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8:30 eastern- LIVE THREAD- Obama at Normandy, 6 June 2009
FOX NEWS ^ | 6 June 2009

Posted on 06/06/2009 5:14:29 AM PDT by SE Mom

President Obama's public schedule for Saturday, June 6, 2009

ET/LT 0810 1410 The President & First Lady arrive American Cemetery

0820 1420 The President & First Lady tour the Visitors Center

0855 1455 President & three other leaders stand at overlook with two veterans

0910 1530 President Obama, Sarkozy, Brown & Harper participate in 65th Anniversary of DDay

(Excerpt) Read more at whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anniversary; auntesther; bho44; bhodod; bhovisit; dday; itsallaboutme; normandy
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1 posted on 06/06/2009 5:14:29 AM PDT by SE Mom
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To: SE Mom

Video of Reagan’s speech at Normandy in 1984

http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/m/22440409/words-from-normandy.htm


2 posted on 06/06/2009 5:16:00 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

He’s going to apologize for WWII, isn’t he?


3 posted on 06/06/2009 5:16:24 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (We are a ruled people, serfs to the Federal Oligarchy -- and the Tree of Liberty thirsts)
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To: SE Mom

The text of Reagan’s Normandy speech here:

http://www.presidentreagan.info/speeches/normandy.cfm


4 posted on 06/06/2009 5:17:46 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Will he construct a crescent out of rocks he just happened to find lying on the beach?


5 posted on 06/06/2009 5:18:27 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: SE Mom

I am VERY glad that I have plans that take me away from the media all day today. I did watch him addressing the Mooslimbs; but, the prospect of seeing him on this hallowed ground is just too much.

Will read later. Thanks to those who can stomach it.


6 posted on 06/06/2009 5:19:06 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private FC- 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC - Lnc Crprl -6/4/09 - 29 Palms, CA)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Obama - “D-Day was a war of choice”


7 posted on 06/06/2009 5:19:22 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: don-o

I know- it will not be easy to watch.


8 posted on 06/06/2009 5:22:16 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

It helps to have others with whom to watch.


9 posted on 06/06/2009 5:27:13 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Bahbah

It does bring some comfort.

My uncle landed at Utah and like so many of us- I was weaned on WW II stories.


10 posted on 06/06/2009 5:32:00 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

ugh


11 posted on 06/06/2009 5:32:13 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: jennyjenny

Showing Michelle and Barry walking up to the visitor’s center now...


12 posted on 06/06/2009 5:35:05 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

No doubt he’ll highlight the enormous contributions made by muzzies at the D-Day landing.....


13 posted on 06/06/2009 5:35:59 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Joe Biden in '09!!)
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To: SE Mom

Michelle walks like she has a bad case of indigestion.


14 posted on 06/06/2009 5:36:41 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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To: Eye of Unk

She walks like a man who put on ladies shoes for the first time.


15 posted on 06/06/2009 5:43:22 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: All

I meant to add Reagan’s speech in the post above with the link- here is the text:

We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied peoples joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers — at the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine-guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting only ninety could still bear arms.

Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.

These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.

Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender’s poem. You are men who in your ‘lives fought for life...and left the vivid air signed with your honor’...

Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith, and belief; it was loyalty and love.

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.

Ronald Reagan, 6 June 1984, Normandy


16 posted on 06/06/2009 5:46:42 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
My late brother-in-law was literally among those in the first wave at Omaha Beach 65 years ago today (I forget the infantry unit he was with...54th comes to mind, but I'm not sure). He was a 21 year old lieutenant, standing at the front of the LST next to the captain as they approached the beach.

The captain said to him as they came closer "Mike, get in the back and make sure everyone gets off this boat." So he did.

A few minutes later, the steel ramp of the LST comes down and they are decimated by German machine gun fire; the captain and many others were killed immediately. Mike became the unit commander and they all hit the beach. He and his men were pinned down by machine gun fire for 2 days and eventually fought their way off the beach.

He never wanted to speak of the war but because of my interest and the relationship we had he eventually told me a bit of what went on (he went through the Battle of the Bulge and was captured and escaped). Rest his brave soul.

17 posted on 06/06/2009 5:47:42 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Who ever thought we would long for the days of the Clinton administration...)
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To: Bahbah; SE Mom; don-o

“It helps to have others with whom to watch.”

I haven’t the slightest idea what the Socialist is going to say, but I do know he better refer to the bad guys as Nazis. He MUST thank and continue to be thankful for the bravery of every soldier who put his life on the line for OUR FREEDOM.


18 posted on 06/06/2009 5:48:44 AM PDT by old_sage_says ("Do not wish ill for your enemy, plan it.." Brad Thor)
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To: SE Mom

Ugh...Max Cleland is there. Why?


19 posted on 06/06/2009 5:54:47 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Joe Biden in '09!!)
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To: SE Mom

It’s probably too much to wish for, maybe a few restored German Stuka dive bombers to make an appearance, maybe a fly over the Usurper’s position, you know, just for (ahem) ‘realism’?

(”Mein GOTT, Siegfried!!! I *know* that some dumbkoff loaded live munitions on your plane, but WHY did you hit der ‘release’ lever?!?! Do you KNOW der papervork ve will haff to fill OUT now?!?!?”)


20 posted on 06/06/2009 5:56:34 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history, 0bama is the yellow stain in front.)
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To: SE Mom

I normally watch Today on Saturday morning, since F&F Weekend isn’t what it used to be. Just had to switch after another long lost relative of Obama had been present at something or other making it oh so relevant for him.


21 posted on 06/06/2009 5:56:41 AM PDT by John W
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To: Pharmboy

We civilians are hard pressed to ever find the words to express our gratitude for these men.

My uncle would only talk about that day after a couple of shots when we would stay up late talking. He was very reticent- but my interest was keen and he would tell some parts. He also went on to the Battle of the Bulge. Years later when he was dying and knew he had but a few months left- my cousin traveled with him to Normandy and they traced the route across France.

Extraordinary men, all.


22 posted on 06/06/2009 5:57:27 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Pharmboy
Rest his brave soul
Amen.
23 posted on 06/06/2009 5:58:04 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: old_sage_says

Soldier call to C-Span: Those Waffen SS were tough. We had to kill those SOBs twice.

God love him.


24 posted on 06/06/2009 5:58:25 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: SE Mom

Leaders now walking to the overlook...speaking with two veterans...Michelle assisting a veteran up steps..


25 posted on 06/06/2009 6:00:09 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: clintonh8r

Well, he could point out that the muslim Mufti of Jerusalem was an ally of Hitler.


26 posted on 06/06/2009 6:01:21 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: Pharmboy

What a disgrace to have this appeaser, who loathes the military, representing our brave veterans.


27 posted on 06/06/2009 6:01:41 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Guenevere

It really is a disgrace, Guenevere. It is painful.


28 posted on 06/06/2009 6:04:00 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Guenevere

You now- I didn’t like it much when Bill Clinton was there either, but I’d give anything for it to be him there today. This man somehow defiles sacred ground.


29 posted on 06/06/2009 6:04:22 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Guenevere

Indeed. What might he say? “Sorry we Americans (along with Brits and Canadians) disturbed the ecology of this beach 65 years ago?”


30 posted on 06/06/2009 6:05:07 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Who ever thought we would long for the days of the Clinton administration...)
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To: SE Mom

I know- it will not be easy to watch.

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Agreed. Now I am asking myself how much of a masochist I really must be.

In order to cope with this ‘commentary’ I sent this email to Foxnews:

For eight years, Wendell Goler and Chris Wallace, among other Fox reporters, refused to say “President Bush” more than once per broadcast. I do not hear “Mr Obama” from either of them. Is there a difference in the amount of respect that “journalists” accord presidents according to their political sentiments?

I tuned in this morning to see the coverage of the D-day ceremonies in Normandy, and am writing this to point out your reporters’ hypocrisy. Using the phrase “President Obama” just as the phrase “President Clinton” was used is correct.

I just wish your reporters didn’t insult President Bush for eight years, claiming that it was a question of ‘style.’


31 posted on 06/06/2009 6:06:10 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Guenevere

now = know


32 posted on 06/06/2009 6:06:20 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Guenevere
What a disgrace to have this appeaser, who loathes the military, representing our brave veterans.

He's pathetic.

sw

33 posted on 06/06/2009 6:07:11 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife ) (No more Czars!)
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To: mkjessup

Not funny.


34 posted on 06/06/2009 6:07:40 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: maica

(There’s a couple of gals on FoxNews that call him Mr. Obama on a regular basis-I couldn’t tell who-I don’t keep up with the names.)


35 posted on 06/06/2009 6:09:52 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Does this tagline make me look like a domestic terrorist?)
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To: SE Mom

Well, the teleprompter’s all set up.


36 posted on 06/06/2009 6:10:26 AM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: mkjessup

LOL!!!


37 posted on 06/06/2009 6:11:20 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Guenevere
What a disgrace to have this appeaser, who loathes the military, representing our brave veterans.

I had to turn it off...to see that arrogant punk, with his nose in the air, walking ahead of everyone like this was all about him. And to think that Her Majesty is home watching this on TV...even Chris Wallace and guests were appalled.
38 posted on 06/06/2009 6:12:08 AM PDT by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: SE Mom

Will the teleprompter be set up at Normandy for Mr. O ?


39 posted on 06/06/2009 6:12:53 AM PDT by Bronzy
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To: Miss Didi
The real leaders...
40 posted on 06/06/2009 6:13:10 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: ClearCase_guy

That’s why I’m not watching..I just cannot watch him...Reading about his latest is almost more than I can bear.


41 posted on 06/06/2009 6:13:24 AM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: Right_in_Virginia

LOL! Priorities, eh?

Playing the national anthems of the allied countries now...goose bumps.


42 posted on 06/06/2009 6:13:34 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Bahbah

Amen


43 posted on 06/06/2009 6:14:12 AM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: SE Mom

Thank you for that text, SE Mom.


44 posted on 06/06/2009 6:15:16 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: popdonnelly

Unfortunately, HNWIC


45 posted on 06/06/2009 6:15:26 AM PDT by jslade (People who are easily offended......OFFEND ME!)
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To: Bahbah

And for all these years we have had to listen to the Eruoweenies yap and complain!

Let them deal with the Muzzie problem they have now!

Love the guy with the beard!


46 posted on 06/06/2009 6:15:44 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: MEG33

Showing The One singing our national anthem- he’s gotten coached in the lyrics.


47 posted on 06/06/2009 6:17:20 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Funny to hear God Save the Queen when they couldn’t be bothered to invite her.


48 posted on 06/06/2009 6:17:22 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Bahbah

LOL!!!!

Dooofuses!


49 posted on 06/06/2009 6:18:07 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: SE Mom

I can’t see too well this morning...is that Prince Charles sitting next to BHO?


50 posted on 06/06/2009 6:18:59 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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