Although the Pentagon clearly stated that any image of the ceremony honoring the soldiers killed in the Afghanistan helicopter attack would violate the wishes of the soldiers’ families, the White House released a self-aggrandizing photo of failed President Obama at the event as its “Photo of the Day.”
I will not publish the disgraceful photo here. You can view it at the crass bastard’s web site if you like. 19 of the 30 families explicitly expressed that they did not want the “dignified transfer” photographed.
An official White House photo of a saluting Obama was distributed to news media and published widely. It also was posted on the White House website as the “Photo of the Day.”
Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said the department did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public. He said the photographers who routinely travel with the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were not allowed to go to the event, and no official Pentagon photos were taken or released.
Under a Pentagon policy set in 2009, media coverage at the Dover base is allowed only when family members of the war dead approve. In the case of multiple sets of remains returning as a group, photographers take pictures of those approved caskets only and are ushered away before the remains of any troops whose families declined coverage are brought out of the plane.
The Pentagon said that in this case no family could give permission because any given case could contain the remains of troops whose families did not want coverage.
Does Barack Obama think his own image makeover trumps the wishes of those who lost family members in service to the country?