December 7, 1941 has rightly been described as a day that will live in infamy. Whether it lives in President Obama's memory is another story. On December 7, 2013, a day when veterans and survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack gathered in his home state of Hawaii, President Obama did not acknowledge the event or the lives lost. He did, however, use his personal Twitter account to promote Obamacare. Twice.
The President did remember Pearl Harbor earlier this week when he made the traditional Presidential Proclamation naming December 7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. However, he apparently failed to read his own proclamation, as he forgot to reference it Saturday on either his personal Twitter or the official White House Twitter account.
He did, however, remember to promote Obamacare multiple times on each account. At 11:25 a.m., his personal account tweeted "Be covered with New Year's cheer and health insurance on January 1st," with a link to BarackObama.com. At 12:26 p.m, he tweeted "Have yourself a merry little conversation about health insurance. #GetCovered," with a link to a BarackObama.com page explaining how to tell your friends and family about the amazing awesomeness of Obamacare. Two other tweets on Saturday referenced extending unemployment benefits, but not a word on Pearl Harbor.
Over at the official White House Twitter account, the routine was much the same. Four tweets were sent out Saturday, all about the President's weekly address about extending unemployment insurance. None referencing the anniversary of the attack that killed over 2,000 service members and thrust the United States into World War II.
A number of politicians and government officials remembered to tweet a note of remembrance, including Speaker John Boehner, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Celebrities including Adam Baldwin, Stacey Dash, and Ken Wahl also tweeted words of thanks to those who served and died.
The President's critics took to Twitter to note the oversight, and it appears someone at Organizing for Action, the President's political group, took notice. Late Saturday afternoon, they posted an undated picture of President Obama visiting the Pearl Harbor memorial in Hawaii on his Facebook page. It followed a pattern by which the Obama administration marks solemn events with "selfie-style" pictures of the President.
By comparison, the President's Twitter account found the time to tweet twice about the passing of Nelson Mandela two days prior.
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