Skip to comments.Liz Cheney Slams Obama Photo-Op at Dover
Posted on 10/29/2009 8:29:06 PM PDT by kristinn
Former Bush State Department official Liz Cheney diplomatically slammed Barack Obama today for imposing on grieving military families by bringing the White House press corps and photographers with him to Dover Air Force Base last night to receive the bodies of 15 soldiers and 3 DEA agents killed in Afghanistan this week.
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit reported Cheney's remarks made on John Gibson's Fox radio show today. Here is a corrected version of the partial transcript posted at Gateway Pundit.
Audio clip on You Tube
I don't know why he went to Dover. I mean I think that clearly it is very important for our commander in chief whenever he can, in whatever way possible to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers, our fallen miltary folks.
But I think, you know what President Bush used to do is to do it without the cameras. And I dont understand sort of showing up with the White House Press Pool with photographers and asking family members if you can take pictures. I just, thats really hard for me to get my head around. I think its an honorable and important thing for us to pay tribute. Theres no greater sacrifice people make to the nation. But...it was a surprising way for the president to choose to do it.
I would also point out the best way to pay tribute to those who sacrifice is to win the war.
17 of the 18 families of the fallen denied Obama his photo op at Dover.
ABC News reports that 14 of the families were at Dover last night and met in private with Obama.
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obama is dangerously self-centered and narcissistic. If he had even a shred of class he'd have gone to Dover AFB privately, met with the families, thanked them for their sacrifice, paid his respects to the fallen, expressed regret at the necessity of such sacrifices, and left quietly.
His using the loss of people under his command for his own personal and political power gains is disgusting and reprehensible.
I suppose we shouldn't be surprised though, obama has already held more press conferences and photo-ops in 10 months than former President Bush did in 4 years.
I absolutely refuse to question the motivation of the US Commander in Chief -- Republican or Democrat, Reagan or Obama -- when he honors men and women who have died in service to our country.
Simply put, I wish people like Liz Cheney would just STFU.
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Is this the first time Obama has been at Dover to pay his respects? How many handwritten notes of condolence he has written?
The man has no class, no sense of decorum. No couth. He is trash in a suit.
Michelle needs to whack him upside the head with that damned bondage boob belt she wears.
“This is a shameful photo-op. These Heroes should never be used as props.”
The Leftists such as Obama, his advisors, the lot of them actually don’t consider anything but self serving opportunity. To them there is no grief but their own.
Obama has no compassion for anyone. He has no class and should not have gone. The military nor the people do not want him.
The whole thing was disturbing to me.
At first glance, I was glad to see him honoring our fallen soldiers, but then I quickly realized he was using the entire scene as a dammed photo-op.
I’m sure he was sincere, but his narcissism dominated, and cameras just HAD to be there to show HIM.... It’s always about HIM.
Liz Cheney is just what we need...an outspoken conservative that has the best interests of our country in her heart.
BO's little photo op was just that, another chance for him to be in front of the camera.
Simply put....I think you're on the wrong forum to be putting down Liz Cheney!
I absolutely refuse to question the motivation of the US Commander in Chief — Republican or Democrat, Reagan or Obama — when he honors men and women who have died in service to our country.
BULL...if he would have made some serious decisions concerning troop levels maybe that trip would not have been necessary. He needed to be called out... that was a pure BS photo op...
You are full of it, Newbie troll. That was the #1 story in America at the time, and Reagan did it in broad daylight, and every network carried it. This was Obama doing it at midnight, as a planned photo op, with Michelle at Yankee Stadium earlier that same night with a wounded vet. Planned, cynical, calculated.
You teach the people what not to do, by doing it.
re Reagan in 1983, we were not at war, and what happened
in Beirut was a terrorist attack.
There was not an issue of the need for more troops nor was Reagan playing games with what went on.
If you don’t know what Obama is pulling, you are out of touch.
5 of those coffins were 4 Marines based here in San Diego and 1 was an Army fellow, a native here and his family here spoke from here this afternoon.
None gave permission to have Obama seen with their sons.
No one questioned Reagan’s motives because you didn’t have to do that with President Reagan. You knew he loved his country, loved and respected those families and had the utmost respect for the sacrifice of those dead. Being there was not his idea of a ‘photo op’.
Educate yourself about President Reagan AND President Obama and you’ll figure the rest out.
It’s really simple.
As I know you are aware, W and Cheney would frequently meet...in private...with the families of those who had been killed in action. And that includes one not well reported personal meeting with Cindy Sheehan and the families of 26 other fallen heroes.
It was something he did on a regular basis, but not one press account, because W didn’t seek out the press.
It's pretty obvious it was a photo op about HIM plus a prelude to his announcement about Halfghanistan. . "I really Care, so I'm only sending half of the troops in harm's way." With Obama, even more than Clinton, "It's all Politics, all the time."
Unfortunately, at this point, this doesn't give rise to the least bit of surprise in me.
There was never any question, from any quarter, that Ronald Reagan supported our armed forces 100%.
That's my belief. I'm sticking with it. I've drawn a line in the sands of political cynicism and I refuse to cross it.
Thanks that needed to be said.
There are unfortunately a lot of people at FR who are proving that Not-my-President Derangement Syndrome is a disease of left and right.
Everything the President does is news and everything he does is political. He could be attacked for not doing this and is equally attacked for doing it. But it is something that the POTUS should indeed do.
Yes, he should have done it, but left the press corp at the Whitehouse. The man is despicable.
Ehh. A photo op is pretty much par for the course. Not gonna waste my time on that. All politicians do it. Conservative Presidents just happen to glorify American victories. Liberals like to glorify defeat.
You can’t blame a rat for eating cheese. It is just in their nature.
That’s right, hands. Miss Puss can tell it to me or STFU, herself.
This was an affront to military like I’ve never seen. He ran out to Dover to show everybody who’s really boss after making an ass out of himself in Jacksonville FLA when he showed everyone how ignorant he is by calling Navy Corpsmen, “Corpsemen”.
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Good for you. I *do* question this Oval Office occupant. He has languished with an ongoing war for more than 80 days. A commander HE put in charge needs more troops. And he dithers.
There is a world of difference between Reagan and Obama.
I do not remember the massive coverage in 1983. I think, though, the ban on media coverage was installed during the Gulf War...and frankly, it should’ve stayed. If you think Obama wasn’t doing this for a photo op, you’re entitled.
But his actions in other arenas show otherwise—so I doubt this was sincere.
only reason the bastard went there was a photo opp.
This guy is classless and an ass.
I question what motivates Barrack Hussein Obama in everything he does, mostly because it appears to me that nothing he does is above board.
Apparently you fail to understand that this "president" only does such things for photo ops. You apparently fail also to understand that this modern press corps by and large, looks with contempt upon those warriors and only sees their demise as a photo op. I'm sure some secretly celebrate their demise. I will not forget, nor will I ever forgive the press and the party of comrade Zer0 for doing the body count during the years of President Bush. I will also never forget that Comrade Zer0 has screwed around for 10 months while Afghanistan spins out of control while about 400 of our warriros have died. George W. Bush would never have intentionally done such a thing to our warriors or our country.
You respect that pantywaist and his limp wrist propaganda machine press corps, I'm sure the hell not.
Simply put, I wish people like Liz Cheney would just STFU.
You are comparing apples to oranges. Of all the different days and times Obama could go see our soldiers he picks this one? Pure photo op.
Just in case you didn’t see this:
Liz Cheney was right and you are wrong.
I think that you might have tapped in to the WRONG forum!
You go, Liz! As always, telling it like it is.
I read the article from the Jacksonville paper, a Sailor said he was annoyed to be “ordered” to attend his speech. How many others felt the same way? It would not be a stretch to conclude that he did not have a very warm welcome.
GOOD FOR LIZ!!!
Ronald Reagan did not suddenly show up with his press posse because usually the only one there to take pictures was an AP still photographer.
Ronald Reagan did not start his Presidency with a bash America to our enemies tour.
Ronald Reagan did not bow and kiss the ring of the Saudi Prince.
Context, my dear, context.
I do not question any family choosing to allow media coverage of the Dignified Transfer of the remains of their loved ones. No one, not even the Commander in Chief, should exploit it for a photo-op.
Plus , little known is, the Griffith family was the only one who gave Obama permission to photo-op with their son. The rest told him to take a hike.
My son graduates SOI on next Wednesday (sadly neither one of us can get away in the middle of the work week - WHY Wednesday?) and he tells me he's a machine gunner and probably headed for the 'Stan fairly soon.
It's gettin' kinda personal for me and the Big Zero here . . .
The more I think about that ‘mispronunciation’ the more I believe it was deliberate.
Obama went out to get his photo op with the caskets of our beloved Servicemembers for his version of a peacenic trophy pic.
Never forget, any KIA was KIA under Obama’s new deadly ROE’s. The civilians and the Taliban's safety are more important than keeping the troops alive and letting them fight.
OBAMA, SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!!!
May God bless and protect our troops and save them from this man!
Obama cannot give the generals his answer and has NOT sent the extra troops needed to win in Afghanistan, yet he can come with cameras to photograph the caskets and family of men his lame policies may well be responsible for killing.
2012 cannot come soon enough for me.
theOne’s corpse man comment was appalling, has he at least apologized for it?
AMEN to that FReeper.
I am fairly confidant that Liz has shed real tears for our fallen soldiers.......I cannot say the same for theOne.
Liz speaks for me and millions of others. She does not deserve your classy “STFU” comment.
I don't think he apologizes for anything. Super megalomaniac ego and all.
Good for you. I think we all can respect a stand on principles even if we disagree with it.
But the Marines were killed in a terrorist attack. You might as well draw equivalencies between GWB visiting the WTC after the attack.
That’s more parallel to RR’s meeting the fallen Marines than Zero’s cynical late night visit with the WH press corps(e) :-) in tow!! If he had REALLY wanted to simply honor the fallen and meet the families—why the photo op???
As the four years drag out we shall see more of the real clown surface. This guy operates like he is still a candidate for POTUS.