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Presidential Gaffe—Wrong Soldier, Wrong Place, Wrong Time

posted at 8:27 pm on June 23, 2011 by

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.

(H/T—Drudge Report)

Update: The good folks at Flopping Aces and Wizbang also posted this story.

Update Two: The folks at Blackfive are not amused:

Kriste said in reply to Durka-Durka

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

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“the President didn’t have prepared remarks“

Translation: TOTUS wasn’t available, and since it was only a bunch of dumb grunts it doesn’t really matter.

malclave on June 23, 2011 at 8:38 PM

One photo-op looks like any other to this guy, I suppose.

DrAllecon on June 23, 2011 at 8:53 PM

He didn’t have prepared remarks?

So effing what?

He’s only given the MOH to ONE GUY (Giunta)!

This is not a gaffe or mistake.

It belies a fundamental attitude this man has for the Armed Forces, namely that he doesn’t GAF.

catmman on June 23, 2011 at 9:01 PM

“the President didn’t have prepared remarks“.

Can TOTUS survive the bus wheels???

conservative pilgrim on June 23, 2011 at 9:28 PM

That’s so sad.

I hope the memory of Jared Monti continues to shine brightly when the current Administration fades into the troubled obscurity of half-remembered nightmare.

cthulhu on June 23, 2011 at 9:48 PM

This is not something the troops easily forget. It makes it seem like they are just window dressing to Obama. He shows a total lack of attention to detail when the subject is anything other than his own awesomeness.

JohnInCA on June 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Such things are beneath the notice of an actual Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

trl on June 24, 2011 at 2:05 AM

We are all backdrop to the wondrous One — our President. /s

NaCly dog on June 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Disgusting but telling. Goes to show the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division is just window dressing to Obama. Good to know. Well we already knew it, Obama proved it to everyone else.

IowaWoman on June 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

So Rick Perry gets panned in his speech before liberal Hispanic elected officials and makes a stupid joke. Obama insults the memory of a fallen hero in front of the 10th Mtn. Division.

Guess what story is sure to make the front page . . .

BigAlSouth on June 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Revealing but not surprising to anyone paying attention. The Military matter as much as taxpayers, Christians and the U.S. Constitution do to Barry. He’s just not that into us.
BTW-Bravo to the 10th Mountain Division. You all are awesome; hope you got hazardous duty pay for sitting through that empty suit speech.

indypat on June 24, 2011 at 10:14 AM

I am listening to Glenn Beck’s radio show and he is talking about this issue. Glenn said he had the honor of going to the WH to see president Bush. Bush told Glenn that daily he got a briefing on every man or women that was killed or wounded. He knew their names, what the wounds were, and where they were in the hospital. President Bush did indeed love our military and they loved him also.

I have a feeling the military has no use for bho as cic. God please bless and keep our military safe.
L

letget on June 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Thanks, Rovin. This needs to be on the main page ASAP.

I really, really hope Ed, Tina or Allah are planning to promote this post or are planning a new post.

Missy on June 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Oops – I’m sorry, Ed has it under OOTD – I missed the update.

I still think it deserves its own main page post. It’s far too serious for an OOTD even though Ed acknowledges that.

Missy on June 24, 2011 at 11:53 AM

I have a question for all our fellow HAers who are on active duty: What’s the general opinion of the current C-in-C?

I remember hearing, back in the ’90s, that a memo went out to the Air Force reminding members that they needed to respect the Commander in Chief and directing them not to use official e-mail to forward Clinton jokes (of which there were a great many!). I know that Clinton despised the military, which (rightly) despised him right back. How is it with Obama?

In the beginning, I think the troops were disposed to like and support him. (A master sergeant I know, who has since retired, used to have a picture of the current First Family as his desktop wallpaper.) Is that still true now?

Mary in LA on June 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Dear Allah, Ed, and Tina: I second Missy’s motion! Please promote this topic to the main page.

Mary in LA on June 24, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I have a question for all our fellow HAers who are on active duty: What’s the general opinion of the current C-in-C?

Mary in LA on June 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Mary, I think that our HAers who are on active duty should follow the third stanza of the Laws of the Navy:

Take heed what you say of your seniors,
Be your words spoken softly or plain,
Let a bird of the air tell the matter,
And so shall ye hear it again.

That being said, I’m no longer on active duty and really think that our current commander-in-chief showed tremendous disrepect to the men and women under his command with this show of ignorance. There have only been 8 total Medals of Honor awarded for service in Iraq and Afghanistan and the President has only had to award 3 of them. Anybody who pays attention at all to what is going on knows that Salvatore Giunta is the only living awardee since Vietnam.

Why bother showing up and sitting with these soldiers if you’re going to show them such disrespect?

RedinPDRM on June 24, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Very sad — and so easy to avoid. How odd that his staff didn’t set him up to get this one right.

J.E. Dyer on June 27, 2011 at 4:53 PM