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  •  Obama should not do that (2+ / 0-)
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    RainyDay, Catskill Julie

    Someone should, perhaps.

    But it wouldn't play well. Also keep in mind Obama didn't serve, so right-wingers would harp on that and try to turn it against him.

    •  No. President Obama is approximately my age. (2+ / 0-)
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      suesue, G2geek

      Our generation was never drafted. Our friends volunteer for service if they choose to. But Barack Obama never refused to go while others were forced to.

      Draft is the key word here. And the word Duty too.  Romney was drafted and refused to go. He had a duty to go and said "no."

      Barack Obama was never drafted and never had the same duty.

      This is why when people here get pissy that Romney's kids never served, I think it's ridiculous, regardless of the incredibly stupid statement that Mitt said that they served the country by working on his campaigns.  They were never drafted. They chose not to serve.

      That is not a sin: not a moral sin, a sin of character, nor a political sin.

      The sin is openly supporting a war that forces others to serve and shirking that same duty yourself.

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      by grover on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 10:42:57 PM PDT

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      •  You make good points (1+ / 0-)
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        however I still don't think it would work out well for Obama to do as the diarist suggested at the next debate

        •  You're right. The debate is a bad place to do it (0+ / 0-)

          And I'd rather surrogates with medals on their chests do it.

          But the idea that it can't be done because the president never served is preposterous.  The wingers will freak and scream that President Obama didn't  serve ether.

          And the response is, "your guy was drafted and shirked he duty. Our guy didn't." No arguing details, no getting into discussions about whether it was a good war or not. Simply, "President Obama registered but was never called. Romney had a  duty to show up, but didn't."

          That was my point.

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          by grover on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 11:24:48 PM PDT

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          •  But was Romney ever actually drafted? (0+ / 0-)

            He was certainly subject to the draft age-wise, but was he ever called for that dreaded enlistment appointment with the draft board?  I think his student deferments and missionary deferment were what kept him from being called in- if he ever made a case for C.O. status that would be one thing, but I don't think he did.
            Every guy I knew expended an enormous amount of energy trying to maintain a status that would keep them from being called.  I went to a ton of weddings in 1965, and when they upped the deferment to having a kid, everybody got pregnant.  

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