‘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. 

Don Noel


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