Monday, November 29, 2010

Obama Hugs Medal of Honor Recipient Instead of Saluting

From NY 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.
H/T: Weasel Zippers

Staff Sgt. Giunta extracted his men from an insanely dangerous ambush in Afghanistan and the leader of the free world gives him a hug?  Salute the man Mr. President!


  1. IMHO This Iowa boy ought to call up a few of his Italiano relatives & make Obama an offer he can't refuse.

    & despite the article's claim he is clueless, I think he does know better by now, he just didn't want to salute Sgt Giunta.

  2. Obama seems to do the opposite of what is appropriate- remember that youtube of him kowtowing to the Japanese emperor when all other heads of state (including Asian ones) shook his hand?

  3. What is wrong with our current president? Why does he not want to honor time-tested traditions and customs. His anti- American behavior has me very annoyed.

  4. The president does not know much about American military tradition and doesn't care to learn. This reminds me of the time that Obama pronounced navy corpsman CORPSEman. He repeated the mispronunciation several times in a speech honoring a corpsman.

  5. Bad move, Mr. President. I truly want to see him do this job well. Let us pray for him, and fervently.

  6. Pray for him? We had better pray for America.

  7. Anon:
    First Timothy 2:1-3
    1I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men: 2For kings, and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour