Obama to Skip Wreath Laying Ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington but will be back in time to honor Paul McCartney

President Obama went to Arlington Cemetery to lay the wreath last year, but this year Obama’s handing the wreath to Plugs and heading off to the more welcoming political climes of Chicago:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to spend a long holiday weekend in Chicago.
The White House says Obama and his family will travel to their hometown on Thursday and stay through the weekend. It will be their first trip back home since a visit for Valentine’s Day weekend in February 2009.
On Monday, Obama is scheduled to participate in a Memorial Day ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.
In Obama’s absence, Vice President Joe Biden will participate in the customary wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.

Obama will however make it back to Washington in time next week to honor Paul McCartney, who has sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy.
Boy, I’m starting to think that West Point speech wasn’t from the heart.
via Michelle Malkin » AP: Obama to Skip Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington on Monday.


  1. 36 U.S.C. 116 US Code – Section 116: Memorial
    (a) Designation – The last Monday in May is Memorial Day
    (b) Proclamation – The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation –
    (1) calling on the people of the United States to observe Memorial Day by praying, according to their individual religious faith, for permanent peace
    (2) designating a period of time on Memorial Day during which the people may unite in prayer for a permanent peace
    (3) calling on the people of the United States to unite in prayer at that times; and
    (4) calling on the media to join in observing Memorial Day and the period of prayer
    At one time we must have truly believed in prayer as a nation for the designation prayer in the designation prayer is used 4 times in a Presidential Proclamation

  2. I actually knew who the beatles were when I was a kid. And when I was 18, I thought they were more important than anything else in the world. I grew out of it. It is so scary that our Commander in Chief thinks that Paul McCartney is more important than paying tribute to our veterans. My God! He’s not the smartest kid on the block, or the toughest kid on the block, or the most interesting kid on the block. He’s a European socialist who cares only about idiology, and a failed one at that. I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but I would kiss his feet if he would take over from this fool! And that is the only word to use for him, he is a complete fool, and if there is anyone left after his presidency to write history that fact will clearly be documented.

  3. Shame on Obama, Reagan and Bush. The laying of the wreath on the tomb of the unknown is the responsibility of the Commander in Chief and should not be delegated to the VP or anyone else.

  4. So, you folks are upset that Obama is following in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush by delegating this duty to his VP some years, rather than following the example of William Jefferson Clinton, who never missed a Memorial Day visit to the Tomb of the Unknowns? Sounds like you need to do some research.

  5. President Obama:
    I have been reading that you will NOT be attending the Ceremony of the Laying of the Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. How wonderful it is to see the President ot the United States of America to follow the great traditions of the Bush Administration and NOT attend.
    Good for you, I say this with great sarcasm because it goes to show that not even the President himself is willing to support our soldiers, is willing to RESPECT the tomb of which just in case you did not know this, is an HONOR to GUARD and PROTECT this piece of GREAT HISTORY.
    Its ok, please set the example for your daughters so that they too, do NOT attend.
    You have disappointed me greatly.
    For the record, I am CANADIAN and I if I could would attend this ceremony. I have been the wife of an American Soldier, I have supported the families, and the soldiers themselves. I have been there when needed.
    Do you possibly think that you could learn if a Canadian can attend that you can as well? Afterall you ARE the President.
    Enjoy your holiday, many a families will be in mourning for the loss of their family member/s
    You enjoy the laughter, and your family.
    You see Mr President, they are alive and well I suspect all healthy for the most part. But for the families that will be at this ceremony, for the families in church praying they suffer everyday.
    I use to say its not how you lost your loved one..but its the fact that they are gone.
    But as I have seen things that are quite disturbing, its very much how they lost their lives. In the case of our soldiers it was to keep peace in the United States of America.
    Its respect for their uniforms no matter which Military Branch they serve under.
    I will be in school back home here in Canada but trust me Mr President I will remember those we lost, and those that I thank god will return.
    God Bless Us

  6. The Paul McCartney concert is June 2nd I believe,He will lay a wearth at the Lincoln National Cemetary. I guess it was ok for Reagan 1983, Bush I 1992 ( Played golf in Maine), and Bush II in 2001 ( was vacationing in AZ) to miss Arlington also?? At least he will be at a National Cemetary and not someplace else.

    • No he wont be at a national cemetary for memorial day, he will be at an elementary school. Its time America woke up and saw him for what he really is a Communist and nothing more

      • ELWOOD, Ill. (AP) – Torrential rain, including lightning, thunder and wind, forced a delay in a Memorial Day observance featuring President Barack Obama at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Illinois.
        Obama took the stage at midday under the cover of a large umbrella to tell people that “a little rain never hurt anybody” and that officials would make an announcement soon about whether the program would continue.
        Obama asked people to return to their cars for their safety, as he waited out the storm nearby.
        Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

      • Well, being that elementary schools are not open on Memorial Day, and the Lincoln Memorial Cemetary is, I would tend to believe the later.

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