Presidential Candidates & Town Hall Meetings In Military Towns
July 15, 2008
Normally, I tend to keep politics out of the stories I write here. That is, until it directly effects the military, which I feel this particular story does. I feel that it’s extremely important that Presidential Candidates are able to relate to the Troops that they’ll be leading as Commander in Chief and I feel it’s just as important that these candidates make themselves available to answer questions that the Troops might have.
On Monday, August 11th several military groups in the Fort Hood area have scheduled a town-hall style meeting that will be televised nationwide. The airing will be live, from 9pm to 11pm Eastern Time on CBS. Invitations to appear at the event have been given to both John McCain the presumptive Republican Presidential Candidate and Barrack Obama, the presumptive Democratic Presidential Candidate. So far, only Senator John McCain has agree to attend. Obama has yet to agree to attend. People from his campaign say that Obama already has a previously scheduled event on August 11th, yet when the group planning the event said that they’d work with the candidates on dates, they have still not responded. At the meeting, each candidate would face questions from an audience of approximately 6,000 people, that will be made up of veterans, active duty service members, as well as their family members.
“I’m having extreme difficulty getting the Obama campaign to commit to this event, and we do not understand why,” said Ms. Picard, whose husband is currently deployed in Iraq. “We made it very clear to them that if they would commit to the event, we would work with them on dates.”
This makes me wonder, what exactly is Barrack Obama afraid of? With Fort Hood being the largest active-duty military installation in the United States. By appearing at this event, one would think that Mr. Obama would be able to reach a very large representation of military members and veterans to share his vision for the military and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, should he be elected President.
The town-hall meeting is scheduled to be held at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas, which is a community on I-35 located about 25 miles East of Fort Hood. With Fort Hood being the largest military installation, both candidates would have an opportunity to speak to veterans, service members and their families, about issues that directly involve them and are such pivotal parts of the Presidential campaign. Being the largest military installation, it’s estimated that about 800 of the deaths in Iraq alone, have come through Fort Hood.
What’s surprising to me, is some of the organizers of the event, are that the opinion in this area of the country is divided between Barrack Obama’s stance and John McCain’s stance on how the war in Iraq should be handled. This is the perfect avenue for each man to share their vision with the men and women that they would be asking to maintain the security of the country, should they be elected. For me, that says a lot about Barrack Obama and what he thinks about our Troops, our Veterans and their Families. That only leads me to one opinion, which is, If Barrack Obama doesn’t have the gumption to stand up in front of our Troops, Veterans and their families at Fort Hood on August 11th or another scheduled day, and answer any questions that they might have of him, then I believe that he doesn’t have what it takes to lead this country and to conduct the business of this country as President and he especially doesn’t have what it takes to be Commander in Chief of our country’s Armed Forces. Sorry buster, but you definitely won’t be getting my vote in November.