Presidential Gaffe—Wrong Soldier, Wrong Place, Wrong Time
posted at 8:27 pm on June 23, 2011 by Rovin
Not sure if this would fall under one of Mr. Morrissey’s Obamateurisms, or if the President is in need of dementia check-up. The Obamateurisms are full of “history revisions” that would certainly make Joe Wilson stand up and shout “you lie”, but maybe folks should really take notice of the President’s selective memory more now than ever.
Today, at Fort Drum, the President was chumming it up with his old buddies from the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division when he misspoke about a certain soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor directly by the President. One small problem, the soldier, Jared Monti, was killed in action in Afghanistan—in 2006:
During his remarks to troops at Fort Drum today, the President was reminiscing about the times he has spent with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division, when he got something wrong.
“Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a President, I’ve always run into you guys. And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.
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.”
The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009. President Obama handed the framed medal to his parents, Paul and Janet Monti. He and the First Lady comforted them in the Oval Office following the ceremony.
Dana Ritter, a CBN News White House Producer contacted the White House and was told “the President didn’t have prepared remarks“.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, ““At Fort Drum, the President misspoke when discussing the first Medal of Honor he presented posthumously to Jared Monti, who was a member of the 10th Mountain Division. The President paid tribute to Monti in his remarks to troops in Afghanistan in March 2010. Last year, the President presented the Medal of Honor to Salvatore Giunta, who was the first living recipient of the Medal who served in Afghanistan.”
Of course, if Bush had pulled this blunder, the liberal media and the blogosphere would be all over it, reminding us all how stupid the President is. Even Ms. Ritter’s story is mildly titled: “Commander In Chief Misspeaks…..”. Had Sarah Palin said anything like this to the troops it would be a major media crucifixion. Instead, it appears the liberal media’s going to keep “the shield” up covering Obama’s memory lapses. One has to wonder what else the President has forgotten—lately.
Update Two: The folks at Blackfive are not amused:
That’s what KILLS me dude! It’s beyond incompetent; it’s inhuman The facts screwed up in this one are not ones the CINC or a single member of his staff should need to RESEARCH! It’s engraved in our minds, hearts and souls. HOW is not in theirs? That’s nothing short of inhuman.
Update # 3: Correction—- It does fall under the category of an Obamateurism