Sunday, September 28, 2008

"I Have A Bracelet, Too--and They Don't Want Me to Wear It"

Ol' Barry doesn't stop at being a pol.

He's friggin' despicable.

Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son's name on it

Radio host Glenn Moberg of the show "Route 51" asked Mr. Jopek, a man who believes in the efforts in Iraq and is not in favor of Obama's positions on the war, what he and his ex-wife think of Obama continually using their son's name on the campaign trail.

Jopek began by saying that his ex-wife was taken aback, even upset, that Obama has made the death of her son a campaign issue. Jopek says his wife gave Obama the bracelet because "she just wanted Mr. Obama to know Ryan's name." Jopek went on to say that "she wasn't looking to turn it into a big media event" and "just wanted it to be something between Barack Obama and herself." Apparently, they were all shocked it became such a big deal.

But, he also said that his ex-wife has refused further interviews on the matter and that she wanted Obama to stop wearing the reminder of her son's sacrifice that he keeps turning into a campaign soundbyte

I'll take Palin any day.

HT: The Hatted One


Mike Plaisted said...

Yeah, right...

Obama’s reference to fallen soldier fitting, mother says
She had told campaign not to use his name
Associated Press
Posted: Sept. 28, 2008
The mother of a Wisconsin soldier who died in Iraq says she was “ecstatic” when Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama mentioned during Friday’s debate the bracelet she gave him in honor of her son.

Tracy Jopek of Merrill said Sunday that she was honored that Obama remembered Sgt. Ryan David Jopek, who was killed in 2006 by a roadside bomb.

She criticized Internet reports suggesting Obama (D-Ill.) exploited her son for political purposes.

Jopek acknowledged e-mailing the Obama campaign in February asking that the presidential candidate not mention her son in speeches or debates.

But she said Obama’s mention on Friday was appropriate because he was responding after Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, said a soldier’s mother gave him a bracelet.

“I’ve got a bracelet, too, from Sergeant — from the mother of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek, given to me in Green Bay,” Obama said during the debate. “She asked me, ‘Can you please make sure another mother is not going through what I’m going through?’ ”

“No U.S. soldier ever dies in vain because they’re carrying out the missions of their commander in chief. And we honor all the service that they’ve provided.”

Jopek says Obama’s comment rightfully suggested there’s more than one viewpoint on the war.


Just keep pretending you don't know the real story.

Brian Dunbar said...

Just keep pretending you don't know the real story.

We might infer that the father is against it, the mother for.

Whose will should prevail, if this is the case?

At any road - we all know that it's a political thing when Senator Obama wears, and refers, to the bracelet.

Me, I'm not real thrilled about it; when I was in the Marines we knew our mission was, ultimately, political. But having that shoved into our faces by having our sacrifice used this way feels like a raw deal.