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“A White House photographer (the only photographer there) was allowed to take and widely distribute a photo from the ceremony Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan despite the Pentagon’s claim that any public depiction of the scene would violate the wishes of bereaved families.”


 

Under the Pentagon policy spelled out in March 2009, the option to allow media access is explained to family members when they are notified of their loved one’s death, and “primary next of kin will make the family decision regarding media access to dignified transfers at Dover.”

I have to ask the obvious question apparently.  If the Pentagon respected the requests of the family members (19 out of the 30) that didn’t want the event photographed, why didn’t the White House respect those 19 family members’ requests?  The photograph wasn’t of “caskets” but it was of the President and was posted on the White House website as the “Photo of the Day.” It showed Obama and other officials in silhouette and did not depict caskets, family members or anything that brought respect to those fallen. Was the White House photographer there to focus on the heroes killed in action and the event at hand or was this a staged event that was focused on the POTUS? The picture result (above) answers that one.

Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said the department did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public. He said the photographers who routinely travel with the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were not allowed to go to the event, and no official Pentagon photos were taken or released.

Some may say “at least he didnt take a photo of the caskets.” Exactly, the photo was of the POTUS. So again I have to ask, “Why was the White House photographer there?”  Why was this published as a “Photo of the Day? Seriously? The focus of the event isn’t the POTUS. A dignified transfer (I’ve worked several of them at Dover AFB) is for those in the caskets and their families and to pay respect for THEM as THEY have paid the ultimate price. Not any one else. Period.

Perhaps this footage will emerge in the Sony (Japanese owned company) Hosted Obama Fundraiser that is funding the releasing of the Bin Laden movie scheduled just before the next election.

I got a cold beer that bets the image of the POTUS saluting those that gave all will be in his pre election movie “Bin Laden”. However, I don’t need to go see such a movie that capitalizes on a War on Terror that I’ve assisted in or have had fellow brothers pay the ultimate price while defending America.

Sleep well America, there are steely eyed warriors and leaders doing great things for this country and they are in Afghanistan.  Never, take away from those that deserve the attention.  Especially when they gave all for this country. God Bless you warriors!

Time for a CGar!

This is who the dignified transfer is for:


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Comments

  1. Like I’ve said before, this presidents disdain for the military is no secret. Except when he can “use” the military to try and help him get elected. Remember the polling controversy? When all of the military folks were asked who they were going to vote for and the overwhelming majority said McCain, yet when the interviews were aired stateside, the results were skewed to make it look like the military supported Obama? That’s how he views the military. And if him or his team think that a movie about the death of Bin Laden is going to fool the American people, then they are idiots. I guess that Sony is going to leave out the part where the enhanced interrogation of Bin Laden’s lieutenants gave our guys the intel that they needed. You know, the interrogation techniques that Obama’s folks fought so hard against. Game’s up, Mr. president. Semper Fi.

  2. This is just a classic example of how out of touch and disorganized the White House and obama are. “Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said the department did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public.”
    It is interesting that obama is “saluting” but what appears to be a military person in the far left of the picture is not. I find that very strange. obama Is just a dog and pony show who should be impeached NOW.

  3. First, I pray God blesses the fallen and gives them eternal rest and I pray for peace and comfort for their families.
    I would not question why the photographer showed up…he was obviously instructed to ( photo of the day ). My question is why the POS POTUS showed up. He does not care about the military, living or dead, unless it looks good for the press ( Walter Reed and Bethesda photo ops come to mind ). He can not salute, can not pronounce corpsman and can not remember which of the MOH winners are dead or alive. He is not fit to lick the boots of those who serve.

  4. Janna, Mike and Richard…
    You have put into words my thoughts and feelings. Janna, your last sentence says it all. Thank You!
    To All our Fallen Heroes…We can never thank you enough..
    To your families… they will have our love, support and prayers..7/24/365.. Never hesitate to call on us. We will always be there.

  5. I can’t even see straight I am so pissed.
    Once again you’ve taken the high road, MP, and made your point without the string of very unlady-like words that are flowing past my eyes right now.
    I’ve added to the Teleprompter-in-Chief moniker: Media Whore Teleprompter-in-Chief. MWTiC needs to go away. QUICKLY. And never return to this country again.

  6. I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog. It’s difficult for me to believe this President cares about the troops at all, except as photo ops or political props. I suspect he thinks anyone who served was at best stupid for not using their time to take from the country instead of give, or at worst, dangerous, jackbooted terrorists who, while useful when he wants to take us into a “days, not weeks no-fly-zone” war to appease the Europeans, must be watched at all times. He couldn’t shine the boots of a veteran and leader like LtCol Alan West.
    Robert A. Hall
    Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    (All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)

  7. Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols. Rest In Peace. You left behind a fine young son that will be sure your service to this country and your courage will always be remembered.
    Thank you, Major for posting this video.

  8. This photo op taken of a dysfunctional individual whom our nation elected as president is NO president.
    When one looks at the White House website, at the list of white house executive staff, and notices the name of Valerie what’s her face as his first advisor, a Chicago slum lord, with a lot of impressive sounding past job titles ( and who once gave Michelle Obama an intern job), you realize to what level of mismanagement the president has stooped to., fancy degrees do not equate experience let alone good judgement. Undergraduate at Princeton, graduate (JD) at Harvard do not equate to leadership. Leadership requires good grounding and experience., That comes with time and exposure to the real world. Happy Birthday Mr President. Too bad you’re NO president!

  9. If “Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said the department did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public.” Then please tell me what kind of security is there?
    Please continue to keep all our SOLDIERS in your prayers….

  10. As part of the USO Team at Philadelphia Airport I became increasingly irritated through the entire week. The increased press attention and the POTUS as well as some of the Joint Chiefs using this as a publicity opportunity sickened me more than my irritation at the general public. We handle this duty week in and week out as families of the fallen arrive almost every other day at Dover for the Dignified Transfer. Where is the concern and outpouring of sympathy on a daily basis for the almost 6000+ warriors and their families that have made the ultimate sacrifice over the last ten years. The press and those that seek their attention at this specific time are the worse kind of opportunists and indicative of how common sense and decency are no longer common. The fact that the USO had to engage the Philadelphia Police Dept and the FBI to assist in providing security for these families speaks volumes!

  11. Thanks for calling bulls*** when you see it, Maj. I thought it was out of line the minute the WH announced he was attending the ceremony, but it has to be particularly galling for men & women like you who walk the line every day.

  12. As a Gold Star Mother, I *****SPIT**** on the AIC. How dare him to be that disrespectful of our Fallen Hero’s… ! Thank God he wasn’t the AIC in 2007 when my son deployed to Heaven. I would have spit on him. Yes, it was ok to go and pay respects to the families, if they wished him to be there…But that is where it should have ended. HOW DARE HIM TO USE A PHOTO OP FOR HIS PERSONAL GAIN, I hope he likes the gain in 2012 when he should be vote down, like the trash he is. I don’t care who likes or dislikes the AIC he DOESN’T NOT CARE ABOUT OUR MILITARY AND OUR FAMILIES..

  13. Hey great photo are you going to use it in the spots where people are pupsosed to insert photos (I’m sure there’s a term for that but sheesh how could a Luddite like me know it LOL).L.A.L.A.?!?!No, nonononono you need to come to HOUSTON.You’d have great friends here. People ALWAYS bond well under extreme conditions.Julie

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