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Is There Something Wrong With This Man?

I heard this yesterday, and listened in disbelief.

I really am not sure about the answer to this, but, on Memorial Day, isn't it almost a duty of the President to visit The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

From The Washington Post:

Obama will use Memorial weekend for a trip home to Chicago With the long Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, President Obama is finally addressing one of the great broken promises of his administration: his early pledge to return home to Chicago every six weeks or so.

In 16 months at the White House, the Obamas have been back home just once - in February of 2009. But they plan to make the trip over Memorial Day weekend, an official said. After arriving on Thursday night, they will visit with friends and participate in private events.

On Monday, Obama will make remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, south of Chicago - missing the usual tradition of presidents speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Vice President Biden and his wife will appear in Obama's place, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as holding a breakfast for Gold Star families -- families whose loved ones died in military service -- at the White House earlier that day.

Obama hasn't been back to Chicago since February of 2009. Left out of the article is that his visit was for an intimate Valentine's Day dinner with Michelle.

He can go back to Chicago any time he pleases. He chooses Memorial Day to do this?

I'm reserving judgment on this because I really am not sure if it is a given that the President pretty much always visits Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Obama has 364 other days to take a trip to his home town. That he chose a day of such sacred and solemn meaning on which to do it seems pretty disrespectful, no matter where he may go in Illinois to observe Memorial Day.

Perhaps he could have gone to Chicago next week.

Well, he has something much more important to do, showing his true priorities.

From Indyposted.com:

Paul McCartney To Sing For Obama

Sir Paul McCartney will perform at the White House next week as he accepts an award from US President Barack Obama.

The 67-year-old former Beatles singer will be presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a ceremony in Washington D.C. next Wednesday. After accepting the award, McCartney will sing for Obama, his wife Michelle and other distinguished guests in the residence's lavish East Room.

The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill and Jerry Seinfeld are expected to attend the award ceremony, while Jack White, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello will also perform. The complete concert and award presentation will be broadcast on American television in July.

The Gershwin Prize was established in 2008 to recognised musicians who have dedicated their entire lifetime to songwriting. The inaugural award was given to Paul Simon, and last year's prize went to Stevie Wonder.

Sir Paul McCartney will perform at the White House next week as he accepts an award from US President Barack Obama.

The 67-year-old former Beatles singer will be presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a ceremony in Washington D.C. next Wednesday. After accepting the award, McCartney will sing for Obama, his wife Michelle and other distinguished guests in the residence's lavish East Room.

The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill and Jerry Seinfeld are expected to attend the award ceremony, while Jack White, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello will also perform. The complete concert and award presentation will be broadcast on American television in July.

The Gershwin Prize was established in 2008 to recognised musicians who have dedicated their entire lifetime to songwriting. The inaugural award was given to Paul Simon, and last year's prize went to Stevie Wonder.

Yup. These musicians who help save the world, sacrificed their lives, and protected our country from harm deserve official Presidential attendance.

Is Obama just stupid or is it true disdain for our country?


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Is Obama just stupid or ... (Below threshold)

Is Obama just stupid or is it true disdain for our country?

Disdain...

as for me and my family we will remember those who stood for us, such as my father who was killed in Vietnam. My son will do so overseas in Afghanistan. I sure hope the Windy City is lovely this time of year.

Jennifer

Is Obama just stupid or ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Is Obama just stupid or is it true disdain for our country?

Umm...

Good question. Consider how he was raised. Memorial Day's just a three-day weekend - everyone gets out of town for that if they can, right?

But the Presidency's a 24/7 job, with a lot of responsibilities and customary functions. Whether he likes them or not, there's certain things that are expected from him. And blowing them off...

(Shakes head.)

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm.

on Memorial Day, isn't i... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

on Memorial Day, isn't it almost a duty of the President to visit The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

I would've thought it was. Of course, every President since the Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated was either a veteran, or someone who cared about public relations with the military and its supporters. Barry Lackwit is neither.

Is Obama just stupid or is it true disdain for our country?

Yes.

Disdain.... (Below threshold)
dnb:

Disdain.

Like school in summertime.<... (Below threshold)

Like school in summertime.

No class.

I really cannot believe the... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I really cannot believe the positive spin they put on this.

"President Obama is finally addressing one of the great broken promises of his administration: his early pledge to return home to Chicago every six weeks or so."

For the left the sacrifices... (Below threshold)
jim m:

For the left the sacrifices of our fellow countrymen and fore fathers are meaningless. Those sacrifices were or a country the left does not believe in or want to exist. History has nothing of value to impart to the left. The historical failures of the left were failures to be sufficiently ideological not that their ideology is flawed.

Why should we be surprised then when Barry snubs war veterans or our war dead? They didn't fight and die to defend the country Barry believes in. Heck, the man can't even tell you how many states there are with any certainty so why expect him to honor those who defended them?

I think he would go to Arli... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I think he would go to Arlington if they could cover all the crosses. Didn't they have to cover Jesus' name at Georgetown before he spoke there a while back???

"UTTER" disdain! ... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

"UTTER" disdain!

Disdain... (Below threshold)
Mjdzfun:

Disdain

It is getting to the point ... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

It is getting to the point that when I read about some dumbass thing the Administration has done, I can hear Homer Simpson in my head saying "D'OH!"
So, I refer to the President as "D'OH-bama".

That doesn't even work in this instance. This is pure and utter disdain for the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, Decoration Day, and all represented by this holiday.

The fun part will be when Lee Ward chimes in to defend D'OH-bama on this one.

While I can't agree more wi... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

While I can't agree more with the above commenters (yes it is distain), isn't it amusing that Anne E. Kornblut would think this is "one of the great broken promises of his administration"?

Like anyone cares how often Obama goes to Chicago?

Here let me fix that for you Anne:

President Obama, while once again demostrating his utter contempt and distain for those who've served and died for our country and are far more noble and patriotic than Obama could ever hope to be in his wildest dreams, is finally addressing the very least significant of the many, many, almost infinite string of broken promises of his administration: his early pledge to return home to Chicago every six weeks or so--as if anyone really cares.

Obama is so one term.... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Obama is so one term.

This is politically tone-de... (Below threshold)
James H:

This is politically tone-deaf. And irresponsible. It's one thing for ordinary Americans to treat Memorial Day as just another three-day weekend. But He's freakin' President of the United States of America. The job description includes certain ceremonial responsibilities, and laying a wreath at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day is one of them.

And so is lunch with the Gold Star families (a much more important event, IMO). Gold Star families faced very personal losses. For them, war is not an abstraction that happened to somebody else, but rather a very deep, very personal sacrifice. And a president honors that sacrifice by meeting with them for a few hours on Memorial Day to show he, personally, appreciates what these families have given their country.

Sending the veep doesn't cut it.

What makes Arlington Cemete... (Below threshold)
Rance:

What makes Arlington Cemetery more special than any of the other military cemeteries in this country? Why shouldn't the president participate in ceremonies at the same place every year? There are over 160 other national cemeteries in this country. Don't they deserve the same attention as the one inside the beltway?

As far as "demostrating [sic] his utter contempt and distain [sic] for those who've served and died for our country", who do you think is buried in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery?

Come on, you've all overloo... (Below threshold)
LETS GO FLYERS!!!!!:

Come on, you've all overlooked the most important event happening that weekend...the Blackhawks are home for two games in Chicago. The Stanley cup playoffs! What's more important than that. Forget about paying homage to our military and the fallen or being concerned with the little oil leak. He can't miss a good photo op or party.

As a Nam Vet. I'd rather he... (Below threshold)
Ran:

As a Nam Vet. I'd rather he stayed away, and not SOIL the fine men and women buried there. Biden will be bad enough.

What makes Arlingt... (Below threshold)
James H:
What makes Arlington Cemetery more special than any of the other military cemeteries in this country? Why shouldn't the president participate in ceremonies at the same place every year? There are over 160 other national cemeteries in this country. Don't they deserve the same attention as the one inside the beltway?

Do you mean aside from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, memorials to sailors who died aboard the Maine, the astronauts aboard the Challenger and others? The fact that burial at Arlington is among the highest orders accorded those who served their country?

Ultimately, it's because symbols are important. And laying the wreath at Arlington is one of those symbols, one of the things that shows the president honors veterans.

The big problem with Obama going to Lincoln is that he hasn't shown us any indication that he is, for example, trying to draw attention to other veterans cemeteries. He's going there, by indications, because it's the closest veterans cemetery.

If President Obama chose to, say, visit with Frank Buckles, I could respect it. Or if President Obama spent the weekend with soldiers in the Gulf, who would be glad to see their commander-in-chief. Or if he chose something -- I don't know what -- to honor the sacrifices of those who fought in a particular war. Hell, he could visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Or the USS Arizona memorial in Hawaii.

But by all indications, he's not. He's just going to Chicago because it's a three-day weekend.

Rance, there's no "Tomb" at... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Rance, there's no "Tomb" at the other cemeteries. It's about the tomb and what it symbolizes, or that appears to be what his predecessors believed. But of course they're not the "ones we've been waiting for".

I don't know if this is disdain. It does appear to be about selfishness, however.

I left the first comment on... (Below threshold)

I left the first comment on this thread and thought that perhaps I would share a bit more about those families of the fallen...you see my entire life I have known what it is like to be the daughter of a soldier killed, yet never knew him as he was killed before I was born.

I have been the wife of a soldier and during some times of his enlistment was concerned but never truly as deeply concerned as I have been now, the mom of a soldier in Afghanistan.

I love this country, and understand that a price has been paid to uphold our beliefs our values, and our very soul. Sometimes our political elite minimize those who have and are willing to stand for the rest of us. This is what the president is doing by not going to Arlington. He is bowing down to unimportance of the blood spilled for us and also him.

I have lived a life that has been good but also one of wondering what it would have been like to have my dad around.

I have been overcome as of late with my son in Afghan as his news is frightening to a mother, who has lost her composure more than once since he arrived overseas. I have had little to write about as my strength has always been my strong suit until now. Now I worry and pray like no other and cannot understand why many do not get it.

This is not just time off for me and my family. 43 years later the emptiness of not having that soldier home with us still is as wide as the Grand Canyon.

Here is what I wrote about my dad a few years ago...http://penofjen.blogspot.com/2007/04/in-honor-of-captain-david-p-gibson.html

and here is a post with my son and my dads photo together...http://doublenickelfarm.blogspot.com/2009/05/alive-and-recovering.html

I am not sharing for recognition other than we are real people, with real emotions, real lives, real triumphs after the tragedy as well as real pain decades later. Our troops deserve our respect and our gratitude if for nothing else for those who lived with the price that had been paid.

he KNOWS the message he is ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

he KNOWS the message he is sending with this...and he WANTS to send that message.

he isn't just a worthless "President"...he is a disgusting "human being".

Fuck this moron!

Barry also probably wants t... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry also probably wants to get in a round of golf. Priorities.

Can't believe they're gonna let the 'gaffemeister' out of his cage. I can just imagine what Joey Biden might blurt out in a moment of inspired stupidity.

Jennifer:Thank you... (Below threshold)
James H:

Jennifer:

Thank you for sharing.

What an imbecile...Heres to... (Below threshold)
914:

What an imbecile...Heres to hoping he never comes back! Now that hope and change we can believe in.

Thank you Jennifer. It is d... (Below threshold)
soozer:

Thank you Jennifer. It is disdain and it's a disgrace.

Are there any reports Obama... (Below threshold)
James H:

Are there any reports Obama will meet with Gold Star families in Chicago? To my mind, that's just as important as Arlington National Cemetery, if not moreso.

"Are there any reports Obam... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Are there any reports Obama will meet with Gold Star families in Chicago?"

Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, Barry would want to be reminded of the sacrifice of others for a nation he constantly apologizes for.

Well, given that Obama's fi... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Well, given that Obama's first political mentor (B. Ayers) plotted to firebomb soldiers (literally), can we really act all that surprised by this news??

So when Obama says he is no... (Below threshold)
RAH:

So when Obama says he is not going to rest until the spill is resolved and the how many other times he has said he is "Not going to rest until___________" you fill in the blank, that really meant, unless of course he wants to take a vacation or play golf. That must be work for him, then again, the media does not let us see him golf, so it may be work for him if his golf game is anything like he looked when he threw out the first pitch this year.

Maybe we can impeach him fo... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Maybe we can impeach him for this jobs for not running business and send him back for good!

Both Presidents Ronald Wils... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Both Presidents Ronald Wilson Reagan and George H. W. Bush had representatives lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day.

It's different when Obama does it because [fill in the blank].

President Bush evidently ma... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

President Bush evidently made the job look easy. So easy in fact, that an incompetent like Barack Obama, doing a doobie while sitting on his ass on a sofa back in Chicago thought 'I can do that job!'.

Adriane:Are you re... (Below threshold)
James H:

Adriane:

Are you referring to this account? I'd excuse Reagan, as he was at an economic conference at the time with leaders of industrialized democracies. That qualifies as the business of the country, IMO. President H. W. Bush is a bit more problematic, as he was apparently playing golf in Kennebunkport.

God bless your family, Jenn... (Below threshold)
sarahconnor2:

God bless your family, Jennifer. We appreciate what they have done even if our current president doesn't.

I come from a military family and I am so mad right now, I could spit.

All you bloggers in Chicago, make sure to get as many photos as you can of 0 carrying out his "important" business there this weekend.

I'd like to second this com... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I'd like to second this comment by sarahconnor2:

"God bless your family, Jennifer. We appreciate what they have done even if our current president doesn't."

I'd also like to extend that to saraconnor2 herself.

I really can't think of any... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

I really can't think of anything polite to say about the (P)resident's decision to avoid honoring the services for their sacrifices.

OTOH, Jennifer and several others have made very insightful points as to why this is NOT just another three day weekend.

First, a couple of quotes f... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

First, a couple of quotes from Shawn:

"I really am not sure about the answer to this, but, on Memorial Day, isn't it almost a duty of President to visit The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?" -- Shawn

Nope. What good possibly comes from visiting a tomb? Life should be lived for the living, not the dead.

"Obama hasn't been back to Chicago since February of 2009."

Contrast that with Chimpy, who couldn't wait to get back to Crawford, potential terrorist strikes be damned. Chimpy, the laziest president ever, even beating out Reagan (and no, I didn't think that was possible).

And now Jennifer's lament:

"as for me and my family we will remember those who stood for us, such as my father who was killed in Vietnam."

Sorry to hear about that. He did die trying to save Vietnamese lives, not kill them, right?

Nope. What good possibly... (Below threshold)

Nope. What good possibly comes from visiting a tomb? Life should be lived for the living, not the dead.

Highlander first off the nature of Memorial Day basically states its purpose.

Second off, let me make this very clear, as I grew up not only aware of comments like yours, but heard them...

Not sure what you wish to stir up, nor do I think you do either. So many thoughts come to mind but the prominent one is this, Will you and those on the Left ever come to terms with not blaming or comparing everything to Bush?

Such a vile pathetic man was he that EVERY single conversation begins with how the fault of the world lies at his feet. Are you so spineless and weak that you cannot figure out that customs and norms occur in our nation regardless of political ideology(well they seemed to prior to Obama). One need not support the personal life of say a golfing president to accept and support that he is the President of the United States.

What has made our nation great is that we have room for discussion all the while respecting that there are those who died while wearing the uniform standing for the nation that we live in. They do deserve our respect. If you disagree with a battle or a war, that is ok with me. In fact that is your choice and aren't we a nation of people who make free choices daily about what we wear, where we go, what jobs we have, what faith we practice(if any) and even where we live. Although you can possibly claim that other places world wide offer such freedoms, I must insert that NO other nation in the world is and has remained a beacon for those who are without the freedoms I mentioned above.

For all those who wish to cite that our soldiers have killed... I say yes, they have as we live in a world that is quite crappy. Amongst all the nations our crappy little nation from sea to shining sea still calls to others saying "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

I would be far more frightened of the day when we neglect those who willingly stand up to maintain our land as that refuge as when that is gone where shall we go?

Thank God that we have real men and women who answer the call each and every day so that elitist can sit back and ponder the ills of war.

Jennifer

"Sorry to hear about that. ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Sorry to hear about that. He did die trying to save Vietnamese lives, not kill them, right?"

Snarky bastard, aren't we highlander? Get your jollys off that comment? Tell us, you go out of your way to piss on some Veteran's graves on Memorial Day?

Stay classy.

Jennifer doesn't give up, I... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

Jennifer doesn't give up, I see.

"What has made our nation great is that we have room for discussion all the while respecting that there are those who died while wearing the uniform standing for the nation that we live in."

And there are those who live & died wearing the uniforms of firefighters, lab coats of scientists, overalls of farmers, the stethoscopes of doctors, etc. One occupation isn't necessarily more noble than the other, or less noble. A society that primitively & excessively exalts the warrior is a society prone to war.

You see, Jennifer, in determining what deserves "respect," it depends precisely on what the heck one was doing with his/her life while alive. If say one had been a scientist exposing herself to dangerous radiation to help those severely irradiated (e.g., after the Chernobyl disaster) then that person has my respect, if one had been an airman mercilessly firebombing a Vietnamese village then that person does NOT have my respect. It's the actions, Jennifer, not the uniform.

I'm glad, though, that you took the time to put the words found on the Statue of Liberty -- Emma Lazarus's stirring words ("Give me your tired, your poor, your wretched refuse"...) -- on a website with many conservative visitors. The xenophobic, hateful conservatives will wind up going crazy upon reading them!

Sorry to hear abou... (Below threshold)
James H:
Sorry to hear about that. He did die trying to save Vietnamese lives, not kill them, right?

STFU. You're talking to a woman whose father died in war. If you want to talk about the merits of that war, I suppose that's fine, though this isn't the best forum for that. But tossing off a snide remark about her father is disrespectful and rude.

Are there four horsemen rid... (Below threshold)
James H:

Are there four horsemen riding through the sky? Is the Sun going to rise in the West tomorrow? Are dogs and cats living together? I think Garandfan and I just agreed on something.

Highlander you are amusing ... (Below threshold)

Highlander you are amusing for sure. Considering the notion of how many people have been exterminated in the past century- apparently this little ole world glamorizes the uniform far too much.

If but for those who wore the uniform and understood you and I may not be even able to discuss this as Hitler was ever so close in his aspirations.

If but not for the uniform of the every civilization lands and nations would cease...such is the way it is. As to Emma Lazarus and her stirring words, they are stirring because of those who stood against tyranny...and picked up arms and fought. Her words are as true today as they were before, and if you have been able to travel to places that are not so westernized, you would appreciate that those under tyranny still seek our soil to lay their weary heads upon.

You, Highlander, are much like the group PETA...you have the luxury to be so elite and proud in your condescension because you are free to do so. You can choose to be gay, straight, liberal, conservative, Jew, Christian, Muslim or none of the above because the uniform...NOT OF THE DOCTOR, LAWYER OR SCIENTIST, but of the uniform that the soldier has worn, is wearing and will wear to ensure that these freedoms exist.

By the way, war is hell...and making blanket statements about the horrible deeds of war is ironic...because always exempt in the Leftist comments against war are those brutal actions by any other than the American.

Once again enjoy your parsing of what you deem noble etc. because without those who died protecting your right to be so "well honorable" the other professions would be all for naught.

"The xenophobic, hateful... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"The xenophobic, hateful conservatives will wind up going crazy upon reading them!"

Might want to look in the mirror, guy. I'm thinking you're projecting WAY too much.

James - I realize there was... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

James - I realize there was just a 6.0, but there are probably SEVERAL things we might agree on.

As to snarky in kilts - since he likes to generalize - he strikes me as one who's never put anything on the line for ANYONE. Therefore he resents those we respect for signing a blank check payable to the American people and putting on a uniform.

As to his swipe about conservatives and the Statue of Liberty, he's probably unaware that it's right next door to Ellis Island. Were all those immigrants we 'hate' came in LAWFULLY.

And James, I'll bet that you put on one shoe at a time, just like I do. :)

For all its wonders, the in... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

For all its wonders, the internet also allows human detritus like Highlander to anonymously slander better men than he.

If he had any spine, he would take his mouth down to any VFW or American Legion hall, where there are still some Vietnam vets who would be delighted to discuss his opinions with him.

highlander - "The xenop... (Below threshold)
Marc:

highlander - "The xenophobic, hateful conservatives will wind up going crazy upon reading them!"

Gee "great" to see ya - despite your bullshit - highlander where ya been?

"Nope. What good possibly comes from visiting a tomb? Life should be lived for the living, not the dead."

Oh I don't know... maybe respect... that might be a good thing.

Reespect that has been given by each president since Bush 41. Bush 41 missed on visit to Arlington on Memorial Day.

Clinton made all 8 of his and Bush 43 made 7 of 8 the lone exception was the year he spent Memorial Day at the Cemetery in Normandy, France.

And BTW asshole not all military members were "mercilessly firebombing a Vietnamese village[s]" yet you find is very easy to slander the entire community.

But one things sure... your current LUV INTEREST obama is currently conducting Predator Drone strikes at the fastest rate in history while killing innocent civilians but I doubt too much you'll ever debate whether that amounts to a "war crime."

We might agree on a few thi... (Below threshold)
James H:

We might agree on a few things, Garand.

Actually, in all this, the tomb wreath-laying bothers me less than him not meeting witht he Godl Star families. Laying a wreath at the Tombof the Unknowns is mainly symbolic. But those Gold Star families are something else. It's only a few hours out of a president's day, but I think it means a hell of a lot to those families that the president -- regardless of party -- is willing to spend a few hours with them and thank them personally for their sacrifice.

As I said upthread, this office comes with ceremonial responsibilities, and President Obama is shirking them.

highlander, did your parent... (Below threshold)
spectre324:

highlander, did your parents have any children that lived?

"But those Gold Star famili... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"But those Gold Star families are something else...."

Unfortunately, the first thought that Barry would probably have is "But that's what Bush did. I don't DO Bush."

Rance,Barry went t... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

Rance,

Barry went to Arlington last Memorial Day so he knows that his job demands he do so if possible. We are at war, he is the commander in chief. Its a no brainer ...

<a href="http://mediamatter... (Below threshold)
Aaron:

1983: Reagan attended summit meeting; Defense Department official Thayer laid wreath at Arlington. Deputy Secretary of Defense W. Paul Thayer laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony in 1983, according to a May 31, 1983, Washington Post article (retrieved from the Nexis database). The Associated Press reported that President Reagan attended a "summit meeting in Williamsburg, Va., with leaders of the industrialized democracies."

1992: George H.W. Bush allowed VP Quayle to lay wreath. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, according to a May 26, 1992, Boston Globe article (from Nexis). The Globe reported that President George H.W. Bush attended a wreath-laying ceremony and made brief remarks at an American Legion hall in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he also played a round of golf.

2002: George W. Bush spoke at commemoration in Normandy. On May 27, 2002, President George W. Bush spoke at a Memorial Day commemoration in Normandy, France.




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