VIENNA, Va, May 28, 2011 — President Obama stopped for two days in Warsaw, Poland. His visit included a visit to Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza, Poland’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
If my math is correct, this would be the second consecutive Memorial Day weekend that the President missed Arlington Cemetery. Today’s Washington Post states that “Obama will be in Poland for two days.” Depending on how you count those days, he could be home for ceremonies. Considering the criticism he received last year, he may very well make it.
While in Poland, President Obama placed a wreath at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial, an important memorial that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of Jews who were killed in the Warsaw Ghettos uprising in 1943.
Will he be here to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington?
It is good and right for the American President to pay homage to these important sites, but it does make one wonder what “his people” are doing? What can they be thinking?
Or, maybe they just don’t pay attention to the details. It seems to be a consistent theme in this presidency. A narcissistic lack of details.
Just recently “his people” failed to school him in the proper protocol for making a toast to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth resulting in his talking over “God Save The Queen.”
I am sure no one played the song before his visit and said “this is like ‘Hail to the Chief,’ you need to be quiet and attentive during it.” Something I think most fourth-grade school children would know. It was almost as if he thought they were giving him sweeping background music for his fine oration.
It was only after realizing that no one else had raised their glasses did he stop talking, standing there bewildered. Once again, America looking buffoonish in a foreign country.
But not knowing our important dates. What we hold important. What is patriotic or sacred to us. How can a man with that much staff, and a wife, not be kept informed?
To wit, on Holy Thursday, “his people” didn’t look at the calendar as they scheduled a fund-raising visit in Hollywood, shutting down neighborhoods and a prominent church, keeping people from services so that he could attend a posh dinner with Hollywood elite. (Unholy Obama Thursday by Eric Golub)
And now it seems his staff, and our President, have forgotten Memorial Day.
I guess for a young administration, the service of our men and women in times of war, both foreign and domestic, is simply no big deal.
One thing I think we may be certain of: When Memorial Day of 2012 rolls around, the President will make time – six months before the election – to make an appearance at Arlington National Cemetery, a chore he now seems to leave to Vice President Joe Biden.
But the irony of his visiting this most sacred of American sites, one dedicated to American men and women who gave their lives so that we might live free in the country which elected him President only once the next presidential circus begins, will not be lost on everyone.
I really wonder if he will be a no-show on Monday.
Amid the furniture sales and big-ticket items being touted this weekend by the malls, I sincerely hope that you put down the potato salad and hot dogs long enough to give thought to those who died and continue to give their lives for us.
Revolutionary War (1775-1783) Served: No data Deaths: 4,435 Wounded 6,188
War of 1812 (1812-1815) Served: 286,730 Battle Deaths: 2,260 Wounded: 4,505
Mexican War (1846-1848) Served: 78,718 Battle Deaths: 1,733 Other Deaths: 11,550 Wounded: 4,152
Civil War (1861-1865) Served: 2,213,363 Battle Deaths: 140,414 Other Deaths: 224,097 Wounded: 281,881
Spanish-American War (1895-1902) Served: 306,760 Battle Deaths: 385 Other Deaths: 2,061 Wounded: 1,662
World War I (1917-1918) Served: 4,734,991 Battle Deaths: 53,402 Other Deaths: 63,114 Wounded: 204,002
World War II (1941-1946) Served: 16,112,566 Battle Deaths: 291,557 Other Deaths: 113,842 Wounded: 671,846
Korean War (1950-1953) Served: 5,720,000 Battle Deaths: 33,651 Other Deaths: 3,262 Wounded: 103,284
Vietnam War (1964-1973) Served: 8,744,000 Battle Deaths: 47,378 Other Deaths: 10,799 Wounded: 153,303
Gulf War (1991) Served: 24,100 Deaths: 162
Afghanistan War (2002-present) Deaths: 2,449 (as of May 20, 2011)
Iraq War (2003-present) Deaths: 4,771 (as of May 20, 2011) Wounded in action: 29,978
Source: Department of Defense, United States Central Command, and Iraq Coalition Casualty Count
An alert reader brought this to our attention, which should have been listed!
First Barbary War (1801-5) Deaths: 35, Wounded in action: 64.
Second Barbary War (1812-1816) 10 US prisoners; 500 Algerian prisoners (released 1815)
Added 5/30 - 2:15pm
Mountainair provided us with this link to Politisite.com where President Obama’s schedule for monday, including laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11:15am.
Added: May 30, 2011
God bless our troops. God bless America.
This article was further edited on May 28, 2011
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