“I didn’t see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there. The president chose to address tonight and I thought it was interesting. He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case. I mean, that’s where Paul Wolfowitz used to write speeches for, back in the old Bush days. That’s where he went to rabble rouse the “we’re going to democratize the world” campaign back in ’02. So, I thought it was a strange venue.” – MSNBC “Hardball host Chris Matthews
So I am officially a member of the enemy camp I suppose. Whatever backtracking Mathews may do, it still reveals a lot about him and what the liberals like him think of the military institutions and our mostly conservative views. I do remember Paul Wolfowitz at my graduation. After he gave his speech, he stood at the back of the stage and shook every single cadets’ hand. Something not always done by others. Maybe we are the enemy camp though. Cadets did blindfold the Statue of George Washington when Clinton was inaugurated (so the story goes). That, of course, had more to do with our Commander in Chief getting by with his fumbled definition of the word “is” for an offense we would have been deemed unworthy to wear the uniform for (had we committed the same act and by the way, lied about it). Mathews was right about the lack of warmth from the crowd though. That comes with respect. Respect that Obama has not yet earned. I saw an interesting video the other day of Bush’s last visit to West Point. For those who saw the Obama speech, there is quite a difference.