I have not nor will I ever believe a word that comes out of the Obamas’ mouths when one or the other are standing in front of our Troops or meeting with the Military families. Saying you support the Military and will make sure they have all that was promised them does not have much meaning when you then cut them off at the knees where it matters most - Pay and defense.
Apparently I am not the only one who has reservations about the sincerity of the FLOTUS:
From Foreign Policy:
When I ran an item last week that was critical of Michelle Obama, it provoked the most responses of anything I’ve ever posted on this blog. Some of the responses made it clear to me that many people don’t understand what the big deal is. So I asked one Army wife (her husband used to be an Apache pilot in the 82nd Airborne, and is now a major in the medical branch) to explain. Here is her response:
By Rebecca Noah Poynter
Best Defense guest columnist
“I’m a military wife. We don’t mind that America doesn’t know the 685,000 of us. We learned during that first deployment years ago that there are times in the middle of the night when there is no one to talk to assuage the loneliness, the frustration and the chilling worry that in fact nobody might really care.
But we really thought Michelle Obama did — because she told us so. She visited our bases during the campaign. Then, in May, she said in an Army press release that, “I promise you that I will use every ounce of my energy to make sure that America always takes care of you.” Then she suggested Americans should take us to lunch for Military Spouse Appreciation Day….”
(You can read Rick’s article mentioned above here. Be sure to read the comments there - you’ll understand the complete disconnect that exists between civilians and military folks.)
As of today this is what is posted on the MSCA Page:
A Message from the DoD
In the days following the announcement of a temporary pause of the Career Advancement Account - MyCAA - we have heard your feedback, suggestions and concerns.
We are pleased to announce that the MyCAA program will resume operations on March 13, 2010, at 12 p.m., noon (EST), for military spouses who currently have existing MyCAA accounts. Those who have an existing account will have access to the entire Web site, including the ability to create and have financial documents approved.
We are currently developing long-term options for the program and expect to announce the details soon. Until then, no new accounts can be created. During this time, Military OneSource Spouse Education and Career Consultants will continue to be available to provide education and training, career exploration, assessment, employment readiness and career search assistance.
Tommy T. Thomas
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
Military Community and Family Policy
“…Obama noted that April is the Month of the Military Child, and said military children also serve by staying strong when a parent deploys or sometimes even making the ultimate sacrifice if a parent is lost in action.
Obama said that while all the recognition is justified, it must be backed up by action. As first lady, she said she will keep urging Americans to do their part to support the military.
“Every American can do something, whether it’s something as simple as just saying thank you when you see one of our troops in your community,” she said…”
Oh yes, the first lady is real good at telling Americans what to do, as is her husband. Unfortunately, most of what comes out of their mouths are “just words”.