Skip to comments.Barack Obama rejects Normandy trip to avoid offending Germany
Posted on 04/06/2009 4:20:18 PM PDT by CitizenM
Barack Obama, concerned about offending Britain and Germany, rebuffed strenuous attempts by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to persuade the new American president to make a trip to Normandy this week.
White House officials travelled to France at the start of March to discuss a visit by Mr Obama to Omaha Beach, the site of the American Cemetery, established in 1944 just after D-Day and where 9,387 American personnel are buried. Among them is Theodore Roosevelt Jr the eldest son of the 26th US President.
French officials and senior American military officers walked with White House staff through the cemetery discussing how the two presidents might follow the same route. But even before their trip, the White House had decided that Mr Obama would not travel there this week.
"It wasn't going to happen," said an American official in Washington. "We went through the motions to placate President Sarkozy but giving special treatment to France was not on our agenda.
"During this trip, we wanted to maintain a balance between the British, German and France". A White House spokesman in London declined to comment. Last month, White House officials briefed that a Normandy visit had been considered but it had not been logistically possible.
Mr Sarkozy is said by French officials to be piqued that Gordon Brown became the first European leader to meet Mr Obama and was then lavished with praise by him at a 50-minute joint press conference in London on Wednesday.
According to French reports, Mr Obama was to visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-mer, just north of Omaha Beach. The pair were apparently to have dined at the nearby chateau de Bénouville in Caen.
The White House rejected the offer....(see rest of story)
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Thank you very much!
In the 80’s I was a part of the Airborne Battalion Combat Team stationed at Vicenza Italy. We jumped into a field near Omaha beach as part of a D-Day ceremony. I cannot speak about the French population as a whole ,but the people in and around that area love America and Americans. Forever etched in my mind is the picture of the little girl who handed me some flowers she had picked as I departed the drop zone. She was with someone who I would guess was her grandfather and when I shook hands with him I noticed that he was crying. We did not say a word to each other, but the look of gratitude in his eyes told me more than anywords could about his feelings for America. Whenever I get down about the direction our country is going I recall that moment in that field far from home. Though the media may paint most of the world as being America haters, I know nothing could be farther from the truth. There are good people like the ones I met that week I spent in France that know what the world would be like if America becomes just another country in the world. That should make us all proud to be Americans.
The story of several American flyers that went to fight in the Battle of Britain. An amazing page turner.
They know this already.
If Obama refused to visit Normandy for fear of upsetting Germans,
then who was he afraid of upsetting if he visited American wounded at Landstuhl ??
The obvious and logical answer is Muslims.
And a lot of Democrats.
Obama was on his I Hate America Tour and wouldn’t dream of showing respect to our military, fallen and wounded.
He’s not a POS-he’s the entire thing.
I am glad that he didn't go. May those soldiers rest in peace. They won't need to turn in their graves.
This European trip has been so revealing about his character, and lack of it. This pres_ent has no heart. He's not human.
Normandy was a trifecta.
We launched Normandy with the aid of our traditional allies, England. Remind them of this.
We launched Normandy to aid the frequently ungrateful benefactor of our military power, France. Remind them of this.
We launched Normandy upon a people of whom it is noted “they are either at your feet or at your throat”, in order to crush their imperial aspirations. Remind them of this.
What an incompetent team that is leading this incompetent President.
Thanks! I’ll try my library catalog.
My daughter saw an elderly French woman. She came up to my daughter and asked, with tears in her eyes, "Are you an American?" My daughter answered, "yes!"
The woman gave her a hug, and thanked her for America's help during the war.
They both had tears in their eyes when they were finished talking.
Thank you, FRiend.
Michelle - Splaylegged.
That is some funny S***.
The one white guy who appeared to be in his late 50s that I heard on television said,”I voted for him [obama] so that I could retire.”
In the interest of not geting banned I will refrain from further comment.
You’re welcome. Help yourself to a Guinness to drink to our soldiers, living and dead.
He such a POS.
Words fail me.
What a damn downward turn our country went.
... Giving attention to OUR SOLDIERS GRAVES: boy what a good point. Somehow I managed to not see that fact.
The Sensitive President.
The President who does not want to offend anyone except for the United States, the United States Armed Forces, Israel, Conservatives, the Christian Faith and white America.
Agreed. I am glad he didn’t go.
I did not admit it in my post,but I got a little “misty” that day. I have traveled to a lot of the european countrys,and while there are people that hate America,there are just as many that feel guilty and embaressed by the treatment our country receives from the America haters.
Doesn’t each President place a wreath at the cemetery in Normandy each year on D-Day? What will BO do on June 6th? Will an unexpected emergency occur that will make it impossible for him to be there that day?
Perhaps Zero is afraid of ghosts . . .
Dear Admin Moderator:
Is there a special hall of fame repository for great posts? I would like to nominate Ms. Tax Chick at the following thread:
I refer to Post #5...:)
Oh, you’re too kind!
That just got me and made me grin. In this environment we are in, a genuinely funny post is worth its weight in gold!
So, take a bow. That post was as good as any by pissant, dead or martin fierro.
Never mind. If this is the case, then Obama is unworthy to sully the land with the soles of his shoes. Some things border on desecration. Those dear war dead, beloved mothers’ sons, deserve a better man from all indications so far.
Obama’s message to the famlies of all the White Americans who died at Normandy: “Get over it!”
I participated in a memorial service in St Avold, France. Many French citizens thanked me, because my nations soldiers died for their freedom. While assigned in Germany, many older German citizens apologized to me for their nations actions over 50 years ago.
When I first noticed this article, I thought it was John Semmons or Scrapple Face.
He has no interest in seeing the cost that was paid to enble him to be where he is today, and not speaking "Austrian."
Everyday I think I can't despise Obama more...then tomorrow comes.
Same here. I thought that this had to be an Onion or Scrappleface article... holy @#$@#% s#%^.
Hell... I get misty eyed every June 6th.
I could have the baby on June 6 this year. It will be my brother’s 45th birthday. I wonder what day of the week that is ...
I don't think he likes anything European either. It seems that he has absolutely no interest or respect for the countries that were primarily responsible for the founders of the USA writing the constitution and other early laws.
Was he ever in Europe before running for President? I don't think so.
is bringing has already brought shame on our nation.
Statement is now updated.
"...while Michelle stands around, splaylegged, dressed in the hotel bedspread."
I can't stop laughing!
No, he was never in Europe before running for Prez, but he WAS in Pakistan in 1981.
In addition to seeing his birth certificate, I’d like to see which passport he used to get there, as Americans were not allowed to travel to Pakistan in 1981.
Obama just offended millions of Americans ... but that’s normal for him ....
If I’d been just a fraction sharper, I’d have worked in the belt around the ribcage ;-).
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