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President Barack Obama visits with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, many of whom have just returned from Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Fort Drum, N.Y.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama visits with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, many of whom have just returned from Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Fort Drum, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  

Obama flubs on Medal of Honor recipient

President Obama got his Medal of Honor recipients mixed up today, accidentally referring to a posthumous recipient as alive.

Speaking in upstate New York to troops at Fort Drum Thursday, the president was remembering the times he spent with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

“Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a president, I’ve always run into you guys,” Obama said. “And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.

“First time I saw the 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.”

Jared Monti was killed in Afghanistan on June 21, 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009.

When contacted about the gaffe by CBN reporter Dana Ritter, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “At Fort Drum, the President misspoke when discussing the first Medal of Honor he presented posthumously to Jared Monti, who was a member of the 10th Mountain Division. The President paid tribute to Monti in his remarks to troops in Afghanistan in March 2010. Last year, the President presented the Medal of Honor to Salvatore Giunta, who was the first living recipient of the Medal who served in Afghanistan.” (Mullen calls Afghanistan drawdown risky)

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. It is awarded to military service members only in cases of “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”

  • Tess_Comments

    The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. One would think that OBAMA would take a few minutes to get the information right on the recipients.

    What No teleprompter?

    To all who serve in any branch of the US Military, Thank You for your service.

  • Questionman

    The problem is this:  the most innocuous mistake is still horrifying when made in the wrong circumstances.  Asking a non-pregnant lady when she is due would be a classic example.  It does not matter how harmless the question is.  It does not matter how pregnant the lady looks.

    You have made a horrific error, for which you should turn beet red and apologize profusely.

    The same logic applies here. This a sad excuse of an argument! Getting someone’s name wrong means Obama is a poor excuse of a human being? That’s disgusting talk is worst than passing this off as a “mistake”. Not to mention demanding the military to become disrespectful racists like here from the right!

  • 8second.ride

    He should be on national television tonight begging the military for forgiveness. My God, if you can’t get the names and circumstances of our heroes correct, you’re pretty much worthless.

  • glenng2

    Of course he flubed up he’s an Idiot! What did you expect?

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  • mcgirv

    Without his teleprompter he’s full of surprises!

  • OldNavyChief

    As retired Navy, this guy makes me want to vomit every time he goes near a military reservation. Mr. Photo Op.

  • oc in nc

    Obama says,”Throughout my service” ( as if he served.)

    “first as a Senator”( where he voted present.)

    “then as a presidential candidate”( still in campaign mode.)

    “and then as a President,I’ve run into you guys” ( When it’s convenient for photo ops.)

    In my opinion he is not worthy to award this honor.

    He probably thought his slip up was HUMOROUS.

    More I,Me,My.Disgraceful.

    • Funderburk

      Well said oc in nc, well said.

    • Funderburk

      The left will explain his gaffe as cute, or misspoke. Now use that same situation if a conservative would have said that? Heck, what am I saying, the coonservative would have known better then to dishonor or make a foolish remark about any military soldier.

      Just shows the public how the left accepts anything this President says. Also I hate our President refering to anyone as “you guys”. The highest position in the land and he sounds like a fool when he speaks.

      • oc in nc

        I agree “You guys”. Is foolish.As if he is an equal.

        He is the boss.

        But he sounds like a mob boss.”Use guyzzzz”.