The Commander-in-Chief just called Americans “soft”, as reported by The Weekly Standard. Try not to punch through your monitor when you watch here.
Now, if one were to only base their judgement of Americans solely on popular culture mainstays like the magazines reserved only for the check out lane, MTV “reality” shows, or hippies; then yeah, I can justify anyone calling Americans soft.
My point of view, however, is not that one. I have the privilege of working with the finest warriors in the world. I see on a daily basis individuals striving for physical and mental improvement, shedding all sense of self-worth just to make the whole unit better.
And before that I was at the world’s finest university where people juggled jobs on top of 16 hour semesters (I luckily married one such individual).
So what is the President’s point of view? Is it one where his office is full of professional whiners (DC folk refer to them as “lobbyists”)? You know what, scratch that – everyone he surrounds himself with is a whiner. Everyone from his wife (“America is a downright mean country”), to Jay Carney, on down to Crazy Maxine Waters. The source of whining comes from self-pity. Why these folks who make upwards of 6 figures with nicer benefits than most Americans could dream about, is beyond me. Maybe they should dry their tears on my uniform sleeve, suck it up, and act like an adult with the majority of Americans.
The next time, Mr. President, you consider a remark that lumps every American as “soft”, please remember this remark, “I’m all dinged up.” And in that same moment remember, there’s a Marine freezing his rear off in Afghanistan, there’s a college student pulling a double shift to pay for tuition and rent, and there are tons of Americans who haven’t forgotten that you only get what you earn.