In the early morning hours of Thursday , President Obama came to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, to be there as some of our fallen heroes were brought home.
Many have criticised the President for this act. I will not criticise the Commander-in-Chief for having the courage to be present when soldiers who have given the final measure of courage are brought back to their families. And there were family members present also.
I think it is important that a President understand the cost of our freedom, and I can’t think of anything that could drive that message home more than watching those Flag draped caskets being carried off the plane. It would be foolish to even think that any American and especially the President would not be moved by such a site.
And as the President weighs the decision to send more troops to Afghanistan it seems fitting that he honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.
So I will not criticise the President for honoring those soldiers who were brought home to Dover Air Force Base on Thursday morning.
I will however criticise the President for his lack of respect for those soldiers and their families, for having cameras present. And please , if the President says no cameras then there would be no cameras. He could have come in and quietly paid his respects to the soldiers and their families and then left. Of course it would have gotten out that the President had been there but , by allowing there to be these images , it gives the appearance that this was a photo-op.
So for the President paying tribute to the fallen soldiers I give him praise. But for the bad judgement of allowing even the perception of using the moment for political gain , I have to say I find it disgusting.
And just one side note. Now that the President has come out to welcome home these fallen heroes and to honor them with his presence , will he now be present when all our fallen troops are brought home? And if not how will this make those families feel?