There is much controversy surrounding President Obama since he will not be attending the Memorial Day services at the Arlington National Cemetery. Supposedly President Obama will be spending the weekend in Chicago with his family and friends after surveying the oill spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, Vice President Biden will be performing the necessary services. Many Americans are befuddled by this decision and deem it as disrespectful. I am not sure where I completely stand; I am not going to denigrate the President for not attending the ceremony, though I am thoroughly confused by the decision since he is the Commander of Chief of the Armed Forces and it is a given that he be there.
No president has missed the service since 1992 when President Bush Sr. was in charge. However, the nation was not at war at the time and he was already a war hero whereas President Obama's support for the war is constantly called into question by Americans. How does everyone else feel about the President's decision Is this hurtful to you as Americans, particulary to those who are serving in the military?
I am wondering if the President is delivering some type of covert commentary on the war by not attending the ceremony. That is the only explanation that appears to make sense to me, or else what could be more important than attending the ceremony? Furthermore, the fact that he will take the time to speak at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery on Memorial Day reinforces my belief that he is conveying some kind of message by not attending.
I am by no means a supporter of war, but I do support our troops and feel badly for the families of our fallen soldiers. The President should be there to support them.