Katie Kieffer

I realize Obama is quite busy playing fetch with Bo and Sunny. However, I hope he has a few moments to consider turning on the fountain at the WWII Memorial and un-barricading the remaining war memorials on the National Mall.

Our veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are aging. Many of them are severely disabled, because of their heroism. It is immoral and embarrassing that our President would allow amnesty advocates to prance about on the sacred ground where taxpayers erected memorials to honor our veterans, rather than the actual veterans.

The National Mall is a national park and all national parks and memorials were closed during this government shutdown. Obama has repeatedly told Republicans, who tried to re-open the memorials, that he will not negotiate. (That’s always the sign of a leader; someone who wants his way or no way.)

When an exception was made so that our veterans were finally allowed to enter the WWII Memorial during this shutdown, they did not receive the full experience. A large, beautiful fountain is the centerpiece of the WWII Memorial, and it was turned off. The fountain makes the memorial come “alive” during the day and creates a sense of wonder at night, when the fountain is lit up.

These veterans traveled to D.C. on privately-funded “honor flights.” Many of them needed help walking around on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to experience war memorials that were built just for them—in the camaraderie of their friends who also fought in the same battles.

I personally spoke with a WWII veteran who traveled on the October 5th honor flight from Minneapolis to D.C. He told me that while WWII veterans were allowed to see their memorial, the veterans on his flight who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars were not allowed to see their memorials. This is disgraceful.

These memorials belong to our brave warriors, not our president. Our veterans paid for these memorials with their blood. Obama, meanwhile, never spent a day in his life on a battlefield, beyond possibly playing Battleship on the White House lawn with his ol’ buddy, Warren Buffett.

This WWII veteran told me: “The whole experience brought back floods of memories of those war years; my service years; my ‘good-ol-days.’ We had patriotism, love of country, respect for truth and a strong faith. Our country was, for a time, free and at peace.”


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."