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Obama Flubs Address to Family of Fallen Soldier

Updated on June 28, 2011

Every Day It's a New Commander in Disgrace

June 26, 2011

Let’s play the “Imagine if President Bush Did This” game, shall we? We know the lame stream media is obsessed with any type of imperfection demonstrated by Republicans or most especially Tea Partiers. The disgraceful recent vetting of all of Sarah Palin’s emails is their latest addition to their “Hall of Shame.” One wonders why they didn’t do that for Mr. Obama when he ran for President. They’re going crazy over Sarah, practically rifling through her lingerie drawers, why not do this same thing to Nancy Pelosi? She managed to become a multimillionaire while a sitting congresswoman. How did that happen on her salary? What about Barney Frank or any number of sleazy Democrat or liberal politician?

So it doesn’t shock me one bit that the latest horrifying blunder by our President somehow went over the liberal stream media’s head.

Here is a report on the ABC News website, practically the only source you can find this information:

On Thursday [June 22, 2011] at Fort Drum, the president told troops from the 10th Mountain Division that he previously "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.”

Wrong. Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was actually killed in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006. In September 2009, President Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor posthumously.

If George Bush did the same thing this would be the lead off news story of CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC and any other liberal/George Soros funded news outlet for weeks.

How many times did we see that video of President Bush fumbling with the locked door after a press conference? How many times did people on the left and in the media mock President Bush for flubbing words?

I will say with absolute certainty, everyone makes mistakes. I make them all the time. There isn’t a soul on earth who doesn’t make them.

Heck, look at John Stewart when interviewed by Fox News host Chris Wallace. Stewart insisted rather stridently, that Fox News viewers were “consistently” – and he repeated the word “consistently” three times, less informed than those who watched other news outlets. Turns out he was quite wrong. Recent news analysis and polls prove Stewart to be wrong. He made a blunder, a mistake.

More importantly, and certainly more troubling is while anyone can make a mistake, what seems to be a pattern with Mr. Obama is a) he’s really not that smart and this is the basis for so many of his embarrassing gaffes--- b) he just doesn’t give a fig about trying to stay informed about any number of topics even though he’s President of the United States.

Would it have imposed on his golf game to take a moment to read about the soldier he would be talking about when he spoke at Ft. Drum? Would it have interrupted his intense negotiations about the budget?

Oh wait, he sent his best soldier Sergeant Biden for that conflict, he hasn’t had anything to do with the budget negotiations (until just recently). He’s been on the campaign trail…actually, he’s been on the campaign trail since he took office…What does this President actually do besides play golf and campaign?

But I digress…

Would it really have been that difficult to read a brief about the planned event, to take a moment of his time to make certain he paid respect to a soldier and the family members who had a hero, a son, a loved one, torn from their midst? The soldier he didn’t bother to take the time to inform himself about, the very courageous human being who paid the ultimate price so he could have the privilege of becoming President, didn’t rate as much time as he would give to one golf game. Why was it too much to ask that he prepare his words before saying them?

As it turned out, Mr. Obama personally called and apologized to the parents of the soldier and his apology was accepted.

As wrong as it is to say this, I struggle with Mr. Obama’s apology. I confess I’m not so forgiving.


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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago


      I don't watch TV or Cable TV news anymore.

      On TV news you have to watch at least thirty to sixty minutes just to get the weather report.

      The Cable TV News is more NewsOpintorials or NewsSpincasting. I don't even get the Cable News Channels.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      At 280, the diet coke would have been better!

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Stu, Easy boy, I'm not really sure what she wanted to drink. I said it to calm her down, she was very large. I would say, 6'5 280. She played defensive tackle in college, and one year in the pros.

      When tackled you, and began to.............. You wouldn't want to hear it. H

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago


      YOU made a mistake! I'm lucky I was sitting down. I think I need a Xanax. I'll be on later after my heart slows down. :)


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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Cjv, You did it again! This flub by our illustrious President is a disgrace to the man, the family and every citizen of this country.

      You should put all his blunders together in a book. I'm sure it would be longer than one on George W. Bush.

      I hate to tell you something only a few people know about me, I made a mistake in 1970. It's true, I ordered my girlfriend a coke, instead of a diet coke (maybe it was a Tab)! H

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      tom hellert 6 years ago


      stu not getting paid by the word but majes great use of the ones he has....


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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      CJ - Great Hub. And let's not forget - many of Obama's misstatements are not errors, they're LIES.

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      And to everyone who took the time to leave comments, I'm going to thank you in a group - I've been having a "devil of a time" - as my mother would say - with migraines lately and find I'm able to tolerate the computer screen less than is usual for me these days. Please know though that I appreciate your input, read everything you write and love that you even bother to read my Hubs! So thank you very much!

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      Anton - actually, President Obama is probably THE worst President in U.S. history - he is the most inept, unintelligent bag of slick spin we have ever had in the White House. It's frightening how incompetent he is. See the Rolling Stone article about what (at the time) General McCrystal had to say about the Commander in Absentia. He's truly clueless and worse, he doesn't care about the military and how to protect this country. If you need proof as to how clueless he is - look at who he chose to be his Vice President - could there be anyone who is more of a clown than Biden? Yes - wait - OBAMA.

      Anyway - I digress - I do see what you're saying. And yes, primary sources are ESSENTIAL and I believe we've gotten away from primary sources for a few generations and we're paying for it. I've said repeatedly - Obama is the first "American Idol" President.

      I also agree with you and just said this the other day - I want to know the truth, even if it is against something I believe, I want to know the truth - no matter what political side it comes down on. So I am usually very, very careful about verifying my news sources.

      Thanks for the interesting discussion.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona


      It's not how we the people compare political figures, but how the media compares them. The leftist media spent 8 years gleefully dumping on Bush for the slightest error, while all but ignoring all of Obama's gaffes!

      They do the same to all conservative candidates, like Palin and now Bachmann.

      That's the point.

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      AntonOfTheNorth 6 years ago

      I don't disagree with your point about the media.

      My point is that, once one discounts the media sources that they do not trust (in my case, most of them) then where does the reliable information come from?

      I have ZERO first hand knowledge of the American political scene. I have SOME first hand knowledge of Canadian, having worked in two levels of government here. The rest comes from either a media source, or from someone who is interpreting a media source, or someone who claims to have the facts.

      All of this information is coloured by the opinion of the bearer.

      My point is, the 'facts' we all gravitate toward tend to be those that support our world view. I can't determine which media outlet has a bias or is simply reporting against my own.

      I really have no opinion as to whether Obama is a good president or not. I lack any specific knowledge of what he has done. I only have the media (U.S. and Canada) and it all sounds biased to me.

      But again, when the electoral system (here too) is based on likeability and popularity, I don't know what else we should expect. Media exists to sell air time and ad revenue, so of course feeding the slag fest is in its best interests.

      I apologize as my annoyance with this reality has come across as an accusation.

      The question I would ask now (I ask this of myself too) is where does the information I believe come from? If its not first hand, question all of it. All the time.

      Particularly if I agree with it.


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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      Anton - you're missing the point here. 1) While I really liked President Bush - really liked him - he was by no means perfect nor was his Presidency. I've stated as such right here on Hub pages numerous times. I did not/do not follow any man blindly I don't care if he's from the right, left or somewhere in-between. So with me anyway - your observations aren't true. I don't just see Obama's imperfections but am blind to a non-Democrat's imperfections. This is a focus on the turn of derogation our media has taken. Derogation of one particular group. They've lost their collective souls - their professionalism has gone out the window. They are a propaganda tool for the left. That's the point. I'm not "seeing" it as anything but for what it is - the truth. 2) I think it's wrong for the media to pay ANY attention to the mistakes of anyone, to mock, to highlight any mistakes ANY politician makes. I'm merely pointing out the fact that the media DOES do this with only those who they disagree with philosophically. That's DANGEROUS - that's dangerous to us as U.S. citizens and to our constitution.

      The media have special protections because they are SUPPOSED to be our watchdogs since we the citizens can't do this ourselves. They are supposed to watch for violations (essentially) of our lawmakers - the ones in power - to make certain they don't take the power FROM THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE as it is spelled out in our constitution.

      They don't do this any longer. They are in bed with Obama and the liberals. Period. THAT'S the point.

      Lastly - there is NO WAY you can compare Obama's campaigning to ANY other President be they Democrat or Republican. Just his golfing ALONE sets him apart from any other President! It is common knowledge - yea - FACT that President Obama has been on the campaign trail throughout his Presidency, more consistently than any other President. Obama has had fund raisers just in this year in the double digits. W. had three (on an average) in each of his terms. So don't dismiss this away with the answer "They all do it." You're wrong - sorry to be blunt - but that's the plain truth of it. a. Your answer is not an answer both because that's a weak excuse. Even if that statement was true, it doesn't make it right. The double problem is, your statement isn't even close to being true. b. Obama not only has campaigned/gone on fundraisers ten times (or so) more than any other President before him, but he also uses his office to campaign, - against the law! His abuses of power seems to know no bounds! Regardless - back to the issue - it is common knowledge within the Obama admin. that Obama doesn't like being President. He likes going on the road before his "peeps" to hear the applause and "adoration." He's NOT doing his job. So he runs from it. Evidence - just count the trips he's made and then compare all of his trips away from the White House to ANY other President - it's unprecedented.

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      CornerStone51 6 years ago

      This is an excellent hub. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I had heard nothing about it. It is not the fact that Obama makes gaffs...every President is the fact that they absolutely hated George W. and criticized his every move,yet when Obama does it, they just don't report it at all! That old double standard is what gets my hackles up!

      Good job!

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      here is the media in summary- fox news leans Right all the other tv networks go from leaning left so damn far left they are fascist-leftist and are a total mouthpiece for the liberal left


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      TimBryce 6 years ago

      Carol -

      Great job on the podcast today. Listen to Carol at:

      All the Best,


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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      I plan to write about this - the media ignoring Obama's mistakes is based on their own racism - 'of course we overlook his mistakes; we can't expect too much from him'.

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      AntonOfTheNorth 6 years ago

      "What does this President actually do besides play golf and campaign?"

      Pretty much exactly what is said about every sitting president in my memory.

      In the American system, campaigning is the most important skill a politician has to have. No one cares about ability to govern, just ability to get elected.

      Neither party cares if they are doing it right, just so long as they get to do it.

      Both sides take unfair potshots at the other.

      It can't be okay for Bush to make a gaf but not Obama(or vis versa), merely because you don't like his politics. Just say you don't like his politics and leave it at that. If the family he slighted accepts his apology, what's that to you?

      The only rule that seem to run in democratic societies:

      If you agree with their politics, defend every mistake. If you don't, slag every error.

      Everyone does it. No political position has the high ground here.

      This will always be the case where popularity determines power.

      It is the biggest flaw in democracy.

      In every other important job or service, we require that the individual demonstrate their skills before they are hired. (Indeed, leaders have lost their positions over hiring someone who is not demonstrably qualified)

      Don't seem to need that to run the most powerful country in the world, though, or any democratic country.

      Just make enough people like you, and you too can be president.

      So when that's the only requirement, of course the slag fest is the only judgement.

      Its sad.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The same media which recently dumped all over Sarah Palin over her (correct!) words about Paul Revere are now ignoring the latest and inexcusable idiocy of The Annointed One.

      In a related story, the latest polls show that the public trust in that media has sunk to all time lows.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I am not so forgiving either. This was more than a mistake. It was hurtful and inexcusable. Obama is a reader, not a speaker. He doesn't have a damn thing invested in the words that tumble out of his mouth. His staff must be morons too. I believe he is certain that he can get away with anything. After all, he controls the media so he doesn't have to worry about a thing. If Bush had done this, they would still be talking about it. Up and awesome.

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      Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Thank you. Great Hub and comments.

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      tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

      Carol I have come to accept the fact that the media will no longer do their job. Now that Michelle Bachman is turning out to be a legitimate candidate she will be getting the Palin treatment from them. And as Obama keeps making mistakes about giving awards to soldiers and traveling all 57 states , he will continue to get a pass. The media has made perfectly clear that they will no longer do their job. They will not report the facts and will only try to bolster their ideology. Which is why the major networks and big newspapers are trusted by only 28% of the public. And we know the 28% who are buying their lies.

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      Bail Up ! 6 years ago

      Therein lies the difference. Yes, Bush misspoke plenty and we all got a good laugh. Obama's errors are not a slip of the tongue they are down right insulting, nothing funny about that.

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      Was he there without his teleprompter? If we were looking for words to come from his heart or his head, we should not be surprised he made this horrible mistake. He only reads what others have written, nothing he says is coming from within. The media will not touch this one because he is their King.