By visiting our war dead, Obama passes Dover test

Mark Shields writes a moving column about how President Obama passes the Dover Test that George Bush failed:

President Obama, during his winning campaign, promised to make Washington more “transparent” and more “accountable.” At 4 a.m. on Oct. 29, as he stood silently by as six soldiers carried the remains of Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind., back to American soil and to those who mourned him, President Obama made both himself, and the national government he leads, more responsible and made the reality of war more transparent.

At Dover, he personally met with and consoled — in their time of profound sorrow — the families of 18 fallen Americans. No form letter or phone call. Just human being to human being.

As John Glenn said: “It’s easy to see the flags flying and the people go off to war, and the bands play and the flags fly. And it’s not quite so easy when the flag is draped over a coffin coming back through Dover, Delaware.” Barack Obama, by choosing the “not quite so easy” path, has earned his nation’s thanks.


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