Friday, September 23, 2011

Why actors should not be making speeches

At the Liberty Medal Awards ceremony for former defense secretary Robert Gates.

Army Wives actor, Kim Delaney, was going to give a speech. Reportedly her teleprompter broke and she was left to wing it. Well, she's an actor. She needs lines.

So what does she do? She just rattles off a bunch of nonsense. Totally lost for words. Come on. Can't she say anything intelligent? Did she know nothing about Robert Gates or the ceremony? Apparently not.

"I'm not an Army wife, but I play one on TV."

Kim did manage to say some things. Like how she was in the military. How she saw wounded soldiers returning...

Unfortunately, they were all lies. Well, let's be kind. it was "Make Believe."

La-La Land needs to seriously get a grip on reality and stop treating stars as if they are experts on current events. They're not. They don't have anything special just because they are celebrities.

Eventually they pulled her rambling self offstage. Maybe they should think twice before putting people like her onstage in the first place.

Watch the painful episode below.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lincoln's "Bixby Letter," Civil War, 9-11

President Lincoln during the Civil War on November 21, 1864, wrote a letter to a mother who had lost five sons. Here's a transcript of that letter to Mrs. Bixby, of Boston.

"Dear Madam,
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of a republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

On the tenth anniversary of 9-11, former President George Bush recited it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Obama gets no applause from military officers until prompted.

Just found this clip recently. It happened August 5, 2011. In fact, many outlets are just now getting this footage.

It shows President Obama coming into a group of Naval Officers to give a speech. When Obama was introduced, no applause was forthcoming from the officers.

Having none of this, the admiral by Obama's side, decides to tell the officers they can cheer. At which they did, but it looks really weird.

The same thing happened to President Bush in June 2005, and the news media was all over the story. Trying to paint the military as disrespectful and not willing to honor Bush. Of course that would be their take.

But why not now? Why not make the same stink about President Obama?

Military officers should not be cajoled into cheering for a president. It's phony, and way out of military character.

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