Video: Obama’s eulogy at Fort Hood

posted at 4:13 pm on November 10, 2009 by Allahpundit

A good speech with a superb ending. Skip ahead to 11:18 of the clip or scroll down to the paragraph that begins “For history is filled with heroes” and go from there. This isn’t the first time The One’s risen to the occasion for a military address: His speech at Camp Lejeune in February was also surprisingly strong, albeit surreal given his prior rhetoric on Iraq. (Same here in the jarringly Bushian line, “They have extended the opportunity of self-government to peoples that have suffered tyranny and war.”) I don’t know if his speechwriters are simply inspired by the subject or if his military rhetoric profits from the contrast with his usual gassy “we are the world” Hopenchange pap, but he did well today. And laying a challenge coin at each of the memorials was an elegant tribute.

Stephanopoulos thinks The One signaled here that he too now subscribes to the terrorism theory of Hasan’s attack. I think that’s already fairly clear from the fact that the president and Gen. Casey attended today; a simple lone nut scenario involving a guy who, say, just got laid off and opened fire in frustration wouldn’t have drawn the same response. Most of you will have read the new WaPo story by now about Hasan delivering a jihadbot lecture at Walter Reed two years ago during what was supposed to have been a medical presentation. What you might not have read is Time’s new piece confirming that that wasn’t the only time he got his jihad on in full view of military personnel:

This officer said he was so surprised when Hasan gave a talk about “the war on terror being a war on Islam” that he asked the lieutenant colonel running the course what Hasan’s presentation had to do with health care. “I raised my hand and asked, `Why are you letting this go on — this has nothing to do with environmental health.’ The course director said, `I’m just going to let him go.’” The topic of Hasan’s presentation, the officer says, had been approved in advance by the lieutenant colonel.

A retired four-star officer says that, based on the evidence gleaned so far, it was Hasan’s career that should have been cut short. “They could have given — him a dishonorable discharge and said what he’s doing works against good order and discipline,” said the general, who also requested anonymity. But rather than any preferential treatment given to Hasan because of his religion, “My guess is he fell through the cracks,” the general said.

The officer who was at Hasan’s presentation thinks “the cracks” had nothing to do with it, that it was a straight-up case of political correctness that kept him on. Exit quotation from Patrick Poole, who lectured an audience of officers about this very problem two years ago and is still waiting for concrete action to be taken: “The military brass can’t claim that they haven’t been warned.”

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I can’t watch the speack for 2 reasons:

1. It is streaming from MSNBC;
2. Obama’s mouth is moving.

stvnscott on November 11, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Instead of waiting for the right black man for President they chose the first one they could get. And he’s lacking everything they needed.

Whippet on November 11, 2009 at 12:24 AM

Excellent! +++1000

lovingmyUSA on November 11, 2009 at 9:15 AM

I, for one, will not watch or listen, because it is just more bullshat coming from an incompetent, petty politician, that does nothing but read the tele-promoter (sic), and has a hard time with the emotional show.
One day later, Obama can’t remember what he said.

Cybergeezer on November 11, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Our troops deserve a CInC who actively supports them and cares about their welfare, not some empty suit who mouths the words and feels nothing real. Unfortunately and until 2012, they only have the latter. God bless our troops and protect them from Obama.

SKYFOX on November 11, 2009 at 9:23 AM

I can understand those that can’t listen – usually the sound of Obama’s voice sends me screaming from the room because I’ve learned to associate that sound with lies, defamation of America and more lies.

I did however hear his speech yesterday and was presently surprised that it was a good speech. He actually sounded like he knew and understood just what our soldiers do and the extent of their bravery.

katablog.com on November 11, 2009 at 9:46 AM

beautiful eulogy…God Bless America.

equanimous on November 11, 2009 at 9:48 AM

I listened to most of it. I was impressed with the speech and the delivery. But I wonder why few have asked the question, “who wrote the speech?” It certainly was not the President. This was usually asked of all the Repub Presidents, from Reagan to the last Bush. Who wrote the speech?

scottjenn on November 11, 2009 at 9:50 AM

It’s all out there, race fan – look it up. If John McCain can be aware of the internet surely you can be aware of Yahoo Finance

simplesimon on November 11, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Well, “race fan”, the burden of proof is all yours’ JFGI urself, ass-hat, or back down ur unsubstantiated claim.

/arumentation101

bluelightbrigade on November 11, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I did however hear his speech yesterday and was presently surprised that it was a good speech. He actually sounded like he knew and understood just what our soldiers do and the extent of their bravery.

katablog.com on November 11, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Got to make you wonder how much he choked on the words, either that or TOTUS got the crap kicked out of him for changing the speech.

N4646W on November 11, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I’ve been to Australia. It appears to be largely full of backward bumpkins. Offspring of prisoners, I suppose. NZ was MUCH nicer.

simplesimon on November 11, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Hmm. In the NT, more than half of the people I met were Catholics — their ancestors transported for that crime against the Crown to Australia.

And, being a debtor was also a crime sufficient for transport.

As for “bumpkins” — I’ve heard they keep cows in that symphony hall in Sidney…

You really don’t believe that line from “The Princess Bride”, do you?

[Of course, South Carolina was entirely peopled by the same sorts, so maybe that's where they get their fiestiness from.]

unclesmrgol on November 11, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I have one question for the folks who believe it is proper for an American who is a practicing Muslim to get a conscientious objector waiver to serve overseas if it involves fighting other Muslims. That this is somehow the correct response – maybe you would think so if you are a MSM – media bunny.

If you are an American of any other faith, how do you state I will participate if we are fighting Jewish, Christian or any other faith but not anyone who shares my faith. How is that fair to everyone else who raised their hand, and took the oath to serve and protect his country? Answer: You don’t get to pick and choose, who you will protect our country from, and who you won’t.

I had this discussion in an email with my husband. What made Hasan any better than any other American serving in the United States Military, that he should get out of serving overseas because the conflict involved other Muslims.

This Guy Hasan reeked on so many levels. People in the Military know it, and so does the high ranking Military Brass.

How does Casey put American Military Lives “human beings” after his concern for diversity in the Army? Someone has their priorities skrewed up much? We are fighting in two theaters at present, we aren’t fighting the Amish, it isn’t like this is a News Bulletin. They tell us (The American People) not to fall back into the old trusting routine prior to 9/11. What about them the Military Brass?

Dr Evil on November 11, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Dr Evil on November 11, 2009 at 10:23 AM

With an all-volunteer military, I can’t see any possible reason for the ‘conscientious objector’ label or excuse. Hasan knew what he was getting into from the start.

Somebody dropped the ball big time when it comes to Hasan, for years.

Liam on November 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM

One day second later, Obama can’t remember what he said read.

Cybergeezer on November 11, 2009 at 9:15 AM

dthorny on November 11, 2009 at 10:42 AM

So an extremist muslim in the American military speaks about beheadings, pouring oil down slit American throats, Jihad against America, proselyitizing and acts of treason for years and can remain in the military and receive a promotion after espousing these views while a guy in South Carolina cannot get a license plate with a cross and “I believe” written on it?

Ahhh, change you cannot possibly believe in.

dthorny on November 11, 2009 at 10:50 AM

If you did not like that speech you are beyond the point of not return from the planet of Wingnuttery. You need to look inside yourself to see what is wrong with you. Politics are not the problem You are using that to justify your inner imbalance in life.

Decider on November 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM

From Rush’s website, before the Majesty made his speech:

We are going to complete this investigation and we are going to take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again. Beyond that, I think it’s important for me to let the investigation play itself out so that we know exactly what happened, when it happened, how it happened, before — before I as president of the United States comment on it.

Seems everyone expected this kind of mindset from him, and he met expectations. It doesn’t matter what he said in his speech, because his character shines through somewhere in every event.

Liam on November 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM

If you did not like that speech you are beyond the point of not return from the planet of Wingnuttery. You need to look inside yourself to see what is wrong with you. Politics are not the problem You are using that to justify your inner imbalance in life.

Decider on November 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM

I do not care for one word he spoke. His words mean nothing.

This ghoul hung around Dover AFB last week waiting for a photo op with a casket. Not there to pay respects to the families or honor the fallen…. THERE FOR A PHOTO OP.

When one of your family is in uniform and in harm’s way and the POS CINC is dithering and playing politics with ROE, you then, sir, have the right to tell me I have an imbalance in my life.

When you pray hard each night for your son’s safe return you then can lecture me, or any other military family on our imbalanced lives.

Until then YOU sir can STFU.

bloviator on November 11, 2009 at 11:09 AM

I don’t believe a word of it.
It’s TOTUS talk.
He didn’t write a word of it.

Yephora on November 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Some of you people are pathetic. Just because he reads a speech of the TOTUS does not make it sincere, but after many pieces of evidence that TheO does not like the military you are ready to believe that after one well read speech he has changed – how stupid are you.

dpierson on November 11, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Seems everyone expected this kind of mindset from him, and he met expectations. It doesn’t matter what he said in his speech, because his character shines through somewhere in every event.

Liam on November 11, 2009

Surprised that Obarfy didn’t include a line about Sgt. Munley acting “stupidly”.

SKYFOX on November 11, 2009 at 11:13 AM


Obama’s eulogy at Fort Hood

In which Our Idiot President repudiates his own liberal-nitwit talking points about the rush to judgment and the horrific backlash against the poor oppressed U.S. Muslim population.

Buck Ofaama

Jaibones on November 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM

He didn’t write a word of it.

Yephora on November 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Truer words have rarely been spoken.

Jaibones on November 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Thus spake our Pussy-in-chief.

RandyChandler on November 11, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Are you impressed that Barry can read from a teleprompter a speech someone else wrote? Did he include shoutouts and ” do not rush to judgments” in that speech?

bayview on November 11, 2009 at 11:43 AM

“He didn’t write a word of it.”

Yephora on November 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Truer words have rarely been spoken.

Jaibones on November 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM


Thank you. If you want to hear words that come from his own heart (if you can stomach it again) listen to the “shout outs” and “word ups” he gave to Chief Crazy Legs at that Indian Reservation while KNOWING of the Muslim Massacre that had just happened. That’s your REAL Commandeer-in-Cheat talking.

Yephora on November 11, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Seems everyone expected this kind of mindset from him, and he met expectations. It doesn’t matter what he said in his speech, because his character shines through somewhere in every event.

Liam on November 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Seems this is the only possible path for Obama to take. If he says Hasan is a dirtbag and ought to be shot, Hasan can take that statement and probably win dismissal of charges in his court-martial by claiming that the CINC has prejudiced the jurors.

I’m glad he’s taken this path — it gives Hasan no out in the military justice system.

unclesmrgol on November 11, 2009 at 3:12 PM

…Chief Crazy Legs at that Indian Reservation while KNOWING of the Muslim Massacre that had just happened. That’s your REAL Commandeer-in-Cheat talking.

Yephora on November 11, 2009 at 11:46 AM

OK to diss Obama, but please stop short of dissing a Bronze Star winner who really did (if you read what he’s done with his life) deserve the Medal of Freedom.

unclesmrgol on November 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Fair enough. Joseph Medicine Crow-High Bird is his name.

Yephora on November 11, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Fair enough. Joseph Medicine Crow-High Bird is his name.

Yephora on November 11, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Yup, and the only mistake he made in his life was making Obama an honorary Crow during the election season last year.

Kinda puts a bit of tarnish on the Medal, because it looks like payback.

unclesmrgol on November 11, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Credit where it’s due: This was a very good speech. He appropriately recognized and rememebred the brave folks who just gave their lives in service to our nation.

acasilaco on November 11, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Credit where it’s due: This was a very good speech. He appropriately recognized and rememebred the brave folks who just gave their lives in service to our nation.

acasilaco on November 11, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Please! Most of us know he had nothing to do with the speech composition; Only the delivery. And with his emotional impairment, he couldn’t get the emotion right without coaching: He probably had an ear bud microphone for that.
Why do you think it took so long for him to respond?

Cybergeezer on November 11, 2009 at 6:07 PM

It wasn’t political correctness that kept him in the service, it was tokenism. You now, that same irrational and unfounded voice in your head that says “wouldn’t it be wicked awesome if we had a black president who smokes kools or moderate jihadis in the military!” – IGNORE THAT VOICE, IT WILL KILL YOU!!

abobo on November 11, 2009 at 6:18 PM

If you did not like that speech you are beyond the point of not return from the planet of Wingnuttery. You need to look inside yourself to see what is wrong with you. Politics are not the problem You are using that to justify your inner imbalance in life.

Decider on November 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Ok, lets use Obama’s own words:

“JUST WORDS, JUST SPEECHES”.

He didn’t mean a lick of what he read.

dthorny on November 11, 2009 at 7:03 PM

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