Barack Obama played the “me too” game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.
Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son’s name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family.
This from ABC: the father of the fallen soldier speaking:
“She had told me that in an email that she had asked, actually asked Mr. Obama to not wear the bracelet anymore at any of his public appearances.”
I think it is a shame for Obama to wear the bracelet after having been asked not to. The mother didn’t want it publicized, it was just to be a simple and a private thing between her and the candidate, to remember there were soldiers sying out there. Mostly, she was fearful of the issue becoming politicized. But to make matters worse, her worst fears did come true, for not only disrespected the mother’s wish and Obama stop wearing it when asked, but when the time came to remember the soldier, which is the WHOLE POINT of wearing it, he forgot the soldier’s name. He forgot.