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CURL: Obama — he’s no Teddy Roosevelt
That pettiness — the relentless condemnation of anyone who thinks differently from the way he does — has led to now: the federal government in shutdown, a fierce battle over the nation’s debt limit, and no dialogue underway to end either standoff.
The president’s smallness also has led to one of the most petty and contemptible actions a president has ever taken: the closings of America’s war memorials and monuments.
Even though the memorials for World War I and II veterans and Vietnam veterans are open-air pedestrian pathways along the Mall, the president ordered the National Park Service to shut them down with barricades, and stand watch to make sure no 88-year-old man who stormed the beaches of Normandy 69 years ago can get in. Like a mouse, not a man, he blamed Republicans.
But America’s veterans, like Teddy Roosevelt, are men of great character and strength. So, just as Teddy would have done, the veterans simply knocked down the Barrycades and walked onto the ground that they — and they alone — made hallowed. They pushed their way into the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, the Iwo Jima memorials.
Park Service workers stood aside, no doubt aware of the sacrifice made by the men who had come — some for the last time in their lives — to see their memorials.
Said Teddy: “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” He also said this: “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”
Barack Obama can’t hold a candle to him — or America’s military men.
• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.
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