Family Asked Obama Not to Wear Son’s Bracelet?
According to Newsbusters, the family of the fallen soldier whose name is on a bracelet that Barack Obama wears asked Obama to stop wearing it.
Barack Obama played the “me too” game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.
Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son’s name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family.
UPDATE at 9/28/08 9:34:31 pm:
The AP says: Soldier’s mom defends Obama’s mention of bracelet.
Well, sort of. She did ask Obama not to wear it, but now says she’s fine with it.