Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Ronald Reagan held a Veteran's Day speech at the Vietnam Memorial.
GW Bush held a speech at the Memorial one year (2002) and held a speech at the Arlington Cemetery several years (2003, 2006, 2008), closing down both
for each appearance.
Obama has done nothing different than his predecessors, holding a ceremony nearly identical in nature to those of Reagan and Bush.
It's been a tradition for several administrations now that a president lays a wreath at the memorial on Veteran's Day (which ALWAYS results in the
public being shunned away).
So what exactly has got the crazies all worked up this time around? Obama doing the same thing as his predecessors or Obama not fitting in with your
prejudiced views of how and what a president should look like?
President Obama did not "hold a ceremony nearly identical in nature" to his predecessors. He gave a speech ... with the people not allowed anywhere
near him ... as usual. Thank you for your link; you made it easy to see that Reagan did give a Veteran's Day speech at the Wall. Did you happen to
notice all the people in the crowd just in front of him .... not held far away by a fence?
And i'll need you to help me out with the part about Bush. I'm no Bush fan but absolutely nothing turned up in a search for Bush closing either the
Wall nor the Cemetery when he gave speeches from those locations during those years. I'm not saying it didn't happen; i'm saying i can find
nothing in a search for it. So? Got any links to back up your claims?? I provided photographic evidence of my claim - the burden is upon you to do
Lastly, i am pretty danged certain
that the Admins put out a notice that there was to be no more race baiting on this site. So, unless
you can make a solid case of why YOU (and NO ONE else) brought his appearance into this issue, you, sir, are race baiting. Your pitiful tactic left
"trite" in the dust long ago. You might want to at least try
In my not so humble opinion (on this particular issue), those who pull the race card at any opportunity, particularly invented opportunities, are far
more 'crazy' than those who are offended at the idea of Veterans and their families traveling, in some cases, thousands of miles, to honor their
fallen ones ... and then not being allowed to do so.
You so sadly and obviously missed the point, so here it is: This Administration had the VietNam Memorial Wall shut off to Veterans and their families
for five to seven HOURS, depending upon which report you read, so Mr. President could make a speech that lasted 15 minutes
and get a few pics
taken. They could have made advance announcements that the Wall would be closed through many, many different opportunities - media, VFW, Am Legion,
VietNam Vet organizations, etc. They did not. It is known that the VietNam Vets make this annual pilgrimage ... and it's not like the President
just decided the night before, on the spur of the moment, to give his speech there. They just did not care if all those people came all those miles
to pay tribute to their loved ones.
I did find these:
See all the people NEAR the President: Swanson thanks Pres Bush
Well, i wasn't there but i'd have to say these faces don't look like they are receiving the admiration of the crowd, do they? From my POV, the
look on the face of Mrs. Biden could easily be taken as one of embarrassment. President and Mrs. Obama look downright angry and offended: