One of my best friends forwarded me the email I’ve included below. I cannot adequately express the added contempt this summons in me toward Obama. My personal friends were at the Vietnam Memorial over the Memorial Day weekend and they, too, were denied access–because of Obama.
My friends who served in Vietnam, and many other veterans, traveled great distances to pay their respects to those they served with and their fellow countrymen who gave their lives. Many of those who were denied entrance to “The Wall” bear the living scars of their service in that horrific war. They gave the very best they had to keep Southeast Asia from becoming the very thing Obama is doing his best to turn America into–a Marxist-Leninist State.
I am outraged that a person whose wife is on record saying that she had no pride in America until her husband ran for president: The person whose wife, during a ceremony honoring victims of the 9/11 terrorism attacks, leaned forward and whispered to him “All of this for a damn flag” as he nodded in agreement with her. This is the person who not only refused to place his hand over his heart during The Pledge of Allegiance, but also refused to say “The Pledge.” This is the person who demands all religious symbols be covered or removed when he is speaking at Jesuit and Catholic Universities. This is the person who called his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, his mentor and closest advisor, second only to his wife–a pastor who said “g_d damn America.” And this is the person who, for the sake of his own aggrandizement, closed one of the most important Monuments in America pursuant to the Vietnam War, preventing thousands of veterans and Americans from honoring our fallen heroes.
This person who, along with his wife and “Comrades,” has shown nothing but contempt, disrespect, and disregard (except when it benefits him not to) for our military and those who have served, his entire life. This is the person who earlier this year proposed cuts to the health benefits of military families both active duty and retired while not touching the extravagant benefits of unionized civil workers.
With his long record of unambiguous hatred for our military, this is the person who closed the Vietnam Memorial from 7:30 AM until 2:00 PM, denying access to veterans and those who truly care about the names of those inscribed on that Memorial Wall. In the opinion of this essayist, this is one of the most egregious, selfish, self-indulgent acts yet committed by this human being. And he closed it so he could give a 15-minute speech which was nothing more than self-congratulatory agitprop.
Our Vietnam Veterans are the most unjustly maligned and disrespected of all veterans. They have been falsely accused, purposefully insulted, and spit upon simply because they served their country. And in the wake of that, this wretched human being has spit on them again. Following is the email thread my friend forwarded to me. I have sanitized the email addresses.
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:59 PM
Subject: FW: Less than pleasant Memorial Dav visit to the Wall (Obama Security barred visitors)
same thing happen to us on monday….i’m steaming
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Date: Thu, May 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM
Subject: Less than pleasant Memorial Dav visit to the Wall (Obama Security barred visitors)
Less than pleasant Memorial Dav visit to the Wall (Obama Security barred visitors)
Via Jerry Konz. GD
Just got this from one of the guys in the VVA Chapter. Guess there’s no depths that the messiah won’t sink to for a photo op and votes.
Jerry & Jean Konz
Life member; Vietnam Veterans of America
Life member; Veterans of Foriegn Wars
Life member; NMSOA
USS Prime MSO 466
The president does it again. It is all about him. Why don’t we shut down the whole country just in case he drops by to strut around and ruffel his featers. What a bunch of crap. You can’t blame the folks for being pissed.
The Memorial is there for those who have survived, have lost loved ones or for those who wish to pay tribute and pay respects to those who have lost their lives to keep us free.
To keep people from paying their respects on one the days MADE for that just for campaign publicity shots is disgusting.
On May 28,
Today is Memorial Day and I went to the Vietnam Memorial and something happened there that upset me greatly and I want to pass it on.
For over 15 years I had been going with my dear Marine buddy, Larry Cullen. Since he passed away last year and was interned at Arlington Cemetery, I went this year accompanied by my grandson, Cameron. I had my list of Recon Marines, school classmates, and Larry’s fallen buddies to visit but, as we got close to the area of the National Mall where the Wall is located, we saw huge white tents. We also saw barricades all along Constitution Ave and for a couple blocks in each direction from the Wall. They even closed down all of Constitution Av from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the WW-II Memorial and there was a virtual army of uniformed and plain-clothes security everywhere.
The biggest tent was right at the west end of the Wall entrance and there was a covered walkway leading right up to The Wall. It was so close, you couldn’t get to the Wall on that side so, my grandson and I went all the way around to the eastern entrance to the Wall and walked down along the Wall to the first of my names and I began telling my grandson about my buddies and how each one died. In short order, a guy in a dark suit and earpiece in his ear told us we had to leave as it was 0730 and they were closing Memorial until at least 1400 so the President could drop by. I asked if he was serious and he assured me he was. We and all the other veterans and families were forced to leave and it was locked down.
The Vietnam Memorial is the most visited site on the entire National Mall. Memorial Day has more visitors to the Vietnam Memorial than almost any other day. Even at the rather early hour Cameron and I were there, there were a lot of veterans and family members down there. In the midst of all that, Obama decides to close it for over seven hours just so he can roll by for 30 minutes in the afternoon for a campaign appearance with Democrats, supporters, and campaign donors? This is an incredulously arrogant, egotistical, and inconsiderate thing to do. What in hell was Obama thinking?
Hey President Obama: Since you ran me (and all the other veterans and family members) out of the Memorial before we finished our business there, how about doing me a favor. If you can take a short break from all the grippin’, grinnin’, posin’ and pontificatin’, how about taking a minute or two to stop by and say hello to my fellow Recon Marines and other classmates on the Wall. I suspect you’ll be too busy with photo ops, campaigning, and stroking donors to be troubled with a couple minutes doing what the Memorial was built for but, just in case, here’s a list so you can have your man find them and point them out to you. Hope you have a Meaningful Memorial Day.
Joseph J. JONES; 53-W-02
Sherwood David Kreis, 42-W-40
Dale Kagebein, 34-W-50
Jerry Bock, 25-W-95
Larry Daniels, 09-E- 66
Joe Mack Kemp, 09-E-69
Rhonda L. Raglan, 09-E-70
Robert L. Studards, 09-E-71
Jose D. Flores, 09-E-74
Arthur Willie Greene, 14-E-56
Eric Barnes, 17-E-41
Godfried Blankenship, 17-E-48
Michael Ray Smith, 19-E-113
Ervin Lovell, 19-E-120
William D. Martin, 25-E- 87
Michael L. Laporte, 26-E-1
Ronald Frederick Kitzke, 32-E-76
Charles Harris, 34-E-48
Robert Tracy, 34-E-72
Michael G. Murdock, 36-E-57
(Vietnam Airborne vet)
11th ACR forced to honor their dead at hotdog stand by park service and barred from Vietnam Memorial bearing names of honored dead on this Memorial