I respect President Obama being photographed honoring our troops, our killed-in-action troops arriving home in flag-draped coffins. George W. Bush banned the press from photographing troops arriving home in such a fashion; and he would not be seen next to a coffin as the fallen would have hurt the image of the great decider disrespecting our armed forces. Bush wanted his wars clean, neat, off-the-books, no sacrifice from the citizenry, just a composite of images and impressions of a swaggering, fakeo tough-guy president that Karl Rove could present to the electorate. And veterans, piss on them, especially those Vietnam War guys.
I'm glad Bush is gone, but Obama needs to repudiate both in rhetoric and policy—that promise that real change is possible is why many of us elected Obama one year ago. Specifically, leave Afghanistan and Iraq now.
Bush never would have dirtied himself with the realities of war; Obama's change is welcome.