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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:51 PM

They say he stole the show...I believe it....


I can’t get enough of this little fella – Colin Romesha, the son of Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, peeks around the corner of President Barack Obama’s lectern before a presentation ceremony at the White House, Feb. 11
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Reply They say he stole the show...I believe it.... (Original post)
Playinghardball Feb 2013 OP
sufrommich Feb 2013 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2013 #2
hootinholler Feb 2013 #10
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #3
Uncle Joe Feb 2013 #4
Berlum Feb 2013 #5
ReRe Feb 2013 #11
Berlum Feb 2013 #13
ReRe Feb 2013 #15
Berlum Feb 2013 #24
Control-Z Feb 2013 #6
countryjake Feb 2013 #7
Control-Z Feb 2013 #9
countryjake Feb 2013 #12
Control-Z Feb 2013 #32
JI7 Feb 2013 #20
countryjake Feb 2013 #36
JI7 Feb 2013 #37
countryjake Feb 2013 #44
SaveAmerica Feb 2013 #41
dembotoz Feb 2013 #8
redstatebluegirl Feb 2013 #23
cer7711 Feb 2013 #14
annabanana Feb 2013 #16
cer7711 Feb 2013 #18
Control-Z Feb 2013 #34
denverbill Feb 2013 #22
bluemarkers Feb 2013 #30
Ilsa Feb 2013 #33
cer7711 Feb 2013 #38
Ilsa Feb 2013 #39
heaven05 Feb 2013 #42
GiveMeFreedom Feb 2013 #43
eggplant Feb 2013 #17
JI7 Feb 2013 #19
smccarter Feb 2013 #21
rocktivity Feb 2013 #29
Control-Z Feb 2013 #35
WCGreen Feb 2013 #25
Elwood P Dowd Feb 2013 #26
Divernan Feb 2013 #27
renate Feb 2013 #40
malaise Feb 2013 #28
rosesaylavee Feb 2013 #31

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:55 PM

1. Saw the clip of him.He is so adorable. nt

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:56 PM

2. What a precious little boy!

And all those old men? They're remembering their boyhoods too...

GREAT pic.

K&R

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:30 PM

10. Did you notice thos blue ribbons around their necks?

Those are MOH recipients very much enjoying the boy's play.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:57 PM

3. Very glad that little guy still has his dad--so lucky.

So many kids of servicemembers who weren't...

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:58 PM

4. That's a good pic.

Thanks for the thread, Playinghardball.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:02 PM

5. Are the Republican Chickenhawks demanding an iNvesTigaTion?

They have to find some new ways to tear down America and its honorable veterans and their families. This would seem to be right down the usual ALLEy of oPPorTuniTy for the noisy claque of Republican Chickenhawks....

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Response to Berlum (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:30 PM

11. Naw...the chickenhawks

...won't make a peep about this photo. The whole world would come down on their NECKS. And if that happened, we could have chickenhawk soup for everyone! That does'rt really sound too appetizing does it? It would be poisonous. Yuk!

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Response to ReRe (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:33 PM

13. Thanks for the reassurance

I have come to the point where I would not put any nasty anti-American action by Republican Chickenhawks past the point of possibility -- they have acted without honor so often.

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Response to Berlum (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:40 PM

15. Well, I agree...

...after what they did to poor old Bob Dole on the floor of the Senate. THAT was lower than Hell itself...

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Response to ReRe (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:32 PM

24. Republicans turn back on honorable US Veteran & former Republican Senator Bob Dole

That was yet another shameful & unpatriotic Chickenhawk Republican action.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/bob-dole-cant-sway-republicans-to-back-un-disabilities-treaty/



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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:04 PM

6. What a cutie!!

Now I need to look for the video clip!!! Too cute!

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:17 PM

7. Here is the video...




And here's the thread about it over in the Video & Multimedia Forum:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/101798220

(with another video, too!)

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Response to countryjake (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:23 PM

9. Thank you, countryjake!!

I really appreciate your going to the trouble of posting that for me! You deserve another heart!!

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:33 PM

12. And here's a virtual one for you!



Thank you for the heart, Control-Z, you are a real sweetheart!

I'm not sure if I'll get any hearts in time to give this year, I had to send in a money order, but you, too, deserve many more hearts as a long-time and much appreciated DUer.

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Response to countryjake (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:43 PM

32. ...

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Response to countryjake (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:08 PM

20. that was nice, normally those guys with their uniforms always have a serious look

on their face and you usually don't see them smiling. but that little guy was able to make them do it.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #20)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:36 PM

36. I know, that OP pic with all of the happy eyes, medals hanging on their necks...

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beaming at the antics of a baby boy...quite the moment in time.

And the daddy, trying to figure out how exactly to rein in his little one, without raising a ruckus.

I loved seeing this.

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Response to countryjake (Reply #36)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:39 PM

37. actually i don't think that was the dad but someone else

which kind of makes it even more funny. he was trying to get the kid to go to his mom and then finally just picked him up and handedhim to her.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #37)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:03 PM

44. The daddy, Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, was on Letterman...

and as I watched him last night (a really nice interview, by the way), I had to smile all over again, realizing that you were correct.

The soldier trying to politely herd that little guy was just doing his duty and accomplished his mission, maintaining the proper decorum for that solemn affair, returning the baby to his mama with nary a fuss. It does make the video even more precious!

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Response to countryjake (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:34 PM

41. Don't you know your Daddy Big-Boots once wore little boots, like you?

(GI Blues)

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:20 PM

8. ain't no one gonna dis a tyke whose daddy is getting the medal of honor

he did steal the show
caught the ceremony
reminded that besides being an incredible hero, Mr Rosmeha is also a dad

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:20 PM

23. And he came home

and helped some other Dad's come home....what a hero.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:39 PM

14. No One "Wins" The Medal of Honor

The tyke is cute as a button!

Now I don't mean to be a total buzz-kill here but I would like to point something out that has always bugged me when some people refer to Medal of Honor recipients as having "won" the award. You don't "win" the MOH: One is awarded this illustrious medal, our nation's highest, for "conspicuous acts of gallantry above and beyond the call of duty."

One may "win" a sporting contest, life-long soul-mate or battle with a dread disease but to refer to an MOH-recipient as having "won" the medal is to subtly diminish and degrade both the man or woman and the award itself.

Many veterans who have received the Medal of Honor readily admit that they'd melt it down in a heartbeat if that action could bring their buddies back. And many is the veteran who, in wiping away a bitter tear, has brokenly proclaimed, "I got the medal because I survived. The good men died on that hill/plain/valley."

Something sobering to think about and keep in mind as we honor these recipients—by never, ever referring to gallant men and women as having "won" the Medal of Honor.

Peace out.
.............................................

Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon, 1918

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you’ll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.



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Response to cer7711 (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:47 PM

16. I watched this soldier's eyes when the President put the medal

around his neck. He knew how much it had cost, and wasn't thinking of himself or his worth.

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Response to annabanana (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:01 PM

18. Indeed!

Sent chills down my spine.

Hard to believe this guy, his beautiful boy, our president and you and I have to share the planet with the likes of a Ted Nugent . . .

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Response to annabanana (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:47 PM

34. He appeared to have been crying

or holding back some serious tears. It was really quite moving, wasn't it?.

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Response to cer7711 (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:15 PM

22. Good point, and good poem. n/t

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Response to cer7711 (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:18 PM

30. fil was awarded silver star ww2

never knew it until we went through his things after his death. I don't recall him ever talking about his experience. He was a gunner's mate - I believe is the correct title - made sure the rounds going into a machine gun were fed properly. Anyway, imagining what he saw - the damage of the gunfire, being a huge target themselves, it is mind boggling.



Parades are nice, but they deserve so much more.

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Response to cer7711 (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:44 PM

33. 100% correct. I think people lose

some of their vocabulary when they are all choked up. They forget the more appropriate words like "recipient", "awarded", or "earned," in some cases.

I don't mind being corrected on this sort of thing. I'd rather get it right.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #33)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 10:44 PM

38. I Didn't Mean to Particularize This

Rather, it was my intention to make a general comment about a matter of some gravitas and import given the solemnity of the moment.

But thank you for for responding in so large-hearted, kind and honest a fashion.

It's a great board, isn't it?

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Response to cer7711 (Reply #38)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:59 AM

39. I think you said it wonderfully. Yes, DU is a great board! nt

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Response to cer7711 (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:03 PM

42. true

I love reality. Most people can't see it. EARNED, not won.

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Response to cer7711 (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 03:22 PM

43. THANK YOU

Loved the poem.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:48 PM

17. Very cute. I would have held him while getting the medal.

Of course, I didn't earn the medal, so there's that.

My brother's son essentially did the same thing at my sister's wedding. He stayed up there and the Rabbi worked it into her speech.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:04 PM

19. what a cutie dressed up in that little suit

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:14 PM

21. Where were the secret servicemen?

A serious breach of security if you ask me....

... just a joke, don't get bent out of shape ...

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Response to smccarter (Reply #21)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:55 PM

29. I, too, have questioned the competence of the Secret Service

when it come to protecting Obama. Here's two more that should have been wrestled to the ground:






rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #29)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:55 PM

35. Made me giggle!!

Obama-with-kids pics are my favorite! Remember this one?

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:43 PM

25. how cute can you get....

Colin for 1st grade president...

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:47 PM

26. What is Edward G. Robinson doing behind him in the first pic?

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:51 PM

27. OMG! That's my high school friend - 2nd man sitting to the right of the podium

USMC retired Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude (in second row of seats, w/shadow across bottom of his face). He received two Silver Stars for heroism in Vietnam, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. The last three with the combat “V” for valor.

Here is the very moving story of his valor, as recounted by General Charles C. Krulak, Commandant (1995-1999) USMC, of the events which earned him his first Silver Star. http://www.mike37.org/ms_66_01.htm

High school valedictorian, football team captain, US Naval Academy graduate and all round natural leader and kind human being. His closest guarded secret in high school was that his middle initial, "V" stood for Valentine. I knew that cause I worked in the school office but never told anyone - until now!

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Response to Divernan (Reply #27)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:18 PM

40. that's so cool!

And it's nice to know that he's a kind human being as well as being amazing!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:51 PM

28. Gorgeous

He was in the Oval Office tasting apples and giving the Pres a run for his money

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:39 PM

31. Love this photo!

Thanks for posting!

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