Obama Apologizes to Family of Fallen Soldier


One day after he misspoke to troops at Fort Drum, N.Y., about a soldier who earned the Medal of Honor posthumously, President Obama has apologized to the family.

The president said, "Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a president, I’ve always run into you guys. And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.

First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously."

The problem was, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006, and President Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009, handing the framed medal to his parents, Paul and Janet Monti.

The White House acknowledged the President's error, saying he misspoke, confusing Monti's Medal of Honor with that of Salvatore Guinta, who was the first living recipient of the medal who served in Afghanistan.

CBN News first broke the news about the gaffe Thursday, and the president has been widely criticized since.

Friday, Jared Monti's father, Paul Monti, posted on his Facebook profile that the president had personally called him to apologize.

"FYI - President Barack Obama telephoned me personally this afternoon to apologize for his error in his speech to the 10th mountain division re: Jared's medal ceremony. Apology accepted," Monti said in a Facebook status update.

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# RE: Obama Apologizes to Family of Fallen Soldier

So what you are ssaying is that the president's human. God appreciates compassion.
Left by kevin on Jun 26, 2011 6:52 PM

# RE: Obama Apologizes to Family of Fallen Soldier

I read all the comments after the initial article from CBN about President Obama's gaffe and honestly I was shocked at the degree of vitriolic hatred many Christians openly show for our President. Lord have mercy and forgive us for the lack of honor shown to our leader, whether we like him or not.
Doesn't the bible instruct us to pray for our governing leaders? Can you sincerely pray for someone you hate and utterly despise. I don't think so. If we have a wrong attitude in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us.

What were the prophet Daniel's first words the morning after he was thrown in the lion's den by King Darius? "May King Darius live forever! Daniel 6:6 Think about it !

May the Lord show His church to honor those in authority. Disagree strongly all you want, but do so in a respectful manner.

If MY people who are called by MY name humble themselves .....
Healing in our beloved nation starts with the Church repenting.
We are far too arrogant at times.

God bless the USA.

Left by RPC on Jun 28, 2011 11:04 PM

# RE: Obama Apologizes to Family of Fallen Soldier

Since when is truth and justice arrogance? Micah 6 & 7! (6:8!) (7:3-9)Acts 4:5-21
Matthew 12:22-37, 45, 50! What do you class deception and lawlessness to be?
Left by star37 on Jul 25, 2011 1:52 PM