As a Navy veteran, I am appalled President Obama, our Commander-In-Chief, did not lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2010. Instead, he went on vacation, and was rained out at a presentation at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Illinois.
The Commander-In-Chief has an obligation to fulfill his responsibilities to our deceased soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who gave their lives to keep this country free. He has a duty to respect our veterans and support our military forces who are currently fighting two wars.
If a military member did not show up for duty he or she would be punished, including the possible loss of pay, a reprimand, a demotion, or in a theater of war operations, the potential exists for incarceration. Our Commander-In-Chief deserves to be punished, and the punishment is to make him a one term president.
President Obama is not the first president to miss laying the wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. Ronald Reagan was caught up in a prolonged economic summit in 1983, George H. W. Bush was campaigning in 1992, and George W. Bush was vacationing in Texas on Memorial Day 2007. Prior miscues by presidents cannot justify Obama’s dereliction of duty. He should have changed his vacation plans or taken time out to be at Arlington National Cemetery.
Our Commander-In-Chief went AWOL on Memorial Day 2010.
Donald A. Moskowitz