President Obama can’t keep his Medal Awards straight

Posted on: June 24, 2011

During Obama’s remarks to troops at Fort Drum the other day, he was reminiscing about the times he has spent with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division. Reminiscing is good but he just couldn’t get his Medal awards correct.

He said, “First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”

Not quite right, Mr. President. Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on September 17, 2009. President Obama handed the framed medal to his parents, Paul and Janet Monti. He and the First Lady comforted them in the Oval Office following the ceremony.

The White House said that these remarks were not prepared but off the cuff remarks from Obama. The correct statement should have been when he presented the Medal of Honor to Salvatore Giunta, who was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor and who served in Afghanistan.

You would think as Commander in Chief, Obama would get this right. This is a big deal not only for the recipient and their family but also for the public. No one would make a mistake about Audie Murphy receiving the Medal of Honor as well as other medals.

This is just another chink in the Obama armor of being the “most intelligent” President of all times. If it isn’t on his teleprompter he just can’t get things right.


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