Trio who thwarted terrorist on Paris bound train honoured by Obama

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    Sep 18, 2015 5:23 AM GMT
    In Paris they received a Medal of Honour for their bravery by Pres. Francois Hollande. Then Pres. Barack Obama called them to the Oval office. As they sat in a couch in the Oval office, Obama praised them. He said they are America's best and stopped a catastrophic attack putting their own lives at risk. Obama said, it is because of people like them that the World surely has a brighter future.
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    Sep 18, 2015 3:06 PM GMT
    They are certainly to be commended for taking the action they did, but Obama is about the last person who should be commending them. I'd call this more of an on-the-coattails-photo-op for him than genuine praise for doing what he would hardly have done if he were in their shoes at the time. His closing comment has a gross irony about it that is hard for anyone familiar w/ his dismal record to stomach.
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    MGINSD saidThey are certainly to be commended for taking the action they did, but Obama is about the last person who should be commending them. I'd call this more of an on-the-coattails-photo-op for him than genuine praise for doing what he would hardly have done if he were in their shoes at the time. His closing comment has a gross irony about it that is hard for anyone familiar w/ his dismal record to stomach.


    Yeah because the Shrub created ISIS and Obama got Bin Laden.
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    MGINSD saidThey are certainly to be commended for taking the action they did, but Obama is about the last person who should be commending them. I'd call this more of an on-the-coattails-photo-op for him than genuine praise for doing what he would hardly have done if he were in their shoes at the time. His closing comment has a gross irony about it that is hard for anyone familiar w/ his dismal record to stomach.


    I thought you had a bit more class than that - obviously not. By all means criticize Obama on his political record, but it is very poor form to attack a president for performing state duties like this. Had he not commended and met with these guys, doubtless you'd have been bitching about his lack of respect for them. As one of them, Spencer Stone, put it, "It doesn't get much better than meeting the President of the United States".
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    MGINSD saidThey are certainly to be commended for taking the action they did, but Obama is about the last person who should be commending them. I'd call this more of an on-the-coattails-photo-op for him than genuine praise for doing what he would hardly have done if he were in their shoes at the time. His closing comment has a gross irony about it that is hard for anyone familiar w/ his dismal record to stomach.


    Seems a bit harsh. Obama has invited sports heroes and military heroes to the white house. And it he called these guys right after the event and CNN reported weeks ago that this visit was in the works. I think these guys enjoyed the photo op. I know I would've.
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    Sep 19, 2015 2:55 PM GMT
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    MGINSD saidThey are certainly to be commended for taking the action they did, but Obama is about the last person who should be commending them. I'd call this more of an on-the-coattails-photo-op for him than genuine praise for doing what he would hardly have done if he were in their shoes at the time. His closing comment has a gross irony about it that is hard for anyone familiar w/ his dismal record to stomach.


    Seems a bit harsh. Obama has invited sports heroes and military heroes to the white house. And it he called these guys right after the event and CNN reported weeks ago that this visit was in the works. I think these guys enjoyed the photo op. I know I would've.


    True enough, woodford, but in Obama's hands even state duties and what may be meant as sincere appreciation come across as staged and phony. That is, again, nothing against these 3 men who behaved bravely and decisively.
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    True enough, woodford, but in Obama's hands even state duties and what may be meant as sincere appreciation come across as staged and phony. That is, again, nothing against these 3 men who behaved bravely and decisively.

    Staged and phony? Like GW Bush having solid rows of American flags and young US service members at attention in uniform behind him? For no other purpose than to provide a patriotic backdrop?

    Bush used our military shamelessly for every photo op he could. I don't wanna hear about Obama without you also mentioning Bush, nor Reagan, who started this disgraceful pattern.
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    Sep 19, 2015 4:39 PM GMT
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    photo troops Lyndon_Johnson_greets_American_troops_in_Vietnam_1966_2.jpg
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    Even back to

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    Sep 19, 2015 4:45 PM GMT
    So they've all done it. Even less reason, then, to single out Obama for doing the same thing.
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    Sep 19, 2015 4:49 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidphoto troops harry truman airborne.jpg
    photo troops jfk_troops_AP.jpg
    photo troops Lyndon_Johnson_greets_American_troops_in_Vietnam_1966_2.jpg
    photo troops nixon_military.jpg
    photo troops - jimmy carter.jpg

    Even back to

    photo troops Lincoln_visiting.jpg

    Visiting our troops in the field is a commendable Presidential duty that has existed since the founding of the Republic. After all, the President is the Commander in Chief. Using our troops as posed background props on stages is not honorable, however, a disgraceful practice begun during the Reagan years, and perfected under GW Bush.
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    Sep 19, 2015 4:56 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree saidphoto troops harry truman airborne.jpg
    photo troops jfk_troops_AP.jpg
    photo troops Lyndon_Johnson_greets_American_troops_in_Vietnam_1966_2.jpg
    photo troops nixon_military.jpg
    photo troops - jimmy carter.jpg

    Even back to

    photo troops Lincoln_visiting.jpg

    Visiting our troops in the field is a commendable Presidential duty that has existed since the founding of the Republic. After all, the President is the Commander in Chief. Using our troops as posed background props on stages is not honorable, a disgraceful practice begun during the Reagan years, and perfected under GW Bush.


    You didn't write the above. Who did? Not enough hate in it to be you.
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    Art_Deco said
    Visiting our troops in the field is a commendable Presidential duty that has existed since the founding of the Republic. After all, the President is the Commander in Chief. Using our troops as posed background props on stages is not honorable, however, a disgraceful practice begun during the Reagan years, and perfected under GW Bush.


    You didn't write the above. Who did? Not enough hate in it to be you.

    Nor not enough understanding in you, between troops serving in the field, versus troops collected and artificially posed on a stage behind the President, like political puppets. One is noble, the other insulting to the military, like performing in a comic opera.
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    Sep 19, 2015 5:53 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    freedomisntfree said
    Art_Deco said
    Visiting our troops in the field is a commendable Presidential duty that has existed since the founding of the Republic. After all, the President is the Commander in Chief. Using our troops as posed background props on stages is not honorable, however, a disgraceful practice begun during the Reagan years, and perfected under GW Bush.


    You didn't write the above. Who did? Not enough hate in it to be you.

    Nor not enough understanding in you, between troops serving in the field, versus troops collected and artificially posed on a stage behind the President, like political puppets. One is noble, the other insulting to the military, like performing in a comic opera.


    Only insulting if it's a Republican, right? We gotcha and have long gotten ya.
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    Sep 19, 2015 11:20 PM GMT
    These 3 guys are an example of American exceptionalism.

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    Sep 19, 2015 11:59 PM GMT
    See? Typical Obama. He's probably a francophone too. Mon dieu!

    Vive le france! ;-}
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    Sep 20, 2015 12:16 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    Art_Deco said
    freedomisntfree said
    Art_Deco said
    Visiting our troops in the field is a commendable Presidential duty that has existed since the founding of the Republic. After all, the President is the Commander in Chief. Using our troops as posed background props on stages is not honorable, however, a disgraceful practice begun during the Reagan years, and perfected under GW Bush.

    You didn't write the above. Who did? Not enough hate in it to be you.

    Nor not enough understanding in you, between troops serving in the field, versus troops collected and artificially posed on a stage behind the President, like political puppets. One is noble, the other insulting to the military, like performing in a comic opera.

    Only insulting if it's a Republican, right? We gotcha and have long gotten ya.

    And do you have the Democratic examples? I would guess a lot less staged and offensive to the military than the Republicans were doing.

    But then you never served in the military, did you? So perhaps your sensitivity to this topic is less than mine, and to other veterans here.
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    Sep 20, 2015 2:31 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    freedomisntfree said
    Art_Deco said
    freedomisntfree said
    Art_Deco said
    Visiting our troops in the field is a commendable Presidential duty that has existed since the founding of the Republic. After all, the President is the Commander in Chief. Using our troops as posed background props on stages is not honorable, however, a disgraceful practice begun during the Reagan years, and perfected under GW Bush.

    You didn't write the above. Who did? Not enough hate in it to be you.

    Nor not enough understanding in you, between troops serving in the field, versus troops collected and artificially posed on a stage behind the President, like political puppets. One is noble, the other insulting to the military, like performing in a comic opera.

    Only insulting if it's a Republican, right? We gotcha and have long gotten ya.

    And do you have the Democratic examples? I would guess a lot less staged and offensive to the military than the Republicans were doing.

    But then you never served in the military, did you? So perhaps your sensitivity to this topic is less than mine, and to other veterans here.


    Your claimed "sensitivity" in no way mirrors mine and, unless you've polled every other Vet on this site, has no basis for comparison w/ any others'.
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    Sep 20, 2015 2:36 AM GMT
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    True enough, woodford, but in Obama's hands even state duties and what may be meant as sincere appreciation come across as staged and phony. That is, again, nothing against these 3 men who behaved bravely and decisively.

    Staged and phony? Like GW Bush having solid rows of American flags and young US service members at attention in uniform behind him? For no other purpose than to provide a patriotic backdrop?

    Bush used our military shamelessly for every photo op he could. I don't wanna hear about Obama without you also mentioning Bush, nor Reagan, who started this disgraceful pattern.


    No, "staged and phony" like your unrelenting posts about yourself and all your wonderful accomplishments, from single-handedly funding HRC to your helpful hints for what must surely be the most doleful cocktail parties ever put on - if never attended - by anyone. I'd mention opera buffa, but that might prompt you to post some more nudes of yourself, which I think we can all do w/o. And, tell Mathew Brady I said hi.
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    Nov 05, 2015 2:53 PM GMT
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    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/11/04/man-arrested-in-sacramento-stabbing-of-french-train-hero/

    CBS/APA 28-year-old man was arrested in the stabbing of a U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terror attack, police in California’s capital said Wednesday.

    Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone was knifed three times in the torso on Oct. 8 in a fight near a bar in Sacramento, shortly after nightclub patrons applauded the 23-year-old for his role in tackling a gunman with ties to radical Islam on a Paris-bound passenger train in August.

    James Tran of unincorporated Sacramento County was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, police Chief Sam Somers Jr. said at a news conference. A number of others were questioned in the attack but none has been arrested, he said. Police would not say how many others were questioned.


    Thankfully, Stone wasn't shot three times. He's recovering from his (latest) knife wounds.

    CBS/APStone was with three women and another man when other clubgoers praised him at Badlands, a nightclub in Sacramento’s Midtown district. Grainy surveillance video from outside a liquor store about an hour later shows a large man who appears to be Stone fighting a half dozen people at an intersection down the street.

    A separate video released by police showed two men and a woman fleeing in a vehicle, which has been recovered, Somers said Wednesday.

    Stone underwent about two hours of surgery for what UC Davis Medical Center officials said were potentially life-threatening wounds. A 24-year-old woman who was with Stone was treated at a hospital for abrasions.