If you watch a dog on his walk, you probably won’t be surprised by the things he does. He takes his time to sniff the bushes before lifting his leg to add his own scent to the mixture. He stiffens his fur, perhaps, at the approach of another dog, not sure whether he’s meeting friend or foe. He bounces excitedly should you pick up a stick, knowing the world’s greatest game is about to begin.
The point is, a dog does what a dog does. Like the old saying goes, if it walks and talks like a duck…
Therefore, it comes as little surprise to find out that President Obama will not be attending the dedication ceremony for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in October. This is the first national memorial of its kind, paying tribute to those who gave so much on the battlefield that their sacrifice is every bit as great as those who died in service. It’s been a blind spot in our national consciousness for as long as most of us have been alive. Now, as a country, we are finally taking steps to right that wrong.
Obama must have something better to do.
The ceremony is taking place in Washington, D.C., so it’s not as if the president would have to jump on a plane to make an appearance. Though it wouldn’t be surprising if he finds himself booked at a campaign fundraiser in Ohio or Florida instead. After all, how embarrassing to sit at the White House while this is happening down the street.
Why compare Obama to a dog? Because when you take your Obama out for a stroll, you can also count on making the same observations every time. He might rob a business owner so that he can give some of that money to a guy who refuses to work. Oh look, he just fined that kid over there for not signing up for his health insurance. And look, he went deliberately out of his way to give the finger to that disabled veteran. That seems gratuitous!
Some conservatives have excused his absence, saying that he doesn’t belong at the ceremony to begin with. This is a tempting position to take; after all, few presidents have so clearly expressed their disdain for the U.S. military like Obama. Maybe not in so many words, but it’s obvious from his weakening of the national defense, the way he has pushed for military budget cuts whenever possible, and in his failure to clean up the Veterans Administration. Now this…this is just a slap in the face.
Keep in mind that we’re not just talking about a high-profile politician here; this is the President of the United States. The commander-in-chief of our armed forces. What excuse can he possibly have for failing to attend the christening of a national memorial in their honor?
Maybe it’s time to trade this dog in for a new one.