ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What a Difference

Updated on March 27, 2011

Interesting Receptions

I have always felt a great camaraderie with the Marines. Even though I am an old soldier much of the thought processes are the same. Below is a comparative video from YouTube that I think speaks volumes about how troops in general but Marines in particular feel about the current President.


What a Difference!

Any time there is a VIP visit there is much that goes into the assembly of the troops involved. In all likely hood the troops arrive as much as an hour or two before POTUS does and you are likely to have to be standing at attention or parade rest 10-15 minutes before he actually walks out on stage. All in all, a 'Dog and Pony' show that no PFC likes but is more willing when you believe the President is more like you than different; and has the common bond of basic training and military service. After all he signed the same blank check that says I'll give everything I have including my life for your freedom.

I would suspect that there was no prompting on the Commands part for the focus and intensity of either reception; just the natural grunt marine's view. It means a lot to those who have served to have high ranking politicians who are veterans come and visit them and talk to them. It is something quite different when high ranking politicians come and talk to them with a policy statement. It makes them a backdrop instead of the audience and they all know the difference.

It is also worth noting that even with the difference in the reception of the two Presidents, that in all respects the Marines are polite, and respectful. It would not serve the good order of the service to be anything less. But it does serve to show the difference of having a Comrade in Arms as the President and one that chose not to serve.

If you see it differently please comment. Thanks

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hmrjmr1 

      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      CJ The UCMJ prohibits military personnel from making public disparaging remarks about elected officials, but it can't make you like them.

    • cjv123 profile image

      Carol 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Oh there simply is NO comparison! When George Bush visited Ft. Benning, GA one time (he visited so many military bases so often, too many to count) my son happened to be in Air Bourne school. My son talks monotone on the phone - it's just the way he is - but when he called to tell us Mr. Bush not only was there but that he TALKED to him - he sounded like a little kid who just got ice-cream from the ice-cream truck. He described the guys with him and they were equally thrilled. There is nothing but contempt for the current President - I hear it from seasoned troops and military officers - quitely spoken in hushed whispers or private conversations. Mr. Obama is a disgrace and this video speaks VOLUMES! Thanks for the heads up! I'm so glad I saw this!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hmrjmr1 

      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      AIM- Except when he is bowing to foreign leaders! Which I think has even more to do with the reception, you can respect some one who has the gonads to think they are better than you, (proof comes in other ways) But there is no respect when you cow-tow to people your supposed to be equal or greater than. If you're gonna represent the US and it's Armed Forces (Marines in particular) You better stand tall and proud.

    • Army Infantry Mom profile image

      Army Infantry Mom 

      9 years ago

      Huge difference !!!! I have noticed Every piece of film I seen Obama on,..he has walked around with his nose up in the air, as if he is greater than all, perhaps that is why he is poorly recieved by the Greatest of Greatest,..our Troop's !!! Excellent Hub !!!!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hmrjmr1 

      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Keith - it is especially telling for those of us in Aviation who know he flew the F-102 probably the most dangerous Airframe ever produced for the American Military. You got to respect that.

      Tom - So right on all accounts

      Wealthmadehealthey - Glad you liked it

      Thanks to all for stopping by..

    • Wealthmadehealthy profile image

      Wealthmadehealthy 

      9 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      Farce is right Tom...and to Hmrjmr1....this is a wonderful hub....kudos to you!!! Many kudos sir....

    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 

      9 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Hmrjmr1,

      The difference is quite striking. You cant BS a Marine.

      Now how can we expect the CIA to do their jobs. Obama say lets move forward, Holder says lets prosecute. Who in hell is running this farce.

    • profile image

      Keith S 

      9 years ago

      I believe you are right. Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard. I think President Bush would have gotten a warmer response.

      People and the media use to bash Bush because of supposed string pulling to get in the air national guard.

      What they overlook is back in the days of Viet Nam it actually may have been easier to pull strings and not go at all, than to pull strings and try to get in a specific branch of the service.. I know that is what I learned prior to joining the Marines.

      I mean, I knew of guys who went to Canada, had false medical diagnosis made or even had ear drums ruptured to avoid serving.

      It would have been extremely easy for the son of a rich and politically connected politician to not serve at all. Take a look at Congress at that time and the small number of children of congressmen and senators who served.

      The air national guard is a strange way to avoid service. Bush still had to go through the training and through the danger of learning to fly and flying a jet fighter. That is something few if any of his critics would ever be able to do.

      I believe that veterans of all branches recognize those who stepped up and served and understand that once you step forward the winds of fate can blow anyone into harm's way.

      There was no guarantee (just as now) his national guard unit wouldn't be called up and shipped to the war.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)