Obama to Snub Medal of Honor Ball – Again!

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk

The dancing ObamasThe President will not be attending the 2013 Salute to Heroes ball, held every inauguration week since 1953 to honor America’s recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for bravery. The President has traditionally made an appearance at the Salute to Heroes ball every year it has been held – until 2009, when President Obama became the first president in history not to attend.

The event was first organized by the American Legion, in honor of the election of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is now cosponsored by a number of veterans groups, including Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Granted, in 2009 – the first time in any Commander in Chief was MIA from the Salute to Heroes Ball, the President’s schedule was full of more pressing obligations – he and Michelle attended ten other balls during the inauguration festivities that year, including the Biden Home State Ball and the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, which allowed the Obamas to be seen with Alicia Keys, Shakira and Beyonce.

However, a number of dignitaries are scheduled to attend, including 25 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation, Representative Jeff Miller (R-Florida), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vermont), chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

The following Medal of Honor recipients have confirmed they will attend:

  • John Baca
  • Donald Ballard
  • Gary B. Beikirch
  • Patrick H. Brady
  • Sammy L. Davis
  • Roger H.C. Donlon
  • Walter D. Ehlers
  • Harold A. Fritz
  • Salvatore A. Giunta
  • Thomas J. Hudner Jr.
  • Joe M. Jackson
  • Jack Jacobs
  • Walter J. Marm Jr.
  • Thomas R. Norris
  • Robert E. O’Malley
  • Robert M. Patterson
  • Leroy A. Petry
  • Alfred Rascon
  • Ronald E. Ray
  • Gordon R. Roberts
  • Ronald E. Rosser
  • James M. Sprayberry
  • Kenneth E. Stumpf
  • Brian M. Thacker
  • Hershel W. Williams

Click on the American Legion link at the top of this article to read the Medal of Honor citations for each of these men.

The Obamas will be attending the Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball, however, at the Washington Convention Center. He will also attend the Inaugural ball, held for his supporters, also at the Washington Convention Center.


What do you think of this? Is this a snub or even controversial to you? Should the President attend this ball over many of the others, especially when we still have troops overseas and more wounded warriors than ever? Tell us below.


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2 responses to “Obama to Snub Medal of Honor Ball – Again!”

  1. Jack Milbauer says:

    It stinks !!!

  2. Jack Milbauer USN ret says:

    Guess he had more “important” functions to attend …

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