Obama Memorial Day 2010: Chooses Illinois Over Arlington
Vice President Biden To Lay Wreath At Arlington National Cemetery
President Obama is taking heat from the right wing media for honoring veterans, past and present, in Illinois instead of at the tomb of Unknown Soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.
On Monday, Obama is scheduled to participate in a Memorial Day ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.
Right wing commentators like Glen Beck had this to say on his radio program.
"Obama is skipping out on a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery because he'll be in Chicago on vacation. I'm sorry, I don't ever, ever question the president's vacation. I didn't under Bush, I didn't under Clinton, I don't under Obama." He later stated: "I have no problem with the man taking a vacation. But I am sick and tired -- sick and tired -- of people believing the lie that this administration has respect for the police or has respect for the soldiers of our country. I'm tired of it."
Vice President Joe Biden will lay the wreath at Arlington instead while Obama is at the service in Illinois. The President while be in Chicago for the weekend with his family for a vacation his first trip back to his home since February 2009
Media Matters points out the Republican president's including Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush appointment other officials to the lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day.