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(KITV Honolulu)   Dear President Obama: For my birthday, I'd like a new Barbie. If you can't manage that, can you send my mom home from deployment in Korea. I guess that will do   (kitv.com) divider line 48
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2013-11-11 01:20:14 PM
So did the letter get her some time off or did she plan to surprise her kid to begin with? The article is rather poorly written.
 
2013-11-11 01:21:36 PM
"Is the stuff of chicken skin and tear drops"...umm...

Salty, fatty, and tasty?
 
2013-11-11 01:24:16 PM
Republicans... Teahaddis... Rev up your outrage engines! Will it be wasteful spending? Unnecessary deployments to foreign countries you don't care about (but were totally cool with until we had a black president)? Or will it be how President Obama made a little girl cry? You make the call.

LETS GET READY TO OUTRAGE!!!!

/was a nice thing for the administration to make happen in my opinion.
 
2013-11-11 01:25:11 PM
Deployed already for 9 months in Korea?  The USAF?  Some of these things aren't adding up unless she's red horse.
 
2013-11-11 01:25:34 PM
Why is some splittail getting preferential treatment?
 
2013-11-11 01:26:45 PM
JohnnyC
2013-11-11 01:24:16 PM


Republicans... Teahaddis... Rev up your outrage engines! Will it be wasteful spending? Unnecessary deployments to foreign countries you don't care about (but were totally cool with until we had a black president)?

Something you moon-bats opposed till we had a black president.


/hypocrite.
 
2013-11-11 01:27:44 PM
What a nice, neatly packaged PR campaign from the White House.
 
2013-11-11 01:28:41 PM
A mom who was deployed in Korea for 9 months?  It's cute and all but I can't help but think there have got to be a ton more deserving situations than this.
 
2013-11-11 01:30:01 PM
Why do people keep mistaking Obama for Oprah?
 
2013-11-11 01:30:17 PM

TNel: Deployed already for 9 months in Korea?  The USAF?  Some of these things aren't adding up unless she's red horse.


Huh? The USAF has had deployments to Korea since the cease fire. My brother-in-law was deployed there as an F-16 pilot back in the 90s.
 
2013-11-11 01:33:05 PM
I'm going to assume that the mother understood that "deployment" and "travel" was part of the job when she signed up for it.
 
2013-11-11 01:34:23 PM

TNel: Deployed already for 9 months in Korea?  The USAF?  Some of these things aren't adding up unless she's red horse.


The USAF and Army both deploy personnel on one year hardship tours to Korea.  It's pretty common.  My father did two tours, my mother did one, I did one, my step-sister did one, and my brother-in-law is over there right now.
 
2013-11-11 01:36:38 PM

rjakobi: Why do people keep mistaking Obama for Oprah?


They both start with "O" have a lot of power and are of the same minority race.

That makes them the same person in the eyes of the average American. Not to mention Oprah is a Muslim born in Kenya.

Show us the passport Oprah!
 
2013-11-11 01:42:14 PM
Thanks Obama
 
2013-11-11 01:46:18 PM

you_idiot: I'm going to assume that the mother understood that "deployment" and "travel" was part of the job when she signed up for it.


They do, but a 10 year old doesn't. The mother didn't request the extra leave (that we know of). Although it is a cool story, I do feel like it's unfair to all the other parents abroad. Unless, as someone else said, she was already planning to come home and the letter to the POTUS wasn't actually a part of it.
 
2013-11-11 01:46:31 PM
Where does it say Obama actually made it happen? But maybe I'm blind.
 
2013-11-11 01:48:45 PM
Shes in the air force.  Of course she can fly home.
 
2013-11-11 01:52:50 PM

Inquisitive Inquisitor: TNel: Deployed already for 9 months in Korea?  The USAF?  Some of these things aren't adding up unless she's red horse.

The USAF and Army both deploy personnel on one year hardship tours to Korea.  It's pretty common.  My father did two tours, my mother did one, I did one, my step-sister did one, and my brother-in-law is over there right now.


I've only heard of Army people heading there.  I guess I don't get out and about enough.
 
2013-11-11 01:57:30 PM

crusher2: Where does it say Obama actually made it happen? But maybe I'm blind.


I'm still looking for the hero.
 
2013-11-11 01:58:15 PM

Why Would I Read the Article: What a nice, neatly packaged PR campaign from the White House.


This.

Got kicked in the feels all the same, but until Obama brings home a Marine 1st Recon from Iraq/Afghanistan for his daughter's birthday, this is PR BS.
 
2013-11-11 01:58:16 PM
Exacto. Me, too.
 
2013-11-11 01:58:54 PM
I would love to go to Korea for a year.
 
2013-11-11 01:59:49 PM
Oh my last was @ Dragonflew
 
2013-11-11 02:16:25 PM
So much cynicism. A mom got to come home to be with her daughter...why worry about how it happened?

This kind of stuff has happened in the military for a long time. Certain soldiers get picked to go home either as a reward for a good unit, for morale in the unit, and for morale back home.

And of course, all the people here crying PR BS are probably only doing it because it is attached to the White House and Obama....even though the article has no mention that either were actually involved.
 
2013-11-11 02:17:18 PM

HairyNevus: Why Would I Read the Article: What a nice, neatly packaged PR campaign from the White House.

This.

Got kicked in the feels all the same, but until Obama brings home a Marine 1st Recon from Iraq/Afghanistan for his daughter's birthday, this is PR BS.


It annoyed me to no end that Dick Cheney and Bush43 both had children that were of age to serve, and none of them did.

So I guess that makes us even?
 
2013-11-11 02:18:07 PM
So now Fark hates veterans. I have seen it all.
 
2013-11-11 02:21:12 PM

blackminded: So now Fark hates veterans. I have seen it all.


Some farkers hate that some active service personnel get shipped home to see their kid when the kid writes a letter.
 
2013-11-11 02:24:16 PM

MFAWG: HairyNevus: Why Would I Read the Article: What a nice, neatly packaged PR campaign from the White House.

This.

Got kicked in the feels all the same, but until Obama brings home a Marine 1st Recon from Iraq/Afghanistan for his daughter's birthday, this is PR BS.

It annoyed me to no end that Dick Cheney and Bush43 both had children that were of age to serve, and none of them did.

So I guess that makes us even?


I think Jessie Ventura is kind of a nutcase, but I agreed with him completely when he said that it pisses him off that the biggest war mongers never actually served.
 
2013-11-11 02:24:26 PM
The way they handled it pisses me off. Read the bottom of the article.  They got the kid on camera, asked her if she missed her mommy, got her crying, and then SURPRISE!  her mom comes out from behind the curtain. I'm having trouble thinking of something more exploitative that's not actually illegal.
 
2013-11-11 02:24:41 PM

JohnnyC: blackminded: So now Fark hates veterans. I have seen it all.

Some farkers hate that some active service personnel get shipped home to see their kid when the kid writes a letter everything.

 
2013-11-11 02:28:13 PM

Why Would I Read the Article: What a nice, neatly packaged PR campaign from the White House. arms manufacturing industry.


I think that's probably more likely.
 
2013-11-11 02:39:52 PM
Stupid videos of kids getting surprised by their enlisted parents...

I've seen about a hundred of them, and nobody has ever bothered to dust them off before posting them.

/sniff
//the feels are too much
 
2013-11-11 02:39:57 PM

TNel: Inquisitive Inquisitor: TNel: Deployed already for 9 months in Korea?  The USAF?  Some of these things aren't adding up unless she's red horse.

The USAF and Army both deploy personnel on one year hardship tours to Korea.  It's pretty common.  My father did two tours, my mother did one, I did one, my step-sister did one, and my brother-in-law is over there right now.

I've only heard of Army people heading there.  I guess I don't get out and about enough.


I was stationed in Korea with the Army twice, once for 1 year and once for a 2 year command sponsored tour.  I took my wife both times (ex-wife now) and the second time I shipped my car over.  Both times I lived off post in extremely nice apartments. That said, most soldiers go for a year and do not take their family.  I wouldn't count it as a deployment though considering the biggest threat is alcohol poisoning and rape by your own people.  The Air Force folks in Osan have it a lot better than most, but at the Army base I was on in Camp Humphreys we had a water park, driving range, and bowling alley.
 
2013-11-11 02:53:40 PM
Obviously this is just a government cover up to make us THINK that there are actually good people in the government

We all know that it is actually ran by a bunch of space lizards....

/If you know what I mean
 
2013-11-11 02:59:53 PM
What's the big deal about Korea? It would be like stationed in Germany.
 
2013-11-11 03:06:22 PM

GardenWeasel: JohnnyC: blackminded: So now Fark hates veterans. I have seen it all.

Some farkers hate everything.


Hah... fair enough. :)
 
2013-11-11 03:18:29 PM
Calm down, people. 0bummer never even saw the letter, because it was wasn't mailed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/09/soldier-mom-surprise_n_4247 69 2.html
 
2013-11-11 03:22:08 PM
Is the HERO tag for the mom or Obama?

Or the kid?

/Nothing is ever his fault or responsibility, yet not a sparrow touches the ground without him getting accolades...
 
2013-11-11 03:39:05 PM

blackminded: So now Fark hates veterans. I have seen it all.


Some farkers hate when people and their families are used as props to manipulate your emotions and distract you from serious issues
 
2013-11-11 03:47:36 PM

ActionJoe: So much cynicism. A mom got to come home to be with her daughter...why worry about how it happened?

This kind of stuff has happened in the military for a long time. Certain soldiers get picked to go home either as a reward for a good unit, for morale in the unit, and for morale back home.

And of course, all the people here crying PR BS are probably only doing it because it is attached to the White House and Obama....even though the article has no mention that either were actually involved.


This, so much this. Can't we just enjoy a feel good moment for what it is? For cry out loud.
 
2013-11-11 04:01:36 PM

ElwoodCuse: blackminded: So now Fark hates veterans. I have seen it all.

Some farkers hate when people and their families are used as props to manipulate your emotions and distract you from serious issues


FTFY.
 
2013-11-11 04:14:55 PM
Oh sure, just go pulling our military personnel out of vital posts, ensuring the terrorists will be able to murder us all in our sleep that much more easily. Thanks, Fartbongo! You made a little girl cry, and you murdered my family! Cower in fear as I express my outrage by photoshopping a turban and a Hitler mustache onto your portrait!
 
2013-11-11 04:24:27 PM

ElwoodCuse: blackminded: So now Fark hates veterans. I have seen it all.

Some farkers hate when people and their families are used as props to manipulate your emotions and distract you from serious issues


But mostly farkers don't read TFA.
 
2013-11-11 04:26:56 PM
Hey, kid .. she signed up for this. Quit your whining ..
 
2013-11-11 05:19:07 PM

Bonobo62: Oh sure, just go pulling our military personnel out of vital posts, ensuring the terrorists will be able to murder us all in our sleep that much more easily. Thanks, Fartbongo! You made a little girl cry, and you murdered my family! Cower in fear as I express my outrage by photoshopping a turban and a Hitler mustache onto your portrait!


You forgot a photo of what the Korean terrorist might look like:
static.guim.co.uk

/There, that's better.
 
2013-11-11 07:18:10 PM
NoBama is trying to draw attention away from his failboat of a healthcare program.
 
2013-11-11 07:25:09 PM

LtDarkstar: NoBama


Look at you, so clever! That's miles ahead of Fartbongo. Did you come up with that all by yourself?
 
2013-11-11 07:49:04 PM
Damn dust.

/former Navy brat
 
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