Obama’s approval rating is sinking faster than a mob rat in cement overshoes, and, economics aside, one of the reasons is because of reprehensible stunts like this:
The Presidential trip to Dover AF Base last week was ostensibly to honor the return of the soldiers who died in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, but it appeared to be little more than a cynical propaganda ploy once a silhouetted photograph of a saluting commander-in-chief was publicly released by the White House in contravention of the wishes of 17 of the 18 families of the fallen. Progressives like Tom Matzzie, the former director of the Soros group MoveOn.org, would like us to believe that Obama’s trip was occasioned by nothing more than a pure and noble heart (Bold print mine):
[…] The president, through his visit, brought a national spotlight onto the grimmest reality of the war in Afghanistan…Obama could’ve stayed back at the White House and kept some distance from the war–almost suggesting it is the responsibility of the former president. But instead he chose to put himself firmly in front as the Commander in Chief. He chose to create an image that will likely endure through his presidency and as part of his legacy.
But there you go. Besides not so subtly blaming Bush for the deaths, Matzzie admits that Obama “chose” to turn what should have been a solemn private event into a “legacy” photo opportunity. Matzzie, of course, preemptively lashes out at the “right-wing critics” who he immediately realizes are going to accuse the President of “exploiting the event.” But consider—not even the Pentagon was aware that the Narcissist-In-Chief was bringing a White House shutter-bug to Dover with him:
Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said the department did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public. He said the photographers who routinely travel with the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were not allowed to go to the event, and no official Pentagon photos were taken or released.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air even wonders if the Administration later pressured the New York Times into changing their report of the Dover trip:
Originally, the New York Times reported on President Barack Obama’s visit to Dover AFB and the arrival of fallen serviceman by explaining that the White House wanted Obama to be seen as concerned and aware of the sacrifices made in America’s war policies:
A small contingent of reporters and photographers accompanied Mr. Obama to Dover, where he arrived at 12:34 a.m. aboard Marine One. He returned to the South Lawn of the White House at 4:45 a.m.
[…] The images and the sentiment of the president’s five-hour trip to Delaware were intended by the White House to convey to the nation that Mr. Obama was not making his Afghanistan decision lightly or in haste.
Following that link now, the second paragraph quoted is nowhere to be seen.
Sad Hill News (Obama’s Cheap Shot) reminds us of a time not so long ago:
Remember during the Bush years when Mainstream Media and their Leftist followers viciously fought for ‘their God-given right‘ to photograph returning US soldiers that died in combat?
And who could forget their ‘glorious’ day under the Obama administration when the Pentagon caved and lifted the photography ban established by George HW Bush?
Apparently most folks.
No Media Coverage Allowed But Humble Obama Permits Staged Photo Of Himself
(Human Events) Does the image of President Obama’s shadow tossing a salute add anything to our “insight” into the deaths of those brave troops? Did we need photographic evidence of Obama’s presence at Dover AFB to achieve “transparency”?
This is not the last time Obama will try to exploit the SEALs for political advantage. The director of the Oscar-winning film “The Hurt Locker” announced that she would begin filming a movie about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, with a generous focus on Obama’s role in making the “gutsy call” to proceed with the operation. The White House is providing access and interviews.
It will come as no surprise that “Gutsy Call: The Movie” is scheduled for release a month before Election Day 2012.
The humility of the executive is important. Americans are sick of everything in their lives being used for political theater. Obama’s Dover photo is a transparently political artifact, waved energetically at the public in a time of collapsing poll numbers.
This is what happens when war becomes silhouetted against politics, a desperate bid for re-election overrides common sense, and the honor and respect due to our fallen heroes and their families is not the highest priority of the commander in chief.
I’d like to believe the President of the United States had no motive but the noblest in traveling to Dover. Unfortunately, evidence for nobility in this Administration is not to be found. And never will be.
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