Yesterday, the so-called commander-in-chief addressed the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. During the address, he dishonored the troops by confusing the names of two Medal of Honor winners. Blackfive has the story:
“First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”
It’s almost painful to see this guy constantly make an ass out of himself.
As we all know, SSG Sal Giunta, of the 173rd Airborne, was the first living recipient (2011) of the MOH who fought in Iraq/Afghanistan. SFC Jared Monti, 10th Mountain Division, was KIA in Afghanistan in 2006. He was posthumously awarded the MOH by Obama in 2009.
How does the Commander-in-Chief mix these heroes up? He put that medal around Giunta’s neck and he stood with Monti’s parents as they grieved. These fallen heroes leave such a great legacy, and we should know all their names. The ironic part of the speech, and this comes after the announcement of the politically pressured drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, was Obama’s closing remark, “Know that your Commander-in-Chief has your back.” (LINK)
Yeah, sure you do, as long as the cameras are around. When there isn’t a photo op to be had, this guy couldn’t care less about the troops, their mission, or their sacrifices.
Hopefully this country will elect a CiC the troops can be proud of in 2012.