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Obama Mixes Up Medal of Honor Recipients

As some of my readers have noted, President Obama mixed up his Medal of Honor awardees today during remarks to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.

In a bad mistake that would have had George W. Bush painted a dummy or Ronald Reagan senile, Obama somehow forgot the living soldier on whom he bestowed a Medal of Honor – the first soldier in a generation to be given the medal after having survived his experience.

Andy over at Ace of Spades picks up the story.

Jared Monti, who was in 10th Mountain, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. His eternal resting place is about 50 miles from where I sit typing this.

As all readers of this Smart Military Blog™ know, Salvatore Giunta, who was not in 10th Mountain but instead the 173rd Airborne, was the first living Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And, given that he was also the first living recipient since the Vietnam War, you’d think this might leave a lasting impression on the Commander in Chief. You’d be wrong.

Dana Ritter, the CBN News White House Producer, bothered to get in touch with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to see why this occurred.

I contacted the White House to see what happened.  I’m told the President didn’t have prepared remarks.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, ““At Fort Drum, the President misspoke when discussing the first Medal of Honor he presented posthumously to Jared Monti, who was a member of the 10th Mountain Division.  The President paid tribute to Monti in his remarks to troops in Afghanistan in March 2010.  Last year, the President presented the Medal of Honor to Salvatore Giunta, who was the first living recipient of the Medal who served in Afghanistan.”

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26 Responses to Obama Mixes Up Medal of Honor Recipients

    • Whenever the ruling class screws up, they claim they “misspoke”. He didn’t have any prepared remarks so he was working from memory too. I’m calling BS on that. The man rehearses every single speech he makes.

      • I bet our little campaign creature can recall names of ALL those raising
        big money for his extended tyranny. How shameful ! He spends less than an hour with the troops, and the rest of the evening with his groupies where he’s not troubled to give his wimpy salute and phoney compassion.

        • ol’ gator, I too have been noticing the schedule that Keith posts each day (which I really appreciate). I too notice the time wpent with the troops, the people involved with the budget talks, the foreign relations issues, etc, etc.

          It just amazes me that BHO always “mis-quotes” when he gets off of the teleprompter. I’m sure that they have looked into trying mini ear pods so as someone off stage can relay talking points to him.

          Keith is very right that if this had been GWB, Ronnie, Palin or just about any other non-marxist they would be screaming their heads off.

          • yes Russell, this political correct culture has elevated the
            marxist to a super citizen.. one who is above reproach, flawless.

  1. In honor of the men who weren’t significant enough to be remembered, here are their Medal of Honor citations.

    Sergeant First Class Jared Monti:
    Staff Sergeant Jared C. Monti distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a team leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. While Staff Sergeant Monti was leading a mission aimed at gathering intelligence and directing fire against the enemy, his 16-man patrol was attacked by as many as 50 enemy fighters. On the verge of being overrun, Staff Sergeant Monti quickly directed his men to set up a defensive position behind a rock formation. He then called for indirect fire support, accurately targeting the rounds upon the enemy who had closed to within 50 meters of his position. While still directing fire, Staff Sergeant Monti personally engaged the enemy with his rifle and a grenade, successfully disrupting an attempt to flank his patrol. Staff Sergeant Monti then realized that one of his Soldiers was lying wounded in the open ground between the advancing enemy and the patrol’s position. With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Monti twice attempted to move from behind the cover of the rocks into the face of relentless enemy fire to rescue his fallen comrade. Determined not to leave his Soldier, Staff Sergeant Monti made a third attempt to cross open terrain through intense enemy fire. On this final attempt, he was mortally wounded, sacrificing his own life in an effort to save his fellow Soldier. Staff Sergeant Monti’s selfless acts of heroism inspired his patrol to fight off the larger enemy force. Staff Sergeant Monti’s immeasurable courage and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and the United States Army.

    Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta:
    Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on October 25, 2007. While conducting a patrol as team leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, Specialist Giunta and his team were navigating through harsh terrain when they were ambushed by a well-armed and well-coordinated insurgent force. While under heavy enemy fire, Specialist Giunta immediately sprinted towards cover and engaged the enemy. Seeing that his squad leader had fallen and believing that he had been injured, Specialist Giunta exposed himself to withering enemy fire and raced towards his squad leader, helped him to cover, and administered medical aid. While administering first aid, enemy fire struck Specialist Giunta’s body armor and his secondary weapon. Without regard to the ongoing fire, Specialist Giunta engaged the enemy before prepping and throwing grenades, using the explosions for cover in order to conceal his position. Attempting to reach additional wounded fellow soldiers who were separated from the squad, Specialist Giunta and his team encountered a barrage of enemy fire that forced them to the ground. The team continued forward and upon reaching the wounded soldiers, Specialist Giunta realized that another soldier was still separated from the element. Specialist Giunta then advanced forward on his own initiative. As he crested the top of a hill, he observed two insurgents carrying away an American soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other. Upon reaching the wounded soldier, he began to provide medical aid, as his squad caught up and provided security. Specialist Giunta’s unwavering courage, selflessness, and decisive leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon’s ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American soldier from the enemy. Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, and the United States Army.

    • Thanks William for doing what a “real” leader and commander-in-chief should have done.

      I suppose BHO’s mind was more on raising his billion $$$ and the weekend golf outing that really caring about the men and women that he was to be praising.

    • I remember when Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta was on Letterman a while back. Lefty Dave had no idea on how to talk to or treat a true American hero. The ONLY reason I even watched was because Staff Sergeant Giunta was going to be on, and I was impressed by his humility, self-deprecating humor and his obvious love of country.

      Letterman and Obama have no clue on how to deal with men (or women) such as Giunta.

    • These fine men and women most likely did not have a choice in the matter. If it were you or I, how would be handle ourselves in this situation? All we could is do what they are doing.

    • Probably they weren’t any too happy to be used a photo op props. That’s the only use “the president” has for these fine young people.

      Speaking of photo op props–whatever has happened to that poor dog? He hasn’t been used for a while. Did he run away? I hope he has found a home with people who are willing to spend time obedience training him. That said, it was rather amusing to see Bo haul “the president” hither and yon without the foggiest idea that he should be paying any attention to the person at the other end of the leash.

  2. He looked like he was just phoning it in to the troops yesterday. His utter
    disdain for the military is so obvious I find it painful to watch. Why bother
    they are only men and woman who will die for you and your family everyday.
    And you can’t be bothered to get the facts right? Do them a favor and send someone who cares.

    • Scullman,

      You read my mind! Of course it would be light reading, but you said exactly what I was thinking.

      This is what happens when you have a CIC who’s knowledge of the military (or law enforcement for that matter) is what he has learned on TV and at the knees of those that hate the “Peacemakers.” Matt. 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

      Whatever your personal beliefs are, those that are willing to don a uniform to keep us safe are peacemakers.

  3. Didn’t Michelle just say last week that he has a “mind like a steel trap” and knows more than his briefers? I am too disgusted and ashamed to bother to look for the entire speech.

    • The problem with “steel traps” is they can get rusted shut! I know because I have used them over the years. If you don’t keep them properly lubed, used and invest some time in the care of them they become useless.

      Maybe she’s right, his mind is an old steel trap!

    • Yes, she said that he reads all the briefs and knows more than the people briefing him.

      Which makes me wonder why we pay the salaries of these briefers — just let them go, Mr. Genius does their work anyway.

  4. Keith, the WH thinks by not making the video available on You Tube or their website this incident will go down the memory hole.

    There are enough clips around to do major damage to them if bloggers are willing and able. I’m up for the challenge.

    • GJ: Good point. However … we’ll remember in 2012, when Mr. Obama and his petulant, pedantic, acidic wife is sent packing back to CHI-town, where thugs run through the streets in groups of 25-50 and no one can stop them (because firearms are illegal).

  5. Our only posthomous CMH and the Idiot-in-Chief can’t remember the date, name or whether the recipient was dead or alive. For someone who hates the military, Jews, Christians, freedom and Capitalism, this is par for the course.