White House dinner tribute to Iraq vets
February 29th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

White House dinner tribute to Iraq vets

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The war in Iraq ended without much fanfare, but months later President Obama and the first lady are hosting a dinner to pay tribute to the troops who served and the families who supported them.

Two hundred people are expected to attend the Wednesday night gala at the White House, including former Marine Eric Alva who in 2003 became the first service member wounded in the Iraq war.  This won't be Alva's first trip to the White House.  He also attended the president's signing ceremony of  the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in December 2010.

Other highly decorated Iraq veterans will also be honored.

Army Col. Peter Newell served two tours and was awarded Silver and Bronze Stars, a Joint Service Achievement Medal and Presidential Unit Citation.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Sebastian Ellis was awarded a Bronze star with Valor and Army Commendation Medal with Valor in his three tours of duty.

And Chief Warrant Officer 4 Nelson Visaya received the Distinguish Flying Cross and Air Medal with Valor awards during his two tours.

“This dinner [is] an expression of the nation’s gratitude for the achievements and enormous sacrifices of the brave Americans who served..” in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, a White House statement said.

More than one million Americans served in Iraq and nearly 45-hundred were killed.

President Obama will deliver remarks at the dinner along with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.

All branches of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves will be represented.

soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. george of the jungle

    This is a very nice thing to do and will be appreciated by our vets. Repos will nump on this like flies on XXXX. Thats ok most will find this to be a nice jesture.. Omana 2012

    February 29, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • chiefjgmac

      Go back to the jungle George. This vet does not appreciate this "photo op".

      February 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Howard

      In addition to being crooks, liars, and traitors, Obama and Holder should both be convicted as accomplices to MASS MURDER ... for the slaughter of over 200 innocent Mexicans, as a result of their reckless Fast and Furious policy ... in which they provided the murder weapons to the ruthless drug cartels

      February 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  2. Lizzie

    Will he explain to the Service members that he is working on making them pay for their own health insurance.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Scott

      Yes Lizzie. That is EXACTLY why he is having this dinner. And then after he tells them that lie, he's going to tell them that he's really a socialist and he has death panels waiting for them after the dinner...

      February 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • Steveo

        I think Lizzie's point is there is a move to increase TRI-CARE costs for vets. This is not new as the DOD made the same proposal under the Bush administration. McCain and others are and have been fighting it!

        February 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
      • John

        Out-of-pocket health care costs for military retirees and users of the TRICARE retail pharmacy network would jump next October if Congress approves President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 budget request.

        Annual active-duty pay raises would be affected but not until January 2015 when raise caps would begin and last three years. The 2015 raise would be half of a percentage point, to be followed by a 1 percent raise in 2016 and a 1.5 percent raise in 2017.
        BTW, BO proposes this a week before he proposes $750,000 for a soccer field at GITMO. I can't think of a reason, but I am sure my lib friends will try to defend this soccer field for terrorists. Good luck.

        February 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Howard

      This is Obama's method of operation. He starts off by promising what his audience want's to hear, while making sure there is lot's of media coverage, touting his promises. Then, quietly, or behind the scenes, he betrays the promises he made, And, if the truth leaks out, and there is any grumbling, he appears at an awards banquet ... or, with his celebrity supporters ... and has the media cover the ceremony in grand style. This time, it's the military, who's Generals he has ignored, who's budget he has cut, and who's insurance he is chopping. But, don't worry, Obama will throw them a bone, in the form of a gala awards banquet, with lots of awards and speeches.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
      • jerry

        correct...he has ignored the joint chiefs at every turn...not one of them even supported his osama assignation...not one, they all knew going into pakistan like that would be bad for our country and middle eastern relations (trust). And, much much more...and this idiot has a dinner photo op.. he is a cold eyed narcissist.

        February 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  3. Ladislav Šafránek

    White House dinner tribute to Iraq MERCENARIES.
    Look, this war ale BIG FAIL and BIG CRIME.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  4. ...a laurel and hardy handshake.......

    NOW, let these troops rest, recover, re-train, and be praised for such an IMPOSSIBLE MISSION which WAS NEVER ACCOMPLISHED but bravely fought.
    TEN-HUT! HAND SALUTE......................READDDDDDY......................TWO !

    February 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • John

      You do know BO voted in favor in sending troops – right?

      February 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
      • sara

        Senator and then candidate Obama has never voted for troops going into Iraq. But thank you Mr. President for not continuing to block Nuehner V. Veterans Affairs. That meant my husband was compensated for 5 heart attacks, beginning at age 50 due to Agent orange.

        February 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • Steveo


        From something called "Sourcewatch.com":

        Fact check: Obama v Clinton voting records
        2002: Clinton "voted for the October 2002 resolution authorizing the Iraq war, while Obama (Ill.), then a state senator, publicly opposed the war." [2]
        2004: In July 2004, Obama told New York Times that "he was not sure whether he would have voted against the resolution had he been in the Senate." [3][4]
        Since 2005: Obama's "voting record has been virtually identical to Clinton's. 'Senator Obama voted $301 billion in funding. So did Senator Clinton, ... Senator Obama voted against a definite withdrawal date. So did Senator Clinton.'" [5] See Obama's June 21, 2006, Floor Statement on Iraq Debate.
        2006: In October 2006, Obama told the New Yorker's David Remnick that "senators who saw intelligence reports on Iraq may have been justified in voting for the invasion. 'I didn't have the benefit of U.S. intelligence,' he said. 'And, for those who did, it might have led to a different set of choices.'" [6]

        As he was not in the senate, he did not have access to intel and he acknowledged he was unsure of his actual vote had he beem in the senate!

        He did order the surge in Afghanistan, in 2009!

        Then Senator Biden voted to send troops to Iraq as did Clinton, Edwards, and Kerry amongst others

        February 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
      • Youvebeenduped

        Thanks Steveo for confirming what Sara said that President Obama never voted initially to send troops to Iraq.

        March 4, 2012 at 2:18 am |
      • Steveo


        It's the truth! He was not in office to vote one way or the other! So don't make it sound like he voted against the war! He even stated he was not sure which way he would go! I haven't been duped. Sara didn't tell the whole story, which is HE WAS NOT IN OFFICE TO EVEN GET A VOTE!

        March 6, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • chiefjgmac

      Doesn't the President"s brother live in a ten hut?

      February 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  5. FLIndependent

    Let's see how many negative posts there will be on this. No matter what President Obama does he gets criticized for it. I've never in my 50+ years have seen so much inexplicable hatred toward the POTUS. I would like to know what exactly what you haters expected of this man that he so deserves your utter disrespect. Without a Congress that will work with him, he can only do so much and I would say he's moving things along quite well considering. Please, let's support our troops, the Iraq war veterans, and the POTUS on this.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Joi Gibson

      My fellow Floridian:

      Well said and thank you!!!

      February 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Steveo

      I will say we have agreement on this but with one caveat: Not everyone who expresses a differing opinion is expressing hate or racism! Does the racism and hatred exist? Yes it does. Is it EVERYONE, No! We should all get over that hump!

      I disagree on somethings the president does but agree on others! Criticism is not unique to this president! I am STILL reading blogs that call Bush names. Are all attacks on Obama fair? No! At the same time all are not unfair either! I restate, I agree we should all support this effort! None of these troops asked to go but they went on behalf of all of us, whether we agreed with the mission, war or whatever!

      February 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • Joi Gibson

        Point taken Steveo.

        February 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
      • Steveo

        Thank you, Joi

        February 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • John

      The majority of us do not hate BO, we hate his policies. He shoved healthcare down our throats and has almost half the states in the country sueing the governmnet. He handled the church/abortion issue terribly and he has the leaders of the church sueing the governmnet. He had to be involved with Fast and Furious or he had to know about it. People were killed because of what our governmnet did. Mandates involved with his "green energy policy" is throwing BILLIONS down a rat hole. The whole "I saved the auto industry" is a farce. He saved the union and gave them ownership at our expense. Have you seen the commercial for the Volt, you know, the car America had to build that freaking explodes when it gets in an accident? BO has authorized $10,000 rebate per car – when GM already has a 10-year, 48 billion dollar tax break? How about his support of OWS when they were assulting police officers. I can go on and on. If you do not understand why the majority of working Americans want this guy out of office you are definitely missing something...

      February 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • John

        BTW, even though I quoted facts you libs will most likely make some reference about hate. If you are thinking about doing that look in the mirror tell it to that person.

        February 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • sara

        YOU and your likes want "This guy" out of us. The majority has eyes wide open and will vote for him in 2012. You can listen to Fake News all you want and repeat talking points that's used to brainwash trolls like you, but don't group me together. I will vote for "this guy" come November. Why? Because of people like you. Bush damaged this country at home and aboard and all you racist idiots can do is criticize this presidnet who is the only elected person fixing the damage. I didn't hear a "peep" from your likes when Bush was destroying this country. He distracted you with unjust wars and terrorist, slowly twisting your brain....so you didn't see the Stock Market falling, housing market falling, unemployment rising to the point of losing 750,000 jobs per MONTH. This was a process that happened...it didn't just happen in 2008, so you can so while "I was hooping and hollering" the bad, tuff sh! I was being had"!
        I hate the policy weak excuse is a sure sign that you are a racist! Matter of fact, "that guy" was the one...you know the one who bailed out the financial sector, paid billions on the backs of dead soldiers to his cronies with their no-bid contracting work in the war areas, and high tailed it back to Texas. It appears you have misplaced anger. Keep it and rot!

        February 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • chiefjgmac

      And remind me, where were you for the 8 years prior to Obama's coronation???

      February 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • chiefjgmac

      FLIndependent "I would like to know what exactly what you haters expected of this man that he so deserves your utter disrespect. Without a Congress that will work with him.......".

      I don't hate him, just his policies. And it seems to me that when he took office his party controlled both the House and the Senate. And one more thing, the 'do nothing' Congress that President Obama is attempting to run against is actually Harry Reid, leader of the 'DEMOCRATIC' Senate that refuses to get anything dine. I just wish our President would show both sides of the story. Last time I checked, he was elected as the President of the United States of America........not the democratic states of america.

      February 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  6. Txjack

    @ FLIndependent or shall I say Obmaite

    I will tell you why Obama is a Liar, thief and a scam.

    Why has be not allowed the release of any of his school records. Even college?
    Because he was at the bottom of the class.

    The only reason that Obama is sitting in the White House is:
    George Saros bought the election and put Obama in the White House.

    And his reelection has been bought and paid for again.

    Obama will never do anything about the gas prices except let them rise.
    He has NO interest in having the gas prices go down.

    Saros and Big Oil are raping us now and will continue to do so for the next 4 years.

    How else do you explain a Jr Senator who had to claim Child care credit on his tax returns.

    And now that he is in the White House is claiming Foreign Tax Credit in excess of 1 million.

    And he will NOT provide detailed info on what they are either.

    The only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit.
    So explain one I dare you.

    February 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • John

      Libs won't touch this post, other than calling you a name. None of this matters to them. Just like when BO talked about his Muslim Faith.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • Txjack

        you are rght

        February 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • Independent Voter

        No John you are wrong.

        February 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • Scott

        Well, 1, he never talked about being a Muslim, so you made that up. And 2, even IF he was a Muslim, how would that change him to something different than how we see him now? You do realize we have freedom of religion in this country? I know people like you and Rick Santorum don't like it, but people are allowed to practice whatever religion they want in this country, and we cannot and should not discriminate based on someones religion, but I guess you guys do that in Texas. Maybe you should have succeeded from the the country when Perry wanted to after Obama was elected.

        February 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • sara

        The president has never said he was a Muslim. But, if you saw that interview and had really low comprehension skills, you would probably interpret it that way. See, this is why school and education are important, instead of laying off teachers and closing schools.

        Got to go and watch Martin Bashir. Bye

        February 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • tnwoman1948


        "liberals won't touch BLAH, BLAH, BLAH" because it is FULL of USELESS Fox "News" talking points not worth responding to is why commenters on this article are IGNORING it.

        February 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
      • Youvebeenduped

        John, I guess you haven't seen this about the you tube video that people like you claim he said he was a muslim. Most of us know it was edited, but you need to catch up. read this and appologize.

        March 7, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Michelle

      Your basis for hatred are not even based upon anything that is true. Unfortunately, you are one of many who have fallen victim to the spin machine out there. What President has EVER had to show anyone his school records? President Bush has publically said he wasn't one of the best in his class. Have you demanded to see just where he was? President Obama was the president of the Harvard Law Journal – an honor that few obtain. Dummies don't get that.

      As to someone buying him an election – every vote counts. I learned that from Senator Bob Dole, who my mother used to wor for. I certainly didn't get paid to vote for Obama.

      Next is your complaint about gas prices. Go to any reasonable discussion about that and you will find that we've done more drilling under Obama than we did under Bush. The fact of the matter is oil is internationally tied together and its far more complicated than I think you'd be able to understand given some of your remarks. I'm not calling you dumb, I am just saying, its impossible to reason with someone with your mindset. But, if you think anyone can get us $2.00 per gallon gas, then I rest my case right there. Before I move on, you should bear in mind that republicans are desd set against doing away with government subsidies for oil companies.

      I don't know what planet you live on, but the President's tax returns have always been available. Its the law.

      I gather from your username that you are from Texas. And so I gather you are a fan of Rick Perry. That explains a lot.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • Independent Voter

        Michelle....bless your heart....but you do realize you are talking to a brick wall. Some people just enjoy hate.

        And to TX JACK....there is no such thing as "Jr Senator" That’s a made up term by the media. A Senator is a Senator.

        And Mr TX JACK….try getting those facts right before you open that mouth…who knows…you might just learn the truth.

        February 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
      • Txjack

        Every vote does count.

        That is why the Obama backers registered ever Dallas Cowbay team member to register in AZ or did you forget that.
        As far as the president of the Harvard Law Journal big deal. My co-worker was president of the UT newspaper.

        As far as Rick Perry I am not a fan.

        If Obama is so honest and great then why I ask you
        Has Obama be not allowed the release of any of his school records. Even college?

        And why and where is he getting these Foreign Tax Credit?
        As president shouldn’t he set an example and keep the money in the US.

        February 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Scott

        Hey Txjack

        Why would I want to see or care about the Presidents record in school? What does his record in school have to do with his killing of public enemy number 1? Or bringing almost 2 years of consecutive private sector job growth. I live in Florida, so if you want to talk about buying elections, remember 2004 when our former Gov. Jeb helped get his Brother elected when several democratic counties ballots simply vanished??

        And you do realize EVERY presidential candidate has millionaires supporting him, right? So why is it ok for Romney or Santorum or Gingrinch to get millionaires to support his campaign but not Obama? ohh yeah, the black thing. I forgot about that one.

        February 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
      • Howard

        Yeah Michelle ... talk about HATRED !!! ... You must be referring to the scathing attacks and non-stop trashing of President Bush ... and, the vile and disgusting defamation, by the democrats, of the Palin family. They even smeared her young daughter. Thankfully, the Republicans have the decency not to do the same to Obama's daughters !!!

        February 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
      • Txjack

        The fact is the every President except for Obama has made their School Records available upon request.
        It is supposed to be a matter of public record.

        I guess that does not Obama as he is special.

        His very first official act as President was was seal his records.
        What is Obama hiding?


        February 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • youvebeenduped

        This supports your comments on gas prices. There is no mention of President Obama being the cause in this article. Oil speculators however are. The rich are trying to get richer by betting oil and gas prices will continue to rise.

        April 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  7. Txjack

    I salute all the troops.
    I served in Vietnam and they deserve the support we never had.
    But Obama is doing it just for the publicity.

    Right before he tells them sorry we have cut all your benefits.

    February 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Independent Voter

      Nope....you are wrong TX JACK and don't have the facts to support your statement. And that"s sad. Like many others...comments, yourstatment is nothing more than a person shoting off at the mouth.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • Txjack

        Really so explain the Foreign Tax Credit?
        and the 35 million that George Saros gave Obam.
        Or do you need a liek ot that fact as well.

        I have all my facts straight do you?

        February 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • sara

      You are one ignorant person.

      February 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • Lizzie

        Martin Bashir, who reads the talking points from Media Matters as if it was news??????

        February 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • chiefjgmac

      Welcome Home, Brother \.

      February 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  8. OBAMA2012

    TX JACK........I say this from the very bottom on Texas heart. Your nothing but a bitter redneck! As I recall when Obama took office gas prices were so high the Bush adm. was raping us. If you had half the education Obama has you might be worth listening too. It's rednecks like you that give all of us Texans a bad name. You need to look past your OLD and Angry way of thinking and will see a whole different world through reality glasses and not booze induced ones.

    February 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Independent Voter

      Now....now....OBAMA2012....be nice....TX JACK is special. He can't help being who he is.

      February 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Txjack

      The only reason my neck maybe red is because I work for a living.

      As I recall when Obama was given the White House Gas in Texas was $2.19 a gallon.
      As far as booze I don’t drink never did.

      Maybe you need put your swill down and get your facts straight.


      February 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
      • Scott

        You do realize that in modern day America, the president has no control over the trading price of oil, right? It's not like he's telling the gas companies, hey, I want to get reelected, so keep the prices high. THe only thing that is high right now is you my friend, for saying the silly things you've been saying on this page.

        February 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • sara

        Yea, I recalled paying 4.69 as recently as 2008. Get angry and advocate for alternative fuels

        February 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • Txjack

        @ Scott
        The sad part is you actually believe that stuff.

        I agree the president has NO control of anything in the US.
        However his handlers control everything.
        So as long as he does what they say it’s all good.

        Think about anyone in the US that tried to make a change.
        What did they get “a bullet in the head”.

        The big companies Oil, pharmaceutical ,etc. control what happens.

        February 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • Scott

        Txjack, what the HELL are you talking about??? No one ever said the President has "no" control over anything, just the price of gas at the pumps has nothing to do with anything the president does. And his handlers?? Is he an antique in a museum?? And yes, the big oil companies and pharmaceutical companies to control the prices, not the President. I'm glad you were able to come to your senses and finally realize you can't blame Obama for every problem in the country. I'm sure you would love to see Rick Perry in the White House, but fortunately, the rest of the US has more intelligence than you guys over in there Texas.

        February 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • jerry

      hey moron...2/28/2009 gas prices were 2.69 and they have never been that low since.

      February 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Txjack


        In Dallas Texas I paid $2.19 a gsllon on 12/02/2007.

        February 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Lizzie

      You do remember that during that time we heard 24/7 from then Sen.Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the socalled MEDIA that it was Pres.BUshes fault for gasoline being so high, where oh where are they now. The silence is deafening.

      February 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • chiefjgmac

      More like the very top of your A$$. You sir, and I use that term loosely, are a Jerk. If you are a Texan then you are the one that gives them a bad name. You must be a transplant. You are just like your namesake, POMPOUS A$$. Get over yourself. Have you ever, ..................................nevermind, not going there. Don't want to bring myself down to your level.

      February 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  9. lovetheusaorleave

    Just a quick question for the Obama folks. How in the world could anyone vote let along support whose very own policies allow for children of illegal immigrants (which makes them illegal's as well) be allowed to get "FREE" medical care, while at the same time he is reducing medical coverage on the men & women of our military forces both active and retired? The real kicker he is also reducing the benefits for those who lost a spouse while serving for this country.

    February 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  10. sara

    Not one REPUBLICAN has been ADVOCATING for the returning Soldiers of these Wars. This president and even the first and second lady has stepped to the plate and began to recognize them. Something that is Not mention by any other republican. Matter of fact, they're cranking up the rhetoric for another one, afterall, the only ones benefit is them and their buddies.

    What bill has the Congress put forward for these soldiers???? I thought so. Still waiting! I am the spouse of a disabled veteran and I just don't speak what someone's talking point is.....I pay attention and seek out the correct information.

    Good job, Mr. Presidnet and I will vote for you come 2012.

    February 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Nukesgt

      Sara, you are completely wrong about a lack of Republican support or advocacy pertaining to our returning troops. I am an Iraq veteran and could list out names, but you won't listen anyway so I won't. Try using google and typing in "George W. Bush Wounded Warriors". No bigger advocate than he is. I know, I know, you don't need to spew all the "Bush lied", yada yada, stuff. You won't actually look it up anyway or believe it. In the 12 years I served, 6 under Clinton & 6 under Bush, I have to say the treatment was much better the second half. All of my friends and family still serving say that it is now even worse under Obama than Clinton, but again you won't believe it or care.

      February 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  11. jerry

    they will not allow a parade..but they will give a dinner, I wonder if it will be a 2,000 calorie meal like they had last week? Or are they going to make the military suffer a michelle obama political dinner.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  12. Txjack

    Why has no one been able to answer the main question:

    Obama is the only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit.

    And he will NOT provide detailed info on what they are either.

    But all you do is insult me.
    just goes to show you how ignorant you really are.

    Defend someone that is hiding everything.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Txjack

      I did not think so.

      February 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Txjack

      Thank you could provide a good Legitimate answer..

      February 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  13. Txjack


    If the US is so smart then why is it that:
    – Texas has it’s own power grid independent of the rest of the US.
    – Texas has it’s own ports not and not dependent on anyone else.
    – Texas has it’s own access to fuel (even though it is high).
    – Texas execute the most prisoners in one month than any other state.
    – Texas has the lowest unemployment rate and the biggest job growth.
    – Texas defend our property and the right to bear arms.
    So come to Texas .

    February 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Please don't invite them, they just screw Texas over like they did the state they live in.

      February 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  14. OBAMA2012

    TX JACK....you must have alzheimers because when Bush left office 4 years ago gas prices were far from 2.19. what do you drive a riding lawn mower? I will gladly tell you that I work for a living as well since I turned 14 and am now 50 so dont pat yourself on the back to hard, your only doing what you should be doing. Born and bread in this God forsaken backwoods state and it has always been fools like you that tried to put your crazy ideas off on everybody else even if it meant lying about it. By the way I truly am a virgin to alcohol so stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Txjack

      Here we go more insults.
      That is why Obama likes you people so much.

      Well I do not know where you live nor do I care.
      I do know what I paid for gas on 12/02/2007.
      My accountant has the receipts.
      We operate an honest Harley shop here.

      Shortly after Obama took office that it started climbing.
      And here we are.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • chiefjgmac

      " OBAMA2012 "By the way I truly am a virgin to alcohol so stick that in your pipe and smoke it.".......
      I would much rather put what you are smoking in my pipe. Care to share???

      February 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
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      April 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  15. OBAMA2012

    tx jack.......fox news is requesting you on their blog. same mentality as you so you should feel right at home there. just because you put a website link on here doesnt make it truthful. FOOL.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Txjack

      So your telling me that a web site put out by our own Government makes what not truthful

      The only president in history to claim Foreign Tax Credit.
      And he will NOT provide detailed info on what they are from beside the word “Various”.

      February 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • chiefjgmac

      "OBAMA2012-fox news is requesting you on their blog......."
      And I have heard that you are a regular visitor to Morning Joe (Ed is up to late and didn't want you anyway) being used as Mika's brain trust. Or is it her foot rest???

      February 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  16. Thomas

    This election isn't on about race people. Its politics and nothing more. @ Sara calling people ignorant just because they are pointing out facts, along with saying that someone is "Racist" is totally uncalled for. That is a simple Red-herring. Obama has damaged this country more than any president in history. He double the NATIONAL debt. Went on 11 vacations to Hawaii, plays eighteen holes every Sunday. He created the Health care bill which raised our debt by 829 BILLION dollars. The 8% never dropped. People are still out of work. Obama is just using those that are collecting UNEMPLOYMENT as a STATISTIC. Not those that haven't been collecting unemployment. Obama also signed to have the Gov. to run for 2 weeks. Costing the U.S. Citizens about 2 TRILLION dollars. In OBAMA'S first term he's violated 3 amendments. The 1st, 6th, along with the 10th Amendment. He violated the 1st and 10th by creating the Health Care bill. There was a U.S. Citizen working working for the Taliban, Obama ordered people to go and kill him. That man didn't have a Speedy trial. (the 6th Amendment if you didn't know). Obama made a huge mistake of Announcing the Iraq war was over. That told the Taliban to retake the land, take Vietnam for example. About 1-2 years after we exited the country; Vietnam was taken over by the NVA. I'm going to bring this to peoples attention. The whole OSAMA BIN LADEN killing.... Obama did little to none of getting information. The information was obtained from water boarding (which isn't illegal to do at Guantanamo bay). This was achieved with the help of the BUSH administration. Obama has also had the Stimulus package. Which made it easy for students to take out loans or something? Really didn't help due to colleges raising Tuition. This raised the tuition of colleges. Obama had a choice to do all of this. Bush had to do it. He had 9/11, Catrina, and etc. Obama bailed out car companies, because they are "having trouble" Ford was the only company that didn't have a bail out. So why did foreign companies need a bail out? In addition to the Osama Bin Laden death, Obama sent in Seal team 6 to kill like 35 people. The U.S. and Pakistan aren't even allies. Obama is also going after the 2nd amendment if he were to be re-elected; when I mean going after the second amendment, I mean Obama taking away guns in the U.S. That is ripping out the teeth of the Bill or rights and Constitution of the U.S. Causing the U.S. to go to Socialism. He is also decreasing the Military when we're over in Afghanistan. Not smart at all. So as you can see Obama has never been a good president. He's nothing but a good debater. He's abused his power and needs to be out of office.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  17. chiefjgmac

    You mean, just another photo-op to try and get President Obama re-elected. As a Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran I am sorry to see the military being used for the President's election hopes. I for one will not support this.

    February 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  18. Joey

    One thing he could tell these vets is that they will be taken care of 100% without raising their Tri-care copays. War vets should always be taken care of, regardless of the war.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  19. george of the jungle

    I don't know where john is getting his facts but they are wrong. As usual a nice jesture made by the white house is being trashed by the crazy repos on this blog. unfortunate that they have to use every opportunity to find fault.Howard hve you ever said anything good about this president.? I have noticed none of the repos are saying anything good about the republicans running. Is that because none are qualified to hold the office? Mr and Mrs. Obama have put more effort into programs for our vetrans than the administration previous. And they where the ones beating the drums and getting us into this mess. Obama 2012

    February 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • jerry

      OMG... the obamas have done what? So much good, and what is that? ANY of the GOP runners have resumes much more respectable than O"Barry (or whom ever he is)...hands down. Any of them will take obama apart...it will be something to watch...I just can't wait.

      February 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm |