Obama Snubs Nation's Heroes, Becomes
the First President to Skip Ball Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients in
Over 50 Years
Barack Obama may have stumbled over
his words briefly during his inauguration, but he made an even bigger
blunder later Tuesday evening. The newly sworn-in 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.
The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball is
sponsored by the American Legion, and co-sponsored by 13 other veteran's
service organizations, including those such as the Paralyzed Veterans of
America and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Instead of attending this ball
honoring our nation's heroes, Obama was busy making stops at 10 other
official balls. Obama and his wife's first stop was at the Neighborhood
Ball. From there they went to the Home State Ball for Illinois and
Hawaii, the Commander-in-Chief Ball, the Youth Inaugural Ball, and the
Home State Ball for Delaware and Pennsylvania. They finished off the
night with brief appearances at the Mid-Atlantic, Western, Midwest,
Eastern, and Southern regional Balls.
Celebrities were a plenty at the
balls, with Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Mary. J. Blige, Faith Hill, Jay-Z,
Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, will.i.am, Sting, Mariah Carey, and Leonardo
DiCaprio in attendance at the Neighborhood Ball. In addition, the other
nine balls also featured a star-studded lineup including Kanye West and
Kid Rock at the Youth Ball, Marc Anthony at the Western Ball, and Cheryl
Crow at the Western Ball.
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