The right wing found a new way to say President Obama hates the troops by complaining that he won’t visit Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Instead, Joe Biden will lay a wreath at the Veteran’s Cemetery while Obama visits Chicago and tours the beleaguered Gulf of Mexico. Of course, such an action may as well be a treasonous spit in the face, as the President is Commander in Chief and every president ever has always laid a wreath at Arlington. Folks like Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin and others have called Obama’s Memorial Day plans “offensive” and disrespectful. Except, as Media Matters reports, one has to wonder what the Glenn Beck’s of the world would’ve said regarding Reagan and both Bush’s when they skipped ceremonies on Memorial Day at Arlington.
There might be cause for offense if the president were planning on drinking a Pabst while wearing an American flag as a Speedo and rocking out to Jane Fonda instead of doing something to honor the troops on a holiday for them. However, Obama is planning on participating in a commemoration at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. To echo one commenter’s statement on Media Matters, does every presidential recognition of veterans have to be limited to those buried in Arlington?
Rather than take the moral high road and launch into a long think piece on what holidays like Memorial Day have become (hint: SALE ON LAWN FURNITURE, WE PAINTED AMERICAN FLAGS AND BOMBS AND COOL SHIT ON IT. BUY TODAY, LIMITED TIME OFFER!!!), I’m going to take the low, petty road and ask – why does the right wing punditry hate Illinois’ veterans?