“See, what you all need to know about the President you helped to elect is that when it comes to the people he meets, Barack has a memory like a steel trap. He has a gift in that way, able to retain information, know more than those who are briefing him, asking critical questions, because all of those wins and losses are not wins and losses for him [but] they are wins and losses for the folks whose stories he carries with him, the folks that he worries about and prays about before he goes to bed at night”
-First Lady, Michelle Obama at a sold-out breakfast fund-raiser at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, Calif., on June 14
But that’s not the sad quote of the day (Well….at least up until today, it wasn’t).
“First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”
–Remarks of the President to Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York
BlackFive points out that there is just one terrible problem with this: Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta is in fact the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since Vietnam.
Following his brief remarks, Obama stopped to talk one-on-one with the soldiers. He told them to be “at ease” while he took his time working the room, but those orders from the commander in chief did little to spark any chatter among the troops.
The ironic part of the speech, and this comes after the announcement of the politically pressured drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, was Obama’s closing remark, “Know that your Commander-in-Chief has your back.”
It shouldn’t take a teleprompter for the C-in-C to get it right.
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.