The Anchoress has a good summary on today’s memorial service at Ft. Hood. Though she liked Obama’s speech a lot mroe than I did. She was spot on with this comment:
It all helpfully brings home to the nation that we have lost exceptional people, that we are defended, daily, by exceptional people. What makes them exceptional is not their education, their background, their ethnicity; it’s their willingness to stand a watch, and if need be, to die for the exceptional nation conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
And that’s it. That’s exactly it. And on the eve of Veteran’s Day, it’s important to remember that all Veterans at one point in their life were willing to stand that watch. Remember:
A ‘Veteran‘ — whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve — is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to, and including his life.”
As for Obama’s speech? Feh.
It was not a bad speech.Though that won’t stop the usual suspects on the Left from ooohing and ahhing over it being the Best Speech Evah!
Obama said some nice things. Avoided talking about himself (which in itself is a pretty major accomplishment). But it was not inspired nor inspiring. It definitely did not live up to the enormity of the event.
Gen. Cone’s speech was actually much, much better.
The one serious flaw in Obama’s speech was his attempt to blame the Islamic jihad perpetrated by Nidal Malik Hasan on “twisted logic.” Well, unless of course by “twisted logic” Obama meant Islam.
From The Anchoress’ closing:
Well, as to thinking of what one could or couldn’t do, I think humans are always surprised at what they can handle when they have to, but as I responded to dv, I think there comes a moment during every president’s tenure when he realizes with a centering certainty that he is commanding men and women who are “better than he.” For those presidents who can manage to then rise to the challenge of being worthy of their command, that is a positive thing, all-around. I pray this is true for Obama. I want him to be a great CIC, for the sake of our troops, and our nation.
I hope so to. But it will take more than his presence and speech today to prove it.