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Obama To Host Military-Only Ball
Washington Times ^ | 1/2/09 | AP

Posted on 01/02/2009 2:58:59 AM PST by careyb

HONOLULU | President-elect Barack Obama will have a Commander in Chief's Ball during his inauguration with military personnel, their spouses and those wounded fighting in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as guests.

In the announcement Thursday, officials said that tickets for the Jan. 20 military-only ball will be free to guests. The formal event will be at the National Building Museum in Washington.

"It is a privilege to honor our men and women in uniform during our inaugural festivities by continuing the tradition of the Commander in Chief's Ball. Our troops represent the best America has to offer, and without their dedication and sacrifice, we would not be able to enjoy the freedoms that we are coming together to celebrate on January 20," Mr. Obama said in a statement released while he vacationed in his native Hawaii.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: appeaser; bhodod; bhoinauguration; cicobama; coronation; friendofterrorists; obama; wussinchief
Obama is still trying to avoid the appearance of extreme-leftism, I see.

Scary thing is: It might work.

The Hope For America

1 posted on 01/02/2009 2:58:59 AM PST by careyb
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To: careyb

If this event turns out like the Obama rallies held by the military when Obama was in Iraq, the majority of the attendees of this ball will be black.


2 posted on 01/02/2009 3:26:07 AM PST by Jeff Gordon ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." Churchill)
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To: Jeff Gordon

Black, and all the rest-—if they attend-—extremely dismissive of the new CinC. However, I do applaud the effort. Pres. Bush, of course, never had to so such “special” symbolic shows because the military loved him.


3 posted on 01/02/2009 3:29:11 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: careyb

Considering the chilly reception he received from troops in Honolulu last week, my guess is that the only invitees will be those rare Democrat servicemen who will be flown in from throughout the world just to boost the numbers.


4 posted on 01/02/2009 3:30:14 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: careyb

So will William Ayers be attending?


5 posted on 01/02/2009 3:34:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: careyb

I will believe this is really for the troops if there are no cameras. This is all just PR camouflage for zero’s troop of America hating pinkos. They still need some votes in flyover country until the revolution is complete.


6 posted on 01/02/2009 3:38:40 AM PST by lodi90
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To: careyb; All
Military personnel know that Barack Obama is best friends with people like this:

A lot of military people (and other Americans) feel the same way I do. They fight under this flag. Many of them have friends who were buried under this flag. My father served the majority of his life under this flag, and was buried under it.

This douchebag Obama is best of friends with this anti-American SCUMBAG Ayers, who should have been put to DEATH by hanging for what he and his associates did, of which he gleefully says "Guilty as hell, Free as a bird...". He STANDS on the American flag and grinds it into the dirt. The same flag I saw a color guard fold reverently and hand to my mother, he stands on it with his filthy shoes.

I hope he and all his kind rot in Hell.

7 posted on 01/02/2009 3:39:10 AM PST by rlmorel ("A barrel of monkeys is not fun. In fact, a barrel of monkeys can be quite terrifying!")
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To: careyb

I hope nobody shows up. BOGUSPOTUS


8 posted on 01/02/2009 3:44:05 AM PST by nominal (Christus dominus. Christus veritas.)
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To: careyb

He’s trying to buy love. He’s a little afraid of the military because, while our military has no history of involvement in domestic politics, he knows he’s extremely unpopular with military folkls and he wants to win them over so that he doesn’t have to worry about them when he starts doing things that might provoke resistance.

Buying allegiance - the Chicago way. Sadly, it will probably work, too.


9 posted on 01/02/2009 3:57:00 AM PST by livius
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To: livius

If they show up at all, it will be for what husband and I call the “Salute and Go” — for the free food!


10 posted on 01/02/2009 4:03:01 AM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: livius
Buying allegiance - the Chicago way. Sadly, it will probably work, too.

Not with the majority of the U.S. military people, whether active duty, or retired. It'll be more of a high-price, taxpayer-funded sound bite that the meida will glom onto as showing how wonderful the new CINC is.

Sure -- there are liberals in the military (comes with an army in a democracy). Proportionately fewer than in general population, but still present.

Thing is, attendance will probably be pretty strong, because at the rank of most of the people likely to be attending (general/flag level officers, super-senior Beltway-oriented enlisted), their focus shifts over from the operational to the political, and being seen at a function with the uber-boss is just good politics, regardless if you like him or not.

11 posted on 01/02/2009 4:06:43 AM PST by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: LS

This military guy loves Mr. Bush.


12 posted on 01/02/2009 4:13:47 AM PST by bethelgrad (Chaplain serving my beloved Marine Corps in Iraq)
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To: careyb

Won’t buy the military. Senior officers will, for the most part, be required to be there. It will ‘behoove’ others to attend (one must have been in the military to understand what ‘behoove’ actually means). It’s a dog & pony show staged for grip & grins, nothing more.


13 posted on 01/02/2009 4:20:48 AM PST by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: Jeff Gordon; dennisw; sheik yerbouty

Wonder if all the Muslim chaplains got an invite.


14 posted on 01/02/2009 4:25:59 AM PST by Ezekiel (Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Considering the chilly reception he received from troops in Honolulu last week, my guess is that the only invitees will be those rare Democrat servicemen who will be flown in from throughout the world just to boost the numbers.

As well as the usually kiss-ups.

15 posted on 01/02/2009 4:26:54 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: careyb
I pray he holds a ball that only colostomy bowell and weasley clark show up for.

LLS

16 posted on 01/02/2009 4:28:00 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my president... NEVER!)
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To: livius
You cannot buy off the US Military... it cannot be done period.

LLS

17 posted on 01/02/2009 4:29:51 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my president... NEVER!)
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To: LS
President Bush first held the ball honoring the uniformed services in 2005.
18 posted on 01/02/2009 4:31:41 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: careyb
It was President Bush's idea to first hold this ball for his second inauguration. The media acts like it is the Obamessaiah's idea.
19 posted on 01/02/2009 4:35:16 AM PST by GatorGirl (Don't Blame Me, I Voted McCain!)
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To: rlmorel

Excellent juxtaposition of these two photos!
As a former military kid, I know active-duty personnel aren’t supposed to speak against the Commander in Chief. I’m sure obama will spin this to his benefit and make it look like he has support and not opposition. This inaugural event is nothing more than pandering and PR. I’m skeptical about any polls showing military support for him, and I’m expecting widespread non-re-iinlistment.


20 posted on 01/02/2009 4:39:05 AM PST by ElayneJ
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To: careyb
President-elect Barack Obama will have a Commander in Chief's Ball during his inauguration with military personnel, their spouses and those wounded fighting in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as guests....

One question: Is Obama even going to be there? After all it's going to be on inauguration night. Lots of stuff going on that night...

Seems to me that giving a military-only ball and yet being too busy to show up would kill two birds with one stone:One one hand you calm leftist 'fears', and on the other you throw a sop to the military and get great PR. I mean, who can blame you if you couldn't show up (or stay more than a few minutes)? It's the night of you inauguration, for Pete's sake.

21 posted on 01/02/2009 4:40:13 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: careyb

If it’s “optional” for attendance, he can probably accommodate the “crowds” in a phone booth......


22 posted on 01/02/2009 4:51:12 AM PST by traditional1 ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery")
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To: Ezekiel
Wonder if all the Muslim chaplains got an invite.

Inshallah.

23 posted on 01/02/2009 5:04:47 AM PST by Jeff Gordon ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." Churchill)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I think it’s true on a general level that you can’t buy off the US military. However, Bambi has no doubt been very angered by the clear lack of enthusiasm shown him by military members and I think he’s going to use a carrot and stick approach to get them in line.

On the one hand, this is supposed to be a gala social event, which presumably would be the carrot; on the other, I’m sure attendance will be carefully monitored and most people will be smart enough to realize that there are potential career implications in attending or not attending.

There’s a secretive, self-interested, power-seeking reason for everything Barry does, and this is no exception; it’s not just an event, but part of a strategy. Personally, I think we’re going to see a lot more involvement by Barry with the military, and I don’t think it’s going to be a good thing. People who don’t want to play his game will be forced out and the military will be reshaped to his and Ayers’ order. But maybe I’m just an alarmist. I hope.


24 posted on 01/02/2009 5:08:44 AM PST by livius
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To: careyb

Be ready for four years of unmitigated propaganda!


25 posted on 01/02/2009 5:11:21 AM PST by ardara
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To: careyb

Our poor military having to be subjected to this.


26 posted on 01/02/2009 5:18:03 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: livius

‘toon did the same thing... it just causes the truth to be spoken in hushed tones.

LLS


27 posted on 01/02/2009 5:22:16 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my president... NEVER!)
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To: rlmorel
Here's one that you may want to use for your photos


28 posted on 01/02/2009 5:50:17 AM PST by Evil Slayer
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To: LibLieSlayer

That’s true. I know a number of people who left the military career once it became clear what its direction was going to be under Clinton.


29 posted on 01/02/2009 5:55:55 AM PST by livius
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To: nominal

An outbreak of TDY ?


30 posted on 01/02/2009 5:56:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: careyb
Wouldn't go if invited. I want nothing from this clown. I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. (So help me God.)
The dilemma here is when the left becomes the domestic enemy.
How anybody in the military can support the one, (and I know several that do) is beyond me.
31 posted on 01/02/2009 5:57:10 AM PST by DYngbld (Aspire to inspire before you expire)
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To: careyb

Back when I was stationed at Andrews (before I retired), they used to regularly call for “volunteers” to report, with their families, to the flightline to greet Pres. Clinton when he arrived back in town. (Naturally, the “volunteers” would be wearing civilian clothes)

Each unit had its quota to meet.

Back when I was stationed in Aviano (Italy), I remember when Hillary came through, she had a question and answer session in a hangar on the flightline. Again, they had to call for volunteers (and, yes, the questions were tightly screened). Same as above.

I remember when Clinton had his little departure party for the military before taking his “last” trip on SAM 28000. Same deal: people were even given the afternoon off so they could attend. Never saw so many individuals motivated to work hard in my life!!!

The point is that if you see apparent adoration by the military...including by some new voices in the blogosphere, I wouldn’t necessarily believe what I saw. Including this “military ball.”


32 posted on 01/02/2009 6:00:48 AM PST by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Evil Slayer

33 posted on 01/02/2009 6:00:53 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: rlmorel

Amen.


34 posted on 01/02/2009 6:03:17 AM PST by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: bethelgrad

God bless you and your Marines. We love you and all of those who you minister to.


35 posted on 01/02/2009 6:05:01 AM PST by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: careyb

The problem with Obama’s military stance is that we cannot risk a technologically or logistically deficient military. No one is going to defend us but us.


36 posted on 01/02/2009 6:07:14 AM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: livius

The military ball was started by Bush, and I suspect all future presidents will continue the tradition.


37 posted on 01/02/2009 6:09:14 AM PST by Texas_shutterbug
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To: livius

Even if it doesn’t work, the media will tell us it did. All Hail Zero!


38 posted on 01/02/2009 6:19:29 AM PST by jakota
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To: careyb

Where is the BARF alert?


39 posted on 01/02/2009 6:26:20 AM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: yankeedame
...I mean, who can blame you if you couldn't show up (or stay more than a few minutes)?

They'll only stay a few minutes at each of the balls they go to. Each state has a ball, assorted organizations do too. Every ballroom and large-enough space in Washington will be in use that evening. The President and First Lady can only go to a few of the many, and they will not stay long at any of them. Since Obama is specifically continuing this 'tradition' (it's only the second one), I expect he will put in an appearance.

40 posted on 01/02/2009 8:10:03 AM PST by nina0113 (Hugh Akston is my hero.)
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To: livius

That is the reason I left the Marine Corps after ten years! If I was in today, I would probably being looking for the door!


41 posted on 01/02/2009 8:20:40 AM PST by ExTxMarine (For whatsoe'ver their sufferings were before; that change they covet makes them suffer more. -Dryden)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

lol if they could get away with it. over yonder is the air and space museum, Lincoln memorial, National gallery...


42 posted on 01/02/2009 8:26:46 AM PST by nominal (Christus dominus. Christus veritas.)
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To: Ezekiel

They will sit at the right hand of the Obamanation..


43 posted on 01/02/2009 8:42:07 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: careyb

A call for volunteers will be issued - - and if you value what’s left of your career - - you will volunteer.


44 posted on 01/02/2009 8:59:00 AM PST by Beckwith (Typical white person)
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To: careyb
Will he do "the finger" while addressing the troops?


45 posted on 01/02/2009 9:00:57 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obamanation: an imploding administration headed by a clueless schmuck)
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To: LS

President Bush did many many things with and for the Military, and the vast majority had no press involved, and were itentionally kept that way. Fauxbama is Clinton all over again, no respect or understanding of the military but will make sure they are there to be his prop when the camera’s are running.


46 posted on 01/02/2009 9:07:32 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: careyb
Obama is still trying to avoid the appearance of extreme-leftism, I see.

A head fake to the right before he crams socialized medicine and gays in the military down our throats

47 posted on 01/02/2009 9:10:12 AM PST by dennisw (On the 31st floor a gold plated door won't keep out the Lord's burning rage ---FBB)
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To: careyb

What will work? Isolating the military from the rest of the party goers? If he really supported the military, they wouldn’t have their own ball, but he’d freely include them in every event.


48 posted on 01/02/2009 9:32:00 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: livius
I hate that the best among us will be short changed under this POS muzzie... the marxist boy leader that the mentally defective amongst us elected.

LLS

49 posted on 01/02/2009 12:42:31 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my president... NEVER!)
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