White House Confirms Medal Of Honor Mistake

The White House is confirming that President Barack Obama misspoke about a Medal of Honor winner coming home alive during comments at Fort Drum in upstate New York.

Addressing soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division on Thursday, Obama said one of their comrades was the first person he had awarded the Medal of Honor who wasn't receiving it posthumously. In fact, the soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti, was killed in action.

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest says the president misspoke. He noted that Obama paid tribute to Monti in remarks to troops in Afghanistan in March 2010. But Salvatore Giunta was the first living recipient of the medal among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Earnest wouldn't confirm an ABC report that Obama had called Monti's family and apologized.


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  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Jun 26, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    Why not even Barlow, Data Man, or Lavon could defend this. What a sign of total disrespect to the brave men and women who earned the CMH, especially those wh died doing it. This man should be totally ashamed, but of course he's not, after all he's "The Chosen One"
  • by truth on Jun 26, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    What a disgrace this entire Obama administration is.
  • by Fed up on Jun 26, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    Face it. We're stuck with two village idiots -- Obama and Biden.
  • by Mack M. Location: ENC on Jun 26, 2011 at 04:17 AM
    We are constantly reminded by the news media that our current president is the most intellegent person to ever hold that office. If it is true of his unparalleled mental capability, Why does he make so many stupid mistakes? Good oral communication skills and charisma-Yes. Good President and "smartest President ever"-No.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 25, 2011 at 11:22 PM
    Lordy that diplomatic word "misspoke" is getting old. They say it like it softens the gravity of the situation, whatever it may be. God forbid he should just say, "I screwed up."
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      by Nina on Jun 26, 2011 at 06:55 AM in reply to Audra
      Again.
  • by Ordnanceman Location: USS GHWB(CVN-77) on Jun 25, 2011 at 08:55 PM
    As a service member currently deployed on the tip of the spear, my first thoughts go to the soldier killed in action and his family. Though Obama screwed this totally up, we cannot forget the brave men and women serving this great country.
  • by voter Location: nc on Jun 25, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    we the people confirm the current occupant of the white house a mistake.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 07:43 PM
    In 2012 elect a President who can think on his own without the use of a teleprompter. Anybody but Obama in 2012, please.
    • reply
      by and... on Jun 26, 2011 at 06:30 AM in reply to
      keep watching the gOp Klown car maybe MR ANYBODY will pop out, watch carefully he will be hard to pick out from all the other klowns.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    what a buffoon our current president is!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    Lordship Industries Inc., a military contractor that made them, use to sell the identical metals for $75. each.
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