I am so angry right now I really shouldn’t be typing. TheBoyPresident™ finally and irrevocably crossed the line for me. I hate the bastard. Marxism I can deal with. What he did at Dover Air Force Base I refuse to deal with.
Some background. Dover AFB is the site of the US Military mortuary. It’s the first stop for members of the military who’ve given all. It’s at Dover that final preparations are made for burial before that soldier, sailor, airman or Marine is finally shipped home to their grieving family members. I have some experience, thankfully not personal, with this. My oldest son Josh was a Marine with 2nd Btn 4th Marines and in 2003 his unit experienced the highest casualty rate of any unit in Iraq in Al Anbar. I knew some of the families who lost sons. It was, and still is, personal. HBO did a magnificent job of documenting the final journey home of one young Marine with their movie Taking Chance, here’s a trailer…
The full movie is available for free download at a number of sites, and since it’s also available for purchase I won’t link the sites but they’re not hard to find if you try.
The bottom line here is that the sacrifice made by members of our military, and their families, is treated with an incredible degree of respect by the military – and individually by every man and woman who wears a uniform – from the time of death on the battlefield or in a military hospital through every step of their homecoming and burial.
I’ve commented on this before at some length and it’s worthwhile to mention again here. George Bush would routinely reach out to families of the military who had had members killed in action. I personally know of families who received a call from the White House and who were brought to locations where the President was visiting on other business to meet with him. There was no fanfare. The families were taken to a large area and were briefed before the President’s arrival so they would know what to expect and that “the President is on a tight schedule and while he wants to spend time with each of you, he needs to leave at ‘X’…” In every instance, President Bush would come into the room, make a few short remarks and then meet with families. In every instance he would talk to individual family members about anything they wanted to talk about, he never rushed them and he stayed until the families suggested he should talk to someone else. There was always a White House photographer present to take pictures that were made available ONLY to the families. Repeat, O.N.L.Y. the families. The press was NEVER present. There was NEVER an announcement from the White House that the President was meeting with the families of the fallen nor were they ever recognized publicly at the event. Their privacy, and their loss, was always respected.
Which brings me to the self-serving bastard who occupies the White House today. He went to Dover. One might think it was to pay respect to the fallen coming home. Wrong. It was for a G*d damn photo op. He took the White House Press Corps with him and made his visit about him.
Liz Cheney commented about his visit, and his decision making about Afghanistan, in the video below.
Thank you Liz.
And Mr. President, posting rules prevent me from noting my real opinion of you, but you really do need to learn how to act around people who are your betters. You make Jimmy Carter look like a statesman.