Barack Obama played the "me too" game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.
Shockingly, however, 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. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family.
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. (h/t D. Keith Howington of www.dehavelle.com)
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.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Family Told Obama Not To Wear Soldier's Bracelet
You won't be reading about this in the mainstream media, which covers up everything negative about Sen. Barack Obama and makes up lies about McCain if it can't find anything negative to report about him. I pointed out Obama's big gaffe in Friday night's debate when he was quick to add, "I have a bracelet too", after Sen. McCain told the story of a soldier killed in Iraq and the bracelet he was wearing in his honor at the request of his mother. Sen. Obama stumbled after holding up his wrist with the bracelet, forgetting the soldier's name. He had to look down and read it from the bracelet, mispronouncing the soldier's name in the process. Now it turns out that Obama had received a request from the soldier's family to stop wearing the bracelet, a request he obviously ignored. Newsbusters reports: