Obama Snubs Wishes of Seal Team Families

August 10, 2011

The Drudge Report link stated nothing more than “White House photo sparks protest……” with the photo posted at left. As a daily devotee of Drudge links and stories I  clicked on the link to see just how “sparking with protest” this photo could be.

The link was to Yahoo News and an Associated Press story telling how that even though the Pentagon had respected family wishes regarding no photographs at Dover Air Force Base when the remains of those killed in an Afghanistan helicopter shoot down were being returned, the White House evidently felt it didn’t have to abide by the same rules.

It evidently felt so strongly about the fact that it was above the family wishes that it made sure a White House photographer accompanied the President and took the shot seen on this post.

As if it’s not bad enough that the White House would release a photo when families specifically said NO, they (OBAMA) went one step farther and actually made the “doesn’t even know how to correctly salute” silhouette photo of Obama the “photo of the day” on the White House web-site.

But what is truly amazing is the response to the story in the comments thread.  I’ve been following political comment threads since they first came on the internet and I have never seen one so absolutely one sided against a sitting President.

Yahoo is not some “faux news”, “talk radio”, “corporate right wing” outlet. Yet the comments were overwhelmingly, one after another critical of Obama and his insensitivity to the grieving families in favor of his own narcissism and re-election bid. If the amount of vitriol and outright disgust for what the White House (Obama) did is any indication of his chances of his re-eleciton, I’d say the odds are pretty much between “slim” and “none”.

Perhaps by the time this is posted the White House “rapid response” team will have peppered a few positives in defense of Dear Leader but look at the time stamps and you will see the truth. The truth of the outrage that poured out on those comment pages that a sitting President of the United States could be so consumed with himself that he would completely disregard the wishes of the families of the fallen in favor of the all more important photo op.

Combine the above with the revelation in Maureen Dowd’s latest column that the producers of an October 2012 movie of the killing of Osama bin Laden were given White House access for their movie and you have a President who truly seems to care not a tinker’s damn about the men and women who give the ultimate sacrifice to keep this nation safe but who cares only about how he will be perceived come the fall of 2012.

Read the comments for yourself here.

When you’re done reading the comments, ask yourself but one question………can November 2012 come soon enough?

And in addition, ask yourself how anyone who could still defend this demagogue and his behavior have the gall to call themselves, American.



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3 Responses to Obama Snubs Wishes of Seal Team Families

  1. anson burlingame on August 11, 2011 at 8:23 am


    this is the first I have heard or seen of this matter, photo op when remains of dead SEALS were returned, I assume from last Sunday’s downing of the helocopter. Frankly, I am ambivalent. The photo shows no remains, caskets, etc and I assume none of the families. It looks like it could have been taken in just about any “hanger” anywhere.

    Also the fact that the President attended the return of the remains seems appropriate. Not often does a President do such.

    Do did he attend the ceremony out of respect for the men killed and their mission or did he do so for political points becomes the question.

    I saw Obama when he came to Joplin. I gave him credit for doing so, based on direct observation of his style, demeanor and words spoken. He showed that he cared. I continue to give him credit for the same sentiments in this case and thus will join a group of ranting anger.

    Terrible leader, yes. Good politician, yes. Does he care for suffering and great loss, yes, in my view.


  2. anson burlingame on August 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Missed typed the above. I will NOT join such groups.


  3. Geoff on August 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

    My problem is the families requested no photo’s and everyone BUT Obama honored that request. The Pentagon allowed absolutely no photographers and sources are quoted as saying they were quite surprised and shocked that a White House photographer was allowed to ignore all those wishes. Click on the link and read the full story and then scroll down to the comments. The thread has grown by over 300 since I first saw it last night and the overwhelming majority of comments are absolutely livid that he (Obama) would use such a solemn event for the White House “Photo of the Day”.


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