One of my occasional readers just forwarded me the following email. A quick google search reveals that the same story has been making the rounds of the wingnuttier segments of the intertubes over
few months. (By the way, nutbars, the word you're looking for is "gaff", not "gaft".
THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENT EVER MADE BY A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, LET ALONE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS GUY IS OUR "COMMANDER IN CHIEF". HE IS A DISGRACE!
HERE IS HIS RESPONSE WHEN HE BACKED OFF FROM HIS DECISION TO LET THE MILITARY PAY FOR THEIR WAR INJURIES. WHAT AN EMPTY HEADED SCHMUCK HE MUST BE....
Bad press, including major mockery of the plan by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans to carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 million annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty.
The President admitted that he was puzzled by the magnitude of the opposition to his proposal.
"Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.."
"I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country," Obama continued. "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."
Please pass this on to everyone including every vet and their families whom you know. How in the world did a person with this mindset become our leader? And I even voted for him - like a jerk!!!
REMEMBER THIS STATEMENT... "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice?"
If this ASS thinks he will ever get another vote from an Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard service member or veteran of a military service, he ought to think it over. If you or a family member is or has served their country please pass this to them. Please pass this to everyone.
I'm guessing that other than the 20-25 percent hardcore liberals in the US will agree that this is just another example why this is the worst president in American history. Remind everyone over and over how this man thinks, while he bows to the Saudi Arabian king.
I didn't write this, but I'll put my name on it so everyone knows my thoughts about Obama!
[Name deleted to protect the empty-headed schmuck credulous -md]
Where do we even start with this one?
We could try starting with the common sense approach, I guess. No matter how in the tank for Obama you think the press was during the campaign, no matter how in the tank you think they are now, do you seriously think that the President of the United States could use the phrase "I wasn't asking for blood, just money" without it appearing on every evening news program in the country? Do you seriously think that all of them - even FOX -would mysteriously decide to give him a pass on calling the military whiners?
Engage brains, people. If you're just hearing about something like this for the first time in an email, do you really think it's likely to be true? Even if you want it to be?
As it turns out, it takes very little time or effort to research this one. A fast google brings up the FactCheck entry for this particular myth, which has been available since May 12. The quotes in the email that are attributed to Obama are, as FactCheck notes, total fabrications. A little more googling turned up the source - they were written as clearly labeled satire back in March.
As FactCheck also notes, the underlying proposal that the President was allegedly defending was also being misrepresented. Nobody had suggested forcing veterans to pay for the treatment of combat-related medical conditions in any way, including by forcing them to buy private insurance. The proposal would instead have billed any private insurance that the veteran already had for all care provided at VA facilities, including treatment of service-connected conditions. There was a great deal of opposition to the proposal from veterans groups, and it was quickly scrapped.
The proposal was a bad idea, but it's hardly the egregious offense depicted in the email. Of course, it's probably easier to scream about the horror of billing vets for the treatment of injuries sustained in defense of the nation than it is to argue that the government, and not pre-existing private insurance, should pay for medical care in certain situations.