Where’s Barack Obama? Golfing

Published 9:54 am Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To the Editor:

I received the following note in an email today. I am not the original writer. It is attributed to someone named Judson Phillips. I do not know Mr. Phillips, but his comments are noteworthy of publication, I think.

“By all accounts, Harold was a bright child. He grew up in America. He went to school and had a bright future ahead of him. Harold’s full life was cut short in a violent moment. While few people had ever heard of Harold before his death, many did afterwards. And in death, something shocking happened. What was so shocking, especially when it is compared to the death of someone else recently in the news?

“Harold is Harold Greene, Major General United States Army. On Aug. 5, General Greene was killed by a Taliban terrorist. He was returned to America with full military honors. It has been a tradition that the President attends the funeral of flag officers killed in the line of duty.

“Richard Nixon attended the funeral of a Major-General killed in Vietnam and George W. Bush attended the funeral of Lieutenant General Timothy Maude, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. While Major General Greene was buried, Barack Obama was golfing. The Vice President wasn’t there either. Neither was the Secretary of Defense. Flags were not even lowered to half staff.

“Four days after Harold Greene gave his life for America, Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri. It is safe to say, Brown was at best a thug. The media has repeatedly shown photos of Brown flashing gang signs. Some media outlets have even associated him with a specific gang. In the minutes before his death, Brown committed a robbery at a local convenience store. According to other reports, Brown struck officer Darren Wilson and shattered his orbital bone. Obama is sending (sent) a three-person delegation to Michael Brown’s funeral. Obama would not attend the funeral of the highest-ranking military officer killed in the line of duty since 9/11, yet he will send a delegation to the funeral of a thug. When Margaret Thatcher, one of America’s staunchest allies and Ronald Reagan’s partner in bringing down Soviet communism died, Obama sent only a small low-level delegation to her funeral. The snub was not missed by the British.

“When Chris Kyle, the most lethal American sniper in history was murdered, there was no expression of sympathy from the White House. There was no White House delegation at his funeral. American heroes die and Obama goes to the golf course. A thug dies and he gets a White House delegation. No wonder real Americans hold Obama in contempt.”

Ash Cutchin