Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Return of Class to the White House

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

President Donald J. Trump takes his role as Commander-in-Chief seriously. He never served in the American Armed Forces, but is a commander that accepts the responsibly of his position. This week, the President made an unannounced trip in order to pay tribute to a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed last weekend in Yemen.

In a statement released by the President; “Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said in the statement. “The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world. My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member.” 

Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, 36, from Peoria, Illinois, was assigned to an East Coast-based Special Warfare unit. “Ryan gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service,” said Defense Secretary James Mattis. “The United States would not long exist were it not for the selfless commitment of such warriors.”  Chief Owens was the first known U.S. combat casualty since President Trump took Office.

Chief Owens joined the Navy in 1998, was awarded two Bronze stars, a Joint Service Commendation and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, among other honors. He died during a nighttime raid on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula early Sunday in southwestern Yemen. The raid yielded, according to the White House Press secretary, "an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil."  
William Ryan Owens

President Trump’s trip to Dover Air Force Base was shrouded in secrecy. The president was joined by his daughter, Ivanka, and Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.). A small group of journalists traveled to the ceremony on the condition that the visit was not reported until his arrival. The president met privately and offered his condolences Owens' family during his two-hour visit to the base.

The ceremony to receive the remains of Chief Owens family was a private one as they had requested that it be closed to the media. They waited for the C-17 carrying Owens' remains to touch down. President Trump was impressed by the military ceremony for returning the deceased to their family, later describing the ceremony as "very sad, very beautiful."

1 comment:

  1. Just reading Trump's tweets this morning, all of this is undercut (and this wasn't unusual or exceptional for US Presidents going back generations) by going after a judge who decided against him as a "so-called" Judge. This simply an idea that cannot get off the ground, as Trump is easily the most declassé President in a hundred years and more. Born rich in Brooklyn, it's clear his "inner hillbilly" drive his responses.

    If it weren't for the egregious assaults on the Constitution already launched just in the first two weeks of his tenure, the story would just be how embarrassing it is to have a caricature of white trash culture now reside in the White House. Unfortunately, we have much more serious issues to worry about in Trump wrecking good things all over the world than his utter lack of class.

    He's always been the "not good enough" punk from Brooklyn who was looked down upon by "old money" elites in Manhattan. Class is what he resents. Fidelity with his base he gets, but that is solidarity with the uneducated angry whites animating him. Should confused with anything like class.

    Just read his tweets or watch his speeches - let's follow Trump's classy lead and pray for Arnold Schwarzenegger's ratings, as he invited us to during -- get this, all the class! -- a National Prayer Breakfast. He doesn't even have a modicum of class needed to be self-aware enough to realize how awful his words and deeds are on a daily basis.