Earlier, this week, Barack Obama cancelled plans to visit wounded soldiers who were stationed in Germany, opting instead to “tour around a little bit.” As if it wasn’t enough that he was spending time campaigning in Europe, a continent that does not encompass the United States, he also managed to shun the people who have and still do fight for his right to freely campaign for President in the first place. Obama’s campaign issued a defense for this decision, but it is hard to believe, considering that he also treated U.S. troops in Afghanistan poorly while on Congressional Delegation.
As described by “Captain J” in Bagram, Afghanistan:
As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand, he blew them off and didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.
So really he was just here to make a showing for the Americans back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.
And this guy wants to be Commander-In-Chief?!
In 1864, while fighting for the Union, Brigadier General Rutherford B. Hayes, later our 19th President, was nominated to represent the Cincinnati area in Congress. When asked to campaign for himself, Hayes, whose Civil War record included a severely wounded arm, three other minor injuries, and four horses shot out from under him, replied “An officer fit for duty who at this crisis would abandon his post to electioneer for a seat in Congress ought to be scalped.” In short, Hayes knew what he had to do, and he did not abandon his troops or country in order to better a personal campaign for office. He focused on United States and its task at hand.
Other theme-of-the-week war hero Presidents also knew how to focus:
- George Washington commanded the Continental Army for seven years after the issuance of the Declaration of Independence, even though he initially said, “with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the Command I [am] honored with.”
- James Monroe instituted the Monroe Doctrine, intended to keep undue European influence out of American affairs
- Andrew Jackson won the Battle of New Orleans in 1812, taking an otherwise even-handed war and turning into the springboard for pro-national, instead of pro-state, sentiment
- Zachary Taylor pushed for war, instead of diplomacy, against Mexico in 1846 after American troops were killed by Mexican troops
- U.S. Grant, who feinted at the sight of blood, defeated Robert E. Lee to win the Civil War for the Union
- Teddy Roosevelt purchased land so Americans could build and use the Panama Canal; he also expanded the Monroe Doctrine to establish the United States as the guardian of the Western Hemisphere
- Harry Truman ended World War Two by deciding to drop nuclear bombs on an otherwise not submissive enemy
- Dwight Eisenhower led D-Day, turning the tide of the land battles in World War Two Europe
My Point: War heroes may not make the best Presidents, and not every President can be a war hero. But if you ever want to find out how to really “Put America First”, taking a quick glance at the war hero Presidents should be enough. America First ideology does not mean we have to fight everyone else (nor does it force isolationism), but to ignore those who have fought for America First is unacceptable.
Oh, by the way, Hayes won that election anyway. And did I mention that John McCain is a war hero?
DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP
Recent items about other War Hero Presidents at Commodore Perry