Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mr. President, I am Disappointed.

From Left: Rebecca Neuburger; Michelle Lanier; Joy Ilem; and Lisa Spahr. The Salute to Heroes Ball, January 20, 2009, Washington DC.

I was honored to attend the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball in Washington DC. The Salute to Heroes Ball honors those who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor- the highest military honor you can receive. We had 48 of the living 99 Medal of Honor recipients present. It was an awesome feeling to be in the same room with them.

I attended this ball four years ago for George W. Bush's Inaugural also.

The President and Vice President (and their respective spouses) have attended the Salute to Heroes Ball since the 1950's. They usually stop by for 10-20 minutes and share their respect for this honorable group.

Not this time. President Obama and First Lady Michelle did not arrive at the Salute to Heroes Ball. We did receive a visit from Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill.

I was terribly disappointed at President Obama for missing this opportunity to show his appreciation for our heroes. I believe he had a responsibility to be there, particularly at a time when our country is at war.

If you'd like to learn more about our Medal of Honor Recipients visit:

Let's show them our appreciation. And, I will hope that the President does the same.


That Damn Sam said...

Hi Lisa, thank you for visiting my blog, I agree, it is our responsibility to keep the memory of these heroes alive, which was the reason I decided to bring my dad's WWII journal "alive" on the internet. I invite you to continue visiting his blog; I am honored!

Where can I get a copy of your book?

Sam Branstner
Baxter, MN

WWII Radio Heroes said...

Hi Sam. Thanks for visiting mine too! My book is available through all book stores (they may need a day or two to get it in) and amazon. You can also get it from my site (along with the audio book)
Thanks for asking! And, keep up the great blog. I'm going to subscribe to yours so I don't miss anything.

Lisa Spahr

Anonymous said...

As a Veteran, I find this disturbing, on a day when the Media claims that this Man has brought this country together, This man cannot spend 5 minutes of his time to visit those that MADE this Nation what it is---Free! If something legit stopped him, he should have made it known--

That Damn Sam said...

I am most definitely purchasing a copy of your book, Lisa. It looks absolutely fantastic. I saw your interview on You Tube (on your blog site) and when I heard you say your grandpa was captured in Tunisia in 1943, I could hardly believe it. I don't want to ruin the story on my father's blog, but you will find an amazing connection in the coming weeks!

Again, I am very much looking forward to reading your book.

Sam Branstner

Anonymous said...

Obama is a scumbag - what a disgrace to our country's highest decorated vets - my family appreciates them and all they have done - I am able to post this blog thanks to their bravery and servicwe - JLJ

Greg Taylor said...

This truly saddens me. Unfortunately it speaks volumes about the man and woman who is our President and First Lady.