‘Respect: you’re doing it wrong’ – Obama bucks tradition, skips funeral

Many Americans were disappointed in the lack of White House presence at this week’s funeral for the highest-ranking officer killed in combat since Vietnam.

Major General Harold Greene, the 2-star general killed in Afghanistan August 5, was laid to rest Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery, according to myfoxdc.com. It was a beautiful service that was only missing one important attendee: The President of the United States. Also missing was the vice president. However, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was present, according to Fox.

Photos of the service, posted on the Internet from news services all over the globe, showed a riderless horse, the general’s children touching the casket and the flag presented to his widow by Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno.

riderless horsePhoto Credit:  facebook.com familyPhoto Credit:  stripes.com

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There were no pictures of any senior administration officials, because they weren’t there. Of course, a lot of Twitter users were outraged:

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to state Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel attended the funeral.

* An interesting update: A follow-up story revealed that information contained in Col. Morris Davis’  response to the tweet featured at the top of the post was deliberately misrepresented. BPR didn’t report on the past funerals the colonel tweeted about because the facts could not be confirmed at the time. Davis has since boasted on Twitter that he made those facts up. 

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555 thoughts on “‘Respect: you’re doing it wrong’ – Obama bucks tradition, skips funeral

  1. MCVet says:

    I have never been more ashamed of a POTUS than I am with this POS.

  2. Chuck Jarvi says:

    Nixon and Bush didn’t attend a military funeral. Pull your heads out of your as…..

  3. Joy Bradford says:

    This whole story is false. Secretary Hagel attended Greene’s funeral. Bush did not attend Maude’s, nor did Nixon attend Dillard’s. Obama did not buch any tradition.

  4. Celia1 says:

    How can all of America not see how Obama is slapping our military in the face when he just this week sends three from the White House to Foley’s funeral…..and he is the president of all???

    1. Joy Bradford says:

      Check your facts before you spew lies.

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  7. jumara says:

    @soleless. George bush visited thousands of svc men and women still does benefits for them.Obama has raped the American public and destroyed moral.if you Like Obama then you have a bad mind.

    1. adam smith says:

      Bush never once attended a military funeral while he was President.

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