I don't think Americans expect their President to preside every year over the solemn ceremonies at Arlington National Ceremony in honor of our nation's veterans. But Obama has yet to make an appearance for the second year in a row.
Recalling what a stink some liberals made when President Bush missed the event in 2007 I went back to one of the complaining web sites to see whether they have objected to Obama's dual absences. As you probably guessed, not a peep!
Click for highlights of President Bush's participation at Arlingotn on the Bush White House web site: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006. In 2001 he was in New York for a Veterans Prayer Breakfast. In 2005 he spoke at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania. In 2008 he was back in New York for the rededication of the Intrepid. In 2007 he was at the Ranch in Crawford, Texas following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Where's Obama? Overseas. In marking Indonesia's Heroes Day on November 10, 2010 Obama spoke at the University of Jakarta and said this:
OBAMA: When my stepfather was a boy, he watched his own father and older brother leave home to fight and die in the struggle for Indonesian independence. And I’m happy to be here on Heroes Day to honor the memory of so many Indonesians who have sacrificed on behalf of this great country.Of course when Obama talks about "this great country" he's referring to Indonesia where he grew up, not the U.S. Charles Hurt in the New York Post adds: "And the White House wonders why so many people think there is something foreign about this guy."
Obama's disdain for veterans and for those currently serving in the U.S. military is made clear by his indifference to the mounting death toll in Afghanistan and Obama's reluctance and delay in seeking any kind of support for our troops. Frankly, I bet most veterans are just fine with him skipping the Arlington ceremony. They probably don't want to listen to any more of his empty speeches anyway!