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And Now, Your Obligatory Presidential Memorial Day Speech

Posted on May 30, 2011

Here we have the commander in chief delivering solemn words at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. President Obama also took the opportunity to salute his outgoing defense secretary, Robert Gates, and Adm. Mike Mullen, who is leaving his post as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And Gary Sinise was there. (?!) Here’s what the president had to say to mark the occasion.  —KA

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By JDmysticDJ, June 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

Obama’s Memorial Day speech was obligatory. If the speech lacked passion one might ask why.

No politician can freely speak his mind, any politician that did so would be castigated and driven from office. The right-wing politicians that gaffe, are concealing what they really believe, and their gaffes aren’t seen as gaffes by them. What right wingers really believe in their hearts of hearts would bring out the pitchforks.

“…Obama only praises conservatives; never Dems or Liberals (unless they’re dead or dying)…”

In praising dead liberals Obama praises what they stood for.

Obama on Edward Kennedy:

“…Through his own suffering, Ted Kennedy became more alive to the plight and suffering of others—the sick child who could not see a doctor; the young soldier sent to battle without armor; the citizen denied her rights because of what she looks like or who she loves or where she comes from. The landmark laws that he championed—the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, immigration reform, children’s health care, the Family and Medical Leave Act—all have a running thread. Ted Kennedy’s life’s work was not to champion those with wealth or power or special connections. It was to give a voice to those who were not heard; to add a rung to the ladder of opportunity; to make real the dream of our founding. He was given the gift of time that his brothers were not, and he used that gift to touch as many lives and right as many wrongs as the years would allow…”

The fact that Obama’s Eulogy of Ted Kennedy was more than likely written by a speechwriter is not important, what’s important is that it was written by an Obama speechwriter.

McCain Praised Feingold, Obama praised Bush, Roosevelt Praised Mussolini, it’s a phony business, practiced by professional phonies, who are so for expedience in order to expedite their agendas. For the most part, they have to be judged by what they do, not by what they say, or don’t say. Obama, in the heat of passion, called the Wall Streeters “Fat Cats” while Bush, with a sly grin, called them his base.

Hate is a strong word, but far too demonized and associated with reprobation. I hate, I hate the Right and all they stand for, I also hate Obama’s Foreign Policies and National Security Policies. I hate war, and I hate the consequences of war. I hate those who seek to glorify war, promote war, rush to war, prolong war, and those who promote militarism, but hating and demonizing Obama will not serve to remove the horrors of war or end the wars, hating and demonizing Obama will only serve the interests of the most warlike, and lead to other wars or prolong the existing wars.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer.  I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.”

This paragraph from Obama’s Memorial Day speech is hateful hypocrisy, but it does include a call to prayer for “permanent peace.”

Sometimes there are no good choices, only best choices. Those who reject the lesser of evils serve to make the greater evil dominant. The nihilistic Left hastens the shift to the right in thought and deed, their nihilism infects the Left, spreads ever further to the Right, moves the Center to the Right, and facilitates the most dogmatic and dangerous of the Right.

Misery loves company. There is much to be miserable about, but what will a large company of Obama haters accomplish?

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By faith, June 2, 2011 at 8:57 am Link to this comment

Gerard, well said.  Well said.

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By gerard, May 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

The pretense that war is honorable is a time-worn hypocrisy. To sacrifice live bodies and turn them into dead bodies is sacrilege.  The deepest sorrow lies in the fact that we all know in our heart of hearts that every killing is dishonorable, cruel—and avoidable. 

The charade that supports wars dissolves in bitter tears when truth is admitted. Gold stars melt in the
heat of unspoken anger.  A cemetery filled with flag-draped corpses is a sacred testimony to massive human stubbornness, stupidity,greed and self-deceit.

The only solemn duty I know is to speak this truth—in memorium, and for the sake of possible tomorrows.

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By RedwoodGuy, May 31, 2011 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

I can’t stand listening to Obama speeches of any kind, on any occasion. Forgetting the politics of it, it is cloyingly false and hollow sounding. Personally, I’ve never understood or appreciated the tag “great orator” as applied to Obama. I’m as left as they come, but I’d far rather listen to Ronald Reagan speak than Obama. He at least had a degree of sincerity. One could say, “poor bastard, he actually believes that crap.” With Obama, you know he doesn’t believe anything in particular. I can’t think of a more passionless president.

I don’t know how anyone of any political view can trust people who have zero beliefs, zero passions, zero convictions. To me, this is what the term “empty suit” really was intended to convey. He is “occupying the position” of POTUS, in order for various processes to operate behind him. He is a disturbing character. Fortunately, I don’t invest any importance in him, and I don’t allow myself to feel impacted by his actions.

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By Jimmy, May 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment
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Considering his outspoken support for soldiers and causes created around them, Gary Sinise is not as odd as you might think.  Plus, Sinise is a well known Reagan-loving conservative and President Obama only praises conservatives; never Dems or Liberals (unless they’re dead or dying).

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