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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 09:54 AM
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My solemn meeting on Veterans Day with President Obama at my friend's resting place in Arlington
My solemn meeting on Veterans Day with President Obama at my friend's resting place in Arlington
BY James Gordon Meek
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

Thursday, November 12th 2009, 4:00 AM


President Obama extends a hand to James Gordon Meek (left) of the Daily News Washington Bureau. FOR PICS FROM VETERANS DAY PARADE,

ARLINGTON, Va. - He didn't introduce himself. He didn't have to.

President Obama simply stuck out his hand and asked for my name as he stepped toward me amid a bone-chilling drizzle in the Gardens of Stone.

This was Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. I wasn't there as a reporter, but to visit some friends and family buried there when Obama made an unscheduled stop - a rare presidential walk among what Lincoln called America's "honored dead" - after laying a Veterans Day wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

What I got was an unexpected look into the eyes of a man who intertwined his roles as commander in chief and consoler in chief on a solemn day filled with remembrance and respect for sacrifices made - and sacrifices yet to be made.

I'm sure the cynics will assume this wasjust anotherObama photoop.

If they'd been standing in my boots looking him in the eye, they would have surely choked on their bile.

His presence in Section 60 convinced me that he now carries the heavy burden of command.

I had stopped at Arlington to see the resting place of Ken Taylor, Ed Lenard and Dave Sharrett. Ken and Ed survived their service, in World War II and Korea, and died as old men. Dave did not leave Iraq alive. He was 27.

Obama arrived just before noon at the serene Section 60, where many of the dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried together - and where many more heroes will undoubtedly be laid to rest before this President leaves office.

It's a section typically bustling with those visiting loved ones. Every time I go there, more and more graves have been dug into the earth.

The President and First Lady Michelle Obama emerged from their armored limousine hatless in the frigid downpour and took a slow stroll into the soggy rows of white marble headstones.

They stopped first at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient Ross McGinnis, an Army private who threw himself on a grenade in Iraq three years ago to save four buddies.

A sad-faced woman reached for Obama's hand and pointed him to a nearby plot.

The face of another woman - who had grimly sat in a folding chair for hours next to a headstone she'd arranged flowers around - suddenly broadened into a smile as she stood to embrace Obama and thank him for paying his respects.

She was so overcome with emotion that a soldier from the Army's Old Guard had to console her afterward.

The President patted backs of adozen other Gold Star relativesand troops visiting buddiesnow in the ground.

He gave hugs. He shook wet, chilly hands. He wanted to know something about each fallen warrior.

He began to slowly trudge back toward the motorcade - and to another White House huddle with his war council, which is advising him whether to send up to 40,000 additional troops into harm's way in Afghanistan.

And then Obama noticed a tall, bearded figure. He probably didn't see the mud-caked combat boots I trudged around Afghanistan in a few years ago.

"What's your name?" a somber President asked as he extended his hand.

"James Meek, sir," I replied, struggling to pull off my wool glove and pull my hood back from my head. "I'm here visiting a friend, Pfc. David H. Sharrett II, who was killed in Iraq last year."

He asked how I knew Dave. I explained that his father, also named David, was my high school English teacher in nearby McLean, Va. My classmates and I knew Dave as a little boy playing at our feet.

"He became a star football player and was one of the toughest soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division," I told Obama.

I didn't tell the commander in chief that Dave was killed by friendly fire. Or that the Army bungled notifying Dave's parents of a probe that concluded his lieutenant tragically mistook him for a terrorist in the dark and shot him. Or that his family had to fight for accountability - which two battlefield commanders promised but stateside generals derailed.

That wouldn't have been appropriate, Dave's deeply grateful father later agreed.

"Well, we appreciate his service very much," Obama told me.

I then told him I'm a reporter for the Daily News - but was just there to visit friends.

"Well, James," he said, looking me in the eye, "just because you're a journalist doesn't mean you can't honor your friends here."

The First Lady smiled and squeezed my hand. I thanked her for coming to Section 60.

Her face opened up into a smile filled with warmth and comfort, a welcome antidote for the weather and sadness around her. She said there was no finer place to be on Veterans Day.

Ironically, I was ready to leave the cemetery an hour earlier, but it went into lockdown because of Obama's visit.

"Sorry for any inconvenience," a terribly polite Secret Service agent whispered in my ear.

As the Obamas ended their pilgrimage through Arlington's hallowed ground, inconvenience was hardly what I felt standing there as the rain pelted my coat, staring at blades of grass around a headstone etched with a name and a date I will never forget.

jmeek@nydailynews.com

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/11/12/200...
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:09 AM
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1. K&R.
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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:16 AM
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2. K&R n/t
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:29 AM
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3. K&R
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:59 AM
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4. k&r. . . . . n/t
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:09 AM
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5. K&R. Good to know we have a President who won't turn his eyes away from the cost of war.
I always got the impression that Bush didn't want to be bothered with unpleasant truths of many kinds.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:49 PM
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49. It wasn't just an impression it was reality!
He always went where the area was sanitized for his visits and he avoided places that might cause him the least discomfort.

Katrina....sanitized....
Iraq Thanksgivings....sanitized.....

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 05:40 AM
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69. Bush has been isolated from
Edited on Fri Nov-13-09 05:41 AM by Enthusiast
unpleasantness for his entire life. Born on third base he thought he hit a triple. Daddy made sure he didn't have to get shot at in Vietnam. And daddy said he didn't even have to show up for National Guard duty, if was too fucked up on drugs. Then Daddy awarded him with the presidency. And every news conference and public appearance was carefully orchestrated so he wouldn't be subjected to unsettling questions from the bad liberals.

It's nice to have a real president.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:48 AM
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89. bush was sheltered by his mother and father, and had that
silver spooned in his mouth!!! Obama certainly doesn't.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:36 AM
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84. He could put an end to it
and I hope he does. Soon. Every day more die, soldiers and civilians, and for what??
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:11 AM
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6. ........
:cry:
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PopSixSquish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:24 AM
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7. Right There With You
:cry:

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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:49 AM
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90. Ditto...
... :cry:
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:43 AM
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8. Obama, more than any president during my lifetime, embodies "Commander-in-Chief."
More than any other president that I've seen during my "Baby Boomer" lifetime, Pres. Obama truly gives a sense of actually understanding, caring for, and being with the troops he commands, not just wearing the title of Commander-in-Chief.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 05:43 AM
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70. Except for him being
weak on terrorism.




















:sarcasm: :hide:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:44 AM
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9. Who could read James Meek's
Edited on Thu Nov-12-09 11:46 AM by Cha
account and not get tearful?

It's amazing that he was there to put into words what we could only imagine otherwise.

"If they'd been standing in my boots looking him in the eye, they would have surely choked on their bile.

His presence in Section 60 convinced me that he now carries the heavy burden of command."

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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:11 PM
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28. +1
Too sad. :cry:
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:41 PM
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33. I still can't stop crying. It's killing me. n/t
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 12:54 PM
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10. Kick
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 12:58 PM
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11. K&R
:cry:
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:03 PM
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12. Very moving...
thank you for posting this, it is much appreciated.

Recommended.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:03 PM
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13. K&R
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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:10 PM
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14. I love this man and nothing
can change my mind about what a great president he already is and what a great president he will be.

This is just a beautiful, beautiful story.

Thank you.
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onestepforward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:19 PM
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15. K&R
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onestepforward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:20 PM
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16. K&R
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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:40 PM
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17. kick
:cry: :patriot:
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:52 PM
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18. Very touching. The POTUS has a huge weight on his shoulders.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:57 PM
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19. KnR. This Commander in Chief is the real deal
Bush the Lesser was always playing dress-up whenever he was with the military, and so much of it was photo-op. Obama is for real; he doesn't need costumery, does he?

Hekate

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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:59 PM
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20. K&R. He was just telling his story on MSNBC. n/t
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:32 PM
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22. He is camping out at MSNBC this afternoon. Here was his paper's front page.
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lyonn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:39 PM
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23. He seemed sincere, not grandstanding, and believed that
Obama was sincere.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:12 PM
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29. It was very nice to have someone to point out that no one had talked to or checked out who was in
Edited on Thu Nov-12-09 04:14 PM by Pirate Smile
the area Obama went to - Section 60. Obama could have got screamed at by a grieving Mom or something like that with the cameras from the press pool rolling. It could have been a disaster. He made it clear it was no photo-op.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:37 PM
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31. Jenny, do you know if anyone has it on uploaded on youtube.
I'd like to see him. I can't stop crying right now after reading this. I love my President and our lost men and the ones still fighting. For all the crappy shit the birthers, teabaggers, deathers, even racists have put us through....I still love them. Maybe tomorrow they'll do something to tarnish that feeling...but currently---I miss and love America.
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PolNewf Donating Member (388 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:49 PM
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34. Video
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:31 PM
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45. Thank you so much. You should post it in the political videos section. nt
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 02:18 PM
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21. K&R
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 03:46 PM
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24. i'm sure it meant a lot to the people who were there, not expecting to see him
thanks Pres. and First Lady Obama.
:patriot:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:00 PM
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25. I'll point this out since it needs noting... Bush NEVER did this
The burden of command is one that is hard to explain... but you can ALMOST see it in that photo. Look at the eyes.
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:38 PM
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32. I wanted to ask this..but felt it was inappropriate. Thnks for letting us know nadinbrzezinski.
I figured as much. That asshole didn't care. He didn't want to know the many he killed.
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Bobbie Jo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:01 PM
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26. Damn...K&R
:kick:



:patriot:
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politicasista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:05 PM
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27. Kick
:kick: :patriot:
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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:34 PM
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30. I don't know how much of this I can take.
I can't stop crying and thinking and crying and thinking. I'd first like to say thank you to all our dead service men. These men that lost their lives over the wants and needs of overs or for the fight and struggle for freedom, liberty, equality, and hope.

What I feel right now, just cannot be explained. I mean I can't even put it into words. So many over the centuries, so many in just a few hours and days. So many Americans and people all over the world fighting for ideals either for ill or good---whatever because at some point they believed in it. From just 18 year olds to 40 year olds and veterans long after a specific battle. Our men have done so much for us. And all I can say is a measly thank you, because I'm just too weak to sacrifice what they did?! But this isn't even about me...God, I can't stop crying.

I would like to thank my President for caring. I'd like to thank my President for remembering the sacrifice because God knows the fools before him could careless.

I hope that my President remembers Dover, remembers the men who died at Ft. Hood, remembers so many of those men he visited at Arlington---as I'm sure he will. When he makes his final decisions. I don't want to leave Afghanistan in a mess----our history has done enough damage as it is. However, I can't take any more of this.

And when I hear people die in Afghanistan or Iraq---I have to wonder what for. What the fuck for... What the fuck is going on...At this point I don't care about Bin Laden... don't care if he's dead or alive---I don't want any more of our men dieing over this.

I'm just heart broken...ugh. It's times like this I wasn't in France alone. The American kids here don't give a flying fuck. None of them even knew what day yesterday was. They saw it as a free day and went to get a drink and I wanted to know about my country and my people. I miss you all.

Thank you for this article. It destroyed me, but keeps what's going on in perspective.

Thanks Pirate Smile. K*R*Bm'd.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:39 AM
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86. ...................
:hug:
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 04:54 PM
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35. Kick
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:06 PM
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36. K and R.
eom
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POAS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:25 PM
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37. k & r
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:30 PM
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38. Tears for all the pain and loss
and tears of empathy and gratitude for our President and his wife, for recognizing, and feeling the loss.
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kid a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:31 PM
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39. k&r
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LonelyLRLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:33 PM
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40. This reaffirms my confidence in President Obama.
I've been so worried that he would just rubber-stamp sending 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan based on political considerations, but this reassures me that he takes the actual human toll seriously in making this kind of decision.
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blaze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:42 PM
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41. K&R n/t
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humbled_opinion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:55 PM
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42. .....and what we need now is a Hero.......
President Obama can be that Hero, it will take courage and resolve but if anyone can do it, he can.
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Loki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:24 PM
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43. Please, Mr. President
please bring them home.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:41 AM
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87. ...........
I totally agree with that sentiment.
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gademocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:30 PM
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44. K&R
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PJPhreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:33 PM
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46. K&R nt
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Riley18 Donating Member (883 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:34 PM
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47. Can't stop crying. It's seeing the heavy weight of war through our president's eyes
has finally made it more personal. The past eight years it was always out of sight.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:35 PM
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48. Shrub would never have done that
He would have gotten in his bulletproof presidential limo and speeded away as soon as his official duties were over.

THAT's the difference between the last administration and Obama's.
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EmeraldCityGrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 07:52 PM
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50. I have complete faith in President Obama.
What ever decision he makes, whether I agree or not, I know he has considered all
angles and has not underestimated the human toll his decision may have.
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liquid diamond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:48 PM
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64. This post is especially
important for those assholes that will pounce on him if he decides to send more troops. It's not like he hasn't seriously considered his next move.
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Shanti Mama Donating Member (625 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:07 AM
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80. KnR to your comment.
That's exactly the point. He considers everything and then makes the decision he thinks is the best among none that are good. How he prioritizes, we don't know. But we know he is immensely intelligent and thoughtful and does not make any important decision easily.

For this I am forever grateful. Thank you Mr. President.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:27 PM
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51. Proud that he's my president.
Wonderful post. I hope the haters give it a rest on this one.
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catbyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:28 AM
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81. Off topic, but what's with Batali's shoes & socks??!!?
eek!!!!!!! :shrug: :rofl:

Diane

Anishnabe in MI
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:41 PM
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52. K & R Thank You Mister President! n/t
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 08:59 PM
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53. The man is obviously struggling to make a decision..it nice to have a POTUS with feelings.
I'm a cemetery wanderer myself and go to the "Garden of Stone" on every visit. You can't get close to the people if you hide out in the W.H. I read this story several times and with all this man has on his plate he still inspires me.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 09:27 PM
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54. My dad is buried in Section 60.
He dided of lung cancer and is a Vietnam Vet, but he is in there among the Iraq and Afghanistan military dead.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 09:50 PM
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57. I'm sorry.
:hug:
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:45 AM
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88. I'm sorry too Hissy.
:(
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:54 AM
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91. I'm sorry for your loss, Hissyspit.

:hug:

Your father is from my generation,
my brother is a Vietnam Vet, also.
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Oldtimeralso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 09:43 PM
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55. K & R n/t
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 09:46 PM
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56. "He gave hugs. He shook wet, chilly hands. He wanted to know something about each fallen warrior."
:patriot:
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pasto76 Donating Member (835 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:16 PM
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58. President Obama is making his command decisions personal
This I respect, and EXPECT from my commanders.

His visit to Dover AFB
His visit to Walter Reed
HIs visit in this story.

Now reports of him bucking the "options" in Afghanistan. The Commander in Chief is saying "not good enough! Give me something else!"

MY guys who are still in the army, facing yet another deployment this year....not having a President who is basically braindead is a releif. One less thing over which to worry regarding my comrades.

Wondering if a freeper type can even comprehend this.

SGT PASTO
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:56 PM
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60. I've been wondering how this all was going over with the troops - especially the breaking news
yesterday that Obama demand exit strategies which hadn't been provided in the plans given to him. I would think it would be a huge relief to know that was important to him but what do I know. I've never been in that situation. Any more feedback you can give would be greatly appreciated.

:patriot:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:59 PM
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61. Thanks for your take, Sargent Pasto.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:01 PM
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62. Since there seems to be a very high percentage of chickenhawks in freepland...
...I would venture to assume that no, they can't understand this at all.

They think that "courage" equates to "macho, big-mouth, fire-spouting," and that "command" equates to "giving orders."

But yeah, this President looks like the real deal. He's applying himself to it, and he's not shirking the tough parts.

appreciatively,
Bright
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 10:41 PM
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59. What a diff a year makes....last year Shrub was in office...like a stain on a rug he was
Obama is priceless....
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 05:47 AM
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71. Ol' shit stain W. nt
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lupinella Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:37 PM
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63. *tears welling*
Thank you for this. I do like knowing that our POTUS and FLOTUS (and VPOTUS and SLOTUS) are real human beings. Was never sure what species the last ones were, but definitely not human.
And, yes, I am a much more liberal person than my President, so while I reserve the right to criticize, bitch and rant at him over so many things, it would never be over anything like this. I believe he is a genuinely caring person who has the great gifts of both empathy and intelligence. Those also are his burdens.
I wish him and you, Mr. Meek, great peace on this Veteran's day.

:patriot:
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watrwefitinfor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 07:01 AM
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73. You speak for many on DU who are to the left of our president,
yet have great respect for his abilities and humanity.

Welcome to DU. :hi:

Wat

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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 11:55 PM
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65. Wow. Terrific post! K&R!
:kick:
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 01:12 AM
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66. K/R
Good for the president. He's proving himself to be a man of honor.

For those have served and continue to serve.

:patriot:
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 03:08 AM
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67. Now THAT'S compassion. n/t
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 05:33 AM
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68. That's a real president.
Not a faux president.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 05:55 AM
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72. Thanks for this post. The Republicans who started these wars
never bothered to count the cost. They were in it all for political points, and have to this day no understanding of the horrible things they have done to US families and how much they have stolen from this country's future.

Good for you, President Obama, and good for us all that we have you now.

mark
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Butch350 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 07:13 AM
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74. K&R ...PLEASE!!
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fryguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 07:47 AM
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75. bravo Mr. President
k&r
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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 08:08 AM
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76. This must of made the Murdoch DailyNews' readers heads explode
Just look at some of the comments on the NYDailynews site.
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orbitalman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 08:28 AM
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77. K&R n/t
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 08:38 AM
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78. K&R. I'm crying now.
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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 08:58 AM
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79. ....
:kick: :cry: :patriot:
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Mudoria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:30 AM
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82. It's great to have a President who takes time to sincerely honor and respect
those who have given all they have for their country.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:34 AM
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83. what a wonderful story
Edited on Fri Nov-13-09 09:59 AM by bdamomma
I am sure President Obama feels each of these soldiers deaths. Mr. Meeks said in that video, that President Obama's visit to Section 60 was not scheduled, his actions speak a thousand words, he does have compassion and humility.
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proReality Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 09:36 AM
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85. A president with real compassion
What a refreshing and hopeful concept after the last eight years.
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