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Obama Snubs Nation's Heroes, Becomes the First President
to Skip Ball Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients in Over 50 Years

Submitted by Julie on January 21, 2009 - 10:13pm.
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Barack Obama may have stumbled over his words briefly during his
inauguration, but he made an even bigger blunder later Tuesday evening.
The newly sworn-in President opted not to appear at what should have
been one of the most important Balls on his agenda that evening -
"The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball."

The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball was begun in 1953 for President Dwight
Eisenhower's inauguration. The event recognized recipients of the Medal of
Honor, the nation's highest military award. There were 48 Medal of Honor
recipients in attendance, who were undoubtedly disappointed by the new
Commander-in-Chief's failure to show. Over the past 56 years and 14
inaugurations, no President has skipped this event - until now.

The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball is sponsored by the American Legion,
and co-sponsored by 13 other veteran's service organizations, including
those such as the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Military Order of
the Purple Heart.

Instead of attending this ball honoring our nation's heroes, Obama was busy
making stops at 10 other official balls. Obama and his wife's first stop was at
the Neighborhood Ball. From there they went to the Home State Ball for Illinois
and Hawaii, the Commander-in-Chief Ball, the Youth Inaugural Ball, and the
Home State Ball for Delaware and Pennsylvania. They finished off the night
with brief appearances at the Mid-Atlantic, Western, Midwest, Eastern, and
Southern regional Balls.

Celebrities were a plenty at the balls, with Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Mary. J. Blige,
Faith Hill, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, will.i.am, Sting, Mariah Carey, and
Leonardo DiCaprio in attendance at the Neighborhood Ball. In addition, the other
nine balls also featured a star-studded lineup including Kanye West and Kid Rock
at the Youth Ball, Marc Anthony at the Western Ball, and Cheryl Crow at the Western
Ball.

It was the party without all of the celebrities that Obama
skipped. The very people who he sought to have support
him during his candidacy and campaign, who have fought
to protect this country, were snubbed in favor of publicity
and the opportunity to rub shoulders - yet again - with the
out-of-touch Hollywood elite!

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SHAME ON YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA. THESE BRAVE MEN CAME TO RESPECT YOU, YET
YOUR BLATANT FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE THEM SENDS THEM AND ALL WHO HAVE FOUGHT TO DEFEND THIS NATION, THE WRONG MESSAGE. MAKE NO EXCUSES MR. PRESIDENT - WE NOW KNOW WHERE VETERANS STAND UNDER YOUR WATCH!

6 years 16 weeks ago, 10:06 PM

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So when is the rest of

So when is the rest of Washington gonna figure out that they made a mistake.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 10:40 PM

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He will cut funding to the military to the point that they will not have the equipment to get the job done on the battlefield. Remember Clinton's military cuts? He doesn't respect the men and women in the Armed Forces. He doesn't have a clue what sacrifices these people have made to this country, or the sacrifices that their families have made. He could give a shit about military personnel. He wants to downsize the military and take away their firepower so that we will become dependant on the UN for our back-up. We all know what a worthless piece of shit the UN is. the US has bailed them out so many times that it ain't even funny anymore.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 11:15 PM

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Anyone guess which way our nation is heading?

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 11:28 PM

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You know, eastern bloc countries. The ones we defeated during the cold war. We're not headed south, they came here and after the election they sent us east to be with the communist countries of Europe and Asia. Only we're not quite commies yet, we are becoming communisms subversive brother, socialists. It's ugly and we need to fight it, we just can't lose our heads and do something rash.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 11:41 PM

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I know in my heart the real reason gun sales are through the roof, and it's not really because of Obama and his ideas about gun control. People(Smart People) are taking this opportunity to arm themselves for when the goverment decides they are going to take everything. Not just lie and take little pieces at a time.I was born in 1960, I've witnessed a lot of history regarding this great country of ours. Pull in our troops, assets and protect our borders. Let the rest of the world fight over doing business with us.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 12:08 AM

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is to not let our guards down. Pay attention to what these power hungry bastards are doing. Don't trust anyone in government. They are all crooks and liars and are all part of this plan to take the power away from the people. We need to elect people that will uphold the constitution. We need real conservatives in office, not these McCain, wannabe Republicans that are nothing more than warmed over Democrats from the 1950's. Real men of value, integrity and pride. People that you would not mind seeing your daughter on a date with. We need another Ronald Reagan to step up and take this country by the lapels and give it a good bitch slap. I hate to say it but I think that we have gone way to far from sanity to get back to these values in a hurry. It is gonna take some time to fix all of what is wrong with this country. Right now, everyone who voted for Franklin Delan-Obama has got their hands stuck out, waiting for that Gu-ment Cheese. They are all waiting for Obama to pay their house payments and car payments and give them WIC vouchers. Damn! We might never turn this thing around.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 12:22 AM

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If this is true

Then I am ashamed of him. I don't agree with his views, I don't believe he will earn respect for our nation, but up until this, I was willing to give him the respect he deserves as my Commander-in-Chief. Just like the officers I think are morons, I still respect the rank and salute it rather than the man. If this is true, then I am truly ashamed to be in his army. I am a professional Soldier, so if I ever do meet him face to face, I will of course render courtesy as required by regulation, but I will never be able to get my right hand clean enough after saluting him with it. I AM NOT ADVOCATING THE VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OR THE ASSASSINATION OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS!! Having said that, these people are taking the loyalty of the military members for granted. They don't understand that many, many of us, past and present, understand exactly what we are saying whe we speak these words:

"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

Notice which of those entities we are swearing to bear true faith and allegiance in. It ain't the President and it ain't the Congress. There are only so many times you can poke the bear before he wakes up, and these motherfuckers are slapping it.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 12:38 AM

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It is no big surprise

This guy has been hanging out with radical left wing extremists like Rev. Wright, William Aires and lots of other domestic terrorists, dead set on ending the bourgiouse society that we all have come to love.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 1:04 AM

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Cause and effect

Noone in the media draws a conclusion between the election of Obama and the gun sales shooting through the roof. I traded my Glock 21 for more than I paid for it two years ago.

Also nobody is draws a conclusion between the stock market remaining flat ever since Obama won the nomination. Why buy cheap stocks if you will have to lose your gains on raised capital gains taxes?
The money is out there to drive correct the stock market but noones buying. There are so many bargains out there. If i was wealthy, I would press into deflated stocks. The market was inflated the past 20 years becuase of the capital gains tax being cut by Clinton and Bush. the anticipation of high gains is offset by having to give a gain to the government.
I predict the market will remain flat until his first budget in sept.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 4:26 AM

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All of this is some crazy nightmare... the problem that I see everyday is his election has really reworked racism... If I speak against him on my campus I'm immediately made out to be a gun-toting racist redneck (Even though I grew up in inner-city Pittsburgh and have plenty of black friends) but when I actually present the truth of things and tell them what he is already starting to do I'm a liar and it's republican bs...

I worry more everyday of whether this country will still be free tomorrow than I do that I need to eat.

I do agree we need a strong leader and a no B.S. leader one that will stand in front of the American public and say the God damn truth, "yes this is a problem no this is just some stupid B.S. that the GOP or the Democrats want you to believe," there's no truth in it... I'm a republican by standard but I still believe that they are lying SOBs just like the democrats but their standards just match us better.

I worry everyday that what is transpiring will launch us into another civil war.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 5:02 AM

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Civil War No

I have heard many people say a civil war is coming, but I think it will be more of a revolutionary war. The real patriots of this countrry trying to make her into what she used to be.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 6:48 PM

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Yea this is true that is how I would state the purpose of it... but as seeing the major populous of the country feels that we don't need guns and we're a nation of law and order, instead of a nation of freedom and purpose, the majority would see it as a civil war at least until history determines the revolutionaries to be right. Only history can determine the title as a Revolution or a civil war.

But I think that because the fight would be for things that already have been in exsistance revolutionary might not be the best word... revolution seems to imply (at least to me) that revolutionaries want a change instead of what this is which is a fight to keep things from changing...

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 8:13 AM

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our guns and don't let the bastards have the satisfaction. The Democrats are miserable because they have to be the eternal victim and they want us to feel as shitty as they do. Don't stoop to their level. Stick to the facts and the truth will eventually set you free. Like they say on conservative talk radio..."We are right, they are wrong. End of story."

As far as a revolution...
There will be a revolution, but there won't be any shots getting fired. This one will be a grassroots movement to overthrow the radical leftists in the government. It will be a stealthy undertaking that they will never see coming. As soon as all of these Obamaniacs figure out that this socialist stuff ain't panning out, they will vote him outta office so fast that it will make your head swim. When they have to wait 4 to 6 months for a medical test that might save their lives, they will start to re-think this socialism thing.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 8:29 AM

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Well put sir, and good motivation.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 9:18 PM

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Keep your powder dry folks when an honest poor down an out workin stiff is put back in the office one who knows what america really needs to survive then all will be safe again until that day we will all be at the mercy of the rich an powerful assholes who think they know whats best for there wallet.as for our heroes an millitary go ahead an downsize the next attack will be a hell of alot worse people are goin to die the twin towers will be small as to what could come. the end

6 years 16 weeks ago, 10:18 PM

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is gonna try this Bill Clinton diplomacy bullshit that got us attacked in the first place. The Muslim radicals were planning the Twin Tower attack many years ago and just waiting for the right time to implement it. That wasn't some spur of the moment thing. They caught us with our collective thumbs up our asses and delt us some real dirt. Obama is gonna lull us into that same false sense of security and they will hit us again. Only this time it will be much worse. They might even nuke us this time. All of these radical extremists have nukes now. All they have to do is get them into the country and set them off. All those survivalist guys that bought land in Montana to build their compounds on are looking pretty smart right about now.

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6 years 16 weeks ago, 10:20 PM

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He's a world class prick!

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 9:08 PM

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People aren't willing to risk it. As for putting an honest person in, that'll never happen. People are too willing to allow things to stay as they are. How many people are upset about the government, or disagree with what the government is doing, or whatever, yet the reelection rate for an incumbent is what, 70 or 80 percent? We are lazy. The way for us to solve our issues is to avoid being one-issue voters, network with people who have other issues on their minds, and have a group of agendas to discuss with our elected officials. Hell, one thing we can do is get with the hunter's groups. It is shocking how many hunters don't care about assault weapons bans or magazine capacity limits, just because it doesn't affect them right now. The Nra has failed us. Sure, they're powerful, but they compromise too easily and they are reactive, reacting to anti-gun legislation. they should be using their resources to start at a strict constitutional stance of any gun laws being wrong. Then, if compromise is necessary (compromise on a right), we get closer to what we want. That's what the anti-gun fags do, that's what we should do.

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Who have such strong convictions that they are willing to risk it all in order to stir the masses into action.

Nowadays, its a bit harder to do, because everyone is so committed to so many things that they aren't sure if paying the price is worth the risk of losing everything.

That along with the fact that if a person should start to see a rumbling of people who agree with him/her, that person will begin to feel the wrath of those with an opposing viewpoint who have the money and the connections to do almost anything to destroy that persons reputation, for the cause.

Nothing is ever going to change in America until new leaders arise who are willing to sacrifice everything to maintain our freedoms.

6 years 15 weeks ago, 11:42 PM

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Obama will, in my opinion, weaken the defense of this nation, but even if we got myself or Ted Nugent as president, it is only a question of when. They will hit us with a big attack. Our foreign and domestic intelligence guys, while not perfect, are good at what they do. the fact is, however, there are just too many areas in which we are vulnerable. I have already figured out how to lock down our country for a couple weeks using a small amount of boom boom (don't want to use that keyword), and I'm just a lowly little MP. I won't of course, go into it on open-source internet, because I wouldn't want to give the less imaginative bad guys ideas. The fact is, there are a huge number of opportunities for a terror attack, but even a nuclear attack is one we would recover from. look how many Japanese were killed in the Tokyo firebombing and the two nuclear attacks, and they have a tiny country with limited resources.

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 11:45 PM

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blowhard and bluster? from one line? Did this guy say dumb shit somewhere else? How did you infer all that from one misspelled line? You're good. WE'RE NOT WORTHY!!! WE'RE NOT WORTHY!!!

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 11:48 PM

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even sent me a pvt message. In response to my truisms regarding Pres Hussein. I found the truth in Snopes and Fact or Fiction, which is way less Liberal than Snopes.

6 years 15 weeks ago, 2:23 AM

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I'm just curious..

Does anyone here write their congressmen, governor...anyone in political seats? I mean does anyone here actually try to communicate with them or do we all just sit at our computers going back and forth in forums? I haven't written a congressman in a long time. So I admit I don't do much either. I have been thinking of writing Obama. I just haven't figured out what to say. I'm not saying my one letter will change anything but I at least want to say something. I've been thinking what I would say. Any how, just curious about that.

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Yes I have written the pres. and Sen. Mccainplus several other Sen. and what you get back is a form letter thanking you for your comments. I have called Sen Mccain more than once to try to speak with him with no luck. It seems that once we elect someone they build a wall around themselves and say we don't have time to listen to the people that put them in office. I will keep the letters and calls to them and maybe I will receive a real answer. I will not give up on our country but I will keep trying to have my voice heard..........shadow walker.....all my nickles are gone

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 10:35 PM

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I have a funny little story to tell you. I had a teacher in college, who also happend to be a State Senator. The class was called American Government, take a guess what it was about. Now this man reminded me very much of JFK, he looks very much like him. While in class one day he poised a question to us and it sticks with me even now, three years later, he asked "Do you as the electorate, as the men and women who have elected me believe that we (elected officials) actually give a damn what you want?" Naturally, we all exclaimed "Yes" and he smuggly replied with a chuckle "Absolutely not. I don't give a damn what it is that you all want, I don't care how many of you vot for it. I am going to do what I want to do and so are all the rest of us, you cannot expect the populus to make a decsion, you are much to incompetent." At this I stood up and walked out of the room. These are not the type of people whom you write letters to and expect to be heard. Letters do not work. It is unfortunate but true I am afraid.

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 3:12 AM

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as unfortunate as it is ssrs10 i believe every word of that... politics is more cut throat then business... they've all forgot their morals and manners as a decent human being...

it might not even be politics I can speak from the medical field that it's considered a "business" health care is a business now apparently and not a service anymore... I've written plenty of essay's to various schools and authoritative sources trying to reach someone that is will to tell medical personnel that they need to wise up and stop treating patients like their paychecks.

More than once I've been told to shut up cause what i was saying would rattle too many cages...

It's society as a whole that is the problem it's just spiraling down hill and there really isn't anything to do but watch it burn...

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6 years 15 weeks ago, 2:37 AM

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I have sent a message on Obama's "interactive" website, but i doubt I'll get a response. I have found out what district I live in here in AZ, and am preparing a short presentation to show to the state rep here. It is not gun related, but i'll see how this one goes before deciding what issues to bring up later.

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"That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security." These words are as true now as they ever were. A revolution must come. We must wait to see if it will be political or civil.

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