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Presidential proclamation

Register • May 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Last Friday, President Obama presented a presidential proclamation directing the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security to be responsible for planning appropriate observances of Armed Forces Day each year by encouraging the participation and cooperation of civil authorities and private citizens.

That’s right.

I read presidential proclamations so you don’t have to.

As presidential proclamations come and go, this one was a doozy. President Obama in the opening paragraph captured how, in my guess-to-mation, 99.9 percent of Americans believe and feel about our troops when he wrote:

“In every generation, there are men and women who stand apart. They put on the uniform and put their lives on the line so the rest of us might live in a safer, freer, more just world. They defend us in times of peace, times of war and times of crisis, both natural and man-made. On Armed Forces Day, we honor the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who render the highest service any American can offer”

President Obama’s proclamation went on to state that he was inviting all areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to provide for the observance of Armed Forces Day, within their jurisdiction each year, in an appropriate manner designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces of the United States. He also invited veterans, civic leaders, and organizations to join in the observance of Armed Forces Day.



Commander-in-Chief Obama went golfing on Armed Forces Day. Not his standard weekend golf outing where he usually plays at Andrews Air Force Base or at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and could have saluted our troops. Instead he went to the elite Robert Trent Jones Club on the shores of Lake Manassas in Gainesville, Virginia.

In fact, the closest President Obama came to saluting anyone in uniform last weekend came when he and Vice President Biden stopped at a Shake Shack Friday afternoon in Washington and jumped the shark, err, counter to have their photo taken with the surprised employees.


Last Saturday, President Obama presented his weekly Internet address where he talked about meeting with business leaders to highlight the importance of bringing jobs back to America.

That’s right.

I even watch President Obama’s Internet address so you don’t have to.

By the way, at no point in the address did President Obama give a Shake Shack salute to any of our brave members of the military on Armed Forces Day.

Anyway, President Obama mentioned that tomorrow he’ll head to Cooperstown, New York, the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, to discuss the economic benefits of making it easier for tourists to visit and spend money at attractions in the U.S., which in turn helps local businesses, which in turn helps the economy grow for everyone. Then... It dawned on me. With two decent ideas from our president that more than likely will remain ideas. Exhibit No. 1 — The president’s inaction after his action-filled proclamation.

Exhibit No. 2 — If President Obama really wanted to learn about tourism he would hold his conference here, the home of Cedar Point, Kalahari and the Deer Park, in the Funcoast.

Perhaps Sandusky City Commissioners could combine President Obama’s ideas and hold an Armed Forces Day celebration the third Saturday in May next year.

This version of the Sandusky City Commission, which has been efficiently effective, so far, could formulate a directive for new city manager Eric Wobser to conceive and organize an event that would honor members of the military from here in the Funcoast while bringing tourists to Sandusky.

Of course area members of military might be a tad busy. No problem. Invite their spouses, children and parents to serve as representatives of those who serve us.

Because there are so few Armed Force Day observances across the USA, Sandusky could legitimately bill the one it hosts as the biggest, especially if we invited the person who wrote the Armed Forces Day Presidential Proclamation last Friday.

Oops! Better make that the person who signed the proclamation if they want President Obama to attend.

While I’m at it, a parade that included all the high school marching bands in Erie County along with corporate sponsorship would be nice but that should be up to Mr. Wobser to decide. That’s what managers do. Manage.

Fortunately, the Funcoast has more than enough quality and caring citizens, organizations, civic leaders and veterans, as President Obama declared in his proclamation are the main ingredients needed, to hold an Armed Forces Day gala.


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