To be fair, we have to give Desmond Tutu an assist on this OOTD. On June 6, 2010, most of the media commemorated the 66th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious military in operation that began the liberation of a continent … well, half a continent, anyway; the Eastern bloc would have to wait another 45 years for BW-Day (Berlin Wall Day). Jim Hoft notes that President Obama didn’t bother joining the rest of the country in remembering the massive sacrifice on Omaha Beach, among others, not even with a White House blog post, choosing instead to attend a splashy party instead that will get aired on ABC over the July 4th weekend.
But it took this classless moment from Bishop Tutu to make it a perfect OOTD entry:
“Security is not something that comes from the barrel of a gun.”
The thousands of Allied casualties on D-Day can attest that sometimes it takes the barrel of a gun to end tyranny and provide security for free people. Maybe if Obama had bothered to involve himself in his nation’s history, he could have reminded Tutu of that fact.
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