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Obama Fails to Commemorate D-Day

by Keith Koffler on June 7, 2010, 1:27 pm

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.

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Ellsworth June 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

If you wondered before, now you know.

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Matt Orley June 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Ya, I am from Ohio, yes, I have some Hungarian relatives, but HA! on the Magyars…. Either this president is a putz, or, no…. that must be it.

After seeing his other musical events this past week, all I could think to compare the president to is Nero- fiddling while Rome burned…

Alas, I think the Romans only got to the edge of what is now Budapest, Hungary….

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astralweeks June 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Of course he didn’t waste time on a bunch of dead soldiers, Kelly Clarkson was at the the WH—-KELLY CLARKSON!!!!!

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Jerrel Hawkins June 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Why would a Socialist want to celebrate Liberty and Freedom? This man hates America and what it stands for! He IS A SOCIALIST and his only desire is to destroy this Nation so he can make it what he thinks it should be, a Government controlled and run State. Get Chairman Maobama out of office!!!!!

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LJ84 June 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Forget about D-day, forget about the gulf oil spill, forget about the economy, forget about Afghanistan and Iraq…Just keep golfing and partying while the nation circles the drain. Nice hard working president we have here.

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George June 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

First of all, Obama is not leading us in ANY wars! He is just a puppet figure with no backbone and a pair of teleprompters that tell him what to say. This clown of a community organizer is a complete and total embarrassment to OUR country! He is such a loser! Remember during the election when whifty michelle said “for the first time I am proud of my country”? Well, No mention of the D-Day event just proves that both of them really feel this way.

Down with NObama in 2012!

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Pragmatic June 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

This man is so anti american that is shows in everything he says a does. He and the est of these damocrats are ruining this country to the point it can’t be saved. Throw all the bums out on their asses.

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joeBlow June 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Couldn’t say it any better – Obummer is transparently spineless, divisive, and nothing he does is done so for any reason other than calculated political gain. Not to mention the complete lack of respect he has for the history and values that created the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. Actions speak louder than words, and I for one, am sick of hollow meaningless speeches filled with cliches and empty promises.

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Joe June 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Dear Keith,

You neglected to mention the Canadians who landed on the shores of Normandy on June 6. Just pointing this out, not a dig on you. It’s so abundently clear to even the most casual of observers that Mr. Obama has no sense of pride in our nations millitary. He was raised to think that the United States is the source of the worlds trouble. One only needs to read up on who he associated himself with, who his mentors were, and to coule that info with his deeds, to realize this is the case. God Bless all those who gave their best on June 6 1944.

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Steve Stiffler June 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Please do tell us how Bush spent each of the eight D-Day anniversaries during his presidency so we can make meaningful conclusions about the relative patriotism and love of the military of the two presidents, and confirm our suspicions that Obama is a Kenyan-born, socialist, Muslim, Ivy-league elitist, America-hater, who pals around with terrorists and who isn’t even a good bowler.

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BeanTown June 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

YES>>>> Down with NObama in 2012!

In other words —- OBAMA 2012!!! Yes!

GOP = Grammar fail

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Dirk Diggler June 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Obama delivered speech at Normandy for D-Day 65th anniversary in 2009. President Obama traveled to Normandy for a June 6, 2009 ceremony honoring the 65th anniversary of D-Day. He delivered a speech honoring the troops, saying in part, that victory “came down to the men who landed here – those who now rest in this place for eternity, and those who are with us today. Perhaps more than any other reason, you, the veterans of that landing, are why we still remember what happened on D-Day. You are why we come back.”

Bush administration commemorated D-Day in 2001 and 2004, but spent others in meetings and at least one concert. White House archives of June 6 for each year President Bush was in office only show Bush commemorating D-Day in 2001 and 2004. In 2001, Bush dedicated a D-Day memorial in Virginia, and in 2004, he went to Normandy to mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day. There are no “news” references to D-Day in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, or 2008.

On 2005 D-Day anniversary, Bush hosted a concert celebrating Black Music Month and did not recognize the holiday. While Hoft and Fox criticized Obama for attending a “party” instead of recognizing the anniversary of D-Day, on June 6, 2005, Bush held a concert at the White House celebrating Black Music Month. According to the White House archives, Bush also did not commemorate the D-Day anniversary.

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Jeanne June 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm

My heart is breaking watching this narccist destroy a country that took hundreds of years to create. How dare he.

Isn’t there and underground bunker we could store him in until 2012?

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Kenny June 7, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Obama’s long list of priorities during oil spill… Golf, parties, vacations.
http://politipage.com/2010/05/28/obamas-days/

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Johnny Johnson June 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Why am I not surprised.

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Olymon June 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

We have a president that has sealed all records proving his basic qualifications for the job while bowing to foreign leaders and leading the government take over of the economy. The Declaration of Independence will need to be reasserted once again by the people or we will become another footnote in history. Hopefully there are enough knowledgeable Americans to realize this.

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Aaron D June 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

@ Steve Stiffler

What does Bush have to do with anything. If he did the same he was wrong as well. I’m so tired of all the Bush crap.

News Flash – If you hate Obama it doesn’t mean you were in love with Bush!!!

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Jose A. Villa June 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Once again the Marxist weasel,Obama,ignores the sacrifices made to attain our freedom and American way of life.His actions indicate that he hates America .D-Day was a battle that costed many lives and led to the winning of WWII.Obama was absent at Arlington,for Memorial day and failed to honor D-Day.This weasel has got to be the WORST president this country has ever had.What a Piece of gargage!

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lukuj June 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm

The President’s choice of music over D day says it all. He doesn’t really value the sacrificed made to keep this country and others free, perhaps because he would rather that we were a socialist country. If nothing else, his choices show his immaturity and that he is oblivious of the meaning of D Day to our country and others. Once again I am embarrassed that he is our president.

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loserindahouse June 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

just when u least expect it……

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Tagudinian June 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I am sure Mr Obama would attend if it was a Kenyan holiday or a Chicago Thug holiday. D-Day you say? It is meaningless to a person who is very un-American in every way, in everything he does, in everything he says (he tells lies) and in every apology he has issued to the sheiks, emperors, and other satraps. What can you expect from an ACORN lawyer? From a community organizer?

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g June 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

What do you expect from someone whose earliest formative years were spent in a madrasa chanting ali akbar, and whose early adult years were spent listening to anti-semetic, anti-american hate speech from the bigoted rev jerimiah wright. The founding fathers are crying.

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Ellie Lightt June 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Forget about D-day, forget about the gulf oil spill, forget about the economy, forget about Afghanistan and Iraq…Just keep golfing and partying while the nation circles the drain. Nice hard working president we have here.

After seeing his other musical events this past week, all I could think to compare the president to is Nero- fiddling while Rome burned…

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Paul G June 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

How can it be that the President of the United States could so hate his country and its history as much as this man clearly does. To congratulate the Hungarians, but fail to recognize the incredible sacrifices of American soldiers on D-Day is beyond reprehensible. This man cannot be re-elected

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LJ84 June 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I love those who keep comparing him to Bush…If my memory serves me right Obama was elected on the promise of Hope…and…oh gee what was the other thing? Oh yeah! I remember now…CHANGE.

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Lee Cassingham June 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

“Yesterday of course was the 66th anniversary of D-Day, when U.S. and British troops trudged gallantly onto beaches of Normandy under remorseless German fire”

Let’s get our history right… the Canadian I Corps stormed Juno Beach during the invasion… America, Great Britian and Canada were united in the cause of freedom and paid the price in blood… Never Forget…

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Keith Koffler June 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Sorry. Updating it.

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tim June 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Ummmm…you need to learn your history. Yes, the US and UK each had two beaches at Normandy…but Canada also had one. Don’t forget the Canucks!

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Keith Koffler June 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I’m adding in the Canucks, who are also out superiors at hockey – this year.

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Gloria June 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I am not suprised by this at all. He hates everything that the people that fought on that day stood for.

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Cy June 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm

While Bush marked D-Day twice in his 2 term, he did celebrate a Black Music Month with a concert at the White House on D-Day. But the point of the matter, no one questioned Bush patriotism and love for this country. No one questioned Bush how he kept this country safe. On the other hand, we don’t know where Obama stands.

Don’t let the libtards point out of Bush forgetting D-Day because Obama forgot to marked the day on June 6. The comparison is just stupid. We are not questioning who remember or forgot D-Day. We are questioning the Patriotism of Obama.

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4 Star June 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I remember when CNN and ABC would put the pictures of our fallen men on their news broadcasts each night. Not anymore. I guess sacrifice is only important when it’s a republican president at war and soldiers are dying. What have we turned into?

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Ted June 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

This president is so clueless. He has to hate the military. He won’t go to Arlington cemetary on Memorial Day. He doesn’t mention anything on D-Day, the most important battle of WWII.

He never led anything, not as a State Senator, U.S. Senator for a few months before he was elected President by some nitwits who thought he was “cool”. Others think he is so “cerebral\smart”. I doubt that based on the leadership he is showing in the oil spill.

Notice the new poll, more think he is doing a worse job that George Bush for Katrina. That is getting very bad for BO and the Dems for the mid term elections this fall.

This guy has all kinds of music people show up, sports teams show up, and then he disses Benjamin Netanyahu when he was last here for a visit.

This guy’s skills, as so may people praised during the election, are sorely overstated, as we are now seeing.

I think BO is a 1 termer, no matter what he does in the next few months or years.

I think BO will go down in history as worse than Jimmy Carter, and that is as bad as it gets.

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Dirk Diggler June 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Ahh yes, comparisons to Bush are irrelevant because Obama ran on Hope and Change. But the change we were hoping for wasn’t that he’d schedule more photo-ops in front of military personnel to try to show everybody how patriotic he is. In fact that’s what the Soviets were great at – propaganda. Most Republicans actually would have made great Soviet citizens with their emphasis on shallow displays of patriotism, spying on fellow citizens, spending more than half the central government’s budget on the military, secret torture chambers run by the KGB . . . er CIA.

The comaprisons to Bush’s record is relevant because it underscores the hypocrisy and intellecual dishonesty coming from the right. Obama didn’t visit Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. Well, neither did Reagan or Bush Sr. – were any of you complaining then? Obama didn’t commemorate D-Day and instead went to a concert. Well, Bush Jr. only commemorated it two out of eight years, nd was actually at a concert one of those years. Did Fox News attack him then? Did this blogger write a post about it?

Obama’s a socialist because he took ovr GM and bailed out the banks and has increased government spending. News flash – the country would be worse off if he hadn’t done each of those things. GM asked for a bailout, it wasn’t some hostile takeover. The bank bailout was pushed by the Bush administration, voted on by many Repubs, and signed into law under Bush. Every economist in the world endorsed greater government spending to help deal with the financial crisis. Red states routinely collect more money in Federal expnditures than they pay in taxes, and 95% of us have gotten a tax cut since Obama took office.

So why all the vitriol at Obama? Well, I know this – it ain’t based on reality – unless you count the reality of him being Black.

I’ve been sitting here all day waiting for some moderate Republican to call out some of these posters on their racist posts – like Steff and Fetchit’s. Alas, I will be waiting all day, because there is no longer any such thing as a moderate Republican.

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ronam46 June 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Nero fiddles while Rome burns!!!

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Joey T June 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Why start being patriotic or supportive of the military now? Maybe when his poll numbers get below 20…

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Bob Williams June 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm

For those who appreciate the outstanding sacrifices and brave service of the US and Great Britain let us also remember other countries that were there on D-Day. God bless servicemen from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland along with the US and England.

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b June 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm

One word…….”Idiocracy”

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honnus June 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Yeah, yeah, yeah……and had he PUBLICLY commemorated D Day, ( he met with military families privately in the morning….couldn’t report THAT tidbit, eh?), every one of you right winged neo regressive conformists would have claimed it a PR stunt or complained that he was mugging for air time. Put your powdered wigs back on, step out of your log cabins, and go check on the progress being made in your cotton fields, ya hypocrites!

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Jeanne June 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm

If the president doesn’t feel the connection with “D-Day” in his heart, doesn’t he have some kind of an assistant with enough patriotism running through his veins to advise him just how signicent June 6th is in American history?

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DP KS June 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Why is it that when you hire someone for a job you ask for and see their grades/transcripts. But with Obama it’s, I want the job and you can’t see my credentials. At least Bush and Kerry showed theirs!

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ronald woolums June 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

if it were not for the men that served on D-Day….
the would not be able to be president now….

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Norton June 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

This has gone on long enough, he needs to be recalled. He is not even worthy of impeachment/conviction.

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Al Papesh June 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

So did George Bush; so what?

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thefedupamerican June 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Well you didn’t expect Obama to give up having a good time did you? This man parties more than any president in memory….particularly during war time. Golf, vacations, basketball, fundraisers, fetes, concerts and elaborate state dinners on the taxpayers dime. The Obamas are living the high life while the rest of us tighten our belts! Good job Obamabots….electing this one!
http://www.thefedupamerican.com

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HOMELAND INSECURITY June 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

And the INVASION of the USA continues – http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

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Jersey Dave June 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Is this for real? I can’t remember a President who didn’t commemorate D-Day!

Even if he is the first of his generation (post boomers) it should be all the more reason to do it.

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Dernon Ruton June 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Of course he didn’t mention D-Day. He’s sorry we won the war. Astonishing as that is, it’s true. Perhaps, if we hadn’t, he could have been Chancellor of Germany, instead. What do you think the odds are of that?

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DGM June 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Like he has nothing else on his plate these days trying to clean up the mess the Bush administration started. All you folks want to do is criticize — but you never have any ideas or solutions. And he’s certainly not the first U.S. President to not mention D-Day.

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Jubal Harshaw June 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I have 6 year old nieces and nephews that are more in touch with history and manners than this piece of crud. How do you explain to a first-grader that the ‘man’ that is supposed to be president thinks that his ‘heart’ is in his crotch when giving a salute to the fallen? And that he (as the youngest observed) goes to parties and plays golf all the time and doesn’t do anything he’s supposed to? If kids aren’t fooled, how come so many ‘adults’ are?

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DWW June 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Sometimes I have to just sit back a wonder at folks. Obama Fails to Commemorate D-Day? As if that’s the not the least of our worries.

Go see how much of Saul Alinsky’s rules they are implementing and whether or not they are following the Cloward-Piven strategy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_for_Radicals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward%E2%80%93Piven_strategy

It appears that our Nation is being overwhelmed by crisis so that it can be reshaped into a Socialist, Nanny state not unlike the failing European Union.

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TrajanLong June 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Obama is the worst president in modern history. It’s only taken him 18 months to alienate more than 50% of US voters, despite the shameless and despicable drooling idolatry lavished on him by the MSM. Bungling, narcissistic, incompetent, apologizing to third world butchers, anti American, Marxist, economy destroying, unethical, hypocritical, and now his finest hour. Another deer in the headlights moment for this utterly unqualified empty suit that was propagandized down unwitting voter’s throats by George (I love socialism, but don’t take my G5 away) Soros and the mainstream media. Gulf oil spill is on his watch. No excuses acceptable.

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