Sunday, September 28, 2008

"I've Got a Bracelet, Too" Obama Ignores Family's Wishes

At Friday night's debate, John McCain told a touching story about a fallen soldier's mother, who gave him a bracelet with her son's name on it and asked McCain that he makes sure her son did not die in vain.
Barack "Me too" Obama (you can scroll down or see it here) said he had a bracelet, too! He wasn't quite sure what the soldier's name was, but after a quick glance at his wrist, Obama used the story of a different soldier to justify his own views on the war.

Turns out there's a big difference in the two stories: In McCain's case, the soldier's mother asked McCain to wear the bracelet. With Obama, the soldier's family asked him NOT to wear the bracelet.

Barack Obama played the "me too" game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.

Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son's name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family.

Real class act, respecting the wishes of the family of one of our fallen heroes!

Radio host Glenn Moberg of the show "Route 51" asked Mr. Jopek, a man who believes in the efforts in Iraq and is not in favor of Obama's positions on the war, what he and his ex-wife think of Obama continually using their son's name on the campaign trail.

Jopek began by saying that his ex-wife was taken aback, even upset, that Obama has made the death of her son a campaign issue. Jopek says his wife gave Obama the bracelet because "she just wanted Mr. Obama to know Ryan's name." Jopek went on to say that "she wasn't looking to turn it into a big media event" and "just wanted it to be something between Barack Obama and herself." Apparently, they were all shocked it became such a big deal.

Mr. Sensitivity! Obama is willing to exploit this man's death for his political ambitions, but refuses to respect the wishes of his family? I think someone once summed it up well:
Barack Obama is Not Ready to Lead.

Hat tip Robert108 @ Say Anything

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