Sunday, November 28, 2010

Obama unpatriotic? No, he's just clueless about military custom

Obama is the commander in chief of the military. As commander, he ought to respect the military as soldiers than best buddies. Proper etiquette requires a salute than a hug. To any soldier, the highest form of respect is to receive a salute from the President of the United States.

(New York Daily News)- Last week, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta became the first living service member from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to receive the Medal of Honor, the country’s top military award.

But like most of the brave men and women who serve, Giunta knows he wasn’t out there fighting for medals or recognition, and he accepted the award with admirable humility and heartfelt acknowledgment of those who have died in battle.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Giunta got a hug, not a military salute, from President Obama. As a blog post on the website of Stars and Stripes, a military publication, pointed out, it would have been appropriate – though not necessary – for Obama to salute Giunta. It referenced a previous Medal of Honor recipient who had been saluted by George W. Bush.

Some on the right, though, were deeply upset by Obama’s failure to salute.