So many people were abuzz about Barack Obama’s “me too” statement during the first presidential debate on Friday night. After John McCain said he was wearing a bracelet bearing the name Cpl. Matthew Stanley, Obama said he was wearing a bracelet too, that of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek at the request of his mother who didn’t want other soldiers to die as her son did. Well, that’s not the truth. Newsbusters has learned that the parents of fallen soldier Sergeant Ryan David Jopek didn’t want Barack Obama to wear their son’s bracelet any longer because he was making their son’s death a campaign issue. He’s ignoring their request. Newsbusters has all the details, including the information that Jopek’s mother is an Obama supporter and now finds herself in a tough position. She supports Obama for president but he’s refusing to stop using her son’s death as a political tool to support his opposition to the Iraq war. Jopek’s father was on a radio show where he discussed this issue:
Jopek began by saying that his ex-wife was taken aback, even upset, that Obama has made the death of her son a campaign issue. Jopek says his wife gave Obama the bracelet because “she just wanted Mr. Obama to know Ryan’s name.” Jopek went on to say that “she wasn’t looking to turn it into a big media event” and “just wanted it to be something between Barack Obama and herself.” Apparently, they were all shocked it became such a big deal.
But, he also said that his ex-wife has refused further interviews on the matter and that she wanted Obama to stop wearing the reminder of her son’s sacrifice that he keeps turning into a campaign soundbyte. This begins at about 10 minutes into the radio program. (Download radio show HERE)
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?
What a callous and cruel thing to do to anyone, let alone to one of your own supporters, for Pete’s sake. Jopek’s mother asked Obama to stop wearing the bracelet because it was supposed to be only between the two of them and not for public consumption. Obama, however, went back on that request because politics is simply more important than the request of a dead soldier’s family. Because she’s one of his supporters, it seems he’s just going to continue to wear it, banking on the fact she won’t say anything to hurt his candidacy. Obama is an arrogant, selfish, and self-consumed jerk.
So will we see this picked up by the mainstream media? Not a snowball’s chance in hell.