HOUSTON - A man who lost a son to the war in Afghanistan is disappointed in the condolence letter he received from President Barack Obama. Tom Logan, a Willis resident, calls the note late, impersonal, disrespectful and essentially a form letter. "It opened up a wound in our heart you can't fix. You can't send another letter. You can't make it right," Logan said. Logan's son, USMC Cpl. Joseph D. Logan, was killed Jan. 19, 2012, along with five other men when the helicopter they were in crashed.
Comments: Once again 0bama just mails it in. He's too busy campaigning to care. All he and his sullen wife care about the military is for use as a prop. You will note that George Bush sent personal handwritten letters. What a surprise. s/o
When my nephew was killed in Iraq, Pres Bush sent a letter, but also came to Rhode Island to visit with his grandmother and his siblings. It really meant alot. Just shows the differences between a president that cares for all the people, even those not old enough to vote, and one who only cares for those who can underwrite the continuation of his lavish lifestyle.
My deepest heart-felt condolences to you and your wife and family. I can't imagine the grief you are feeling. My husband lost a brother in 1969 in Vietnam. Until the day she died, my mother-in-law grieved for her lost son. That place in her heart was forever an open wound. I sincerely hope that you and your family will find some healing in the love and gratitude of your neighbors here in Houston and across the U.S.
I regret that the Commander-in-Chief has so little regard for the sacrifice your son and family have made. Please know that I and many others like me don't share his lack of sympathy or gratitude.
May God bless and console you and your family always.
While a President doesn't have time to write personal notes for all who fall, he does have a staff to do so; I'm sure previous Presidents had help with this. The difference is that previous Presidents cared enough to make it a priority for their staff, and cared enough to take a hand in the job themselves when possible.
Modern-day US Presidents have a staff like royalty. No excuses, none for this form letter situation. Presidents like everyone else in this life - they MAKE time for what is important to them. Everyone knows his energies aren't directed to the actual job.
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