Yes, Republican and Democratic Presidents have both done it — loaded up the balcony with people for their State of the Union speeches. The President will say something about the guest and point up at the balcony and the Senators and Representatives stand and applaud. It is true the heroes in the balcony do deserve our admiration.
But I am beginning to wonder whether it is fair to these guests for Presidents to load up their balcony with these guests. Are these people being used as political props? Using people is horrible to do to them. Sure, they love going (now) and I don’t blame them and I want them to have fun and be honored — but later on, when the nation has failed them, I wonder how they feel about being a guest of the President at the SOTU. I know how one feels — read the article below. She feels betrayed and I can understand why, can you?
And adding to the above is the silly charade where Democrats and Republicans sit together at the SOTU to suggest there is bipartisanship. We just aren’t that dumb, are we? If there were bipartisanship, we would have a product…and we would not have them ignoring their responsibilities and ignoring deadlines (deadlines they set themselves!) I would much prefer REAL leadership and REAL product to a screen shot of a Democrat sitting with a Republican. How about you?
PS – I assume not all guests feel betrayed but I hate to read that even one does.
Fort Hood Hero Says Obama ‘Betrayed’ Her, Other Victims
By NED BERKOWITZ and BRIAN ROSS
Feb. 12, 2013 —
Soldiers Denied Purple Heart, Other Benefits After Military Classifies Shooting as ‘Workplace Violence’
Three years after the White House arranged a hero’s welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of.
“Betrayed is a good word,” former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”
“Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she said. “In fact they’ve been neglected.”
There was no immediate comment from the White House about Munley’s allegations.
Thirteen people were killed, including a pregnant soldier, and 32 others shot in the November 2009 rampage by the accused shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, who now awaits a military trial on charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder.
Tonight’s broadcast report also includes dramatic new video, obtained by ABC News, taken in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, capturing the chaos and terror of the day.
Munley, since laid off from her job with the base’s civilian police force, was shot three times as she and her partner, Sgt. Mark Todd, confronted Hasan, who witnesses said had shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire on soldiers being processed for deployment to Afghanistan.
As Munley lay wounded, Todd fired the five bullets credited with bringing Hasan down.
Despite extensive evidence