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Is Obama Still Clueless About Military Customs?He Failed to Salute Medal Of Honor Winner

(New York Daily News)- Last week, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta became the first living service member from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to receive the Medal of Honor, the country’s top military award.

But like most of the brave men and women who serve, Giunta knows he wasn’t out there fighting for medals or recognition, and he accepted the award with admirable humility and heartfelt acknowledgment of those who have died in battle.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Giunta got a hug, not a military salute, from President Obama. As a blog post on the website of Stars and Stripes, a military publication, pointed out, it would have been appropriate – though not necessary – for Obama to salute Giunta. It referenced a previous Medal of Honor recipient who had been saluted by George W. Bush.

Some on the right, though, were deeply upset by Obama’s failure to salute. This group includes folks like Rees Lloyd, a civil rights attorney and American Legionnaire, who saw evidence that the President “loathes the nation he was so desperate to lead…

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Asked by SavageGrl at 12:06 PM on Nov. 29, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Doesn't surprise me a bit.

    Answer by arenad at 12:09 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • – collapse
    The President is the MoH winner's commanding officer as teh Commander in Chief. The MoH winner would salute him, not the other way around.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:10 PM on Nov. 29, 2010 (hidden) + expand

  • Anon-just because he is the president doesn't mean he shoul be soluted. He hasn't risked his life for jack

    Answer by arenad at 12:13 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • Anon.. that's far from true. Anyone with a Medal of Honor is deserving of a salute from anyone of even the highest rank there is.. That is the way it has always been.

    Answer by Ctink8189 at 12:14 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • They didn't teach that in radical liberal activist school.

    Answer by Carpy at 12:32 PM on Nov. 29, 2010


    He was not in uniform or an active duty member of the military so he could have been saluted by Guinta, the medal of honor winner ......why do we even want to create a fuss over this??? Obama recognized his accomplishment and that is all we need to know.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 12:38 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • Thank YOU KERP!

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 12:45 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • Kerp-not sure if you aren't for the military or just taking up for Obama. The least we can do for our military is solute them after them risking their lives for ours.

    Answer by arenad at 12:49 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • As the CinC it was his DUTY to salute the person he conferred the honor upon. I have witnessed my husband during many many award ceremonies, reenlistments, pinnings...and he ALWAYS salues the member and the member returns the salute.

    I have no problem with the hug..its kind of cool.............BUT a salute was in order.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:04 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • I thought the hug was totally inappropriate. The MoH is awarded to someone very brave, not a Care Bear.


    Comment by SavageGrl (original poster) at 1:11 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

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