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Obama Tears Up Awarding 6 Slain Newtown teachers with Presidential Citizens Medal

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posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:09 AM
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Obama Awards 6 Slain Newtown teachers with Presidential Citizens Medal


www.norwichbulletin.com

President Barack Obama is honoring the six educators killed in the Newtown school shooting with the nation's second-highest civilian honor.

The American Federation of Teachers, which represents Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers, said the six will be posthumously awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal on Friday during a White House ceremony.

The six to be honored include Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto.
(visit the link for the full news article)


Obama Tears Up At Citizens Medal Ceremony Featuring Sandy Hook Educators
From the Huffington Post: Click for Video of Obama Tearing up at the Event




President Barack Obama teared up during a White House ceremony honoring the teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. Obama posthumously awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal to the six educators who died during the school shooting that also claimed the lives of 20 children.



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posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:09 AM
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In examining the list of past Presidential Citizens Medal recipients (see Wikipedia link in the above post), something about this screams politicizing and exploiting a tragedy. Why did the children get snubbed from this award considering the teachers awarded are deceased. So if you get killed while doing your job you are bestowed the second highest civilian award in the United States?

For background, the award recognizes individuals "who [have] performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens." The award is only eligible to United States citizens, and may be awarded posthumously.

I am sorry if I do not sound compassionate; believe me I am sorry these people were killed but I just feel like their memories are being exploited in a Weekend at Bernie's-like way...

For reference: While I didn't vote for either major Presidential candidate, my believes are closer to Obama's than they are to Romney's. I mention this because I do not want this to be an Obama bashing thread, but an actual discussion of how people feel about today's awards

www.norwichbulletin.com
(visit the link for the full news article)
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posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:12 AM
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Since Obama continues to classify the Fort Hood terrorist attack by an extremist Muslim as nothing more than 'workplace violence', then I think that those who got shot at Fort Hood should receive these 'Presidential Citizens Medals' as well. Afterall, those soldiers were citizens too ....



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:15 AM
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Honestly, I think that if you look at the criteria for the Presidential Citizens Medal that the Fort Hood victims would better meet the criteria. Would you agree?



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:20 AM
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Of course its political, that's part of the Presidents job, to help the nation heal after a tragedy.

Giving out this award lets the families know that our government recognizes what happens and is aware of the sacrifice these people made.

Whether they actually did anything to earn it is beside the point. Its a gesture to help the healing process.



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:27 AM
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I understand what you are saying, but I keep thinking back to the Fall of 2012 when politicians from both parties who voiced questions, concerns and outrage about Benghazi (the first time since 1979 that a US Ambassador was killed in the line of duty in Benghazi) were vilified for politicizing a tragedy.



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:31 AM
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For reference, here is the latest News Coverage about the Award Ceremony that just concluded:

Obama presents medals for slain Sandy Hook educators
Danbury News Times


Obama honors six educators killed in Newtown massacre
Reuters


Obama recognizes Newtown victims with Presidential Citizens Medal
Washington Post



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:35 AM
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Simple answer.

Benghazi happened overseas in a hostile area with a government employee.

This happened at a school with children. Putting aside all relevant issues, one tugs at the heartstrings more than the other does.

May not be right but it is the way it is.



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:38 AM
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So Obama teard up did he?
I wonder if he borrowed the vapo rub from Glen Beck?

side note:
as I understand it the fort hood survivors are trying to get reclassified as battlefield casualties not workplace casualties so they can get proper VA treatment and better pensions?

my IMHO is false flag vics like first responders, don't do so good in the system...
I'm surprised they aren't all nofly.



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:41 AM
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Why not award the children like he awarded the educators?
Why not award every child here in Chicago who is senselessly murdered?

Other than get killed, what did the educators do to earn the second highest civilian award in the United States?



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:45 AM
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Originally posted by NickDC202
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Why not award the children like he awarded the educators?
Why not award every child here in Chicago who is senselessly murdered?

Other than get killed, what did the educators do to earn the second highest civilian award in the United States?


Because the media attention wouldn't be there...there isn't enough political capital to gain from it.

He's an opportunistic egomaniac. This tragedy has been the launch pad for his 2nd amendment attack. He's going to milk it for all its worth. It's sad that the families of the slain are being used in such a way.



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:47 AM
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what he said

"You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
Read more at www.brainyquote.com... Obama admin, Rob Emmanul the new mayor of Obama's gangsta hood, Chicago..


Eric Holder "Brainwash People" about Guns .

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posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:48 AM
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Originally posted by NickDC202
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Why not award the children like he awarded the educators?
Why not award every child here in Chicago who is senselessly murdered?

Other than get killed, what did the educators do to earn the second highest civilian award in the United States?


Maybe they were trying to do what other adults were but didn't have the opportunity because they were shot. From your source:


Four Newtown school representatives will be on hand for the event.

They include Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers; Joanne Didonato, secretary to Hochsprung, Sandy Hook's principal; Kris Feda, a teacher credited with moving students and staff to the firehouse; and Rick Thorne, a Sandy Hook custodian credited with clearing hallways during the Dec. 14 shooting.



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:50 AM
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Originally posted by seabag
Because the media attention wouldn't be there...there isn't enough political capital to gain from it.

He's an opportunistic egomaniac. This tragedy has been the launch pad for his 2nd amendment attack. He's going to milk it for all its worth. It's sad that the families of the slain are being used in such a way.


Kinda like what people here are doing in reverse? If he had done nothing about this then the same people that are bashing him for this would then call him a "heartless bastard" and we all know it.



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:52 AM
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A good actor can always cry on queue.



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 11:57 AM
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well, lets see what he does for less usefull victims



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 12:03 PM
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I read the list of people "on hand for the event". You understand that the individuals that were "on hand" whose efforts the day of the massacre the article notes who moved children from the school were NOT recognized with the Presidential Citizens Medal. So I'm not understanding how that example shows the individuals honored met the awards criteria?!?!?!



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 12:05 PM
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Originally posted by intrepid

Kinda like what people here are doing in reverse? If he had done nothing about this then the same people that are bashing him for this would then call him a "heartless bastard" and we all know it.


Again, in my original posts I URGED that people do NOT make this political. As a super moderator I would have thought you might have taken the time to note that....
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posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 12:07 PM
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Originally posted by NickDC202
Again, in my original posts I URGED that people do NOT make this political. As a super moderator I would have thought you might have taken the time to note that....


As a "long term member" I know how the board works. Nice honey pot but you know what this thread is going to turn into. We already have off topic stuff to discredit Obama. You HAD to know that was going to happen. It's all over the board.



posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 12:08 PM
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Again I urge you and others to take your love or hate for either party out of this thread and use logic and evidence.

So if you hate the President, pretend like a President you love did this.
If you love the President, think about how would you feel about this if a President you didn't enjoy did this.

I am very NON-political and nothing disgusts me more than hate drivel from either the left or the right.



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