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June 09, 2009

Obama Fears Our Navy?

In a note in the Washington Times, it appears that Midshipmen and Officers at this year’s Graduation and Commissioning Ceremonies at the United States Naval Academy were prohibited from wearing their swords as a protection measure for President Obama.

No… seriously… THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF is concerned that his Military may have weapons that threaten him!


Graduating midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are being told in writing to leave at home or in their vehicles all "ceremonial swords" and anything else "that might be considered a weapon or a threat by screeners" for Friday's outdoor commencement ceremonies featuring an address by President Barack Obama.

Inside the Beltway has obtained the academy's list of prohibited items for this year's graduation exercises, which, besides ceremonial swords, includes umbrellas.


I did some investigating and… Yep… No Mameluke on the Marine General or Sword on the Admiral in the following image from the ceremonies. Understand that in formal Naval Ceremonies (even in choker whites) wearing a sword is optional for the Naval Officer, however, for the Marine it is a “Requirement” as the Mameluke Sword is part of the Dress Uniform!

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So it got me to wondering if this was some sort of muckraking pointing to Barak Obama as having the same fear as King James I…Fear of Unsheathed Swords.

So I dug through my photos of another recent ceremony involving a formal Navy occasion and hosting not just the current President (at that time) George W. Bush but also his father former President George H.W. Bush  (also present were the Vice President and the Secretary of State), the commissioning of the USS George HW Bush (CVN-77).  And what did I see?  But any number of swords completely within swinging range of any of the VIP’s and honored guests.  (See the images below of Capt. O’Flaherty wearing his sword while standing immediately next to the President of the United States.) Were any of VIP’s concerned about these men possessing such threatening carving implements.  NOT A CHANCE!  They were honored to be in the presence of such heroes and trust these men and women with their lives and freedom!

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Note the immediate above image was taken by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Micah P. Blechner.


So what gives?  Does Obama not trust his Military Officers with cake carvers?


HT Giorgio

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This man does not sound very courageous. If there is anyone a president should trust, It is the men that live and die by his order and grant his self and great country protection against all enemies foreign and domestic.

Posted by: DJ Tressler | Sep 15, 2009 11:58:12 AM

A president afraid of military officers sworn to uphold the constitution,... after being impeached by the congress and sustained by the supreme court and replaced constitutionally by the VP (& member of his own party)? Oh yeah, that was Honduras...
and BHO supported the would-be unconstitutional, wanted-to-be president for life.

Posted by: Ken | Jul 9, 2009 9:04:39 PM

As many astute readers have pointed out (and one turdball who I did not publish in the comments here due to the coward's anonymity and rudeness) the prohibition of swords at the graduation and commissioning ceremony of the Naval Academy is not necessarily because of the current administration's fear of those sworn to protect us.

I do, still find it odd that in a formal military ceremony that the swords are forbidden. Especially in the case of the Marines. But we are a different world in which an overabundance of politically correct prudence is mandated over tradition.

Oh well...

Posted by: John Carmichael | Jun 24, 2009 10:03:39 AM

Damn, Leland got to it first :) I just stumbled across the same snopes article, and wondered if it dampens any of your opinions in this post or not?

Posted by: Jonathon McDougall | Jun 24, 2009 9:41:40 AM

hi john, i'm not an expert in these affairs. but apparently, some people disagree with your analysis of this particular graduation event. see http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/swords.asp

hope things are well, cheers, leland

Posted by: Leland Rucker | Jun 22, 2009 10:30:12 AM

And you were expecting what out of this AA/EOE POTUS of "one of the largest Muslim nations"

Posted by: Ken | Jun 10, 2009 7:25:51 PM

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