Skip to comments.Obama's Shameful Photo-Op
Posted on 08/15/2011 4:52:08 PM PDT by Kaslin
Leadership: Disrespecting grieving families, the president sneaks a photographer into the ceremony honoring the SEALs who died in Afghanistan. The presidential scrapbook and campaign are more important.
We thought perhaps the White House had received a sufficient dose of condemnation as well as some sensitivity training over a planned Sony film hyping President Obama's "gutsy call" regarding the successful Navy SEAL mission that killed Osama bin Laden. The film was to be released three weeks before the 2012 vote. We were wrong.
When 30 U.S. Special Operations forces, including Navy SEALs from SEAL Team 6, the unit that got the world's most-wanted man, were subsequently shot down in a helicopter, the nation mourned its heroes. The White House, it seems, loaded its cameras.
Nineteen of the families asked for no media coverage of the ceremony at Dover, Del. When President George W. Bush was in office, the anti-war media clamored for photos of flag-draped coffins. The Pentagon honored their request for privacy and said any public depiction of the scene would violate the wishes of the families.
So why and how did a photo of President Obama, in silhouette no less, saluting the return of the remains of these brave men find its way to the White House website as its "Photo of the Day"? Did they not get the memo? For what purpose was the photo taken?
If for historical purposes and posterity, we might understand. This photo by a White House photographer was immediately and widely distributed. The Pentagon said it had no knowledge the picture and others had been taken and noted that it hadn't rejected media requests to take pictures of officials at the ceremony as long as they depicted no caskets.
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Guess I’m not surprised. The gangsta-in-chief and his homegirl have no class.
It’s all about “the one.”
Everybody else is just a prop for his promotion. Dead or alive.
We are just so collectively numb from this POS President that the outrages just meld together to one big fat sigh of disgust.
Narcissists don’t feel shame.
Yep, today's outrage his his tax funded pimped out campaign bus. They want to spin that it has to do with the secret service, sure...
He can come out with a red beret tomorrow and have a press conference declaring him dictator for life and I wouldn't bat an eye.
It must really grate on the One’s ego to need props to bolster his image.
And do you know the cowardly arrogant pos is only going to the low unemployment areas of the Midwest.
IBD has to be my favorite editorial board. (Unless of course, Mark Steyn is writing for an editorial board some where.)
They really could have shortened this headline: “Obamas shameful”.
It would still be true.
That's the understatment of the year.
Has there EVER in history been a photo taken of a U.S. President and First Lady at a public British Royal function with expressions such as these? (or a photo taken ANYWHERE of a United States president and first lady like this?) Absolutely mind-blowing.
There are just no words
Sorry. No caption. Words fail me:
What a stain on American history these two are!
Somehow I can’t imagine the Reagans or the Bushes (father and son) turning a solemn occasion into a photo op (and a campaign stop to boot). In fact, I doubt even the Clintons, as white trash as they are, would stoop so low.
There are low unemployment areas in the Midwest?
He continues to corner the market on pathetic excuse for a human.
I hope he pays dearly for what he has done here. I hope every military family works to get him out of the Oval Office next year. He is a disgrace.
He is staying away from the Chicago suburbs we've been blasted by layoffs many of my closest friends have lost their jobs in the last 6 months.
Wow. Well said, Hildy.
You nailed it!
WHAT IS THAT????
(Third from the right.......what IS it?????)
Yes, and Hildy, I am getting so very worn out.
*If any other of our presidents had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have Approved?*
*If any other of our presidents had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head? *
*If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal Immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder whos side he was on? *
*If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse, would you think him an idiot? *
*If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that Have one of the best safety records of any industry because one foreign company had an accident, would you have agreed? *
*If any other of our presidents had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him? *
*If any other of our presidents had been the first President to need a Teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would You have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes? *
*If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it a proud moment for America ? *
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*If any other of our presidents had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, Would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , wouldnt you have had second thoughts about his capabilities? *
*If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking Out his front door in his home town, would you not have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk. *
*If any other of our presidents had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to Cinco de Cuatro in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, wouldnt you have winced in embarrassment? *
*If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded hes a hypocrite?*
*If any other of our presidents administrations had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11? *
*If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than In New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence? *
*If any other of our presidents had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have ever approved. *
*If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved? *
*So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? * *Cant think of anything? Dont worry. Hes done all this in 24 months so you have that much time to come up with an answer.*
Words are inadequate to express my disgust of this POS!!!! He is an insult to all patriotic Americans.
The president takes photographers with him everywhere. Not just this President. All modern day Presidents.
The difference is that not all Presidents release the photos. They sit in an archive or the LOC.
Great graphic, whoever made it. However it’s SEALs which stands for Sea, Air, Land
I swiped it from somewhere but I can fix it.
Cost to taxpayers for trip from DC for photo-op as Navy Seals come home DESPITE requests of families and Pentagon that no photos be taken: Unknown
Emotional distress to families that their wishes not honored: High
The lives of these now departed brave warriors in another Vietnam: PRICELESS!
Obama has no shame and no conscience.
If you notice, the nincompoop is saluting with the wrong arm. A left handed salute from a radical left winger, commie, snipe.
A salute? hell, I thought he was yelling at someone
What are they looking at in that first picture that warranted expressions on their faces like that?
That is excellent.
I believe they were looking at the Queen’s car.
I think that they donned these expressions when the queen and Phillip arrived for dinner at Winfield House in London, May 25, 2011.
This phoot absolutely boggles the mind. Don't you know the royalty had plenty to say when they saw these expressions?
phoot= photo LOL
I agree totally.
It was absolutely inexcusable on their part.