One more slap

What part of respecting family wishes do you not understand, Mr. President?

If this had been GW, the press would be aghast, agape and agog over the insensitivity. From the AP [emphasis mine]:

A White House photographer was allowed to take and widely distribute a photo from the ceremony Tuesday for the return of the remains of 30 American troops killed in a weekend helicopter crash in Afghanistan despite the Pentagon’s claim that any public depiction of the scene would violate the wishes of bereaved families.

News media coverage of the ceremony had been banned by the Pentagon over the objections of several news organizations.

Pentagon officials had said that because 19 of 30 of the American families of the dead had objected to media coverage of the remains coming off a plane at Dover Air Force Base, no images could be taken. In addition, the Pentagon rejected media requests to take photos that showed officials at the ceremony but did not depict caskets.

It’s bad enough that SEAL Team 6 families felt exposed after Joe Biden stuck his foot in his mouth and couldn’t leave well enough alone with “special operations forces.” It’s bad enough that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs had to address family security concerns. But this, this takes the cake, Mr. President. You epitomize narcissism.

And by the way, that’s a pretty craptastic salute you’ve got there.



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