What better place for a campaign speech and photo op on Memorial Day than the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. This is THE most visited monument on the mall, especially on Memorial Day.
Obama gave a 15-minutes speech, with Biden by his side (apparently to keep him from putting his foot in his mouth somewhere ELSE yesterday.)
A 15-minute speech.
On Memorial Day.
The Wall was closed to the public for 7 hours, beginning at 7:30 a.m. because of Obama’s 15-minute speech at 2:00 in the afternoon.
Hundreds if not thousands of Vietnam veterans and families of Vietnam veterans killed in Vietnam stood in disbelief as Secret Service, Park Police, Washington DC Police, etc., blocked all access to the Vietnam Memorial and kept everyone approximately 100 yards away from their memorial for the first time in the history of the Memorial so Obama could get some photos of him at the Wall. Veterans in uniforms stood in the heat angered as Obama makes them wait. It was a photo op at their expense and families of those killed in Vietnam.