Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving with the Troops: Obama Phones It In

The White House announced that Obama was thinking of the troops this Thanksgiving holiday, and showed his concern by phoning ten servicemembers, two each from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. 

We were spared the typical breakdown of the recipients by gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. 

Half of the AP story focused on Obama himself, not surprisingly, reporting that he eschewed the quiet retreat of Camp David in order to remain in the Executive Mansion.  There was no report of who dined with the President and his family, leaving one to ponder who from among the list of usual suspects sat upon his right hand. 
A possible family dining tableau
There was, however, an extended paragraph about the menu of the Commander in Chief which listed a "traditional" Thanksgiving menu including both turkey and ham.  Left unsaid is the army of White House chefs who prepared the meal.  The list did include some nine varieties of pie to cater to Obama's well-known penchant for that dish. 

The typical menu of the troops down-range was not mentioned either, though it would appear that the modern logistical system supports a healthy attention to preparing some great feasts for troops in the rear-echelon areas.  I can remember on several Thanksgivings during my military career that I squirreled away a Turkey MRE in anticipation of my situation in those instances.  (I see that the system has eliminated – with good reason – the Turkey ration from the inventory.  Let's just say that it didn't have a reliable shelf life.) 

In contrast:

President George W Bush at Baghdad Thanksgiving celebration, 2003

This was the surprise visit that George W Bush paid to Baghdad in 2003 (not his only trip to Indian country), which caused a media feeding frenzy when the press falsely proclaimed that he displayed a plastic turkey.  (The report was a desperation move, trying to find anything to criticize.)  The reaction in the hall when he walked in was loud and euphoric. 

If only our troops in the field could feel as supported today.  Instead they have to be worried about their combat pay and other hazardous duty incentives being taken from them.


  1. They like Obongo, when he shows up. Of course the trips cut into his golf game and we can't have that.

  2. FYI, since Yahoo! is still refusing to talk with me about their trashing of my old Texas Scribbler blog, much less reestablish it, I have founded a new one at the following link:

    If I get the old one back, I'll let you know. Until then, use this new url. Thanks.

    1. Thanksgiving has that worrisome association with Christians I expect - not a comment about his personal beliefs as much as it is a reflection on the current pop culture idea that Christianity is haram.

      I'll keep your old site up for the time being, in hopes that you'll be able to recover it.

  3. That and the Democrats worrisome association with soldiers. They have undercut them (us) for so long (starting with Vietnam, though I suppose you could argue for Korea), they'd prefer not to gamble their base by changing direction now.

    1. Obama and family did manage to visit a group of illegal aliens on a hunger strike though. It's good to have priorities.


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