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SPEAKER: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
OBAMA: Please, everybody, have a seat. Let me first of all just thank Ken and the entire Department of the Interior staff for organizing just an extraordinary conference.
I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow (ph) was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It's good to see you.
Ah, the dangers of giving shout outs without a teleprompter. Crow is not a Medal of Honor recipient. As noted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:
Crow's name is not included on the Society's Medal of Honor recipient list. He was, however, awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in August.
Obama, often described as "cerebral" by the mainstream media, should know the difference between the Medal of Honor and the Medal of Freedom, especially since he personally awarded the latter to Crow. Don't expect his blunder to receive wide coverage. It's not something he can blame George Bush for.
Originally posted by vor78
I thought the whole episode was really in bad taste, considering the gravity of the situation.
Originally posted by kick Flip
reply to post by jibeho
I would really like to see you up there.... I mean i'm not much of an Obama person but when you have 300 million plus people watching you, i'm pretty sure you'd make a few blunder's as well.
Originally posted by MissysWorld
Maybe you should step into the shoes of the loved ones at home, gathered around the tv waiting for word on thier son or daughter..Instead they got 3 min. of "Shout outs" and jokes from our leader of "Change"
Originally posted by vor78
If you can't understand why some might find it at least a little distasteful that the president of the United States is smiling and giving a 'shout out' two minutes before discussing a national tragedy, then its probably something I can't explain.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Oh! OK. I see what you're saying. But look. Your video clip was at the Department of the Interior. He was there to speak at the Tribal Nations Conference. He gave the opening and closing statements. He just heard about the shooting and announced his feelings on it there. This was NOT a press conference for the shooting despite what FOX news splayed across their screen. Notice the flags in the background. But if y'all need something else to be outraged at him about, carry on.
[edit on 6-11-2009 by Benevolent Heretic]