A Memorable Chance Meeting With the President in ‘Gardens of Stone’

November 12, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Yesterday was Veterans Day, a day to honor the men and women who fought and gave their lives for our great country. As Commander in Chief, President Obama has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and there is no greater burden than ordering our soldiers into battle to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Yesterday Obama made an unscheduled visit to Arlington National Cemetery in the pouring rain to honor our fallen soldiers. And James Gordon Meek, a reporter for the NY Daily News just happened to be there visiting graves of friends and had the privilege of shaking the President’s hand. But what Meek saw when he looked into President’s eyes were dark pools of sadness and respect for all of the lives sacrificed that were represented by rows and rows of small alabaster stone graves.

Meek then went home and penned a powerful piece describing his solemn encounter with President Obama.

Below is a snippet:

“What I got was an unexpected look into the eyes of a man who intertwined his roles as commander in chief and consoler in chief on a solemn day filled with remembrance and respect for sacrifices made – and sacrifices yet to be made. I’m sure the cynics will assume this wasjust anotherObama photoop. If they’d been standing in my boots looking him in the eye, they would have surely choked on their bile. His presence in Section 60 convinced me that he now carries the heavy burden of command.”

The entire article is a must read.


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