I’m sure you remember the Obama Debate bracelet debacle. Well, it turns out there is more to the story.
The family of the fallen Soldier, the one that Obama fumbled around during the Presidential debate to remember his name, had asked Obama not to wear their son’s bracelet any longer.
Back in March 2008, the father of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek, the Soldier whose name is on the bracelet that Obama bragged about having, told a Wisconsin Public Radio show that he and Jopek’s mother had been upset that Obama had been using their son’s name and that bracelet as a campaign prop.
The radio show, ‘Route 51‘ was hosted by Glenn Moberg. On the show, Brian Jopek, the father of Sgt. Jopek, had said that his ex-wife is an Obama supporter and had given the Presidential hopeful the bracelet because she wanted him to know her son’s name. She was upset when she started hearing his named being used as a sound byte. She has refused interviews because, her former husband says, she doesn’t want her son’s death used in a media feeding frenzy.
TRANSCRIPT via Newsbusters.
Brian Jopek: Because of some of the negative feedback she’s gotten on the Internet, you know Internet blogs, you know people accusing her of… or accusing Obama of trying to get votes doing it… and that sort of thing.
Radio Host Moberg: Yeah
Jopek: She has turned down any subsequent interviews with the media because she just didn’t want it to get turned into something that it wasn’t. She had told me in an email that she had asked, actually asked Mr. Obama to not wear the bracelet any more at any of his public appearances. Which I don’t think he’s…
Moberg: It has been a while since he’s brought it up.
Jopek: Right. But, the other night I was watching the news and he was on, uh, speaking somewhere and he was still wearing it on his right wrist. I could see it on his right wrist. So, that’s his own choice. I mean that’s something Barack Obama, that’s a choice that he continues to wear it despite Tracy asking him not to… Because she is a Barack Obama supporter and she didn’t want to do anything to sabotage his campaign, so, if he’s still wearing the bracelet then, uh, that of course is entirely up to him.
Moberg: Maybe there’s a difference between wearing it and making a point to bring it up in your speeches?
I was taken aback during the debate when Obama responded to McCain talking about his Soldier’s bracelet, by saying ‘I have one too’. It was so childlike that it was startling. Then he fumbled around when he started saying the name and looked down at the bracelet before saying the Soldier’s name. It was an embarrassing moment and it angered me. It appeared so contrived and insincere.
Yet the media has not played that on a continuous loop like they do everything real or fabricated that Sarah Palin has said or done.
Now we find out that the family had asked for Obama to show their son enough respect to stop wearing his bracelet and using his name for Obama’s own political gain. And Obama still used it in a nationally televised Presidential debate.