Obama awarded Pentagon’s medal for distinguished public service Sarah Palin criticized the decision, saying “this is what happens when you grow up thinking every kid gets a trophy.” -Washington Post
President Barrack Obama recently received a medal from the Department of Defence. The medal for Distinguished Public Service was awarded by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
The award was well received by those around Obama, but not by his critics who used the award to further criticize the President during his last days.
Among these critics were Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Palin criticized the decision Wednesday night, saying “this is what happens when you grow up thinking every kid gets a trophy.” She shared a Breitbart News Network story with the sarcastic, if incorrect, headline: “President Obama awards himself Distinguished Public Service Medal.”
Obama said Wednesday that he has had “no greater privilege and no greater honor” than serving as commander in chief of the U.S. military. Presidents and service members take a similar oath, he said.
The award is actually a rather common one, as many senior officials have gotten it, especially, recently. Two previous presidents received it, one after the other. It recognizes, “exceptionally distinguished service of significance to the Department of Defense as a whole or distinguished service of such exceptional significance.”
“The service or assistance may have been rendered at considerable personal sacrifice and inconvenience that was motivated by patriotism, good citizenship, and a sense of public responsibility,” a fact sheet said.
Obama said he had “made a promise [to serviceman], which to the best of my abilities I tried to uphold every single day since. That I would only send you into harm’s way when it was absolutely necessary, with a strategy and well defined goals, with the equipment and support that you needed to get the job done. Because that’s what you rightfully expect and that is what you rightfully deserve.”
In fact Obama did not configure various campaigns this way. Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria are places where servicemen are not being properly prepared. In fact, there is a good deal of evidence that Obama helped found and maintain ISIS, which is functioning as the enemy of those very same servicemen.
Conclusion: Obama accepted the medal because it helps build up his reputation with those who don’t closely follow administration politics. But for those who do, Obama’s apperent gratification is as insincere as the look on his face. He doesn’t deserve such an award and he knows it.