President George W. Bush on death of Osama bin Laden
Large crowds gathered outside the White House react to news that Osama bin Laden is dead
May 2nd, 2011
12:11 AM ET

President George W. Bush on death of Osama bin Laden

"Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission.  They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done. "

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  1. Jay in NC

    I demand to see the death certificate.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • Ben Sittingsom

      lol good one

      May 2, 2011 at 6:23 am |
    • VAFred

      WOW! What an accomplishment! Did he actually do in three years what a Republican couldn't do in eight? That is what I call MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

      May 2, 2011 at 7:57 am |
      • HUMPMAN

        Your an Idiot this wasn't a president responsible for his death this was our armed forces all Nobama gave was a ye or ne on taking his life.

        May 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
      • r bayne

        lol u must be young. The president of our great country first duty is to our security, If he does not use every means available to him as president he would not be worthy of the office he was intrusted to by the american people, past, present, and your children too young man. President Bush Waterborder the ppl who gave up the critical info to take Bin laden out. There is nothing I can say to you to make you understand that it is the right thing to do. When you get older maybe u will understand, if you are lucky enough to have great leaders as i have had. I say this with total respect...thank you Mr. President, would have loved to have seen you at ground zero. That is your rightfull spot in millions of your faithful american supports, God i wish I could buy you a beer! God bless america and you and your family. lol especially your mom reminds me of mine.

        May 5, 2011 at 6:04 am |
      • r bayne

        o and by the way, me and every american has the right to see proof that bin ladin is dead, I was born and raised in usa when we give up our freedom of press and the right of americans to choose what they can or can not see to foreign powers or their interest, we have already lost our freedom and the war. Show me and our childrens children the damed proof!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its our right and their responsibility, We are americans, they dont have the right to choose what we see and dont see, Obama show us the damed pics its ur job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        May 5, 2011 at 6:24 am |
    • VAFred

      WOW! What an accomplishment! Did he actually do in three years what a Republican couldn't do in eight? That is what I call MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

      May 2, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • VAFred

      Jay only proves what a idiot his actually is! In his frustration, he can't even give the President the respect and kudos he earned today! You're such a great American, Jay and even a better person! It must be very embarrassing to be you!

      May 2, 2011 at 8:16 am |
      • Jay in NC

        It's a joke, VAFred, goodness you Liberals sure are touchy on the subject of documentation.

        May 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • VAFred

      First and foremost Jay, I am NOT a Liberal. I gave George Bush the kudos for the moves he made after the attack on September 11, 2001. It was well deserved and I respected him for it for the action was very Presidential.

      I voted for and considered George H. Bush (First Bush) a good President. I DO NOT vote parties, I vote candidates so I hate to inform you, this makes me an Independent and one of the few that the Republicans will HAVE to win over come 2012. So far, they are not making a good impression on me. Their constant vilification of Obama is shaming the GOP even further.

      May 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        You lost the argument when you called me an idiot.

        May 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
      • sambo

        you're a liar. you stink liberal

        May 3, 2011 at 11:50 am |
      • VAFred

        @Jay in NC: It wasn't an argument, Jay. I don't argue with idiots.

        @Sambo: Bite me and you stink, period!

        May 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  2. Oracle

    "No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."
    So he and his cronies will be going to prison someday? Good.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:33 am |
    • VAFred


      May 2, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • Steven D. Galucci

      Oracle, you still want to jail Bush for enhanced interrogation techniques?? Techniques that directly led to bin Laden? Shouldn't the culpability then also lie with Obama?? Where is your moral compass when it comes to the outright assassination of an unarmed man without a trial? Aren't you liberals all about your utopian world of bleeding hearts, human rights and justice? Unless of course, it doesn't fit your oh so hypocritical agenda.

      May 4, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  3. VAFred

    GUESS WHAT!? OBAMA 2012! Bruhahahahaha!

    May 2, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  4. VAFred

    For the first time in 13 years, INTELLIGENCE actually means INTELLIGENCE! USA! USA! USA! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! 2012! 2012! 2012!

    Not only going down in history as a great American and great President! It will be forever marked in history that Obama sought, located, and gave the attack to serve justice for the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor! HISTORY...GREAT HISTORY HAS BEEN WRITTEN!


    May 2, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I guess I should demand it too, Jay, but does this mean you don't trust the belief of GWB that Bin Laden was finally caught and killed under the Obama administration? OMG, after all those years, all those lives lost and disabled under the Bush administration, NOTHING? Are you saying the media is lying and you're upset that if it's true, it's because of new directives made by President Obama that it finally happened? Did we ask to see Hussein's death certificate? We took the media's word back then didn't we?

    May 2, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • Jay in NC

      It's a joke Liz, lighten up.

      May 2, 2011 at 8:39 am |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I personally think Bush did the right and courteous thing by congratulating Obama on this landmark event. Even he knows this action should be credited to Obama! I noticed last night John King and others immediately started trying to pull Bush into the mix for the credit, quoting him as saying 'Bin Laden, wanted dead or alive'. They must have wanted him alive. They had him a couple of times and let him go! The question is why? Did they really want him? Or were they really just after the oil? Obama 2012!

    May 2, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • JohnF

      Hey Liz .. he congratulated a LOT of people. Maybe you and others here should recognize that Obama is only a manager, it was the military and CIA that did this. Obama merely looked at options and picked one. ANY President can do that, that's what they get paid for.

      Maybe you should thank Obama for carrying on the initiatives put into place by George Bush so this could happen. That is about the only good thing he has done in the last 3 years. The GM bailout is a disaster, health insurance reform is fast becoming one, and he can't seem to stop spending money even when everyone else is recognizing it's time to stop, in both parties.

      Obama the manager. Obama the speachgiver. Obama the self-centered egotist. It would be great if Obama could learn all we really need is a leader, which is has failed miserably at.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • VAFred

        This isn't even worth commenting on. I have an idea, next time use your brain and let your MOUTH do the talking instead of your ASS!

        May 4, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    As far as most of media goes, including CNN, it's mighty strange that when anything is spoken by this PRESIDENT or anyone in his administration; or when any event occurs or any action is taken by this administration that may be potentially be percieved as an 'OBAMA GREAT' or a good thing, they rush to give much if not most of the accolades to Bush! OBAMA can't have all that glory! But when those things occur that could be seen as bad, oh it's all OBAMA's fault all by himself! We dare not look back at Bush!

    May 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    No, we're sensitive and touchy on the obvious blatant, biasness and double-standardness of you conservatives adamate, yet denigrating requests for them! They seem only to be inflicted on people who are considered part of the 'minority'! Blacks, African Americans, Latinos, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Islanders, and all other non-whites who live in America, are in 'minority status'. Bi-racial is still listed under the 'minority class' in America! That's what we're touchy about.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  9. GG Liddie

    GW Bush, his DOJ & his people never charged OBL with any tpye of illegal actvity; or criminal citation directly stemming from SEP 11 2001. Clinton admin had the only outstanding legal charges that are/were actionable ... stemming from '93, '96, '98 & Cole in 2000. Bush failed to conform with the "nation of laws" principle ... and merely claimed OBL was the mastermind of 9/11. It's insulting to think the government's theory of 9/11 is valid when it has not in fact been proven ... legally or scientifically. Now Obama is just as dirty as Bush ... but WTF, it's just one less annoying obstacle to focus on. Americans should wake-up, learn to read again and get thier facts straight. This news of OBL means very little. Another piece of "news cycle" red meat. None are more hopelessly lost than those who believe they are free.

    May 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, LOL! you call people names all the time. I know you've called me several! You even called my late father of WW2 a thief, saying he stole his medals! That's okay; he knew who he was; a great man! I don't care, because I'm secure in myself, who I am. I'm also secure in my thoughts and opinions. I have shown that I can accept being wrong or mistaken about something. I've actually apologized TO YOU! However, I have my first time to see you concede or apologize to anyone. You are always right! IMPOSSIBLE!

    May 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • VAFred

      Don't waste your breath on a waste, Liz! A person like Jay wouldn't know the first thing about honor much less anything about serving this country or receiving a medal. Also, I salute your father, Liz! I thank you for his service.

      Jay, I apologize to the idiots for classifying them with you. The idiots deserve better.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:55 am |
      • Jay in NC

        The truth, I told a joke, you attacked me calling me an idiot. When you found out it was a joke you continued your rant. Good luck with that trigger happy hate. I am sure it will server Barry well in the upcoming election.

        May 3, 2011 at 5:59 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, you are the one that said your father was awarded 3 bronze stars. I searched and can not find anyone that was ever awarded 3 stars. You also said that your family does not have the documentation. You also suggested that black men have to take what they can get because white men will not give it to them. You also made up some stuff about him being handed the metals behind a tent, not in public. After this back and fourth for some time I said "If there is no record maybe he stole the items."

      So, you have 3 stars that your father claimed were awarded yet no proof of the citation. What conclusion are we to draw, 1) you say it is because of the white man. 2) he acquired the metals in a strange manner. The fact remains that it is illegal to trade or sell a bronze star or to claim that you are the recipient of such.. Time to put that big government of yours to work. They need to look into the reason the Carter family has these US treasures.

      May 3, 2011 at 5:50 am |
      • VAFred

        Keep searching, Jay. There are two types of Bronze Stars. Bronze Star Medal with V(Valor) for doing something heroic and the standard Bronze Star for many different types of service.

        May 4, 2011 at 1:45 am |
      • VAFred

        In addition, there are MANY people who have won multiple Bronze Stars. One man has 6.

        May 4, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  11. james chaney sr

    Ok and again obama did not kill him it was all the men and women he was not even going to pay 3 weeks ago but they can fight a war and fight for our country but not good enough to get paid cant wait till this mess up is out of office

    May 3, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • Priscilla

      There is still a black president. Get over it.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • VAFred

      Geeze! If my last name was Chaney I'd go hunting with my friends and let one of them shoot me!

      May 4, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thankyou VAfred. I would just like to explain that this whole rift about my father came about some months ago when I mentioned that there were many, many honorable military people who were not, nor have not been celebrated for their heroic acts. I think someone was complaining about the coverage of the last WW1 veterans' funeral services, which I thought were handled very respectfully by the OBAMA administration. He was deservingly treated as the hero that he was! I posted a note to his family on this blog.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, it was just last month, not months ago. April 1, 2011 at 11:48 am. The story on CNN was about The First Date mentoring to DC students. No one said anything about the coverage of the last WW1 veterans' funeral services. Again you have taken the facts and looked at them from your racist hate filled eyes. The truth is there for anyone to read. Here is the link.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Since the honoring of veterans and their issues have been put on the front burner, my mind tracked back to my father who died at age 91 of prostate cancer, in 2005. He served inthe US ARMY in WW2 from Jan 1941-June 1945. His TAD was in The Pacific Theater. Daddy never really talked about his war time, but when he died is when we found out he had recieved during his tenure 3 bronze stars. It was listed on his DD214, that we found in the house as we prepared for his funeral. I thought, another 'unsung hero'.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    When I hear people complaining about the 'not-enough' respect awarded or paraded on a veteran, I think how there are so many veterans of foreign wars who hadn't been showered any honors at all. If they are blessed to live through it, and make it back home, they are thrown back into society to try to pick up where they left off, find a job which was hard for black WW2 veterans, or just fade into the fabric of the AMERICAN society, INGOGNITO. Many of our 'unsung war heros' were, and are AFRICAN AMERICANS.

    May 3, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I was only saying it was good that iring these last 3 years, so many of our military heros have been shown great honors and respect; so the complainers need to hush because so many haven't, including my father; although he was an honorable, humble, yet patriotic, proud man within himself. What I meant was, in 1941-1945, I'm sure he didn't even expect a big parade of showering accolades of his accomplishments as a soldier of fortune and bravery. BRONZE STAR MEDALS used to be awarded for unusual bravery.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    VAFred, I made mention that my father may have just recieved his medals back in the tents or barracks one night in front of a couple of witnesses and the delivering officer; and that was that. No wonder he didn't talk about it! It was probably downplayed from the beginning. My mother said she remembered him saying he got a medal or two, but neither really talked about it. He might not have wanted to seem like an 'elitist', especially since he was a black man trying to find a job to take care of his family.

    May 3, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Back then a black man had better not come back here acting like he was a hero. Then I was told by a person he must have stole the items if there was no record. I never said there was no record. I said we didn't know all about it until we read his honorable discharge papers/DD214. I just said it wasn't celebrated or even talked about. Jay, claimed he researched it to call either me a liar or my father a thief and said he didn't find anyone who had recieved 3 BRONZE STARS. So what could anyone take from that?

    May 3, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, you said months ago, it was on April 1, then the lies just continued to poor from your keyboard..... When will it stop.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I said all of that to say this: My father was no thief. I'm not a liar; had no reason to lie and when I checked the internet for BRONZE STAR RECIPIENTS, there were only about 5 or 6 Generals listed who had recieved them and it was stated that there was not a full and complete listing available of BRONZE STAR RECIPIENTS! So no wonder Jay couldn't find ANYONE who had recieved 3 BRONZE STAR MEDALS! After he said those awful things to me, I never went back to argue about with him anymore about that, until now!

    May 3, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Jay in NC

      The Valor device can only be awarded once. It is not possible to receive the award multiple times, regardless of the number of heroic acts performed. Article Source:

      May 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  19. Frank

    Bottom line is a mass murdered is dead and the world will not miss him at all. All the people he may have kept influencing while alive will now maybe have just a sliver of hope to turn out to be decent human beings without his warped outlook. Nothing in this world is perfect, but killing the unresponsible for what you consider failures is cowardice, and there is no other way to look at it.
    I understand what our government did and how it is the human way to have reacted after the 9/11 attack. However, since I am not very nice and hate to see armed forces personnel killed just becasue we try and be humane about things. On 9/12/01 I would have just called the leaders of the atomic powers world wide and explaine do them what I was about to do so they would not think anything was directed at them. Then I would have put a 10 kiloton missile into the heart of Kabul and explained to the world that anyone who dares touch U.S. soil will/would receive the same response or worse. Goodbye terrorism in one shot.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      OK, Frank lets say someone from Russia bombs the White House, are you advocating the same response? You know that they do have 1000s of 10 kiloton missiles aimed right back at us. And what if China had planted that Russian? You would have bombed Moscow for no reason.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • VAFred

      Though I agree with your "graphic" solution to terrorism, Frank. Unfortunately, we just can't go around and nuke someone without regards to what the rest of the world would think of us. The terrorists know that and so do we. So unfortunately we have to do it conventionally, putting American lives at risk. We know the risk, trust me! You don't realize how much until your lying next to your friend, desperately trying to stop the all blood from running out of his body. So, OBL is dead! Thank God! Yes, the soldiers could have just went in an blew up the building and everyone in and around it. They tried that, several times...OBL got away. So personally, I agree with the way the military specialists AND the President decided to handle it. The work needed a scalpel NOT a machete! The plan worked and they got him! Excellent work by all! I don't doubt for one minute that the work is NOT done. Someone will rise to take his place and there possibly will be an attempt for retaliation on America. The idea angers me to no end. I truly wish it was as easy as nuking the whole area and turning it into one big gas station. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. I salute the soldiers in the area and have one message for them. "Keep your heads down, your eyes open, and your ASSES safe, brothers!"

      May 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  20. Miller

    It's Bush's fault, except when it isn't. Jeb Bush 2012

    May 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @VAFred, I guess I should have just listened to your comment at May 3, 2011 12:55am and just let it go but for some reason I felt compelled to explain to YOU how I felt and what happened with the debate I got hung up in with Jay, in reference to war heroes and my father. He's still calling me a liar and a racist, so that's that! I may have been off on the timing of the back and forth but it sure felt like at least a couple of monthsago. I appreciate OBAMA trying to reach back and show honor to our soldiers!

    May 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @JohnF, I wasn't complaining about OBAMA in reference to my father. I was just explaining an argument to one blogger about an earlier debate I'd had with yet another blogger on military heroes that had never been celebrated and many won't be. I know it's impossible to individually do them all but I was just making mention of it. I thoroughly appreciate what MICHELLE and BARACK OBAMA is trying to do to remedy so much of it as often and as much as they can! Clinton did that too! TUSKEEGEE AIRMEN, I think.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    JohnF; Back to the subject at hand, I'm aware that PRESIDENT OBAMA is in essence the manager of the UNITED STATES. More like THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. However, wasn't that the same title BUSH held? I think you and others need to remember that! It was the military and the CIA that pulled Saddam Hussein down, but who was praised for it then? None other than the 'then' manager of the UNITED STATES, GEORGE W BUSH! Folks, you see what I mean about double-standardness when it comes to OBAMA? Where's SADDAM'S body?

    May 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • VAFred

      @Liz Carter: We didn't need to see Saddam's body. Somehow, someway his hanging ended up on the Internet! Hmmm? What cracks me up is the same people that were probably responsible for the release on the Internet are mocking Obama for going on TV to announce the killing of the worse murderer since Hitler. They are calling him a media hound and saying that he is just trying to take credit for the military action. Obama doesn't HAVE to TAKE IS his AND the military specialists involved. Humpman is 100% right. It is ye or nay! But with nay he would have got away, just like he did numerous times during the Clinton and the Bush Administration.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Liz Carter in Georgia

    When he went to get Hussein, that's all Bush gave HUMPMAN, was a yea or a nay! That's all any war president has ever done! They don't go out and give their own lives! Why is it such a different expectation with this president? Then people wonder why I continue on my OBAMA 'watch' mission.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  25. VAFred

    Salute to Liz Carter's Father!


    May 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  26. VAFred

    FACT! Many, many, many people received numerous medals during WW2! Many of them went uncelebrated especially the blacks that served in WW2! Example: It took 40 years for history to acknowledge the Tuskegee Airmen and to truly tell their story.

    FACT! Anyone that just calls the President of the United States JUST a manager in any regard is just making a stupid comment. Anyone that calls the President of the United States JUST a manager when considering any military action is just stupid PERIOD. What the President says, we do without question! He is Commander-In-Chief!


    May 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Jay Carney, Barry's press secretary said today: - the operation was run from the ground, or certainly not from the White House. And at the point - I think Mr. Brennan described this yesterday at the briefing or perhaps on television or maybe in both places - that at that point the folks in the Situation Room were observers and listeners to an operation that obviously had been carefully thought out, meticulously prepared for.

      I guess according to VAFred, Mr. Carney is "just stupid PERIOD." If you don't believe me, read from the White Houses website your self.

      May 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
      • VAFred

        Please! Stop taking things out of context so they fit your interpretation of your tiny, small minded world, Jay. Of course he said it was run from the ground. That is the way ALL military actions are performed. The Commander-In-Chief gives the go ahead and the specialists or soldiers go to work. Do you know of any President that this is not the case. Geeze, until you've served your country and had bullets flying past your head, stop pretending you know anything regarding chain of command.

        May 4, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Man when you are wrong you are wrong. It did not take 40 years, the Tuskegee Airmen were awarded for valor and were celebrated at the time, actually while they were still flying missions. (over 700 air medals!) You are blinded by hate.

      Awards and decorations awarded for valor and performance included:
      Three Distinguished Unit Citations
      99th Pursuit Squadron: 30 May–11 June 1943 for the capture of Pantelleria, Italy
      99th Fighter Squadron: 12–14 May 1944: for successful air strikes against Monte Cassino, Italy
      332d Fighter Group: 24 March 1945: for the longest bomber escort mission of World War II
      At least one Silver Star
      An estimated one hundred and fifty Distinguished Flying Crosses
      Fourteen Bronze Stars
      Seven hundred and forty-four Air Medals
      Eight Purple Hearts

      May 3, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
      • VAFred

        Blinded by hate of what?

        May 4, 2011 at 12:50 am |
      • VAFred

        @ Jay in NC: I never said they were not awarded medals, I said their story was never really told. Most people AT THE TIME knew of many other battles and honorable people that served in WW2, most of these stories made the newspapers...yet most people DURING THAT TIME hardly knew about the Tuskegee Airmen. There you go again, Jay...thinking. Honestly, do you think white people at that time were jumping around, banging gongs celebrating and shaking the hands of these great men? Please! BTW, stop browsing for your facts online and passing them off like you know history. Didn't anyone ever tell you in school that's surmountable to plagiarism?

        And again I'll ask "blinded by hate of what"? For your information: I am NOT black, I am white. I don't hate anyone, much hate anyone for the color of their skin, their sex, their heritage or ethnicity! I try to see people for WHO they are and the way they live their lives, NOT by what they are! I firmly believe there is good and bad in ALL races and ethnic backgrounds. I am a TRUE American who acknowledges that the contributions that ALL Americans have made is what makes this country great! The only people who actually BELONG here are the American Indians, the rest of us are just immigrants.

        May 4, 2011 at 1:10 am |
      • Jay in NC

        You said.... t took 40 years for history to acknowledge the Tuskegee Airmen...
        That statement is not true.

        I have given links to appropriate stories, which is more than you can say. One post you said "there are MANY people who have won multiple Bronze Stars. One man has 6." yet offered no names or dates to back your claim.

        May 4, 2011 at 6:30 am |
      • VAFred

        Who am I? Obama? You want proof? Go back to searching online and find it for yourself.

        OK, OK I'll hold your hand!

        Bronze Star Device

        Criteria: A service star, also referred to as a battle star, campaign star, or engagement star, is an attachment to a military decoration which denotes participation in military campaigns or multiple bestowals of the same award. Service stars are typically issued for campaign medals, service medals, ribbon awards, and certain military badges. Service stars are different from award stars, which are issued for multiple awards of meritorious and combat decorations. The United States military issues bronze and silver and gold service stars, with a silver service star issued “in lieu” of five bronze. For instance, six campaigns, served on a campaign medal, would be annotated by one silver and one bronze service star. In some situations, service stars are only issued after the second award of a decoration. For instance, three awards of a Sea Service Ribbon would be annotated by the ribbon with "two bronze service stars". The United States Army also occasionally issues award numerals, instead of service stars, to denote multiple awards of certain ribbon decorations. In addition to award numerals, the United States Army uses the same Gold award star that is worn on many Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard decorations to denote the tenth and final award of the Army Sea Duty Ribbon. Service stars issued for actions in which a United States Navy vessel participated are also placed on campaign streamers, which are affixed to the U.S. Navy flag. The regulations for this originated in 1942, which defined naval campaign areas and designated engagements. Participation in such engagements, by ships and by individuals, was then denoted by service stars. The United States Army followed a very similar practice with ground campaigns and battle engagements. A common point of confusion is to confuse bronze and silver service stars with the Silver Star and Bronze Star Medal. The main difference between the two is that the Bronze and Silver Star Medals are individual decorations while service stars are worn on awards and are not individual decorations or medals.

        May 4, 2011 at 6:50 am |
      • Jay in NC

        They were celebrated at the time. No I do not think anyone was banging gongs for them but race did not have anything to do with it. Think of this there were over 8 million men serving in the military at that time. Maybe the families were more concerned for their own local sons.

        You are a bleeding heart Liberal. You think they should should be honored for their race. Now that is racism pure and simple.There were many many brave men who's stories were never told. I read the story and really can not find any difference in their valor than any other air men at the time.

        May 4, 2011 at 7:02 am |
      • VAFred

        You're 100% right regarding many honorable men serving and their families worrying about them. Your 100% wrong about me being a Liberal and making it look like me thinking "they should be honored for their race." I want ALL the men AND women honored for their contributions, then and now. YOU want only the men that YOU feel deserve to be honored to be given credit. YOU'RE the racist! It is no big secret that black men were not even allowed to serve much less be honored for their service, much like how women are not allowed to serve in full capacity now. They used bogus reasons like blacks could not see at night and BS like that. A guy like you would find that funny.

        As for the difference regarding their service: The difference is the color of their skin, the fact that most were not allowed to serve and the racism they had to overcome in their lives. Yes, I agree there is NO difference in their VALOR as compared to others.

        Once again, I'm honoring ALL the men AND women who served in the past and serve presently, NOT just the ones I think or feel deserve it! Talk about "blinded by hate", Jay. Look at the man in the mirror or are you to embarrassed by him and hate him, too?

        Case closed.

        May 4, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  27. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @VAFred; you're right! I know BUSH said 'nay' and let him go a couple of times, and that info came right through local newstations. I'm sure they regret it now, but the word is out already. That's why it's bogus for these clowns to try to deflate such a grand accomplishment of this administration to even think about splitting the credit! GWB didn't even split his 'accomplishment' with his own father GHWB! Senior Bush was the one that set off the last rift between us and Saddam. It was all accredited to GWB!

    May 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You say 'let him go a couple of times' Dates, Liz, when where. Not going to let you get by with this made up statement.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:38 am |
    • VAFred

      @Liz Carter:

      Sniff, sniff. You smell that, Liz? Smells like wood burning!

      Its like yelling at your dog for pooping on the floor. He sits there, tilts his head and listens. No sooner then you're done talking to him, he turns around and poops on the floor again.

      To quote a line out of a great movie using Jay as the target: I've been operating under the assumption that the reason
      Jay devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn't get it. Well, I was wrong. Jay's problem isn't that he doesn't get it. Jay's problem is that he just can't sell it.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  28. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thank you LORD and Many thanks to you VAFred for straightening that out for me. I really appreciate your honesty about the way things were happening back then and are oftentimes still, right now. I know you nor I were I was saying they needed to e celebrated for their race, if at all have their stories told for their courage, honor and valor. I only mentioned the slight in black soldier heroism as compared to the dominant race, and that set off a firestorm Jay! THANK YOU MY IVORY BROTHER! Jay, look it up.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  29. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I give my opinions on what is filtered out to me on cablenews. I know that these days most of it is strategically put together to earn a certain perception, but that's mostly where I get my info. I just heard it again recently on CNN and MSNBC. My husband who is a disabled US marine of the Vietnam War hears much talk coming from veterans who have been coming home and are still coming home around the VA Hospital. So look it up. I won't be a plagiarist. I will post my opinions and thoughts only!

    May 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Yes, we are all aware of your racist opinions Liz, Like that back men work harder than white men. By the way did you ever finish reading Song of Solomon? I remember that The First Date said it was her favorite first book. She is recommending it to all the children. I can just imagine her reading it to her daughters. Isn't that what parent do, read their 'first favorite' books to their kids.

      May 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  30. Liz Carter in Georgia

    'We are aware'? We who? No, Jay! YOU will never stop nor BOO me to stop talking and posting my opinions on the so many lingering inequalities of social injustices, judicial injustices, labor injustices, entrepreneurialship injustices, nepotism and favoritism injustices, educational injustices, accomplishmental disenfranchisement, and any other injustices I see and become aware of by your perpetually calling me a racist, OK? It really makes you look stupid; There may be some mumness, but people aren't blind!

    May 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  31. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You claim she said it was her 'favorite first book'? I don't believe she said it was her favorite first book. You're doing what you do best with anyones words; spin them to justify your own destructive opinion to shine an unjustified light on them for the stupid to digest! It couldn't have been her favorite first book; I'm sure she'd read other favorite books before that one was even published! No, my parents didn't read to us their favorite first books! They read books on history and the BIBLE to us.

    May 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      CNN, April 28th, 2011, First Lady fields wide ranging questions from kids

      Here is the link:

      Here is the quote form CNN White House Producer Jamie Crawford,
      "On the subject of reading, the first lady said ‘Song of Solomon’ by Toni Morrison was her first favorite book."

      The story includes a picture of The First Date talking to the kids. None of them look old enough to read the book. Think of this, the book was fist published in 1977, The First Date was 13 at the time. Such a young age to read this racist, hate filled book about rape, suicide, and murder.

      May 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  32. Liz Carter in Georgia

    They also knew that we were their children to raise and not society's. So they kept an eye on what we chose to read and made sure it was child-proof enough to their expectations. In other words'

    May 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  33. Liz Carter in Georgia

    In other words, they took care that my brothers weren't reading 'PLAYBOY' and I wasn't reading 'TRUE ROMANCE'.

    May 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
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