Sunday, September 28, 2008

Obama's Bracelet

If this is true, this is an amazingly bone-headed thing for Obama to have done.

UPDATE: More here from ABC's Jake Tapper. Apparently, it IS true.

After giving Obama the bracelet, the soldier's mother asked Obama not to wear it or use his name in campaign events. Asked after the debate, the mother claimed to be "ecstatic" that Obama, against her stated wishes, did it anyway. The soldier's father, a reservist, is less pleased.

Even with the mother bailing him out, pretty bone-headed.


Blogger Fatboy said...

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September 29, 2008 at 12:12 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

1. Fatboy may think McCain and Bush are "disgraceful" but the families of the fallen soldier and police officer raised no complaints and were more than likely honored by the recognition of their loved one's sacrifice.

2. Of course, Obama was trying to neutralize McCain's emotional argument with an emotional argument of his own. The difference here being, McCain presumably had the tacit or explicit permission of the parents to recognize their son, and Obama had the explicit denial of permission and did so anyway to score a debating point.

3. To Fatboy, McCain "sounds" phony whenever he "brings up the bracelet." You have to wonder if there is anything McCain might say that WOULDN'T sound phony to Fatboy's ears. In any case, McCain has served in the armed forces, has sacrificed his freedom and his body for his country. There is nothing phony about that. And he has the admiration of his fellow vets and many current serving members of the military.

4. The idea that Republicans resort to emotionalism and Democrats do not is patently absurd. Both sides do it with abandon. Let's not be silly.

5. "Wars stop when the people decide the sacrifice is not worth more war."

No, they stop when one side wins and the other loses. For years the anti-war left has been arguing for America to surrender in Iraq. McCain argued against it. Obama argued for it.

McCain has often said he would rather lose and election than lose a war. Obama, not so much.

September 29, 2008 at 7:48 AM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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September 29, 2008 at 12:24 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Another classy remark from Diano/Fatboy.

The father of a dead soldier has no right to express his opinion of how his dead son's memory is used in a political campaign. And it is perfectly acceptable for Obama to ignore the expressed wishes of the mother if it helps him score a debating point.

On top of that, the divorced couple gets to be ridiculed for their inability to make a success of their marriage.

Yes, classy.

There are some people like Diano/Fatboy who don't believe the Civil War was worth fighting because the price was too high.

Same with WWII.

History disagrees.

September 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM 

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