My graveside encounter with President Obama

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    My solemn meeting on Veterans Day with President Obama at my friend's resting place in Arlington

    BY James Gordon Meek
    DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

    Thursday, November 12th 2009, 4:00 AM


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    ARLINGTON, Va. - He didn't introduce himself. He didn't have to.

    President Obama simply stuck out his hand and asked for my name as he stepped toward me amid a bone-chilling drizzle in the Gardens of Stone.

    This was Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. I wasn't there as a reporter, but to visit some friends and family buried there when Obama made an unscheduled stop - a rare presidential walk among what Lincoln called America's "honored dead" - after laying a Veterans Day wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

    What I got was an unexpected look into the eyes of a man who intertwined his roles as commander in chief and consoler in chief on a solemn day filled with remembrance and respect for sacrifices made - and sacrifices yet to be made.

    I'm sure the cynics will assume this wasjust another Obama photo-op.

    If they'd been standing in my boots looking him in the eye, they would have surely choked on their bile.

    His presence in Section 60 convinced me that he now carries the heavy burden of command.

    Obama arrived just before noon at the serene Section 60, where many of the dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried together - and where many more heroes will undoubtedly be laid to rest before this President leaves office.

    It's a section typically bustling with those visiting loved ones. Every time I go there, more and more graves have been dug into the earth.

    The President and First Lady Michelle Obama emerged from their armored limousine hatless in the frigid downpour and took a slow stroll into the soggy rows of white marble headstones.

    They stopped first at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient Ross McGinnis, an Army private who threw himself on a grenade in Iraq three years ago to save four buddies.

    A sad-faced woman reached for Obama's hand and pointed him to a nearby plot.

    The face of another woman - who had grimly sat in a folding chair for hours next to a headstone she'd arranged flowers around - suddenly broadened into a smile as she stood to embrace Obama and thank him for paying his respects.

    She was so overcome with emotion that a soldier from the Army's Old Guard had to console her afterward.

    The President patted backs of adozen other Gold Star relativesand troops visiting buddiesnow in the ground.

    He gave hugs. He shook wet, chilly hands. He wanted to know something about each fallen warrior.

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    Hagiography - sappy sentimental sickening crap.

    Obama couldn't care less about our men and women in uniform. While he is playing political games to placate his far left lunatic base, his inaction is allowing our forces to die in Afghanistan. Yet somehow, after reading this story, we are supposed to suspend reality and believe that "he really cares". He cares about one thing - his leftist agenda. I wish I ran into him, I'd have given him a "dope slap".
     
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    good article and Zander you are an ass of the lowest kind.
     
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    You know Zander, you state that YOU KNOW a person's intentions, sincerity and empathy are disingenuous and contrived...but another person can only make assumptions about someone else...because you are not that person...so THAT judgment can only be arrived at by revealing the intentions, sincerity and empathy of YOU...
     
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    Obama's met with David Letterman more times than he's met with Gen McChrystal
     
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    I understand that Bill Clinton was very personable. He also was a liar and an adulterer who did nothing as president - even the economic prosperity of the 90's was the result of technical innovation (the internet boom), not his policies.

    Obama is a human being, so he has human characteristics, including some amount of empathy. He must have personal charisma, for that is a trait common to successful politicians. But, and this is a major reservation, his policies are not proving successful and like a dogmatic believer he gives no appearance that he intends to change them.

    So yes, he probably did feel something for the losses of the people he encountered at Arlington Cemetery. Perhaps he is wracked by guilt over the lives lost since he took office. But if so, he is allowing his guilt to cloud his judgment, hesitating to make calls, because no matter what he decides someone will die because of them.

    He sought the job he has.
    He needs to do it.
     
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    You can shitcan the pop psychology, I judge Obama by what he DOES, not what he says or by what someone else thinks he feels, or by the glean in his eye as he tears up in the cemetery (boo fucking hoo). I judge him the way I judge anyone, by his deeds and actions. It is what a person does that matters. Talk is cheap.
     
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    (shrug) You are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine. Does that piss you off?
     
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    What the fuck is your problem?
     
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    I talked to a couple of guys stationed at Fort Hood, they claimed that most of them couldn't give a shit if the Fake In Chief showed up for the Memorial service, they were all much more impressed with George W. and Laura Bush coming to visit the injured and the rest of them. No cameras, just the sincerity of a former Commander In Chief who actually cared enough to visit them.

    Obama was at Arlington because his handlers told him to be there, he probably didn't have a clue where he was. I wonder what kind of bling that he had to promise Michelle to go with him.
     
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