Obama Snubs Nation's Heroes, Becomes the First President to Skip Ball Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients in Over 50 Years | Cleveland Leader[/QUOTE]
There are only 10 official balls from which he is obligated to make apperances. Plus 1 other unofficial ball for his own volunteers which he should attend for obvious reasons. I researched all the inaugural events since I live in DC but I never heard of the one in the article, Beat. It definitely flew under the radar.
I was under the impression that because his election is historical and specifically his grass-roots style *campaign* made history, that he has more of an obligation than previous presidents to personally show his gratitude towards the grass-roots movement push that elected him.
The official balls give out tickets by invitation only -- these are folks usually involved with campaigning and volunteering or are long-standing members in various communities.
It's his way of showing he is of the people and he cares.
So I can see why not attending can seem like a snub. But, there was also the matter of publicity -- the other balls had much more hype.
But, I think he hasn't been in office long enough to show how much he supports the troops. Bush said he supported the troops and then slashed vet benefits I believe. I spoke with an ex-service man who was up at Walter Reed and the stories he told me of his own experiences and other soldiers didnt' seem like the Bush administration was being very supportive.
If there was anything political about not attending that ball, it was probably that he and Michelle were already over-extended as it was. I believe he attended more balls than previous presidents have.
So - I understand your reservations if you think not attending that ball was a snub or political statement, but I think there is a lot more to come which will show exactly how supportive (or not) Obama is of the troops.
Legislation not appearances!