Do the words "unclear on the concept" ring a bell? Obama seems hellbent (imagery intended) not to commemorate the cowardly attack on American soil that killed three thousand innocent men women and children on 9/11/2001. We have discussed his trying to substitute his "Day of Service" nationally, here , here and Andrew Roman's take here.
There is a time and a place for volunteering. There is a time and a place for service to one's community and to one's neighbors. But there is a time to remember and a time to mourn. You like to compare yourself to Abraham Lincoln, Mr. President? Lincoln's Gettysburg address was about consecrating a cemetery. About honoring the fallen. About the vision of the Founders and the courage of those who gave their lives to preserve the Republic. The war had wrought a terrible cost upon America. Lincoln didn't try to change the subject. He didn't try to substitute a pet project of his own. "Hey! I've got a great idea! Instead of moping around this cemetery, let's all pick up trash along the highway! That will make America beautiful again!"
When the time came for the President of the United States to honor the fallen, Lincoln was not in the mess tent passing out hardtack.
Mr. President: There must be at least three hundred better days out of the year for you to ladle soup on a "Day of Service". (Okay two hundred if we rule out your golf dates!) There are a minimum number of days that the Commander-in-Chief needs to put on his big boy pants and stand up for his country: The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and 9/11 come to mind.
It has been pointed out, that "community service" is often given out as punishment to some who have committed a minor offense. Mr. President: Do you believe that America needs some form of penance or punishment? Did you really sleep through twenty years of Jeremiah Wright and his "chickens coming home to roost" sermons?
Are you part of the "blame America first" crowd, Mr. President? Then why are you acting like it?
Cross posted at Proof Positive