President Obama is leading the country in two wars – three if you count the global war on terror – so you’d think he would be pretty focused on military matters. But not enough, apparently, to remember one of the bloodiest and most heroic days in U.S. military history.
Yesterday of course was the 66th anniversary of D-Day, when U.S., British, and Canadian troops trudged gallantly onto beaches of Normandy under remorseless German fire – perhaps even more intense than that incurred by Secretary of State Clinton from Serb snipers in Bosnia.
But there was not a mention of the day by Obama; not even a press release or an eek on the White House blog.
Instead of commemorating June 6, the president PRETENDED it was July 4, heading over to Ford’s Theater to witness a performance, titled “America Celebrates July 4th at Ford’s Theatre.” The event was taped for broadcast to air, oddly, on July 2 on ABC.
“After all, it was exactly 234 years ago that a group of patriots — farmers and merchants, lawyers, physicians — pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to an improbable experiment called America,” Obama said.
Perhaps Obama had Special Military Day fatigue, having had his Memorial Day speech washed out in Illinois. He was then forced to deliver the remarks that night to a hastily assembled group of sleepy soldiers in the “tactical fitness center” at Andrews Air Force Base.
Now, we’d be more forgiving if the president was averse to commemorating military anniversaries. But he’s clearly not. On March 14, Obama marked the 162nd anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution. He even got a day ahead of it.
“I send my warmest wishes to all those that will celebrate the anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution tomorrow,” he said.
To be fair, this may not be perfect evidence that he likes to mark hallowed days in military history. It’s possible his enthusiasm for heroic Magyars may have stemmed from the fact that the state with the most ethnic Hungarians is, BY FAR, Ohio – presidential battleground state supreme?
Bush most years also failed to mark D-Day. It’s an important day that should not be overlooked, by him or Obama.
But if you’re going to congratulate the brave Hungarian revolutionaries, it kind of behooves you to mention the warriors of D-Day.