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Obama Not Interested in Being Commander-In-Chief

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.”

  1. liberal jim

    There is no doubt Bush is a fine, moral, kind person and certainly a better CIC than Obama.  That, I might point out is a pretty low bar.  However, the effectiveness of a commander is not how many personal letters he writes to families of the KIA, but how many are not killed because of his incompetence and what is accomplished by the deaths of the ones who are.  When Bush took office we were at war, but he like his predecessor was unaware of it and spent little effort discovering how vulnerable the country was until 9/11.   After that he was more attentive, but decided to start a ground war in Afghanistan and relied on and used faulty intelligence to do the same in Iraq.   I have yet to hear anyone explain why fighting ground wars in the middle east would be an effective strategy for fighting terrorist.  Competence not compassion is the criteria that should be used in judging how good a CIC is and Bush does not measure up when that criteria is used.  

  2. AUMom

    Nor has President Bush stopped welcoming troops home, visiting VA hospitals, or saluting our folks in service. He does it quietly and graciously, which speaks louder than any speech.

  3. Steven M.

    Obama’s disregard for his fellow human beings continues to astound me.

  4. Vance Richards

    With Mail Merge, the President can keep sending troops overseas indefinitely.

    A question: If Obama is re-elected, would you want your child to enlist in the military?

  5. David Williamson

    This shouldn’t come as a great surprise – his goal is to “Fundamentally Transform America” – Commander in Chief is a necessary evil until that transformation is achieved.

  6. Yeah...ok.

    Well, at least Michelle is finally proud of America now.

    Bush never took the time to fill out a NCAA hoop bracket.

  7. John Murdoch

    In 1940 my grandparents took in a little girl evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombing. After she returned (as she has put it ever since, “leaving home to return to England”) my grandparents received a handwritten letter from the Queen.

    Mail-merged, robo-signed form letters. A. Pall. Ing.

  8. Pilli

    During the 1960′s our troops were held in very low esteem.  Witness the things done to returning Viet Nam soldiers.

    Obama was tutored by 60′s radicals.  Neither he nor they have ever outgrown those 60′s radical beliefs.

  9. Foxfier
    AUMom: Nor has President Bush stopped welcoming troops home, visiting VA hospitals, or saluting our folks in service. He does it quietly and graciously, which speaks louder than any speech. · 31 minutes ago

    I was going to point this out, too.

    I remember when he got “caught” doing it– refused to talk to the reporter, and just kept at it.

  10. Western Chauvinist

    I can forgive the naivete, foolishness, and smug sanctimoniousness  of the Obama voters right up until I remember the betrayal of our troops his election was. Then, I’m so ashamed of them, I can’t stand to look at them. His callousness toward the troops and politicization of their mission was totally predictable. Shame!

  11. Valiuth

    liberal jim: How exactly are we to fight these extremists if not by directly engaging them and their state sponsors? This engagement must ultimately require some sort of physical presence in the areas where they operate. How would we have routed Alqueda from Afghanistan without sending actual troops in? How do you keep them from reforming without keeping a physical presence there. 

    Our drones can’t try to build local allies, protect civilians, and encourage the development of a civil society that can become inoculated against such groups. Perhaps we should not try to reshape these nations and people into something better, for certainly it has proven very difficult and costly. But, do we really think there is another solution other than the hard one? Do we just play an endless game of drone wack-a-mole, while these groups slowly take political power. 

    I guess we could let them achieve statehood and then go in and just lay waste to what ever nation they have managed to infect and leave, but we aren’t really that kind of people. 

  12. J. D. Fitzpatrick

    I wonder if he has bought into the leftist idea that people in power view soldiers as canon fodder for oil companies and has just chosen to act this way because he doesn’t think anyone will notice the difference. 

    As I was becoming conservative, I remember being surprised to find that conservatives showed more genuine care for people than the leftists who professed so much love for humanity. 

  13. Western Chauvinist
    J. D. Fitzpatrick: I wonder if he has bought into the leftist idea that people in power view soldiers as canon fodder for oil companies and has just chosen to act this way because he doesn’t think anyone will notice the difference. 

    As I was becoming conservative, I remember being surprised to find that conservatives showed more genuine care for people than the leftists who professed so much love for humanity.  · 2 minutes ago

    As Prager likes to say, the Left loves humanity. It’s people they’re not too fond of.

  14. Kervinlee

    I can’t wait until that sociopath is swept from office (God willing). He makes me sick to my stomach.

  15. Johnny Dubya

    This is the kind of thing a man normally learns from his father.

    George Herbert Walker Bush.  Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.

    ‘Nuff said.

  16. Keith Preston
    David Williamson: This shouldn’t come as a great surprise – his goal is to “Fundamentally Transform America” – Commander in Chief is a necessary evil until that transformation is achieved. · 2 hours ago

    I think he’s gunning for Sith Lord.

  17. liberal jim

    Valiuth:  Engaging and some sort of physical presence does not equal land war.  You are not seriously saying that Afghanistan and Iraq are success stories?  

    Why would any one want to rout Al Qaeda when killing is much more effective?  

    Who wants to reshape nations when scaring them into doing the right thing will suffice?  One can easily do this by targeting their leaders.    Remember they are supporting terrorists and lose all protection under international law.

    It appears to me the Bush/Obama approach has created and international  game of wack-a-mole.

    Al Quaeda has proclaimed this a religious war.  There are many radical masques who are supporting them.  Why haven’t any of these masques been targeted?  In a religious war they are certainly legitimate targets.

    Using special forces, drones and actually fighting a war instead of   sending thousand of troops to the mid east under extremely restrictive rules of engagement to be little more than targets will be effective.  We will still be fighting for several decades, however the cost in lives and money will be far less. 

  18. Valiuth

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    I regret the loss of your son, daughter, or transgendered child in the service of their unexceptional nation in a kinetic engagement to reprimand the generators of man caused disasters. Know that in memory of your loved one I am working to under fund and abolish the Army responsible for your child’s death. To give you comfort and inspiration I have included a movie poster sized portrait of the 2009 Noble Peace Prize winner

    I hope that my words were able to bring you a small semblance of closure, and I ask that you will continue to show your support of your nation by donating to my reelection campaign. 

    Sincerely, 

    Barack ”The One” Hussein Obama.

    …or so I assume his condolence letter might go….

  19. Arahant
    Valiuth: Dear Sir or Madam:

    I regret the loss of your son, daughter, or transgendered child in the service of their unexceptional nation in a kinetic engagement to reprimand the generators of man caused disasters. Know that in memory of your loved one I am working to under fund and abolish the Army responsible for your child’s death. To give you comfort and inspiration I have included a movie poster sized portrait of the 2009 Noble Peace Prize winner

    I hope that my words were able to bring you a small semblance of closure, and I ask that you will continue to show your support of your nation by donating to my reelection campaign. 

    Sincerely, 

    Barack ”The One” Hussein Obama.

    …or so I assume his condolence letter might go…. · 12 minutes ago

    Edited 9 minutes ago

    The sad part is how believable your parody is.