President Obama today spent about an hour and a half doing one of the most difficult but also potentially rewarding parts of his job, spending time with wounded veterans.
Obama traveled to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he met with 21 wounded warriors, 16 of whom served in Afghanistan and five of whom were in Iraq. The president awarded two Purple Hearts.
I don’t have any statistics, but I seem to remember George W. Bush doing a lot more of this than Obama. But Obama also makes the pilgrimage, and his trip today comes on the heels of a similar visit by Michelle to Walter Reed on Memorial Day.
Both visits were done right, without fanfare. I don’t think Michelle’s trip was even on the schedule. I’m glad they each took the time to visit with our veterans and comfort them on behalf of the nation.
And rather than a burden, it hopefully provides a benefit. Some of their recent statements suggest they are struggling with the demands of their roles. What better way to put our problems in perspective – even if we’re the president – than to meet with those who have sacrificed so much for us and whose challenges are so much greater than our own.