President Obama tonight is busy working three fundraisers in New York, headed back to the city yet again for more of its voluminous cash.
That’s fine. What’s not so fine is the role our fighting heroes are playing helping him drum up money.
The other day I wrote what a nice thing it was that he was going to meet with servicemen and women following his Afghanistan troop reduction speech. Some of my readers were skeptical. Some of my readers were right.
It turns out the Fort Drum, N.Y. meeting is the only official event on the schedule, and so the solemn affair will defray the costs to the DNC of Obama’s travel to New York City.
Meetings with military members and their families should be meetings with military members and their families. And nothing more.
And – oh yes – Seal Team 6 is also making its contribution to the reelect effort. From one of tonight speeches:
I ran for President because I believed we needed to refocus our efforts in Afghanistan — and we’re doing this, too. We pummeled al Qaeda. We took out bin Laden. And because of our progress and the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops — because of the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops, we’re now fulfilling the commitment I made to start reducing our troops this month so that Afghans can take responsibility for their own security.
Well, the president is quick to invoke the heroism of the troops. But we know whose heroism he’s really talking about here.