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    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama avoided a racial controversy on his first Memorial Day in office by sending wreaths to separate memorials for Confederate soldiers and for blacks who fought against them during the Civil War.
    Last week, a group of about 60 professors petitioned the White House, asking the first black U.S. president to break tradition and not memorialize military members from the Confederacy, the group of Southern states that supported slavery.
    "The Arlington Confederate Monument is a denial of the wrong committed against African-Americans by slave owners, Confederates and neo-Confederates, through the monument's denial of slavery as the cause of secession and its holding up of Confederates as heroes," the petitioners said. "This implies that the humanity of Africans and African-Americans is of no significance."
    The White House ignored the request.
    Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, a customary presidential undertaking on Memorial Day. He also had one sent to the Confederate Memorial there, a traditional practice but not well publicized. Obama also took the unprecedented step of sending a wreath to the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington's historically black U Street neighborhood.
    That memorial to the 200,000 blacks who fought for the North during the Civil War had been mentioned as a compromise in recent days.
    Presidents traditionally visit Arlington National Cemetery to personally leave a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, a marble structure holding the remains of unidentified U.S. service members who died during war. Presidents then have aides deliver wreaths to other memorials or monuments, generally including the Confederate Memorial.
    Wreaths also were left Monday at memorials to the USS Maine and the Spanish American War.
    In brief but solemn remarks after he laid the wreath and observed a moment of silence, Obama saluted the men and women of America's fighting forces, both living and dead, as "the best of America."
    "Why in an age when so many have acted only in pursuit of narrowest self-interest have the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of this generation volunteered all that they have on behalf of others," he said. "Why have they been willing to bear the heaviest burden?"
    "Whatever it is, they felt some tug. They answered a call. They said 'I'll go.' That is why they are the best of America," Obama said. "That is what separates them from those who have not served in uniform, their extraordinary willingness to risk their lives for people they never met."
    The president, who did not serve in the military, noted his grandfather's Army service during World War II and his status as a father of daughters ages 10 and 7. Unlike many of those in the audience, Obama said he can't know what it's like to walk into battle or lose a child.
    "But I do know this. I am humbled to be the commander in chief of the finest fighting force in the history of the world," he said to applause.
    Among those who signed petition is 1960s radical William Ayers. The University of Chicago education professor helped found the radical group the Weather Underground that carried out bombings at the Pentagon and the Capitol. Republicans tried to link Obama and Ayers during the presidential campaign because they lived in the same neighborhood and served on a charity board together.
    Men and women in uniform saluted Obama's motorcade as it entered the hallowed burial ground that is Arlington cemetery. Some in the audience of several thousands waved American flags as Obama stepped to the microphone.
    Before the ceremony, the president had a private breakfast at the White House with people who have lost loved ones in war.
    Obama and his wife, Michelle, have made veterans and military families a priority. His budget proposal includes the largest, single-year funding increase in the last three decades to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Later in the day, the president headed to Fort Belvoir, Va., to play golf.

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    I knew he wouldnt be able to go through his speech withour mentioning a family member, shame on the ones who signed the petition, figures that Bill ayers name would reappear. Other than that it was good.
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    He did the right thing. When the war was ending Lincoln asked that we reconcile 'With malice toward none and charity toward all'.

    On Memorial day, we honor all Americans that have died in war, and these men were Americans too.
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    To hold such a grudge now, and ask such of this man because of his race was just ignorant.
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    Obama made the right compromise. The professors were stupid to expect him to not acknowledge the Confederate soldiers because of his skin color. That would be just as dumb as some rednecks telling him not to do anything to acknowledge the Confederate soldiers because of his skin color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    I knew he wouldnt be able to go through his speech withour mentioning a family member, shame on the ones who signed the petition, figures that Bill ayers name would reappear. Other than that it was good.
    Allah forbid.

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    I love all these non-issues all the time.
    We're at two wars and people are worried about wreaths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    I knew he wouldnt be able to go through his speech withour mentioning a family member, shame on the ones who signed the petition, figures that Bill ayers name would reappear. Other than that it was good.
    Why shouldn't he mention his grandfather's military service on Memorial Day? Isn't the point to honor the service of men and women in uniform, past and present? Now if he mentions it on Columbus Day that's a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    Why shouldn't he mention his grandfather's military service on Memorial Day? Isn't the point to honor the service of men and women in uniform, past and present? Now if he mentions it on Columbus Day that's a different story.

    Nope. Memorial Day is to honor the people who have been killed in war.

    Veteran's Day is when we honor the service of all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    Nope. Memorial Day is to honor the people who have been killed in war.

    Veteran's Day is when we honor the service of all.
    That may be the case, but I still see people saying that we should honor ALL of our troops, past and present, on Memorial Day. Especially the ones serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. So, Obama mentioning his grandfather's service wasn't a bad thing.

    And if he didn't mention his grandfather he probably would've had some veterans asking him why he didn't mention it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    So, Obama mentioning his grandfather's service wasn't a bad thing.
    Of course it wasn't. Nothing wrong with it.
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    People are just knitting for something to bitch about if they are mad at mentioning his grandfather's service. That's just insane.

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    Im not mad, not mad at all for him mentioning it. It just seems like every time he gives a speech he has to coralate a family member into it. I was just making an observation. I dont get mad, it leads to stress and stress is no good
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    That may be the case, but I still see people saying that we should honor ALL of our troops, past and present, on Memorial Day. Especially the ones serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. So, Obama mentioning his grandfather's service wasn't a bad thing.

    And if he didn't mention his grandfather he probably would've had some veterans asking him why he didn't mention it.


    WHY DIDNT' NOBAMA MENTION HIS GRANDFATHER WAS A VETERAN???? IS IT BECAUSE HE'S WHITE?????



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