Two Army captains who’d planned a wedding on a Hawaiian golf course found themselves forced to change plans only a day before the ceremony this weekend because the commander in chief was commandeering their course.
According to Bloomberg News, Capt. Natalie Heimel and Capt. Edward Mallue had arranged to be married on the 16th tee box of Kaeohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii.
Knowing the president was going to be vacationing in the state at the time, they’d even invited him to the wedding. On Saturday morning, hours before their wedding rehearsal, they received a letter from the White House politely declining the invite.
“He apologized and congratulated them,” Mallue’s sister, Jamie McCarthy told Bloomberg.
Realistically speaking, that was to be expected. What happened next wasn’t.
Only hours later – just after the rehearsal – the couple got more bad news: They’d have to move the ceremony because Obama wanted to play the course on Sunday – when the soldier-soul mates were supposed to tie the knot.
“It was kind of ironic they got the letter from them and then, within hours, they were told they had to be moved due to him,” McCarthy said. “It was emotional, especially for her — she’s the bride and in less than 24 hours they had to change everything they had planned.”
The problem is, the golf course is on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and it’s an Obama favorite – what with the Ko’olau Mountains in the background on the front nine and the Pacific coast on the back. It’s also a favorite course for Mallue – but Mallue and his bride are only army captains.
And rank, as they say, has its privileges.
According to Bloomberg, it wasn’t clear whether the White House knew about the planned wedding ceremony before the couple got so unceremoniously relocated – a spokesman referred questions to the base commander. After Bloomberg started asking questions, Obama himself phoned the bumped bride and the two had a “wonderful talk,” McCarthy said.
And that’s how bootlicking MSM will report the story. (Actual CNN headline: “Obama sorry golf schedule changed wedding location”; Probable MSNBC headline: “Obama phone call makes bride’s day.”)
But remember it was only after one of the few news outlets that isn’t in the Obama tank started asking questions that the White House deigned to notice that a man and a woman in the uniform of their country were having their dream day disrupted by the president’s desire to return to the golf course.
The problem is also that Captains Heimel and Mallue are, respectively, a woman and a man.
Does anyone doubt that if it had been two men getting married – who also happen to be Army captains — it would have been different?
The story had Twitter critics buzzing, of course.
— RedNationRising (@RedNationRising) December 29, 2014
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) December 29, 2014
Obama forces a wedding to move so he can golf. And he has not yet hit rock bottom
— Paul Kinkel ن (@PaulKinkel) December 29, 2014
@DRUDGE_REPORT heaven forbid Obama delays his 147th golf game of the year so soldiers could have the wedding they planned for months
— Janet Davis (@LovemyDVF) December 29, 2014
Maybe he’ll be there for their deployment.
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