Obama Throws MSNBC Host Under the Bus?
4:21 PM, May 28, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
President Obama, an avid follower of left-wing media, is surely aware of the controversial remark by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who explained yesterday, in a discussion of Memorial Day on MSNBC, that he felt “uncomfortable” using the word “hero” for an American killed in battle:
“Why do I feel so [uncomfortable] about the word ‘hero’? I feel uncomfortable about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. I don't want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that's fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic.”
President Obama seems to have gone out of his way to distance himself from Hayes at the end of his remarks today at the Vietnam War Memorial:
“And decades from now, I hope another young American will visit this place and reach out and touch a name. And she’ll learn the story of servicemembers—people she never met, who fought a war she never knew—and in that moment of understanding and of gratitude and of grace, your legacy will endure. For you are all true heroes and you will all be remembered.”
Well said. Perhaps President Obama should take a minute to pick up the phone and explain the heroism of our fallen servicemembers to his fellow progressive, MSNBC host Chris Hayes?