***Note the update below***
Assigned Reading: Obama Bans the Commonfolk from Normandy
(FROM: Breitbart’s Big Hollywood Blog)
While at Wal-Mart this past weekend, I spotted a World War II vet a few spots behind me in the crowded line. All he had on him? A package of decaf Folgers. I made sure he got through with us, and didn’t have to pay for the coffee. He protested a little bit and offered to hand me the five dollars but, noting his hat, I told him that he had done more than enough for my wife, daughter and I.
I had a few minutes to speak with him and, while it was not nearly enough, I understood that he had been in the Pacific theater. And while this particular man was certainly sprightly considering his age, on the drive home I could not help but think about how many of our WWII veterans are leaving us with each passing day.
Then, I see this article. Now, I will say that it is NOT sourced but, if true, this administration has sunk to a new low. The most telling part of the piece, to me, was a certain anecdote and comparison with former President George W. Bush:
The 65th Anniversary of D-Day is fast approaching. Barack Obama will attend the events on June 6th as George Bush did in 2004 for the sixtieth memorial service. Here is the rub, as of now Obama’s State Department has asked (read demanded) the French government not allow tour guide services to operate that day. It is a big day for Normandy tourism. Yet, the king will not allow those not connected with government to enjoy the day. Obama is very important you know. This is an unprecedented request. I hope the French come to their senses and deny it.
Compare that with 2004. Security was tight as President Bush and other world leaders were in attendance, but the event was still open to all. A friend relayed the story of waiting in line to use a port-a-potty (a French port-a-potty no doubt, yuck, believe me.) She looks to her left and who he is in the next line waiting patiently? President Bush. Sure he had Secret Service nearby, but he waited like everyone else.
Contrast that with Team Obama not even allowing regular people near Colleville-Sur-Mer that day. A shame indeed. Especially as the last of our WW II vets are expiring.
To borrow a comment from an acquaintance of mine, a man certainly smarter than myself:
“He’s not fit to walk on the dirt those men are buried in. If he goes, he should have to come ashore under the same conditions my father did. I’ve been there. I’ve walked Utah and Omaha. I crawled under the fence and set with my legs dangling over the edge at Point du Hoc. That this embarrassment and disgrace would go, and make demands for his own comfort and safety, pisses me off.”
I couldn’t agree more. This speaks volume for the president’s disdain for the military, ambivalence toward our freedom, and ignorance of the sacrifice needed to allow our nation to provide, for a man such as himself, the opportunity to sit in the office which he now desecrates and govern the very country he may very well destroy.
Note the following, from the Breitbart site:
UPDATE and CORRECTION: Barack Obama deciding to come to Normandy at the last minute, after his return from Egypt, has forced public tour companies to cancel their bookings for June 6th without warning. My original source blamed this on the US State Department when in fact it was the French government itself that made this decision.
I have learned from a follow-up source, that while it is unprecedented for the late notice, this would have most likely been the protocol in any case.
A bit less scandalous than first reported.
So, my apologies to the president (as if he reads this Web site, anyway!), and my apologies to all of you for following a source without knowing for sure. It’s not something I do often here, if at all, so that’s the reason I made specific note of my misgivings. Nevertheless, it certainly says something about President Obama’s character when such a slight would not seem out of character, and as the American president, his attendance at Normandy for the 65th anniversary of D-Day should not have been any sort of afterthought.