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Obama's Cool Chills Military Families With Heartless Form Letters

Posted 10/11/2012 06:49 PM ET

Honor: President Obama has been sending identically worded, typewritten form letters to the parents of soldiers, Marines and Navy SEALs killed in action. Is "No Drama Obama" cool or ice-hearted?

For years now, the commander in chief has sent to families of fallen troops form letters that he's done little more than sign his name to. Is it a gaffe? A symptom of heartlessness? A refrigerator has more warmth. Latent anti-military sentiment? If this is the explanation, it would have to border on contempt for those who wear the uniform.

In contrast, according to's Diane Ellis, Obama's predecessor "wrote personal letters to the families of every single one of the more than 4,000 troops who died in the service of their country under his watch. He also met in person with more than 500 of these families, and with nearly a thousand wounded vets."

In a 2006 letter to the mother of Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy SEAL to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom, George W. Bush wrote in his own hand: "I regret I did not personally know Marc, but your letter was an excellent introduction to this brave man."

As for the current president, the first lady speaks of "the man I see in those quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, poring over the letters people have sent him, the letter from the father struggling to pay his bills, from the woman dying of cancer whose insurance company won't cover her care."

Speaking to the Democratic convention, Michelle Obama added, "I see the concern in his eyes . . . how that's what drives Barack Obama every single day."

Yet he continues to send out letter after letter to grieving families with exactly the same message: "I hope you take solace in knowing that his brave service exceeded all measures of selflessness and devotion to this country."

An investigation by KPRC-TV in Houston found numerous presidential condolence letters that "were identical other than names, ranks and service branches."

In a Washington Times interview, Bush said, "The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief as well."

His cool successor obviously disagrees.

Pensacola Florida
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We need to understand that obama is a very busy person. With his visits to Beyonce, J z, The View, Letterman, Leno, The Gimp with the Limp, taking the chimp out to dinner, going on vacation, raising money for the campaign, he doesn't have time for the lowly dead soldiers. We need to give him a break,..... maybe for the next four years.
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