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Criticism In Anything The President Does (Or Doesn't)

As Memorial Day approaches, conservative pundits and bloggers are frothing at the mouth because President Obama will not be laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. David Corn counters:
Obama is not retreating on Memorial Day. (What president would?) Instead of visiting Arlington cemetery, Obama and the first lady will participate in a Memorial Day ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill., about 50 miles south of Chicago. Moreover, not every president has spent Memorial Day at Arlington. In 1983, President Reagan was at a summit meeting, and the deputy secretary of defense -- not even the veep! -- placed the wreath. Nine years later, President George H.W. Bush passed off the wreath to Vice President Dan Quayle (who had used family connections to get a slot in the National Guard during the days of the Vietnam War draft). And in 2007, Vice President Dick Cheney took on the wreath mission, while President George W. Bush was in Texas, perhaps clearing brush.
Corm raises a good point here: why are some conservatives choosing this as an argument when "their guys" have done the same? Moreover, who cares? It seems to me that Obama is leading the military the precise way that these conservatives would like; after all, our troops are still in Iraq, no?

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Photo: President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Monday, May 25, 2009, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)