One might be forgiven for thinking that anyone serving in the Obama Administration cared about military veterans. After all, they’ve promised over and over how things will be improved. Promises, however, are not actions, and it was nice, for a change, to see the completion and dedication of a VA Center for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Washington DC.
One would think that the President, and/or members of his administration would be scrambling to be seen there, and that the press would want to cover such and event. One would be wrong.
It was inauguration day for the nation’s most modern facility for the treatment of active-duty soldiers and veterans suffering from brain injuries and psychological disorders—5,000 of them with families on hand. At the podium in Bethesda, Maryland, stood Arnold Fisher, the chief fundraiser for this precious center that may need to care for hundreds of thousands of victims, searching in vain for one White House official, one Cabinet officer, one member of the Joint Chiefs, one senator. He found none. And he asked again and again, “Where are they?”
Where were they? President Obama was in meetings and having a hamburger lunch with Russian President Medvedev. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also at these meetings, though not at the hamburger shop in Virginia. Michelle Obama, who has made caring for military families one of her top priorities, couldn’t make it; she was said to have given her final “no” at the last minute. She was accompanying Mrs. Medvedev on a visit to the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in D.C., where they watched a dance performance. Vice President Joe Biden also met with Russians and with Israelis. Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent his deputy William Lynn III. All four Joint Chiefs sent their deputies. General Eric Shinseki, secretary of Veterans Affairs, couldn’t make it. Not one among the legions of pro- and antiwar hooting senators could find the time. Only two members of the House of Representatives found their way to the ceremony.
I encourage you to read the entire piece. I’m amazed that an administration and press so interested and allegedly skilled in propaganda would pass up such a chance to show their support, if not feigned compassion, for the troops. One can only conclude that the slight was intentional, and draw such understandings from such an action as you will.
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