The Marine Corps birthday is November 10th and Marines and former Marines (I know there are no former Marines)usually gather to have a drink and celebrate. I really only have a few friends from the Marines that I have kept in touch with and this November 10th I did not celebrate other then sending a few emails but there is a group called the Devil Dogs that have a big lunch every year in New York, I go on rare occasions.
This year there was a real brouhaha. I have been getting emails from all sorts of people. It seems that the host- all parties will remain nameless- toasted the Office of the President but refused to use his name or acknowledge him. Sadly some emails were supportive and really vicious but so far the majority have been very critical and the writers have asked to be removed from the list.
One smart and good friend sent the following email. I’m proud of him.
“I was offended by your toast to the OFFICE of the President of the United States. so that you could avoid toasting the actual officeholder. I think it was disrespectful and out of line and wish to have my name removed from the Devil Dogs luncheon roster.’
Another Marine wrote to the above writer “My congratulations to you for speaking up to maintain the reputation of the Marines who do not use our birthday lunch to insult Barack Obama our Commander in Chief.
I guess you know where I come out. Harry Truman fired General MacArthur and was almost tarred and feathered for it. Truman commented. “I fired him because he didn’t respect the presidency of the united States (and the man who was sitting in the office).