If you grew up reading the Children’s Magazine “Highlights” in your Family Doctor’s Office like I did, you will remember the educational cartoons featuring “Goofus and Gallant”, which demonstrated the right and wrong ways of handling the situations that life throws at us.
The following is a “Goofus and Gallant” comparison for adults.
CBS News posted the following story on its website on October 12, 2012…
President Obama on Friday honored the four Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, recalling their lives in deeply personal terms and declaring the United States will never pull back on its principles or “retreat from the world.” “Their sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Mr. Obama said as four flag-draped cases rested near him. He had come to witness the return of those slain in the assault on the American diplomatic mission, including the U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens.
In the heat of a presidential election year, the scene was a gripping reminder of the danger facing Americans in diplomatic and military service every day, and of the turmoil in an incendiary region of the world that continues to test Mr. Obama’s leadership.
Always in the background, campaign politics gave way to a sense of sheer loss. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s voice broke as she spoke before the president.
“Today we honor four Americans who gave their lives for our country and our values,” Clinton said.
CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reports Clinton’s attendance was a very personal mission for the secretary because she’s said she sent Stevens to Libya and knew it was a risky assignment. Clinton appeared to be fighting tears as she listened to the president.
“They knew the danger, and they accepted it,” Mr. Obama said. “They didn’t simply embrace the American ideal. They lived it.”
In addition to Stevens, the ceremony also honored three other Americans killed in Benghazi — Sean Smith, an Air Force veteran who worked as an information management specialist for the State Department; Glen A. Doherty, a former Navy SEAL who worked for a private security firm and was protecting the consulate in Benghazi; and Tyrone S. Woods, also a former Navy SEAL who had served protective duty in various U.S. posts.
Said Mr. Obama of all four men: “They embodied it: the courage, the hope and yes the idealism, that fundamental belief that we can leave this world a little bit better than before. That’s who they were, and that’s who we are. If we want to truly honor their memory, that’s who we must always be.”
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pause for a moment of silence in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sept. 14, 2012.
CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reports eight busloads of people from the State Department traveled to the ceremony.
The transfer of remains came three days after an attack on the consulate, one of a series of assaults on U.S. outposts in Muslim countries that U.S. officials blame on an anti-Muslim video made in the United States.
On February 1, 2017, Foxnews.com posted this story…
Assuming the somber duties of commander in chief, President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip Wednesday to honor the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a weekend raid in Yemen.Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, a 36-year-old from Peoria, Illinois, was the first known U.S. combat casualty since Trump took office less than two weeks ago. More than half a dozen militant suspects were also killed in the raid on an Al Qaeda compound and three other U.S. service members were wounded.
More than a dozen civilians were also killed in the operation, including the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric and U.S. citizen who was targeted and killed by a drone strike in 2011.
Trump’s trip to Delaware’s Dover Air Base was shrouded in secrecy. The president and his daughter, Ivanka, departed the White House in the presidential helicopter with their destination unannounced. A small group of journalists traveled with Trump on the condition that the visit was not reported until his arrival.
After returning to the White House, Trump commented on the trip at the swearing-in of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
“I just returned from an amazing visit with a great, great family at Dover,” Trump said. “It is something very sad, very beautiful. Ryan, a great man.”
Marine One landed at Dover shortly before a C-17 believed to be carrying Owens’ remains touched down. The president met with Owens’ family during a two-hour visit to the base. The sailor’s family had requested that Trump’s visit and the return of Owens’ remains be private.
Former President Barack Obama lifted a ban on media coverage of the casualty returns, though families may still request privacy. A spokeswoman at Dover said about half of families choose to allow media coverage.
Owens joined the Navy in 1998 and was the recipient of two Bronze stars, a Joint Service Commendation and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, among other honors. In a statement following his death, the Navy Special Command called Owens a “devoted father, a true professional and a wonderful husband.”
President Barack Hussein Obama was known for turning everything he did into a photo op honoring himself. From sending out pictures of himself sitting in Rosa Park’s Bus to turning the arrival of the coffins of the four Americans who were murdered by Radical Islamists that horrible night on the grounds of the U.S> Embassy Compound in Benghazi , Libya, Obama made sure that the television news cameras were present , somehow believe that the more Americans saw him “doing Presidential Things” the more that they would believe that he “had the chops” to lead our Sovereign Nation.
After all, it was all about him.
President Donald Trump, on the other hand, in his Inaugural Address told America that it was all about US. That this was OUR country and we were in this thing TOGETHER.
Those who believed that they could use Trump’s speech to get hammered by taking a drink every time that he said “I”, like they used to when Obama spoke, had the most sober day of their lives.
While on the outside , he remains the bombastic American Businessman and Citizen Statesman that average Americans grew to love during the campaign, on the inside, he is a thoughtful compassionate leader who cares very deeply about the American people and those who are protecting us from our enemies, giving up their very lives in order to secure our American Freedom.
Unlike Obama, Trump does not view our Brightest and Best as Lab Rats to be used in Social Experimentation. He views them as our sons and daughter to be respected, honored, cherished, and solemnly and privately mourned when they give their lives for a flag when some think nothing of defiling.
Donald and Ivanka Trump took no cameras or entourage of reporters with them when they went to meet the returning coffin of Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens…just the gratitude of a grateful and respectful Commander-in-Chief and the citizens of the country which he sacrificed his life for.
Indeed, it’s nice to have an AMERICAN President again.
Until He Comes,