Michelle and Jill: We heart the troops and families even though we hate what they do!

From Parade Magazine’s cover story last Sunday, an interview with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden regarding their newfound passion for military families: 

JILL BIDEN: It would create a lot of patriotism, you know, that feeling I had as a child. We just need to say to America, “Wake up. You need to support these families and we need to lift them up and really value them.”

And the truth is, I think that’s how most Americans feel.

BIDEN: Yeah, I agree.

OBAMA: If you stop anyone on the streets — we’re not at that point anymore and we’ve grown as a country.

Beyond the Vietnam War mentality.

BIDEN: Exactly, exactly.

OBAMA: You can hate the war but value the troops.

Emphasis mine. That really says it all, doesn’t it? We’ve grown as a country in Michelle’s eyes because her husband was elected.

You cannot “hate the war but value the troops.” It’s not possible to “value” them or their families if you have no respect for what they do or why they do it. To pretend otherwise is condescending, irrational and the epitome of fakery. But then again, we’re talking about Michelle Obama. Makes sense, huh?

Related: Michelle and Jill on tour, helping military families (or something like that)  and The plot thickens on Michelle and Jill’s magical help-military-families tour


6 Responses

  1. This just blows me away. We cannot “support the troops” if we aren’t willing to support the things they have to do to achieve the objective. Thanks for pointing out the outrageousness of these statements. I’ve linked to this post at Pecan Cornertoday. 🙂

  2. “hate the war but value the troops.” this little nugget of lefty wisdom drives my husband crazy. He says it’s because that doesn’t make sense, but I don’t think it’s the real reason.

    I think you can make the division, ie, respect someone for being willing to fight your nation’s wars for you, but not respect an administration’s particular decision to act.

    the problem is, most of the folks who say it, don’t really feel that way. Deep down, they still think of soldiers as baby-killers. That’s my guess.

    • I’m with your husband on this one. I see your point, respect for the troops and loathing for the administration’s actions as possibly distinct (as per Edge of the Sandbox’s kinetic action comment), though I agree with the assessment that the folks who espouse the line aren’t sincere about it, though.

  3. You can also hate a kinetic military action and value the troops. LOL!

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