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HonestChieffan
03-18-2009, 05:15 PM
Amazing how this woman can say what she does. After her extensive experience in taking soldiers for granted, she now assumes the rest of the country is as pompus as she is.

Shes out telling people we dont give the military families any credit...while in Washington, Hubbybaby is floating the propostion to take health care away from vets. Did she apologize for her husband's summation that Troops were "just air raiding villages and killing civilians"? I bet not.

Now that she is finally proud of her country I guess she can now devote her attention to soldiers and families. Obo better keep her on a short leash and invest in a muzzle.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123725233352050133.html

The Dissing of Laura Bush

By WILLIAM MCGURN

By choosing Fort Bragg for her first official trip outside the capital last Thursday, Michelle Obama signaled that she will use her position as First Lady to promote one of America's most deserving causes: our military families. Plainly the families loved it. Just look at the smiles on those children as she read them "The Cat in the Hat."

So it was just a little disconcerting the next morning to hear the First Lady explain how she came to this issue during last year's campaign. "I think I was like most Americans," she told ABC News. "Pretty oblivious to the life of military families. Sort of taking it for granted."

Perhaps Mrs. Obama did take these families for granted. Surely, however, it's extraordinary to suggest that "most Americans" did the same. Certainly not the McCains, the Bidens and the Palins, each of whom had at least one son in uniform. More to the point, the presidential campaign in which she says the issue started "taking shape" for her came nearly seven years into a war that has inspired millions across America to step forward to help our troops.

The informal help includes everyday things such as providing meals or rides for a neighbor or church member whose spouse has been deployed overseas. The Web site AmericaSupportsYou.mil lists many of the more formal initiatives, which range from sending CARE packages overseas to helping homefront spouses find jobs. Under the category "military family support," the Web site provides links to more than 200 programs or organizations.

If the ABC interview was a one-off thing, it would be easy to overlook. But these days the reporting seems to reflect an assumption that if the Obamas haven't done something, nobody else has, either. Certainly the Washington Post did not challenge the First Lady's social secretary when she said, "one idea Michelle had was to have an event for military families -- here they are sacrificing so much for the country and many of them probably have never been invited to the White House."

This uncritical reportage does Laura Bush an injustice. In hundreds of ways -- picnics on the South Lawn, fund-raising for scholarships for the children of sailors on the USS Texas, unheralded visits with the wounded and families of the fallen, the work she did for military kids under her Helping America's Youth initiative -- Mrs. Bush showed our troops and their loved ones how close they were to her heart.

Possibly the difference in treatment owes something to Mrs. Bush's graciousness. Though she had many of her own initiatives -- from improving opportunities for Afghan women to giving voice to the advocates of democracy persecuted by Burma's ruling junta -- she also picked up some of the work of her predecessor, Hillary Clinton. For example, whenever Mrs. Bush spoke about her Preserve America program for national monuments, she would also give credit to Hillary Clinton's Save America's Treasures initiative.

That graciousness, alas, seems only to feed the orthodoxy that condescends to any American woman deemed insufficiently progressive on the received wisdom. This Stepford Wife treatment was on embarrassing display in a recent New York Times profile of Mrs. Obama. "[I]n a departure from her predecessor," gushed the Times, "Mrs. Obama has also begun promoting bills that support her husband's policy priorities." It repeated the point later in the piece.

Only one problem: It's not true. To mention just two, Mrs. Bush took a lead role in the reauthorization fights for No Child Left Behind and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Her advocacy included holding coffees in the residence with key legislators, working with Cabinet members, and promoting these policies in high-profile speeches in places from Africa to the National Press Club. It's just flat-out wrong to suggest otherwise, and the Times owes Mrs. Bush an apology.

Alas, as bad as the slights are, the compliments can be worse. In another recent article on Mrs. Obama, the Associated Press did include a paragraph about Mrs. Bush's work on Burma, Africa and so on. That paragraph was introduced by this sentence: "Even Laura Bush, widely viewed as a traditional first lady, broadened the role."

Even Laura Bush. In that gratuitous "even," the curtain is pulled back on the small-mindedness of an entire class.

Michelle Obama is an accomplished professional and the loving mother of two beautiful girls. In the coming years, she will make her own contributions to a more hopeful America. As she does, is it too much to ask our national press corps to find a way to give Mrs. Obama full credit for these achievements without denying Mrs. Bush the credit she deserves for hers?

Amnorix
03-18-2009, 08:24 PM
while in Washington, Hubbybaby is floating the propostion to take health care away from vets.

Proof for this?

alanm
03-18-2009, 08:30 PM
Proof for this?To be fair it was always Bush's fault. Turnabout is fair play don't you think?

jAZ
03-18-2009, 08:31 PM
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/03/obama_drops_vet.html

Obama drops vets healthcare proposal

Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor
March 18, 2009 05:39 PM

The White House announced late today that it has dropped a proposal -- strongly objected to by veterans groups -- to bill vets' private insurance for treatment of service-related injuries and disabilities.

The proposal was designed to generate more than $540 million a year for the Department of Veterans Affairs, but opponents said it broke faith with service members and threatened to use up insurance benefits that their families also use.

The groups' leaders had angrily criticized the administration after meeting with Obama and top aides on Monday.

Today, they met again with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

"The President has consistently stated that he is committed to working with veterans on the details of the 2010 VA budget proposal," the White House said later. "In considering the third party billing issue, the administration was seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans; however, the President listened to concerns raised by the VSOs that this might, under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families’ ability to access health care. Therefore, the President has instructed that its consideration be dropped."

UPDATE: Representative John Boccieri, an Ohio Democrat and veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, wrote a letter to Obama with nearly 70 other members of Congress objecting to the proposal.

“I applaud the President today for his focus on our veterans. We both want them to receive the full care and benefits they have earned,” Boccieri said in a statement. “Our military members put their lives on the line to protect ours here at home. They fought for us. Now we must fight for them.”

BucEyedPea
03-18-2009, 08:40 PM
I never understood why First Ladies had to do their work in foreign countries instead of just America. You'd think we were some sort of global humanitarian relief organization.

Oh, I did like the green in the fountains at the WH for St Patrick's Day.

Mr. Kotter
03-19-2009, 08:25 AM
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/03/obama_drops_vet.html

Obama drops vets healthcare proposal

Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor
March 18, 2009 05:39 PM

The White House announced late today that it has dropped a proposal -- strongly objected to by veterans groups -- to bill vets' private insurance for treatment of service-related injuries and disabilities.

The proposal was designed to generate more than $540 million a year for the Department of Veterans Affairs, but opponents said it broke faith with service members and threatened to use up insurance benefits that their families also use.

The groups' leaders had angrily criticized the administration after meeting with Obama and top aides on Monday.

Today, they met again with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

"The President has consistently stated that he is committed to working with veterans on the details of the 2010 VA budget proposal," the White House said later. "In considering the third party billing issue, the administration was seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans; however, the President listened to concerns raised by the VSOs that this might, under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families’ ability to access health care. Therefore, the President has instructed that its consideration be dropped."

UPDATE: Representative John Boccieri, an Ohio Democrat and veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, wrote a letter to Obama with nearly 70 other members of Congress objecting to the proposal.

“I applaud the President today for his focus on our veterans. We both want them to receive the full care and benefits they have earned,” Boccieri said in a statement. “Our military members put their lives on the line to protect ours here at home. They fought for us. Now we must fight for them.”

Good to see Obama get it right on this one...albeit late. :thumb:

Garcia Bronco
03-19-2009, 08:29 AM
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/03/obama_drops_vet.html

Obama drops vets healthcare proposal

Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor
March 18, 2009 05:39 PM

The White House announced late today that it has dropped a proposal -- strongly objected to by veterans groups -- to bill vets' private insurance for treatment of service-related injuries and disabilities.

The proposal was designed to generate more than $540 million a year for the Department of Veterans Affairs, but opponents said it broke faith with service members and threatened to use up insurance benefits that their families also use.

The groups' leaders had angrily criticized the administration after meeting with Obama and top aides on Monday.

Today, they met again with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

"The President has consistently stated that he is committed to working with veterans on the details of the 2010 VA budget proposal," the White House said later. "In considering the third party billing issue, the administration was seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans; however, the President listened to concerns raised by the VSOs that this might, under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families’ ability to access health care. Therefore, the President has instructed that its consideration be dropped."

UPDATE: Representative John Boccieri, an Ohio Democrat and veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, wrote a letter to Obama with nearly 70 other members of Congress objecting to the proposal.

“I applaud the President today for his focus on our veterans. We both want them to receive the full care and benefits they have earned,” Boccieri said in a statement. “Our military members put their lives on the line to protect ours here at home. They fought for us. Now we must fight for them.”


And this is why he's just another politician. If it was the right thing to do, it was the right thing to do.

trndobrd
03-19-2009, 11:23 AM
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/03/obama_drops_vet.html

Obama drops vets healthcare proposal

Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor
March 18, 2009 05:39 PM

The White House announced late today that it has dropped a proposal -- strongly objected to by veterans groups -- to bill vets' private insurance for treatment of service-related injuries and disabilities.

The proposal was designed to generate more than $540 million a year for the Department of Veterans Affairs, but opponents said it broke faith with service members and threatened to use up insurance benefits that their families also use.

The groups' leaders had angrily criticized the administration after meeting with Obama and top aides on Monday.

Today, they met again with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

"The President has consistently stated that he is committed to working with veterans on the details of the 2010 VA budget proposal," the White House said later. "In considering the third party billing issue, the administration was seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans; however, the President listened to concerns raised by the VSOs that this might, under certain circumstances, affect veterans and their families’ ability to access health care. Therefore, the President has instructed that its consideration be dropped."

UPDATE: Representative John Boccieri, an Ohio Democrat and veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, wrote a letter to Obama with nearly 70 other members of Congress objecting to the proposal.

“I applaud the President today for his focus on our veterans. We both want them to receive the full care and benefits they have earned,” Boccieri said in a statement. “Our military members put their lives on the line to protect ours here at home. They fought for us. Now we must fight for them.”


It's ironic that Obama styles himself a modern day Lincoln, who made the national promise "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan." Whereas Obama was willing to break that promise just to save $540 million.