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 Hollywood elite.

Follow-up story: American Legion Acknowledges That Obama Failed to Attend the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball

Comments

I don't think that is the change we were looking for.

" I don't think that is the change we were looking for. "

But, it is the change we could foresee before we elected him.

Ken
North

Ken,
Perhaps there were so many Inagural Balls that it would have been impossible to attend. Do you think he even knew about all of them? Was this ball held in Washington, DC? There were inagural balls held all over America. Perhaps some people just try to drag up half-truths or lies or just to be negative. Someone has now started sending out email about this. Why don't we just pray for him and his adminstration.

Paul

Paul,

For the past 57 years EVERY PRESIDENT has made it to this ball. These are the people who have made it possible for you to be typing your inane and insipid thoughts here and who have made it possible for you as well as the MSM to make every blunder of this fraud someone else's fault.

You will forgive everything this person does because you have been brain washed not to think that "The One" can't make any mistake, and when he does, its not a mistake its "change", and if the "change" is wrong it must be right wing conspiracy nuts.

Try actually thinking for yourself hon, no matter how much it hurts. This Obamanation cares nothing for the country, the Constitution, nor your civil rights, he is out to party until the country falls apart and spend your money, like its a blank check.

Are you kidding me? He missed this Ball and now his entire presidency is a sham and he does not care about the country, the Constitution or our Civil Rights? Reality Check please!

There was nothing said that he didn't care for the country. Just the people representing that country overseas he obviously doesn't care for. If he's failed to be notified about this ball, then I'd actually question who's keeping him "informed."

This is a shame. Period. You can't defend it. No one can. I've already lost 4 friends in this war and none of them earned a MOH. It's a shame that the President cannot honor a medal only the congress is authorized to award.

People who have never served their country in uniform, tend to talk about their friends sacrifice, or their daddy's sacrifice, etc. Let's here about your sacrifice. How many days have you spent in uniform. I spent 1,825 days. If You are so patriotic, you should sign up or shut up.

i take it no one watched nbc on january 20th. this ball was called the commander in chief ball and he and mrs obaba each danced one dance with a soldier. plus he also spent time talking to the boys. the poor loosers can always find something to push the guy in the ground. i taped the better part of the inauguaration and went back to make sure i was watching the right thing. amen to sign up or shut up.

Obviously you have never served your country nor have you done a very good job researching this topic. The "Commander in Chief Ball" is NOT the same as the "Medal of Honor Inaugural Ball"; the Commander in Chief Ball was held to salute our "current" troops overseas, and their families, it has nothing to do with receiving the Medal of Honor. Perhaps you should google Medal of Honor Inaugural Ball, and you will find out that Obama did NOT attend, VP Biden was the one that attended.

hey balls!
why dont you and your liberal mouth kiss our ass in uniform you prick!

He doesn't care about this country,it's all about his liberial agenda. The Obama administration is corupt. They can't even find any liberials that pay their taxes. It' been one big drama after another since he's been in office.

to smyers1945 thank you for saying what I feel. Amen

I spent time in uniform. Our Commander and Chief is in charge of the troops. He should have been at the Ball like all the other Presidents before him.
Mr. Obama lacks the knowledge to lead.
Although I served my country, I expect nothing from this President. . By not appearing at the Ball, Mr. Obama must not have felt the very people who made it possible for him to be elected President in the first place where not worth his time or his effort to honor or thank. I assume he never studied history because if he did he would have gone out of his way to honor those who died for his freedom... Instead, he chose to ignore them. What a shame we elected such a man to lead our troops into harms way....

jim,
first i want to thank you for serving your country in a time when our own people gave shit about us in uniform.....you deserve a medal of honor for serving in that time! second, i totally agree with you on your blog....i have served 17 years in the military and am still in, i have fought in 2 wars.....and the majority of the americans are appreciative of that fact...but then there are the liberal pussies that have had their bread and butter all their lives while people like us made it possible for them to be pussies! i salute and thank you and God bless!

i totally agree with you! i have spent 6205 days and am still in defending this country while the "liberals" of this country that have NO idea what is going on are like sheep being herded off to slaughter....

President Obama attended the Commander in Cheif ball where many wounded veterans and MOH winners were in attendance where he said "It is wonderful to be surrounded by some of the very best and bravest Americans," the President said. "Your courage, grace and your patriotism inspire us all. To you, and to all those watching around the world, know that as president, I will have no greater honor or responsibility than serving as your commander in chief." You should be ashamed of yourself for not doing your research. I am currently serving in Iraq and do not feel slighted in the least. As a matter of face neither did the American Leigon....From The American Legion's point of view, the new President's
absence was understandable considering the unprecedented logistical
challenges presented by the vastly increased number of visitors to this
inauguration and the necessary attendant security measures. The National
Adjutant of The American Legion states that, as an organization, The
Legion does not feel offended or "snubbed" by the President's
failure to
appear.

Obviously you missed the part about this being the highest honor in the Military and the part about no president has missed this even in 56 years. He's too worried about putting his name and face out there to worry about what's important.

Maybe he wuz busy of somthen. Give the man a breek . I think the country needs to support his way of doing things.

Here is the future of America ladies and gentlemen, illiterate and uneducated. And to think he is allowed to vote.

Exactly! To me, opens everywhere should mean that it actually opens everywhere. It amazes me that Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Rachel Getting Married, The Reader, and Revolutionary Road sexy lingerie bedroom furniture is actually playing where I live but The Wrestler is not! How is that even possible

this isonly part of his new change read his books and tell me what he really cares about Dusty

All Obama cares about is power and the Hollywood Elite.
I think it is disgraceful!!

If you have been paying attention to what has been promissed and is now happening, you would know better!

I don't feel that a president or anyone should be forced to attend anything he/she doesn't want to. It doesn't mean they don't care. These balls to me are saying look at me look what we/I did for you. Come on people grow up we are not 5yrs old and that is how you are acting. I feel he is/will do alot for this country better than Bush did. Remember 9/11 should never have happened Bush was warned about it and did nothing so who is the true jerk here?

I'm curious to know exactly what makes you think that President Bush was warned about 9/11. I have heard far fetched conspiracy theories on this but none make total sense. You are right however that the president shouldn't be forced to attend any balls or parties that they don't want to go to. That's not the issue though. None of the previous presidents have been FORCED to go to this ball. It's just a show of appreciation to those who have risked their lives for our country. It goes much further than presidents. Any who have attended any military balls would know that military balls are often attended by local distinguished visitor's such as mayors etc... Men and women in the military never ask to be recognized, congratulated, or thanked for what they do...But when they are, it makes them feel like what they are doing is actually being appreciated. All in all, this was a great show of President Obama's true character.

Go to 911truth.org. It will expand your mind to the possibilities that not all things concocted by Hollywood about "what would happen if the president tried to create a terrorist attack to justify the patriot act or a war to go in and get oil"...are phony.
I believe this documentary because for one it was a non-profit organization who made this movie, all proceeds of those who pay to download it (which is small fee) goes to victim's of 9/11. Too many coincidences like a Bush was head of security at the WTC, 2 weeks before 9/11 employees and security guards noticed weird evacuations of certain floors for no reason, the owner of the buildings bought a multi-billion dollar insurance policy on 9/10 to pay him in the event the building was "hit by a plane".....hmmm. Oh yeah, if the pentagon was hit by a plane, where were the wings or the impact of the wings....at that speed the building would have looked like a plane went through it, why does it look similar to pics of SCUD missiles we used in our attack in 1991 against Iraq? Don't be so closed minded to think that things like this aren't possible, we live in such a sheltered world where the media is controlled by our government, why is it that every firefighter on LIVE tv that morning said it blew up and collapsed like a building set to go off for demolition, yet hours later in the day, it was changed to "it was so hot the heat from the fuel melted the metal"....it's fishy and I don't trust anyone in the Bush administration and I question the intelligence of everyone who defends this man.

If no plane ever hit any of these buildings then where did all the dead people who were on the planes come from? Did Bush kill them too? How much time do you have on your hands to come up with these "creative" theories? Why would you believe everything you see on tv or the internet??? You do know that most movies aren't real and just for entertainment? Please free yourself and actually start thinking for yourself. And we will soon see if you will question ANYONES intelligence when you see how "well" your president does. Maybe you should start questioning your own intelligence instead of insulting someone eles.
And back to the point, are we really suprised that he didn't go to this ball? He has NO experience, no military background, and obviously none of his liberal friends told him how which balls would be the most important because it wasn't important to them either. I'm not at all shocked, or suprised and I don't think most of Americans are either. So in short, I say we should pray for him and our country... it is truely needed!
And thank you to all who have served and are serving this country. I keep you all in our prayers. Thank you for protecting this country and protecting our rights and most of all our families. You are all are truely heros. May God bless each and every one of you.
Trish

Give me a break
9/11 was planned and put into motion long before Bush was in office. Bush was no great President but if Clinton had acted more responsible instead of worrying about how he could rip the taxpayers off and who he could pardon for money then the attack would not have happened. As far this new Dumbacratic in office we will have to wait and see, me he is batting .500 right now. Some good and some bad. I did not vote for him because he is a politician first and foremost. I do not think he has the experience on the world stage or this country to lead the US effectively which means the cronies will be making the choices for him. Time will only tell.

This has nothing to do with Bush nor 911, STAY ON SUBJECT! this is talking about Obama being the first president in over 50 years to miss the most important ball. The Medal of Honor recipients are the people who have shaped this country and proteected us throughout WWI, WWII, Korea... and so-on. No one is ever forced to attend these balls, however as THE president of the FREE nation it his HIS DUTY to pay his respect to the people who have kept it FREE! He is "supposed" to LEAD by example, and he has not been doing a great job at that. This is why kids growing up these days are so out of whack, their goals are to be famous and be part of the "Hollywood scene" because it appears so lavish, and the Obama's are just adding more fuel to that fire. Maybe if you had lost a close friend or family member to a war or even had one lose a few limbs you would feel a little different. The USA is blinded by glitz and glorry, insteas of reality. People like you are killing our nation by undermining the blueprint that we built this country on.

Amen, Oboma is a disgrace to the human race, end of story. He is about as American as Hitler, and cares nothing about its foundation. He used his color to get elected not his experience or knowledge, and that is not a racist statement because he is half white that is something no body wants to hear!

Linda, first read history go back to school but at least make an educated answer, Clinton knew about the threats , Bush had just taken office, gosh girl get a grip LMAO

If you must stay on the topic of 9/11 then know that Clinton supplied the money and weapons to the taliban and built them up in afganistan. lets really focus blame where it lays. You should be on your knees thanking God that we had such a competent leader such as President Bush to guide us through such times as 9/11

I pray to God that we never get another President like Bush. He broke most of the laws in nation of laws. The only thing Bush was competent was breaking laws and getting away with it.

Tundra, Tundra, Tundra, my oh my oh my

Bush did not break any laws he just used presidential power that no other president has used before which were put in the constitution. Secondly Iraq was harboring terrorist and Bush said at the begining anyone who harbors or aids terrorist is an enemy of the united states. I don't agree with everything Bush did but I think he did a good job considering everything that happend when he was in office. You can't compare him to other presidents because no other president has faced what he did in office. and let stay on topic please this is about Obama slapping the Medal Of Honor recipients in the face.

Bush did NOT protect this country, he FAILED!
BUSH did not capture Bin Laden- he has FAILED!
Did Iraq attack us? NO, BUSH is a war criminal!

You shouldn't tell people w\hat they should know when you don't know what you're talking about. It was Reagan and Bush I that funded the Taliban to0 fight the Soviets. Clinton opposed them.

It was reagan who supplied weapon to Bin laden. Bush senior wasn't even in office yet. Wow!

He is "supposed" to LEAD by example, and he has not been doing a great job at that. This is why kids growing up these days are so out of whack, their goals are to be famous and be part of the "Hollywood scene" because it appears so lavish, and the Obama's are just adding more fuel to that fire. Maybe if you had lost a close friend or family member to a war or even had one lose a few limbs you would feel a little different. The USA is blinded by glitz and glorry, insteas of reality. People like you are killing our nation by undermining the blueprint that we built this country on.

Well why are you talking about 9/11 and who or what bush new. Had Clinton put his !@#$ back in his pants when the Uss cole was nearly sunk and gone after the taliban and bin laden in full force then 9/11 may have never happened . but he was to worried about public opinion.

As far as the MEDAL OF HONOR BALL goes , why would any president regardless of how he feels about the military not pay his respects to the men and women that made it possible for him to be elected and for our freedom. He should have paid his respect to our heros first and foremost

Yeah, you are another glittering gem of colossal ignorance liberal. Are you serious about President Bush knowing about 9/11 prior to the attack.? The President Messiah should look forward to meeting a member of the military who has been awarded the Congresional Medal of Honor. They represent the way our men and women of the United States military love this country. You have never been in the military and have no idea what you are talking about, not to mention having served in a combat zone. People like you are clueless. President Bush was not perfect, but he kept this country safe. The 9/11 people were trying to knock out the financial infrastructure of the USA. if this ever happens, there is no economics, no foreigh policy, no nothing. Even you should understand this.
The USA is the Land of the Free because of the Brave. You libs are total morons.

Michael
Vietnam Vet and Damned Proud of It

I am also a Vietnam veteran. I know Bush was warned about this attack. My nephew , who is a colonel in the Philippine intelligence service told me that both he and Clinton were warned of this after they uncovered the plot and it was ignored. If you believe that this government is not so corrupt as to allow these things to happen for their own purposes then you are nieve and need a reality check. It will be coming soon. By the way, I don't trust any of these politicians.

Bill

Hmmmm about the comment: "My nephew , who is a colonel in the Philippine intelligence service told me". That screams "SECURITY BREACH!!!" I'm just saying.....

Your wrong it was Clinton who knew all the problems and did nothing

Thanks Michael for your service to this country. You are right about President not being perfect but his biggest mistake was trying to appease those left wing nuts called liberals. When the Democrat party does more to protect their political club than they do to protect our country and constitution we are in trouble and their actions will provide job security for our service men.
Bill

Thank you for having the cajones to serve your country, and not run to Canada as Slick Willie did. But, I digress......

Blo-Bama did the first blunder, of countless to come, I'm sure. This is what happens when the ignorant masses elected a "nothing", just a pretty face, an eloquent rabble-rousing speaker with not an ounce of fortitude behind him.

Obama: All Sizzle, No Steak....

serving their country including AWOL Bush. Cheney had how many deferments? Rumsfelt too. Look at all the members in Congress and see which side has more members who have served their country.

If you had a brain you would realized that prior to Bush was the "Great and Lovable Clinton". He slashed the Military and Intellegence services to some of their lowest levels. If you watched C-span videos, you would've seen Democrats swearing that Saddam had WMD's. Yes, maybe Bush didn't do the greatest job, but Slick Willy was about everything except the Presidency and was selling anything for a buck.

What Clinton did is going to look like child's play compared to what Obama and the Democrat Congress is going to do to Our Wonderful Nation. Remember when he went overseas to visit the troops at the hospital and was told he could visit but, couldn't talk the press cameras with him. So, what did he do? He went to the gym to exercise for the cameras. For Obama it's the same as Clinton but on a much Grander scale.

Obama says Americans are out of touch with the rest of the world and we need to be more charitable. The American people are the most charitable in the world and we respond faster than most other nations when there is a catastrophe any where in the world. Total all contributions from given other nations citizens and American citizens and see who is more charitable.

So, don't make excuses for Obama, he's going to ruin this country with promises of taking care of your lame butt and others cause you're too lazy to be a proud America citizen and live up to the expectations of what our forefathers envisioned and what you could be.

Our Founding Fathers were not perfect and they knew it but, they gave us what no other country in the world really has. And that's Freedom and Choice.

Enough said.

uh, get the facts straight. Clinton was warned before he ever left office. Bush had to clean up Clinton's mistake. Obama doesn't care about our military just his own "power" to turn our FREE country into a socialistic country. WAKE UP AMERICA!

Right wing nut case alert!