For saving 36 of his comrades in arms Cpl Meyer was awarded his nations highest honor. The down side? He had to suffer through having BO award it to him. At least O Bummer didn't give him a big hug, like the last time BO had a big time hero photo op.Meyer and the other Americans had gone to the area to train Afghan military members when, suddenly, the village lights went out and gunfire erupted. About 50 Taliban insurgents on mountainsides and in the village ambushed the patrol.As the forward team called for air support that wasn't coming, Meyer, a corporal at the time, begged his command to let him head into the incoming fire to help.Four times he was denied his request before Meyer and another Marine, Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, jumped into the Humvee and headed into the fray.
There are any number of things that I think I'd change or do different if I was president. Fact is, I can say that for sure. I don't really know what decision I'd make if I was in the big chair. After all you don't know what information you would have at the time you had to make your decision and hind sight is always 20/20. However there is one thing that I know deep down inside that I would do if I ever was the president and if I had the honor of awarding the Medal of Honor.
First, the ceremony would be outside so the Marine could wear his cover. Second, I would order a 21 gun salute to begin as soon as I stepped back form hanging the Medal on his neck. Third, at the exact moment the first shot was fired I would come to attention and salute the recipient. I would hold that salute until the 21st gun was fired and the Marine returned my salute. This would happen without reporters. I don't need a stinking photo op, it's not about me. Our armed forces deserve RESPECT from the bummer in chief. His refusal to render proper courtesy on EVERY occasion he has had to award the Medal, disgusts me. I can safely say, in the unlikely event I ever had his job, I would do this part better.
There is yet another bright spot in this story:
In the ceremony, Obama praised Meyer's humility and work ethic, noting that he would not even take a call from the president during his shift at a construction job because he was working. He's now out of the Marines. So they two arranged to talk over his lunch hour. Obama jokingly kidded him with thanks for taking the call.
Um yeah, it was his work ethic that kept him from taking O Bummer's call. "He's now out of the Marines." Which of course means he is free to say "screw it I haven't got time for that loser, tell him I'm working and my boss won't let me come to the phone". Which is how I hope it went down when a fine heroic example of American manhood was faced a second time with an unspeakable situation that required exemplary courage, not to mention a strong stomach.