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June 23, 2011

Obama: All You People Look Alike To Me

The Commander in Chief addressed the 10th Mountain Division today:

First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.

In case you missed it, President Obama has been to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also awarded the Medal of Honor.

Of course, there was one little detail he got wrong in his speech. Something so small ... trivial, really ... that I hate to even bring it up.

Jared Monti, who was in 10th Mountain, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. His eternal resting place is about 50 miles from where I sit typing this.

As all readers of this Smart Military Blog™ know, Salvatore Giunta, who was not in 10th Mountain but instead the 173rd Airborne, was the first living Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And, given that he was also the first living recipient since the Vietnam War, you'd think this might leave a lasting impression on the Commander in Chief. You'd be wrong.

It's a shame whoever loaded TOTUS with that speech didn't care half as much about this very simple detail as he did making sure his boss took credit for something. And it's doubly shameful that Obama didn't catch it, but we all know he just reads whatever is on the 'prompter anyway.*

Dramatization and update below the fold.

*Update: Gateway Pundit has the cringe-inducing video. He appears to be winging it, so it looks like TOTUS is off the hook on this one.

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posted by Andy at 08:35 PM

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