On his radio show today Glenn Beck claimed to be offended because President Obama made an overnight visit to Dover AFB to honor the return of 18 fallen Americans who died due to two helicopter crashes in Afghanistan on Monday. Beck said, “Barack Obama also used the troops coming home in coffins yesterday as a photo op.”
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Beck said, “By the way George Bush wouldn’t golf during the war, he thought that was offensive. Barack Obama has. Barack Obama also used the troops coming home in coffins as a photo op yesterday. Offensive to anybody else but me?”
This is what Obama did that was so offensive to Beck:
So according to Beck what Obama should be doing is not playing golf, and ignoring the dead troops that come home, because nothing honors fallen veterans more than skipping a round of golf. It should be pointed out though that Bush didn’t really give up golf, last year the then president, his father, and his brother attending a golfing fundraiser for John McCain .
Honoring fallen soldiers to the right wing mind because Americans should never see the true costs of war, they should be kept in the dark as much as possible. As far as Beck charge that this was a photo op is concerned, the trip to Dover was not on the president’s schedule. This wasn’t an event. It was a president honoring those who died for their country. I fail to see how this is offensive.