FOR A PHOTO OP when you told them they were a great photo op! The Lord knows any time you actually DO visit a troop unit, that alone should make headlines. It so rarely has happened since you took office! Apparently people balked at an earlier AFB trip to Dover suggesting you were using it as a “photo op.” Thus your little “joke”. Is it no wonder when you do actually step down from your holy throne, gracing the little masses (troops) that your motives would be criticized???

Ya think?

Maybe because that’s just exactly what it is! A photo op you…you…arrrrrggggggg!!! I SO want to use bad language, but as a Christian, I must refrain from cursing…I so want to give you the benefit of the doubt! You're the President of this country! I want you to suceed - I want you to take this world by storm, but the longer you are in office, the more I see merely a figure-head and that's heart-breaking.

In a video segment on Fox News this morning (not the video included here in this blog - I've used a different more pertinent one), I watched you carelessly and casually say almost as an afterthought, “We thank you all for your service.” Just after you made your “joke.” Wow – how sincere you sounded…Do you think your charisma is so devastating that the warriors in the U.S. Armed Services DON’T SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU?!

The only joke up there on that stage Mr. Obama was you and your administration and I count the days until we can elect a real Commander-in-Chief and a President who doesn’t speak continually with lying lips and who will show their care and concern for the tens of thousands they send out into harms way.We need a real man, someone to step up to the plate and to become a LEADER. Not a teleprompter clown who makes lame, inappropriate jokes..

I pray for you every single day, I truly pray for your personal safety and the safety of your entire family. It's getting more and more difficult every day because I'm getting so angry with you Mr. Obama. Your apathy shows in so many ways and when it is so apparent to the military, it hurts them - it hurts their morale and that costs lives.

I pray that news about your infantile, stupid, stupid joke doesn’t make it to my son’s unit in Afghanistan (the morale of the troops is rock bottom enough). But that doesn’t matter to you does it because the troops don’t matter, according to you, they’re just a joke and A PHOTO OP.


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    • rkhyclak profile image


      9 years ago from Ohio

      Oh. Sakes. First, great hub-a little late for me to be getting around to this, but he's pulled the same stunts in the last 9 months, so it's still current!

      Second, I'm appalled, but not shocked at Muslim's comment. As always, thanks to your family for all they do! Praying for their safety :)

    • CornerStone51 profile image


      9 years ago from Mifflintown, PA

      Wow...I am blown away by this hub, Sis. How did I miss this before? Guess I wasn't hubbing then and didn't get the alert!!!

      Another Wow about that comment the Muslim left. I am not in the least surprised. That is true Islam! There is not such thing as radical Islam...Islam IS RADICAL...period!!!

      Love ya bushels...GW

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Michigan

      This is the religion of peace - how appropriate that this hateful and despicable comment is made by someone who calls themself "Muslim". I allowed it so that anyone who comes here to read this will have insight into who the enemy really is.

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      9 years ago

      Barack Hussein Obama is a good anti-american president!We Muslims support him!

      As far as US troops in Afghanistan are concerned,we'll kick them out of our country!

      We'll slaughter & behead ur son & every US dog that enters the Muslim land!

      U sick americans are the enemies of God and u deserve this!

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Michigan

      You are so funny Harvey. I won't be holding my breath for another beer summit though!

    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 

      10 years ago from Illinois


      Wow!!!!! You go girl!!!!!!! I pray your family is safe and protects us. You can only imagine how many feel like you, with family there. B.O. doesn't really care; "actions speak louder than words!"

      Maybe he will have a beer with you, to have a dialog. A MERRY CHRISTMAS BEER.

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Michigan

      James - your words of support are so appreciated. Thank you for even taking the time to comment given your present circumstances.

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Michigan

      Gerry - you made me cry - that was such an emotionally charged video. Thank you SO much for putting that together! Your efforts are much, MUCH appreciated! And you're a great Canadian American!

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      10 years ago


      I support the troops.

      Although I'm a Canadian, I support not only Canada's troops but all troops that fight the war on terrorism and all those who served in prior conflicts. The attached is a show I titled "American Soldier I Salute You" and dedicated it to the United States Armed Forces.



    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this Hub; and thank you to your son for his service to our country. I can't really imagine how you must feel with this clown goofing around while your son sacrifices so much. God Bless him and you.

    • Kebennett1 profile image


      10 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Army infantry Mom, Thank you for saying what so many of us feel. I will say a prayer for your son. And another for all of our Soldiers who Obama are leaving in danger with his indecisiveness and uncaring ways. He truly does not have their safety on his mind at all. Photo ops, being cool, campaigning for others and tearing apart this country are what he is all about!

    • jiberish profile image


      10 years ago from florida

      CJV, I feel your pain, the holidays must be especially difficult. This stand up comedian we have in the white house has time for parties every week, and golf games, but cannot and will not make a decision on our troops. He cares nothing about our military unless, like you said, he uses then for a photo opt. I will keep your son in my prayers.... Passionate Hub!

    • readytoescape profile image


      10 years ago from Central Florida


      Great hub, you have succulently outlined the loathing so many feel for this excuse for a leader. With two sons serving, every slight is a dagger, every day of do-nothing is supply for the enemy.

      All of us, of the extended military family, feel exactly the same way. Take off the gloves, loose the hounds and let our boys fight, totally decimate the enemy and his misguided philosophy and come home.

      A couple of my more favored quotes concerning our troops

      "Do you know what a soldier is...? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war." -- Allan Massie, Scottish journalist/novelist

      "I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight." -- General George S. Patton Jr.

      "If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank an American soldier."


    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Michigan

      I feel ya Army Inf. Mom! I FEEL YA! Thank you for the words of comfort - you and so many others have really warmed my heart with your words of support. Thank you for taking the time out of your lives to reach out. I'll be passing on your comments to my son! Bless you!

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      Army Infantry Mom 

      10 years ago

      I am discusted with Obama and his &^&$%#$&^(* Jokes !!!! I too wanted to write about this, ..but I dont have the control you do,..I'd be picked up as a potential terrorist, because i disagree with what Obama is doing. Allthough when I calm down enough to speak out, I am sure I'll rattle some trees with what I have to say. God bless your son,..may God wrap his arms around him and keep him safe untill your son is returned to you.

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Michigan

      ReuVere - thank you for your heart-felt comments. We received news that my son's unit lost 15 soldiers. If it wasn't for my faith, quite frankly, I'd run stark raving mad into the night. It is through Christ that I find my rock, my strength and my peace - it's the only way I can stand this President's dissertation of our military, and having my son out there in harm's way. Thank you for your kind words!

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      Bad Bob 

      10 years ago

      I am so with you! The president is so arrogant. It is hard to turn on the Television anymore because of him. God Bless your family and son! I pray for his early safe return!

    • ReuVera profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Reading your passionate hub made my flesh creep... I had tears on my eyes. Your writings are so genuine, coming from your heart, your soul, your whole inside. I even can't imagine WHAT and HOW you feel having your precious only son there, on the front line while his Commander in Chief (oh, my....what a joke!) is drowned in his Narcissism.....

      I have no words..... just expressions (and not nice ones...)

    • eovery profile image


      10 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Nothing is real to this guy. Everything is staged and nothing is real. I can't believe anything this guy and his clowns say or do.

      I and my family appreciate the service your son is doing for us. Thank you!

      Keep on hubbing!

    • maven101 profile image


      10 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Our make-believe president lives in a make-believe world, populated by an adulating press, a sycophantic staff, and a public relations crew that has Hollywood for its model for phony photo ops ( oops ) like this one...Clinton did much the same with the 50th anniversary of D Day in Normandy... To remain Caesar one must have the support of the Praetorian Guard...I don't think this phony president has that support...

      A passionate and well-written Hub that is right on...Thank you for this...Larry

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Michigan

      Hmrjmr1 - you're absolutely right - it's their chance to get on camera and be seen by family back home. "Yeah Mom and Dad, I'm behind the guy in the clown suit behind the podium - you know -- the buffoon making the jokes, that's me behind him!"

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Michigan

      Pop - if I send it to the White House TRUST ME they'll punish my son - this administration is petty enough to seek him out and make sure he's hammered by his superiors. I'd like to send this - but I won't. Thanks for your words of support. Please - Hub too about this - everyone is talking about the Health Care Bill - it is very important - but this is slipping under the radar and it needs to be shouted from the roof-tops. Your readership is much bigger - I hope you'll give it your two cents too! It just breaks my heart!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image


      10 years ago from Georgia, USA

      CJ - You're right when you say the troops know instinctively I did a hub about this a while back that may be of interest to you.

      The other reason to be a part of the photo op is so Mom can see ya back home. You know the cameras gonna see ya. So it's a way to say hey to family and friends. While on the 'detail'.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      10 years ago

      Dear Cj,

      I am livid, I am out of my mind with contempt for this man. I was thinking about this very thing in the middle of the night, writing a hub in my mind. What is he waiting for? He personally has not a lick of experience in military matters, so he has to trust the experts. He has their input and still he can't decide. What a poor excuse for a President. Your son and all those brave men and women serving our country deserve better, they really do. You wrote a very powerful and compelling piece. Send it to the White House.


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