Home » Rapper’s Family Got Personal Note From Obama, Fallen SEAL’s Families Get Form Letters
Last year when rapper Heavy D collapsed and died in Los Angeles, California, Barack Obama had a personal note delivered that was read at the funeral conducted by Al Sharpton. However, when Navy SEALs were killed in a crash in Afghanistan back in August 2011, their families received a effortless form letter.
At the funeral of Heavy D, Obama’s letter read,
“We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.”
Now don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with the personal note to the family here. In fact, it is a good thing. But seriously, as Commander-in-chief, something that Obama wanted us to remember about him because he kept saying it over and over his first year in office, he should balance things out with a bit more than a form letter to such brave men as were killed in what was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in Afghanistan at the time.
While many men and women have lost their lives in the current wars our country continues to engage itself in, time could have been taken for the families of these brave men to have received a personal note from the Commander-in-chief that sent them into harm’s way. But instead, Obama chose to take time out for an overweight, yet talented rapper.
ABC’s Jake Trapper reported,
The White House did not dispute that the letters were form letters, but that would appear to not be unique to this president. A 2003 Newsweek story reported that the sympathy letters grieving families had received from President George W. Bush were “form letters. With the exception of the salutation and a reference to the fallen soldier in the text, the letters the families shared with me are all the same.”
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was in 2004 criticized for using an auto-pen to sign condolence letters to the families of fallen troops. At the time he issued a statement saying, “I wrote and approved the now more than 1,000 letters sent to family members and next of kin of each of the servicemen and women killed in military action. While I have not individually signed each one, in the interest of ensuring expeditious contact with grieving family members, I have directed that in the future I sign each letter.”
I realize that in times past many servicemen have died and lots of form letters have gone out to families due to the sheer magnitude of the numbers of deaths. That ought not be the case now. We are not losing hundreds or thousands a day. This simply demonstrates where Barack Obama’s priorities are. He considers himself a celebrity, a Washington-Hollywood superstar. Sadly he is neither that, nor is he even capable of being president of the United States, though he sits in the Oval Office.