This is one for the "Are you kidding me" file, and probably merits supplemental expletives - in the course of his utterly inappropriate "shout-out" to Joe Medicine Crow prior to addressing the nation about the Fort Hood shootings, Obama flubbed the medal won by Dr. Medicine Crow. Newsbusters has the shout-out and more:
I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow (ph) was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It's good to see you.
THE PRESIDENT: There are many honors and privileges bestowed on the occupant of this house, but few mean as much to me as the chance to award America's highest civilian medal to the recipients that are here today. This is a chance for me -- and for the United States of America -- to say thank you to some of the finest citizens of this country, and of all countries.
Few honors mean as much to Obama as the Medal of Freedom - I guess the Medal of Honor is one of the few, the proud.
Lest you wonder, Obama mentioned Dr. Medicine Crow by name nearly three long months ago:
Born just a generation past the Battle of the Little Big Horn, a grandson of a scout for General Custer himself, Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow was the first member of his tribe to attend college and earn a Master's. Before completing his PhD, he left to serve in World War II. Wearing war paint beneath his uniform, and a sacred feather beneath his helmet, Joseph Medicine Crow completed the four battlefield deeds that made him the last Crow war chief. Historian, educator, and patriot -- a good man, a bacheitche in Crow -- Dr. Medicine Crow's life reflects not only the warrior spirit of the Crow people, but America's highest ideals.
This is not a mistake the TOTUS would have made. However, I infer that Obama took the stage prior to commenting on the Fort Hood situation with roughly zero preparation. Maybe next time he won't just wing it. And as Newsbusters notes, if Bush had been this inappropriate and poorly prepared we would have heard of nothing else.