President awards purple hearts
March 2nd, 2012
03:32 PM ET

President awards purple hearts

President Obama stopped by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit with wounded service members on Friday.  The president awarded 8 purple hearts during his visit with 27 wounded warriors  – 11 Soldiers, 14 Marines, 1 Sailor and 1 NATO Forces member.  26 of the service members were injured in Afghanistan and 1 in Iraq.


Topics: Military • President Obama • The Buzz

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  1. Joey

    A big salute to those who received these medals. They deserve our total respect and shouldn't have their healthcare benefits slashed.

    March 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • jean2009

      They won't as long as the President has his way, and the GOP hacks don't have theirs'.

      March 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
      • Howard

        WHAT COMPLETE AND UTTER IRONY ... A COWARD ... WHO IGNORES THE ADVICE OF OUR GENERALS ON THE GROUND .... WHO DRAMATICALLY CUTS BACK THE MILITARY BUDGET, TELEGRAPHS OUR MILITARY PLANS TO THE ENEMY ... AND CUTS BACK HEALTH INSURANCE TO THE TROOPS ... HANDING OUT AWARDS TO SOLDIERS FOR BRAVERY !!! This is just another cheap, insincere photo op, manufactured by obama, for personal political gain !!!

        March 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Howard

      CHARACTER = When a man, like Mitt Romney, donates his inheritance to charity.

      CORRUPTION = When a man, like obama, uses the power of the state, to confiscate other people's hard earned money, squanders it, and finances loser companies, in exchange for political contributions, in an effort to get himself reelected.

      March 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
      • learner68

        Howard please stop lying to yourself.
        Being partisan does not mean being irrational.
        Obama Killed Bin Laden. Your people failed to do so in 7 years.
        He reformed the health care that currently covers 46 million young American under 26.
        Are you human?

        March 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • jean2009

        http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/mitt-romney-charity-philanthropy-lds

        March 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  2. jerry

    they just proved obama's selective service card is a fake...he never registerd for the draft (as is the law of the land)...so WTH is he doing awarding purple hearts? This guy has no scurples...NONE! A no-class act.

    March 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • mbm1ame

      ohh STFP and go play the adults are talking

      March 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • jean2009

      What a moron! The president was born in 1961, he was 13 when the draft ended in 1974.

      March 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
      • Obamasux1

        What a moron, the law states that you still have to sign up for selective service when you turn 18 draft or no draft Jean. So do apologize for calling someone a moron when you are the moron.

        March 4, 2012 at 8:59 am |
      • jean2009

        http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=284×548

        March 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
      • jean2009

        Mr. Owens,

        Barack Hussein Obama registered at a post office in Hawaii. The effective registration date was September 4, 1980.

        His registration number is 61-1125539-1.

        Daniel Amon
        Public Affairs Specialist

        March 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
      • jean2009

        Sux1-
        http://www.thefogbow.com/special-reports/social-security-number/

        This covers all your moronic claims.
        Birth certificate
        Social Security Number
        Selective Service Number

        March 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • jerry

        you are wrong jean... and your web site actually says nothing new...no proof just empty words. Where are obamas academic records? Why is he hiding his medical records?

        March 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Old Salt

      WHO just proved his selective service card is a fake? I've searched the internet using both Google and Snopes, and I can't find any mention of this lie except where you wrote it here. This is becoming pretty common GOP tactic, just blatantly lying often enough to convince the easy that the lie is true. It isn't, and you don't deserve to live in this country.

      March 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
      • jean2009

        Nobody proved it was a fake....just the same stupid rants from the idiots on the far nutwing of the right.

        My above post to idiotsux1 lines everyone up their lame claims up and debunks the whole lot.

        March 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  3. george of the jungle

    Talk about a reason for birth control. jerry and howard you are both lying scumbags who are so unpatriotic . Do you really think anyone believes your stupid remarks. ? What is wrong with these numbnuts??? Obama /Biden 2012

    March 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  4. CaliLiberal

    I can understand honest debate and honest disagreement, but this is ridiculous. If this president cured aids and cancer the right would say he's against the free market. I pity republicans, they do not have the brain power to think for themselves and their blind hatred for our LEGITAMATE President is disgraceful. I ask all democrats to join me in a fundraiser to purchase a parcel of grassy land large enough to feed all of the republican sheep. God help us all that the future of our country depends on half the population that is ignorant and cannot think for themselves.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
  5. Yomi Olalere

    Howard, where did you get all these incendiary comments from? Telegraphing Military plans to the enemy? Cut back on health care insurance? Ignores the advice of Generals? Can you please post the weblink where you gathered your "facts"? Or, is this a self concorted opinion? I won't argue with you if this is your opinion but will be at logger heads with you if you call these a fact, because you are not entitled to that.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Politically motivated and personally abusive comments are inappropriate in the context of recognizing the service and valor of our service men. Whether we are speaking of President Bush or President Obama, and disregarding our political views on them, they are acting in their capacity of President and Commander-in-Chief when they presenting these medals. There are times when the political vitriol should be set aside. This is the soldiers' day.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  7. Thomas J. Meehan

    To those who seek to bash the office of the Presidency,and its current occupant, shame on all of you. Keep your eye on what the real story here is, the bravery and sacrifices those awarded these Purple hearts.

    Of course if you wish to debate the holders of the office of the Presidency, perhaps you should take a look bachwards to the Republican leadership, who failed to bring to justice those responsible for the death of my daughter on 9/11, and rather than staying focused on bringing to justice Osama Bin Ladin, started two wars, costing more lives than those lost on 9/11, and of wasting a surlpus, and resulting in a the debt they now run from.
    where were you and your loud protests for the 10 years after 9/11/? why no outcry with the loss of so many men & women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice.
    Perhaps rather then running off at the mouth, you would be better off saying a prayer for the lives lost.
    Or perhaps just say a prayer and be thankful for the bravery of these men and women who have earned these Purple Heart.

    March 3, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  8. grif99999

    BO is in full campaign mode.

    March 3, 2012 at 3:28 am |
    • Old Salt

      Everyone hoping to be elected in November is in full campaign mode. The election is only 8 months away. Why is this a bad thing? Doesn't the incumbent have a right to campaign? I could have sworn every incumbent seeking re-election in the past has been allowed to campaign. Oh, I forgot. The GOP is changing the rules this year. Only Republicans are allowed to campaign.

      March 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  9. jean2009

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-2455&tab=summary

    Selective service no longer needed check above link. H.R. 2455

    We can't help the fact that Joe Arpaio is so stupid he thinks President's 1980 selective service and 1961 birth certificate are fake they both exist. That myth has been debunked enough times.

    So guess we add you to the list of stupid...right?
    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-birth-certificate-selective-card-faked-joe-arpaio-003800373.html

    http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2012/03/circular-date-stamps-and-obamas-selective-service-registration/

    March 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  10. Old Salt

    Good move, Mr. President. I'm sure all of those soldiers will remember the day their Purple Hearts were pinned on by POTUS. You're a far better man than the birthers you can read on these comment boards.

    March 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  11. ufadoof

    Why do you birthers hate our men and women of the military? Calling the POTUS faux means you are calling the purple hearts our brave soldiers received from Obama faux. You are the un-american ones.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:58 am |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      The reason they hate our veterans as well as our men and women in uniform is because half of them hadn't had a foot in a boot! They are jealous of our military and the admirational respect that are given; they benefits they are offered and deserve and they just hate our President! Period!! And that's personally and professionally! He can't pour up a good cup of coffee right, or to suit them. Sad!

      March 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  12. Nathan G.

    To those who are arguing with the likes of jerry, Howard, and Obamasux1 – you are wasting your time. It doesn't matter how much evidence you put forth, because they will always call its accuracy into question while never including any facts to back up their claims. You are better off not wasting your time; simply ignoring them is the best option.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:18 am |
  13. Name*Liz Carter

    Take to 'em Jean2009! They are a bunch of pathetics! You are right though, Nathan G. They will argue with a GOD against Barack Obama...but I guess if we don't get back with them on that trash sometimes, they wil win over too many of the less informed and the stupid! Now that would ultimately make a difference in the election...TALK ABOUT VOTER FRAUD!?! That would really cause a great big case of voter fraud! That's what they're banking their votes on; ignorance, stupidity and biggotry. Good posts Old Salt. I couldn't have said it any better.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm |