Presidential Priority: Felon or Soldier?
During late December, 2010, while vacationing in Hawaii, President Obama made a phone call to Philadelphia Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie, passionately praising him for giving quarterback Michael Vick, a convicted felon, a second chance.[i] Vick was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison in 2007, for participation in a dog fighting ring and for killing poor performing dogs by “electrocution, hanging, drowning and other violent means.”[ii]
Meantime, the family of Sgt. Sean Collins, a young soldier killed in Afghanistan on December 12, 2010, received a letter of condolence from their Senator, Maria Cantwell (D-WA), in which she expressed sorrow for the death of “Bryn” – not Sean. Mr. Collins requested a phone call from President Obama to Sean’s mother, but after several days, he was reportedly informed that the President could not fit the call into his schedule.[iii]
[i] Posted by Kevin Hechtkopf, (December 27, 2010), CBS News web-site, Political Hot sheet, Obama Lauds Michael Vick’s Second Chance, retrieved January 7, 2011 from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20026644-503544.html
[ii] ESPN.Com News Services, (December 11, 2007), ESPN web-site, Apologetic Vick gets 23-month sentence on dog fighting charges, retrieved January 7, 2011 from http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3148549
[iii] Megyn Kelly, (January 6, 2011), America Live, as posted on FoxNation.com, Too Busy for Fallen Soldier’s Family, But Plenty of Time for NFL’s Eagles?, retrieved January 7, 2011 from http://nation.foxnews.com/culture/2011/01/06/too-busy-fallen-soldiers-family-plenty-time-nfls-eagles