Monday, May 25, 2009


When President Obama welcomed the Philadelphia Phillies to the White House on May 15, the families of fallen law enforcement officers were grieving for their lost loved ones on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, fewer than 20 blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue. While the Phillies were playing in the World Series, officers of the Philadelphia Police Department were risking their lives to serve the players’ families and fellow Philadelphians. The names of four Philadelphia officers were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year.

While Mr. Obama was campaigning for office, officers of the Chicago Police Department were protecting his family and fellow Chicagoans. The names of three Chicago officers were added to the officers memorial this year.

When dozens of baseball players got to shake the president’s hand and be lauded for their dedication and perseverance, police officers, who do their jobs day in and day out with little notice, were grieving the loss of their brethren.

The Phillies thought it proper to postpone their visit because of the death of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas, but they did not see fit to do the same thing for the 133 men and women who gave their lives in the service and protection of us all. While I am sure everyone who grieved at the Capitol would much rather have been celebrating in the Rose Garden, it seems that they were among the few in Washington that day who had their priorities in order.


Frederick, Md.

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