As most of America did last Tuesday, I watched the inauguration of our nation's first black president, Barack H. Obama. I watched a little of the pre-swearing in activities, the swearing in and inaugural speech and then some of the parade activities. I did not bother to watch live broadcasts from the inaugural balls, which really did not interest me all that much. What did interest and disturb me a little was an article that was posted at http://www.clevelandleader.com/print/8627. I have posted the article below.
The gist of the article is that our new president opted not to appear at what should have been one of the most important Balls on his agenda that evening - The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball.
The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball was begun in 1953 for President Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration. The event recognized recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. There were 48 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance, who were undoubtedly disappointed by the Commander-in-Chief's failure to show. Over the past 56 years and 14 inaugurations, no President has skipped this event - until now.
It was the party without all of the celebrities that Obama skipped. The very people who he sought to have support him during his candidacy and campaign, who have fought to protect this country, were snubbed in favor of publicity and the opportunity to rub shoulders - yet again - with the out-of-touch Hollywood elite.
If President Obama is truly planning to be a president for ALL the people, perhaps he should consider, in the future, those people who have sacrificed more than most of us to preserve the freedom in this country which allows us to elect our leaders freely.