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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.
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Scary thing is: It might work.
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.
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.
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.
So will William Ayers be attending?
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.
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.
I hope nobody shows up. BOGUSPOTUS
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.
If they show up at all, it will be for what husband and I call the “Salute and Go” — for the free food!
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.
This military guy loves Mr. Bush.
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.
Wonder if all the Muslim chaplains got an invite.
As well as the usually kiss-ups.
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.
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.
If it’s “optional” for attendance, he can probably accommodate the “crowds” in a phone booth......
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.
Be ready for four years of unmitigated propaganda!
Our poor military having to be subjected to this.
‘toon did the same thing... it just causes the truth to be spoken in hushed tones.
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.
An outbreak of TDY ?
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.”
God bless you and your Marines. We love you and all of those who you minister to.
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.
The military ball was started by Bush, and I suspect all future presidents will continue the tradition.
Even if it doesn’t work, the media will tell us it did. All Hail Zero!
Where is the BARF alert?
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.
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!
lol if they could get away with it. over yonder is the air and space museum, Lincoln memorial, National gallery...
They will sit at the right hand of the Obamanation..
A call for volunteers will be issued - - and if you value what’s left of your career - - you will volunteer.
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.
A head fake to the right before he crams socialized medicine and gays in the military down our throats
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.