Unreported until the final weeks of his second term was President George W. Bush’s commitment to the families of fallen troops. He took his job as commander of the armed forces seriously, and in a December, 2008 interview with the Washington Times said, “I do get a little emotional because it’s – I’m genuine when I say I’ll miss being the commander in chief. I am in awe of our military. And I hold these folks in great respect. And I also sincerely appreciate the sacrifices that their families make.”
And he wasn’t just saying that. For most of the seven years following the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush and Vice President Cheney made it their mission to console the families of fallen soldiers and to encourage and uplift those who returned from Afghanistan and Iraq wounded.
To that end, Bush wrote personal letters to the families of every single one of the more than 4,000 troops who died in the service of their country under his watch. He also met in person with more than 500 of these families, and with nearly a thousand wounded vets.
All this took an incredible amount of time and emotional endurance — and it was done privately, out of a sense of duty, without any expectation of political gain.
In terms of serving out his role as commander-in-chief, President Bush set the standard high. And President Obama has entirely failed to meet it. Gateway Pundit today reported that,
For the past several years – since at least 2009 – and possibly throughout his term, Barack Obama has sent the same form letter to the parents of all fallen soldiers, Marines and Navy SEALs.
As a Ricochet Member (who must remain anonymous due to his job in the government) commented on this scandal, “Obama is more interested in the fantasy of a 100,000-strong army of math and science teachers than the real military we have now.”