Skip to comments.Obama's Shameful Photo-Op
Posted on 08/15/2011 4:52:08 PM PDT by Kaslin
Leadership: Disrespecting grieving families, the president sneaks a photographer into the ceremony honoring the SEALs who died in Afghanistan. The presidential scrapbook and campaign are more important.
We thought perhaps the White House had received a sufficient dose of condemnation as well as some sensitivity training over a planned Sony film hyping President Obama's "gutsy call" regarding the successful Navy SEAL mission that killed Osama bin Laden. The film was to be released three weeks before the 2012 vote. We were wrong.
When 30 U.S. Special Operations forces, including Navy SEALs from SEAL Team 6, the unit that got the world's most-wanted man, were subsequently shot down in a helicopter, the nation mourned its heroes. The White House, it seems, loaded its cameras.
Nineteen of the families asked for no media coverage of the ceremony at Dover, Del. When President George W. Bush was in office, the anti-war media clamored for photos of flag-draped coffins. The Pentagon honored their request for privacy and said any public depiction of the scene would violate the wishes of the families.
So why and how did a photo of President Obama, in silhouette no less, saluting the return of the remains of these brave men find its way to the White House website as its "Photo of the Day"? Did they not get the memo? For what purpose was the photo taken?
If for historical purposes and posterity, we might understand. This photo by a White House photographer was immediately and widely distributed. The Pentagon said it had no knowledge the picture and others had been taken and noted that it hadn't rejected media requests to take pictures of officials at the ceremony as long as they depicted no caskets.
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Guess I’m not surprised. The gangsta-in-chief and his homegirl have no class.
It’s all about “the one.”
Everybody else is just a prop for his promotion. Dead or alive.
We are just so collectively numb from this POS President that the outrages just meld together to one big fat sigh of disgust.
Narcissists don’t feel shame.
Yep, today's outrage his his tax funded pimped out campaign bus. They want to spin that it has to do with the secret service, sure...
He can come out with a red beret tomorrow and have a press conference declaring him dictator for life and I wouldn't bat an eye.
It must really grate on the One’s ego to need props to bolster his image.
And do you know the cowardly arrogant pos is only going to the low unemployment areas of the Midwest.
IBD has to be my favorite editorial board. (Unless of course, Mark Steyn is writing for an editorial board some where.)
They really could have shortened this headline: “Obamas shameful”.
It would still be true.
That's the understatment of the year.
Has there EVER in history been a photo taken of a U.S. President and First Lady at a public British Royal function with expressions such as these? (or a photo taken ANYWHERE of a United States president and first lady like this?) Absolutely mind-blowing.
There are just no words
Sorry. No caption. Words fail me:
What a stain on American history these two are!
Somehow I can’t imagine the Reagans or the Bushes (father and son) turning a solemn occasion into a photo op (and a campaign stop to boot). In fact, I doubt even the Clintons, as white trash as they are, would stoop so low.
There are low unemployment areas in the Midwest?
He continues to corner the market on pathetic excuse for a human.
I hope he pays dearly for what he has done here. I hope every military family works to get him out of the Oval Office next year. He is a disgrace.
He is staying away from the Chicago suburbs we've been blasted by layoffs many of my closest friends have lost their jobs in the last 6 months.
Wow. Well said, Hildy.
You nailed it!
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