CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed a Gold Star Dad Thursday, creating an awkward moment after asking about President Barack Obama calling him after his son’s death at a time when Obama was not president.
Tapper, in an interview with Gold Star father Paul Monti, asked about President Obama calling him after his son, Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti died in Afghanistan.
Tapper asked, “So you received a call from President Obama after Jared was killed, did you find comfort in it? Or is the whole thing just so painful it doesn’t even really matter?”
Monti answered, “Well, first of all, set the record straight, I received a call from President Obama three years later when my son was approved for the Medal of Honor.”
“Oh…great, okay, good point,” Tapper said.
“Yeah. that’s when he called,” Monti said.
“Okay. Well, let me ask you about the fact that he didn’t call you after Jared was killed. Four men were killed on that horrible day in the summer of 2006 on Hill 2610. Did it bother you that you didn’t get a phone call from President Obama? Or actually, it was 2006, it would have been President Bush. Did it bother you…?”
Monti answered, “President Bush.”