Obama: Exploiting Soldier’s Death Against Family Wishes? *UPDATED*

“I have a bracelet, too.” Oh yeah? Too bad the family has asked you stop wearing and mentioning it in your campaigning. Why don’t you stop trying to legitimize your phoniness for a change?

At least we now understand why you couldn’t remember the soldier’s name and seemed to stumble over your conscience at mentioning it. Gaffe.

If you missed the debates, here is the video:

What you may not know is that the mother and father have asked Obama to stop using their son’s name for political exploitation. They’re also hesitant about going public because they don’t want to inadvertently harm his campaign.

They made their wishes public back in March on a radio show. At the time, they oppose Obama’s view of the war.  

The clip is still available online here; the key part of the show begins about 10 minutes in.

h/t to Newsbusters.org with additional links here, and here.

UPDATE: A commenter below links to an AP article where the Mom says she’s thrilled Obama used her son’s name because he used it to “rightfully [suggest] there’s more than one viewpoint on the war.”

I noted above there is Obama’s view, who the mother said she disagrees with. But again, she didn’t want to hurt his campaign. This is the logical conclusion for why she’s ecstatic in the McCain-Obama point-counterpoint.

It is unclear today if the father still desires Sen. Obama to cease and desist usage of his son’s name for political gain. The parents are divorced.

I still call shenanigans, his response was woefully disingenuous. McCain’s response honored a fallen service member pointing out they should not die in vain through defeat. Obama’s reference only served to point out he had a bracelet too. If anything, it reinforces McCain’s point that victory is essential so no soldier gives his life in vain for the defense of freedom.

UPDATE: Well to be fair, Obama supporters can change their minds just as often as Obama can. She was for it before she was against it before she was for it again. Fair enough, the Mom approves. But tell me, someone, anyone… why defend Obama? He had to look down to read it! The soldier died for his country… but Obama couldn’t bother to remember whose bracelet he was wearing. That’s like wearing a Livestrong bracelet and saying “Um, what’s his name… dang.”

UPDATE: This morning on Fox & Friends, Kilmeade rips into Obama spokesman Gibbs for trying to put them through the spin cycle. Oh, and the Dad still isn’t down with politicizing his son.


6 Responses

  1. Wrong. Mother says she was “estatic” that Obama mentioned her son.


  2. Well?


  3. Fair enough on behalf of the mother. However, the parents are divorced. So far, no one has asked the dad.

    The mom said she opposed Obama’s view of the war and that was her reason for asking him to stop using her son’s name.

    Does she now support his view of the war? Again, what is the dad’s position?

    So she only gets excited about Obama using her son’s name when the other candidate mentions someone? It’s really unclear and her position on the matter is only made more muddy by the lack of context and quoting in the article.

    But that’s fine with me because Obama still couldn’t remember his name in the heat of pointing out that he had a bracelet too… which wasn’t even the point of the statement McCain was making.

  4. Mike, you are mincing words, and trying to find any way to make McCain sound like he is for the vets.

    and in case you go to a fact checker, here it is for you:

  5. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-wi-obama-bracelet,0,6413408.story

    Jopek told The Associated Press on Sunday that she’s satisfied with how Obama discussed it during last week’s presidential debate.

    Jopek gave Obama the bracelet at a Green Bay rally in February. It has the name of her son, Sgt. Ryan David Jopek, and the date the 20-year-old was killed by a roadside bomb, Aug. 2,
    2006. “All gave some — He gave all,” it says.

    It was an answer that Tracy Jopek said made her proud. “His response in the debate was exactly that, a response, after John McCain put it out there
    first,” she said. “I think it was an appropriate response — he was just saying there’s another
    side to the story, there’s two different viewpoints.”

    Tracy Jopek said she didn’t hear the interview but that her ex-husband, who is currently stationed in Cuba, mischaracterized her viewpoint. An e-mail message sent to Brian Jopek through his daughter on Sunday was not immediately returned.

    “I think he knew my intention, he understands it was a gesture between me and Sen. Obama,” she said. “It was just little piece of peace for us. I don’t understand how people can take that and turn it into some garbage on the Internet.”

  6. Mr. Jopek gave a telephone interview this morning on phone news and said it was never the intention to make his son part of Obama’s campaign and they had specifically asked him not to.

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