Bush never went to Dover [Updated]

Barack Obama went to Dover AFB to meet the caskets of fallen troops returning from Afghanistan.
Obama at Dover AFB
Ah, such a refreshing difference! Golly, it’s so wonderful to have Professor Hopenchange in charge now. As we all know, a single photo op on the tarmac far outweighs whatever the heck George W. Bush was doing for eight years. Let’s see, what exactly did he do? Oh, now I remember:

President Bush has met hundreds of families of fallen soldiers, but he has yet to attend a servicemember’s funeral, he said Tuesday.
“Because which funeral do you go to? In my judgment, I think if I go to one I should go to all. How do you honor one person but not another?” he said.
The appropriate way to express his appreciation to the family members of fallen troops is to meet with them in private, he said.

What a jerk Bush was. The nerve of that guy, meeting with the bereaved in private instead of using them to score political points!
Meanwhile, our living troops in Afghanistan wait for the reinforcements they need. I’m sure Obama will get around to making a decision one of these months. Probably.

10/30 Update: Yep … plastic banana look-how-much-I-care photo op.

7 comments

  1. Dave

    You want to know what’s scary? That you’re allowed to vote. Bush NEVER went to Dover to greet the fallen his entire time in office. Quit whining like little girl. Grow the fuck up.

  2. Mike

    For 8 years, the Afghan war has been ignored. Obama has been president for 8 months. You do the math. What was Bush doing for 8 years, you ask? Losing the war on terror that’s what. You hypocrite!

  3. Alo Konsen

    You want to know what’s scary? That you’re allowed to vote. Bush NEVER went to Dover to greet the fallen his entire time in office.

    Dave, I know Bush never went to Dover AFB for a media-friendly photo op like Obama just did.
    Bush decided that rather than getting his picture taken in a blatant attempt to look more serious and caaaaaring for the fallen, it would be better to meet with and console the bereaved in private. Obama has never demonstrated any genuine respect toward the military unless his election prospects required it. Bush actually, you know, served. The difference is obvious to the troops.
    The dead don’t care if a politician stands on the tarmac looking pretty for the cameras as the bodies pass by. Their families care about showing respect for the memory of the fallen and honoring their sacrifice, which is the point of all the military ceremonies involved in repatriating the remains. The best ways to show respect are to genuinely honor the families in person, to never use the dead as props for scoring political points, and to ensure that the living troops still in harm’s way have the reinforcements and equipment and training they need to win.
    How’s that request for reinforcements coming along, by the way? Any response from the Commander-in-Chief?