27 May 2009

Obama's priorities

Not Playin sent me this.


  While it's tradition for the World Series Champions to visit the White House each year there is also another tradition that happens in Washington, DC every May 15th. It is known as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and was signed into law on October 1, 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. That is the day that a ceremony is held at the United States Capitol to honor all law enforcement officers who made the Supreme Sacrifice the previous year. Historically, the President of the United States is the keynote speaker and welcomes the survivors as each officer's name is announced and the family places a flower in the FOP wreath in honor of their loved one. 
  The husbands, wives and children of the 134 officers killed last year in the Line of Duty were not the only family members who came to the ceremony. Their mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers also came to the Capitol to honor their hero. Also, the officers that served with them were in attendance. So there they were, almost 1,000 police survivors from every corner of the country, seated on the West Lawn of the Capitol waiting to be welcomed by the President only to find that he was unable to attend due to a photo opportunity and a 10 minute speech to a baseball team. 
  It's not the Phillies fault that the President of the United States was busy welcoming them to the Rose Garden, they deserved that, but if it was known that the Law Enforcement Memorial Service was scheduled for noon on May 15th I'm sure an adjustment would have been made to accommodate both. 
   My question is how do you tell a child whose parent was killed protecting his community, that the President would not be coming to honor his mom or dad because even though he was just down the street he was too busy taking a picture with a baseball team. The City of Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley and our country has seen way too many officers killed in the Line of Duty. FYI...there are 18,661 names on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, and one horrible fact remains. Every 53 hours a Police Officer is killed in the Line of Duty. 
  At every funeral you see the outpouring of grief and sympathy from our citizens. There are fund raisers at Geno's, Finnegan's Wake, the FOP and numerous establishments around the city to support the officer's family. We as Police Officers cannot thank the citizens enough for their kindness, generosity and support, but the men and women who were in DC for Police Week are reeling from the President's decision not to pay his respects by attending the memorial service but instead chose to welcome a baseball team to the Rose Garden. There is no comparison. There is no excuse. There is no justification. I don't understand his reasoning....go pay my respects to 134 Police Officers killed in the Line of Duty or take a picture with a baseball team. 
  I became a Police Officer in 1974 and retired in 2001 and in those 35 years I may have missed 4 or 5 funerals but I've yet to miss the Memorial Service in DC.. His disregard of the 134 Fallen Officers, their families and departments is beyond comprehension. IT IS A DISGRACE!!! 
Sgt. Richard G. Desmond 
Camden NJPD/Retired 
President/1994 - Present 
Camden County Emerald Society 
Past National President/2002-2005 
National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies


Hot Pursuit said...

Hey, a brother in arms, so to speak.
I can only speak about those I've actually spoken to or listened to, it's a whole different plan than is before us right now, and I believe there might be a slight chance of avoiding a slide into a dictatorship, a fascist form of governing. Our politicians are corrupted beyond the average persons belief, until that and the folks standing up and voting these politicians out, it won't change.

One big question, why in all the "campaign reform" bills do you not see these politicians eliminate any type of monetary gain. Look at Chicago and IL, (not to pick on where this president came from),t is out of control, with politicians getting loans from corrupt developers or special real estate deals, or the other form is family members that get high salaries jobs and don't even have to show up at work, i.e. Pelosi's son and his gig in Omaha NE, the list goes on.
All politicians should be held in the same respects as police officers or judges, maybe then citizens can get there interests heard, not until and only then will the politicians serve the people once again instead of the other way around.

As far as Obama, he is just another corrupt politician, no more no less then the Mayor of Chicago or the impeached Governor of IL, so hold on to your thoughts and don’t let them slip away to becoming sheep, next election cycle, midterms may be the last chance at taking your country back… fire all those regardless of political parties and maybe we can fight to keep our country…

Nadmenny Millicent said...

I take it you are also in law enforcement. Another Chicago blog that I post comments all the time on is UptownUpdate.com.

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