Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The background: Braceletgate is the instance where, in last Friday's presidential debate, John McCain told the moving story about the bracelet he wears, representing a U.S. Soldier who died in Iraq. Barack Hussein Obama, Junior eagerly jumped into the conversation screaming, "I've got a bracelet too." Only Obama stammered, stumbled and fumbled over the name of the U.S. Soldier on his bracelet. It was a clear attempt by Obama in pandering to supporters and families of The Military.
Now comes evidence that the family of the U.S. Soldier whose name is on Obama's bracelet have asked him repeatedly not to wear the bracelet and not to exploit their son's death for his political purposes. Does Obama respect the wishes of the family? Oh, HELL NO!
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.
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."
[Mrs. Jopek] wanted Obama to stop wearing the reminder of her son's sacrifice that he keeps turning into a campaign soundbyte.
[Mrs. Jopek] has repeated that she asked Obama not to mention her son on the campaign trail and this AP report confirms that.
Something tells me that if John McCain was doing what Obama is doing, the MSM - and especially Liberal Talk Radio - would be all over this story. Not surprisingly, they are not.
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