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.”