Tweet Of The Day

Posted: June 6, 2014 by watsonthethird in Current Events, Tweet Of The Day
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While some conservatives wax nostalgically for the good ol’ days of war, journalist Christopher Dickey writes of the World War II veteran who sought out President Obama at today’s D-Day commemoration and “would not let him go until he had said his piece.”

Was the infirm old soldier, perhaps, taking Obama to task for the scandals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs? Was he telling the president that American policy needed more spine? An old survivor has a kind of license to say whatever he wants, even to the president of the United States. Obama smiled warmly. But then, in front of the crowd and the world’s television cameras, he would. None of us in the crowd could hear.

When the ceremony was over, I made my way through the arrays of marble crosses to the stage and to the man in the blue hat who had taken Obama’s hand.

His name, it turns out, is Irving Smolens, and he was only 19 when he took part in the Normandy landing. Afterward he spent much of his life as a buyer of women’s and children’s clothing in Massachusetts, leading a quiet, peaceful life with his family.

“What did you say to Obama?” I asked him.

“I thanked him for keeping us out of war,” said Smolens.

  1. 02casper says:


  2. meursault1942 says:

    That is outstanding. Thank you, Mr. Smolens, both for your service and for succinctly expressing the lessons of said service.

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