Yesterday, President Obama spent some time in Arlington National Cemetery. That’s not unusual for a commander-in-chief, but it’s not often that it produces a piece of journalism like the one written by James Gordon Meek.
Meek, a reporter for the New York Daily News, found the President in the cemetery’s Section 60 — the final resting place for many of the fallen from our recent wars. He was there to visit the grave of a friend who had died in Iraq, and hadn’t expected the President’s unscheduled stop:
What I got was an unexpected look into the eyes of a man who intertwined his roles as commander in chief and consoler in chief on a solemn day filled with remembrance and respect for sacrifices made – and sacrifices yet to be made.
I’m sure the cynics will assume this was just another Obama photoop.
If they’d been standing in my boots looking him in the eye, they would have surely choked on their bile.
The entire piece is well worth a read. I urge you to take a moment to check it out.