Monday, June 6, 2016 marked the 72nd anniversary of the Normandy landings, but Barack Obama offered no official remembrance, according to the White House website page on “Speeches and Remarks” for that date.
The president, however, did find time to honor another “fighting force,” this one comprised of the Denver Broncos, who won the last Super Bowl. “Let’s give it up for the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos,” he said to applause in the Rose Garden on Monday. “We have some big Broncos fans in the house, including Mayor Hancock from the great city of Denver, outstanding members of Congress, the delegation.”
According to the White House schedule, Obama also found time on Sunday to issue a statement marking the beginning of Ramadan. He started by issuing “best wishes” to Muslims in America and around the world before going on to observe:
For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity across communities. Each lesson is profound on its own, and taken together forms a harmonious whole. It’s also a time of year that brings some of the best dishes to the table across the world as families and neighbors gather for iftar.
Here in the United States, we are blessed with Muslim communities as diverse as our nation itself. There are those whose heritage can be traced back to the very beginning of our nation, as well as those who have only just arrived. Doctors, lawyers, artists, teachers, scientists, community organizers, public servants, and military members, each night will all break their fasts together in cities across America.
He also issued a statement on Sunday marking the 35th anniversary of HIV and AIDS in America. He used the remarks as an opportunity for self-congratulation for his signature health care law, saying it has “resulted in millions of individuals gaining affordable, high-quality health coverage – all without denial for pre-existing conditions like HIV.”
Sad that he could find time to for this but not for so much as a word of gratitude for the thousands who lost their lives on D-Day to gain a foothold on Hitler’s Europe in the effort to free the continent from Nazi Germany. The White House, ABC News said, did post a video of a wounded warrior who was nearly killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
Former baseball star Curt Schilling reacted strongly to the snub, writing on Facebook: