It’s not often America gets to see a living recipient of the Medal of Honor, but it does happen from time to time. One of our most recently decorated American heroes is Former Army staff sergeant Clint Romesha, who was awarded the medal last year at the White House.
As The Hill reported, not long after the award ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama invited Romesha to sit in her designated box at the State of the Union address. While that’s an honor, politics aside, Romesha politely declined Michelle’s offer.
“I’ve done some soul searching,” Romesha told a CNN reporter. “As much as a great honor it would be to be a guest of the first lady, it’s also kind of hard to break away from the friends and the family and all the great guys here.”
His wording above, “I’ve done some soul searching,” in response to an invitation to sit with Michelle Obama during the address, could perhaps mean that he’s not exactly a fan of the president or his wife.
Obviously we’re not putting words in his mouth – but it was an awful prestigious invitation to turn down for no specific reason.
Other guests who were invited include another veteran who lost both arms and legs in Afghanistan, a police officer who took 15 bullets when he arrived to the scene of the Sikh shooting in Wisconsin, a teacher from Sandy Hook elementary, and an illegal immigrant who used one of President Obama’s programs to attend school in the U.S.
It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for a highly decorated veteran to shy away from liberals, as they’re typically not of liberal persuasion. A majority of them, at the very least, lean to the right.
Maybe he remembers when Michelle was enthusiastically BOOED at a NASCAR race as she stood next to a veteran and his family
Whether Romesha turned down the first lady or not for political reasons will likely never be known and that’s perfectly ok.
The bottom line is that this soldier served the U.S, with dignity, honor, and respect; and we personally thank him for his sacrifice and service to this great nation.