Never means not EVER ….. Liz

So Dick Cheney once again has his ‘chip off the block’ attack hound debasing President Obama’s recent excursion to Dover Air Force base for the dignified transfer of some 18 Americans killed recently in Afghanistan.  The AP designated it as “a dash” although President Obama was there for about 4-1/2 hours – hardly a dash in my book.

No matter what Liz Cheney or that other idiotic fuck, Rush Limbaugh, state:

Obama’s predecessor, President George W. Bush, visited the families of hundreds of fallen soldiers but did not attend any military funerals or go to Dover to receive the coffins. In a 2006 interview with the military newspaper “Stars and Stripes,” Bush said he felt the appropriate way to show his respect was to meet with family members in private.

Or not playing golf.  What a fucking sacrifice that must’ve been, eh?

Lawrence O’Donnell was subbing again for Keith Olbermann and came out swinging fiercely against Liz Cheney’s lies:

LIZ CHENEY (RADIO AUDIO): I don’t know why he went to Dover. I mean, I think that clearly it is very important for a commander-in-chief, whenever he can in whatever way it possible, to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers, our fallen military folks. But, I think, you know, what President Bush used to do was do it without the cameras, and I don’t understand sort of showing up with the White House Press Pool with photographers and asking the family if you can take pictures. I just… that’s really hard for me to get my head around—I think it’s an honorable and important thing for us to pay tribute. There’s no greater sacrifice people make to the nation. But, it was a surprising way for the President to choose to do it.

As Lawrence so graciously pointed out and Liz apparently felt obligated to leave out – that “honorable and important …. sacrifice people make to the nation” apparently wasn’t honorable or important enough for her own father.

And a reminder, Mr. Cheney successfully sought out five deferments from the draft to avoid having to serve his country in the Vietnam War. Mr. Cheney’s fifth and final deferment a result of his wife’s becoming pregnant with Liz. Mr. Cheney was granted a 3A status, the hardship exemption by his draft board, which was available to men with children at that time.

Maureen Dowd’s latest column confronts the lies of Liz Cheney as well.  She quotes the mother of Sgt. Dale Griffin, whose casket was that which was photographed and videoed that windy morning at Dover.

“Unless we can see the images and look into the eyes and the faces of those are sacrificing, we forget.”

That was the whole point, Mrs. Griffin, under the Bush administration rules governing the transfer of the fallen at Dover Air Force base.  That was the point.

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Oh…and for the record if the Griffin family hadn’t agreed to the media being present at the transfer of her son’s body, we’d only have the print version of President Obama’s 4-1/2 hour “dash” off to Dover.

On a clear fall night, the president had zipped to Dover on a 40-minute helicopter ride from the White House. He immediately sat down privately with all the family members in a base chapel.

The solemn process of transferring remains of 15 soldiers and three Drug Enforcement Administration agents unfolded in four separate movements. Obama took part in all of them. A chaplain offered prayers for the fallen, the crews that brought them home, the families who lost a loved one, and a nation embroiled in war.

On a clear fall night, the president had zipped to Dover on a 40-minute helicopter ride from the White House. He immediately sat down privately with all the family members in a base chapel.

The solemn process of transferring remains of 15 soldiers and three Drug Enforcement Administration agents unfolded in four separate movements. Obama took part in all of them. A chaplain offered prayers for the fallen, the crews that brought them home, the families who lost a loved one, and a nation embroiled in war.

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