ANN, ARBOR, MI – In one of the most disgusting displays of political grandstanding over the government shutdown argument with Republicans, President Obama has chosen to shut down open air, minimally maintained war memorials including the WWII War Memorial in Washington D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery. The Arlington House is closed and transit tour service is suspended. Pedestrian access is permitted along with internment services.

US National Cemetery

An angry Park Service Ranger in Washington was quoted in the press as saying, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.” The actions of the Obama administration are nothing more than petty attempts to provide optics that will pressure the Republicans to cave in on the government shut-down argument.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm located in Ann Arbor, MI, commented: “Our Law Center has fought for and continues to fight for the display of veterans’ memorials, crosses and national symbols memorializing the sacrifices of American soldiers. As an organization dedicated to a strong national defense and the rights of veterans, the Law Center finds these actions on behalf of the White House and the Obama administration to be deeply repugnant, degrading and disrespectful to our veterans and Our Nation.

It should not be surprising that President Obama shows so little respect for our WWII veterans and our fallen warriors buried at Arlington Cemetery.

President Obama has a long history of association with some particularly anti-American figures, beginning with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Reverend Wright was Obama’s pastor for over twenty years. Reverend Wright is the same man who argued that America deserved the 9/11 terror attacks and expressed his belief that God should damn America.

He also had a friendship with Bill Ayres of the Weather Underground whose goal was to create a clandestine revolutionary party for the overthrow of the US government and even perpetrated bombings of government buildings in the 1970’s.

Even more telling, are Obama’s own anti-American actions including the infamous “apology tour” that he embarked upon in 2010 which consisted of apologies and criticisms of America in speeches in France, England, Turkey and Cairo; at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the United Nations in New York City.

President Obama spent the first part of his presidency apologizing for America and, by association, apologizing for our Veterans. Now, he is just showing them one more level of disrespect by attempting to deny them the right to visit the memorials they paid for through personal sacrifices for our great Nation.

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