As if their candidate needed to further alienate the veteran voting bloc, Obama's clueless handlers have done it again. There were emails circulating on Memorial Day that the presidential security detail had locked down the Vietnam Memorial site early that morning, shooing off veterans and their families so that the locale could be used for a photo op. While I was never able to verify the accuracy of those emails, perhaps this ill-conceived campaign photo posted over at Hot Air where Ed Morrissey has it up as his Obamateurism of the Day, lends them some credence.
It no doubt took the president's photogs some time to set up such an artsy pic with the light just so, so as to provide the requisite halo round the One's consecrated cranium. Surely the pros and the pols couldn't be bothered by the plebian presence of actual rank and file Vietnam vets and their families while such an important campaign event was underway.
Morrissey notes that the White House photo office has the pic on their official website as photo of the day for Memorial Day. It's #5 of 24 but I couldn't freeze it for a hyperlink. As a Vietnam vet, I was stunned when I saw this photo. I know these Democrats are clueless when it comes to military sensitivities, but do they not have any idea of the special venerability the Wall possesses for those of us who fought in that war for an unappreciative nation? Or our families and the families of those whose names grace that memorial? I've been to all the war memorials on the Mall on multiple occasions and can attest there is always a singular solemnity suffusing that Wall and those standing in its presence. It is the one place in this nation where we who served in that war know that our service has been honored.
And now these dim-bulb Democrats dishonor our monument by exploiting it for a photo shoot canonizing their candidate on the sacred day set aside to honor those who earned their place on that Wall with their lives? Every name there represents a comrade in arms to me and I assuredly do not appreciate seeing it used for a phony campaign photo by an affirmative action commander-in-chief who never deigned to don the heavy burden of a steel helmet in service to this country. As that picture spreads around the internet, I'm sure there are millions of other veterans who will share my revulsion as well as my determination to see this insensitive fool thrown out of office.
What do you suppose that Gallup veterans' poll will look like after this photo gains some fame?