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Old 01 June 2012, 04:08 PM
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United States Vets and families kept out of Arlington, away from Vietnam Wall on Memorial Day

Comment: I am currently in Washington DC and witnessed the following. I
saw this
first hand and I bet you won't hear about this from the Liberal media...

Vietnam veterans and the families of Vietnam veterans killed in action
whose names are etched on the Wall were denied access to their memorial
today, of all days, Memorial Day. The Vietnam Memorial was shutdown,
cleared and secured for approximately 5 hours prior to Obama, his
cronies and hand picked veterans for a 15 minute appearance by Obama.
It's obvious it was all for show. After all, this is an election year.

Hundreds if not thousands of Vietnam veterans and families of Vietnam
veterans killed in Vietnam stood in disbelief as Secret Service, Park
Police, Washington DC Police, etc., blocked all access to the Vietnam
Memorial and kept everyone approximately 100 yards away from their
memorial for the first time in the history of the Memorial so Obama
could get some photos of him at the Wall. Veterans in uniforms stood in
the heat angered as Obama made them wait. It was a photo op at their
expense and families of those killed in Vietnam.

As I stated, I was there and witnessed all of this. Many veterans and
others flipped Obama the finger as his motorcade drove past. I didn't
honor him with a finger salute because I was busy holding up my 3'x5'
Don't Tread on Me Flag as his motorcade drove past.
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Old 01 June 2012, 04:20 PM
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blocked all access to the Vietnam
Memorial and kept everyone approximately 100 yards away from their
memorial for the first time in the history of the Memorial so Obama
could get some photos of him at the Wall.
This part is true. GW Bush was going to commemerate Memorial Day at the Vietnam Memorial, but GHW Bush was able to find a spot at the Veteran's War Memorial of Texas for him.
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Old 05 June 2012, 07:12 PM
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I've gotten the same with a modified text, and appears to be a cludge of several similar emails:

"On Memorial Day, the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. is supposed to look like this: "

[photo of wall with visitors]


"Instead, for seven long hours, it looked like this:"

[photo of wall with security]




"Obama’s secret service shut down the memorial for most of the day, as families and veterans who had come to pay their respects to fallen loved ones were forced to stay hundreds of feet away.Why? So that the Narcissist-in-Chief could show up for 15-minute speech and photo-op with his carefully selected fans in the audience."


"In his campaign speech remarks, Obama made sure to mention that: “As long as I’m president, we will make sure you and your loved ones will receive the benefits you’ve earned and the respect you deserve,” Obama said. “America will be there for you.” Wow. How did our veterans ever get their benefits before the benevolent Obamessiah came to office? Is that his argument for why they should vote for him? Because their benefits are only available “as long as I’m president?” Perhaps he’s hoping they’ll forget that he suspended hazard pay for deployed U.S. troops, terminated 157 Air Force Majors without retirement benefits, and proposed a budget that would cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military while protecting union benefits."


Looks like the below was added:

"Brian Trubee left this comment on Weasel Zippers:I just received this e-mail from a brother in arms who I served with as a USAF pararescue man. A link to his e-mail is at the bottom of the message. I deleted the photos because the server rejected them. -Brian Trubee, Redmond, Washington:I am currently in Washington DC and witnessed the following. I saw this first hand and I bet you won’t hear about this from the Liberal media…Vietnam veterans and the families of Vietnam veterans killed in action whose names are etched on the Wall were denied access to their memorial today, of all days, Memorial Day. The Vietnam Memorial was shutdown, cleared and secured for approximately 5 hours prior to Obama, his cronies and hand picked veterans for a 15 minute appearance by Obama. It’s obvious it was all for show. After all, this is an election year.Hundreds if not thousands of Vietnam veterans and families of Vietnam veterans killed in Vietnam stood in disbelief as Secret Service, Park Police, Washington, DC Police, etc., blocked all access to the Vietnam Memorial and kept everyone approximately 100 yards away from their memorial for the first time in the history of the Memorial so Obama could get some photos of him at the Wall. Veterans in uniforms stood in the heat angered as Obama makes them wait. It was a photo op at their expense and families of those killed in Vietnam.As I stated, I was there and witnessed all of this. Many veterans and others flipped Obama the finger as his motorcade drove past. I didn’t honor him with a finger salute because I was busy holding up my 3′x5′ Don’t Tread on Me Flag as his motorcade drove past.On another note, I was able to dedicate some port-o potties to Jane Fonda. Pictures attached. Maybe Obama should share this honor with Jane Fonda henceforth.- Jim Morris "


More:

"Kristinn at Free Republic confirms the story: So this is how Obozo honors those who served…. I just had this passed on from a friend who was at the wall this morning: I normally try to avoid political statements, but this one is a bit different. This was received by Colonel Wayne Morris just a few moments ago, who was refused access to the Vietnam War Memorial, where he has visited his fallen comrades for the last 15 years. Today is Memorial Day and I went to the Vietnam Memorial and something happened there that upset me greatly and I want to pass it on.For over 15 years I had been going with my dear Marine buddy, Larry Cullen. Since he passed away last year and was interned at Arlington Cemetery, I went this year accompanied by my grandson, Cameron. I had my list of Recon Marines, school classmates, and Larry’s fallen buddies to visit but, as we got close to the area of the National Mall where the Wall is located, we saw huge white tents. We also saw barricades all along Constitution Ave and for a couple blocks in each direction from the Wall. They even closed down all of Constitution Ave. from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the WW-II Memorial and there was a virtual army of uniformed and plain-clothes security everywhere.The biggest tent was right at the west end of the Wall entrance and there was a covered walkway leading right up to The Wall. It was so close, you couldn’t get to the Wall on that side so, my grandson and I went all the way around to the eastern entrance to the Wall and walked down along the Wall to the first of my names and I began telling my grandson about my buddies and how each one died. In short order, a guy in a dark suit and earpiece in his ear told us we had to leave as it was 0730 and they were closing Memorial until at least 1400 so the President could drop by. I asked if he was serious and he assured me he was. We and all the other veterans and families were forced to leave and it was locked down.The Vietnam Memorial is the most visited site on the entire National Mall. Memorial Day has more visitors to the Vietnam Memorial than almost any other day. Even at the rather early hour Cameron and I were there, there were a lot of veterans and family members down there. In the midst of all that, Obama decides to close it for over seven hours just so he can roll by for 30 minutes in the afternoon for a campaign appearance with Democrats, supporters, and campaign donors?This is an incredulously arrogant, egotistical, and inconsiderate thing to do. What in hell was Obama thinking?Hey President Obama: Since you ran me (and all the other veterans and family members) out of the Memorial before we finished our business there, how about doing me a favor. If you can take a short break from all the grippin’, grinnin’, posin’ and pontificatin’, how about taking a minute or two to stop by and say hello to my fellow Recon Marines and other classmates on the Wall. I suspect you’ll be too busy with photo ops, campaigning, and stroking donors to be troubled with a couple minutes doing what the Memorial was built for but, just in case, here’s a list so you can have your man find them and point them out to you. Hope you have a Meaningful Memorial Day.Joseph J. JONES; 53-W-02
Sherwood David Kreis, 42-W-40
Dale Kagebein, 34-W-50
Jerry Bock, 25-W-95
Larry Daniels, 09-E- 66
Joe Mack Kemp, 09-E-69
Rhonda L. Raglan, 09-E-70
Robert L. Studards, 09-E-71
Jose D. Flores, 09-E-74
Arthur Willie Greene, 14-E-56
Eric Barnes, 17-E-41
Godfried Blankenship, 17-E-48
Michael Ray Smith, 19-E-113
Ervin Lovell, 19-E-120
William D. Martin, 25-E- 87
Michael L. Laporte, 26-E-1
Ronald Frederick Kitzke, 32-E-76
Charles Harris, 34-E-48
Robert Tracy, 34-E-72
Michael G. Murdock, 36-E-57Maybe it would have been better for everyone if Obama had just gone golfing like last year. Unfortunately, this is what veterans and their families have to suffer when Obama is in full campaign mode. No wonder a recent Gallup poll showed veterans prefer Mitt Romney to Obama, 58% to 34%. H/T Jan Weeks "




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Old 05 June 2012, 07:16 PM
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How dare the commander-in-chief choose the Vietnam War Memorial as the site for delivering a Memorial Day tribute to those Americans who died in the Vietnam War!
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Old 05 June 2012, 07:23 PM
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If he hadn't, we'd get OBAMA SNUBS VETERANS ON MEMORIAL DAY.
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Old 05 June 2012, 07:30 PM
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Hasn't just about every president in the last 50 years laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns on Memorial Day?

I wonder if the Secret Service closes down a big part of Arlington National Cemetery during those Presidential visits.

How dare they close down the most important veterans memorial in DC on Memorial Day!!!eleventy1
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Old 06 June 2012, 03:08 AM
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Nearly any other day of the year, the Vietnam Memorial is open to one and all with minimal waiting time. We need to take reasonable measures to keep the president safe (especially this president, with the large number of gun-nuts who love to hate him so much). Live with it.
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Headline: Obama does something! Conservatives Outraged!

Headline: Obama doesn't do something! Conservatives Outraged!

It's a shame most of this outrage is faux-rage and really just about hating liberals and possibly blacks cause if it were real we could at least hope the massive stress put on the body by perpetual outrage for four years would lead to early heart attack and stroke.
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