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A Letter To Barack Obama From A 95 Year Old World War 2 Veteran

A letter to Barack Obama from a 95 year old World War 2 veteran is causing quite a stir all over the Internet. The name of the retired U.S. navy vet is Harold Estes, and KITV has confirmed that he did indeed write the letter. Apparently someone in Florida sent it to Congress.org and ultimately it ended up getting out and spreading all over the Internet. Estes reports that he has received about 1,000 calls about the letter and that the vast majority of them have been overwhelmingly supportive.

If you don’t think that your circle of friends has seen this letter yet, please send it out to them. What this 95 year old World War 2 veteran wrote in his letter to Barack Obama is absolutely amazing. You have to admit that his mind is still quite sharp after all of these years. The following is the text of the letter that 95 year old Harold Estes wrote to Barack Obama….

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Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man. So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like: “We’re no longer a Christian nation” “America is arrogant” — (Your wife even announced to the world, “America is mean- spirited.” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said, “America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

Sincerely,
Harold B. Estes

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14 Comments

  1. January 31, 2010 @ 1:55 am


    I’m surprised you think this man’s letter is newsworthy. It quite simply is a soldiers letter from a non-informed viewpoint. It’s a rah-rah letter for our side without the overall picture. While I think Obama and our Govt. has done a lot of things wrong, I strongly disagree with this Veteran that we should continue our imperalist efforts overseas without apology. I’m pretty sure if another country invaded Canada and Mexico, like we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan that we would be quite outraged and nervous. That’s how Iran feels. The CIA (yes, our CIA) destabilized Iran’s democratly elected President in the 50′s and the result was running him out and the Shah of Iran in power (the guy we wanted to deal with). That is, until the people of Iran found out what really happened and ran the Shah out of Iran. These Iranians remember how we fiddled with their government, though this Vet seems to chose what he remembers and what he ignores. Either that or his memory is failing him. These people overseas don’t hate us for our freedom, they hate us for the things we’ve done to them. I hold our service people in high regard, though in many cases they are doing the bidding of opportunists that want to make money off the war they die for. If this Vet is mad, maybe he should look at what really happened to get his buddies killed. Not all that was for freedom. And is not for freedon that we are in Iraq and Afghanistan now, yet he is strangely silent about that. If he wants to keep the America he knew, I’m not with him. The America he knew and the America now, still serves the rich and powerful and sends the poor off to die for their gains. I’m saddened that this site chose to run this story, and I no longer feel this site is posting useful insightful imformation, but rather the same propaganda that is used by those that want to control us.

    Posted by WebMan
  2. January 31, 2010 @ 10:15 am


    Hello,

    I don’t think you read the letter. Read it again and you will see that he is not for continuing imperalism overseas. He said “either win the war or get out.” He also mentioned balooning deficits and the bloated economy.

    Posted by Jason
  3. January 31, 2010 @ 12:33 pm


    Thanks for the reply. I guess we’ll agree to disagree. I did read his points thoroughly. Maybe you didn’t understand his blanket biias against Muslim’s so I’ll point it out; “And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more”. This Vet assumes full knowledge of the event and suggests he knows why this Musim Major did this even though he was not there. Maybe he does his investigation through the distorted lens of the media? I could just as easily come up with my own uninformed explanation and say the therapist Muslim Major had heard enough of the military personnel confessing to him about the indiscrimate killings of numerous Muslim women and children by people who showed absolutely no remorse, and hit back because of that.

    You said; “Read it again and you will see that he is not for continuing imperalism overseas. He said “either win the war or get out. ” Since you misquoted this I’ll paste the quote here for you to read, the Vet say; “But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.” The Vet again assumes what he heard in the news about Obama’s dragging his heels in approving troops is correct, complete information and Obama is not in this to win. Really? This Vet has sat with Obama and the Generals and knows why or what must be done!? I’m don’t support many things Obama has done with these so-called wars, but I don’t pretend to know what’s best from my arm chair perspective like this Vet does.

    You have proven my point with your reply. You seem to rally around a message that is severly distorted, one that reads like “either you are with us or you are with the enemy”. This kind of thinking, this imperialistic attitude has always perpetuated wars and continued to get us in trouble. And because you don’t understand the clear bias and phobia that is present in the Vet’s letter, is exactly why I believe your site is of no use to people like myself that want to solve problems instead of creating more.

    Posted by WebMan
  4. January 31, 2010 @ 3:12 pm


    He said “Muslim extremists” were the problem. They are indeed a problem, but the root cause is the problem with US intervention in other countries causing much of the Moslem extremism.

    Posted by Jason
  5. January 31, 2010 @ 4:40 pm


    Jason, I’ve read through the Vet’s letter thoroughly, have you? It doesn’t say anything about extremists being the problem, or that our countries intervention is causing extremist Muslim’s. What the Vet does say is “You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.” Clearly, the Vet thinks we shouldn’t apologize to any Muslim opposing us for any reason, and no where in that Vet letter is there a sentence where he says our military actions inflame or cause the Muslim’s to be extremists. On the contrary, the Vet is angered that Obama is coddling these terrorists by asking for reason and calm in the wake of the sad and tragic killings.

    Maybe the Vet hasn’t seen the killing over in Iraq and Afghanistan personally to realize the civilian casualties that include men, women and children that are probably the age of his grandchildren. If he had, his letter writing would be to stop the war over there, and the war that is now bleeding onto our shores.

    Jason, is this really the letter you want to defend? Frankly, this letter doesn’t fit the news on your site. You seem to work to bring awareness, but this letter serves to reinforce stereotypes, nationalism, and imperialism. You are better than this…your site is better than this.

    Posted by WebMan
  6. February 1, 2010 @ 1:33 pm


    Muslim extremists? They are a problem and they are slowly,quietly invading. They are invading Europe and have been for almost twenty years now. And they are invading us. They get their funds from their petro-rich Arabs nations that finance Isamic Center,Mosques and Muslim-sponsered activities in both Europe and here. By 2050, they will be running the this country unless we stop immigration of them here,distance ourselves away from the Middle-east and go totally independent energy-wise.

    Posted by Juddster
  7. February 1, 2010 @ 4:09 pm


    Juddster,

    You are right about immigration of certain nationalities. It is a fairy tale to believe that all nationalities and religions can co-habitate. Our ancestors had very wise protectionist barriers in place until we realized that they were quote un-quote “racist” and now many western nations have point systems for immigration. The problem here is that it is causing much social problems. Check out the articles about multiculturalism being a conspiracy admitted by the UK government to destabilize society. Nationalism is not a bad thing. Of course ,in a perfect world, we would have no boundaries or governments. It would truly be a free world and free society. Unfortunately, that is a pipe dream.

    Posted by Jason
  8. February 1, 2010 @ 5:05 pm


    It was from the heart! Unlike most of the grabage i hear now-a -days!

    http://www.govtslaves.com

    Posted by WWW.GOVTSLAVES.COM
  9. February 1, 2010 @ 8:56 pm


    To a certain extent, but not totally the President is correct. Remember when the Late Pope John Paul II asked Governors to stop the death penalty??? It wasn’t because he the Pope was against the Death penalty itself, He eyewitnessed the horrors of what the Nazi’s did during WWII and then the Communist’s, he knew and was friend’s of many that were murdered by them, he had more a legitimate axe to grind than we do ), it was due too our FLAWED weak human nature. The thirsting for blood vengeance and not real true authentic heavenly justice.
    The main reason why “we” have a German Pope now??? Nazi in the physical sense is gone, BUT the ANGELIC spiritual is still there, waiting to rear it’s ugly head and take possession of the ignorant, and the weak. ( read up of what the Roman Catholic Church say’s about possession’s ).

    Posted by Thomas
  10. February 9, 2010 @ 6:57 am


    Are you all enjoying your Jewish Supremacist controlled government? Are you enjoying your Jewish Supremacist controlled financial system and Federal Reserve? You are reaping the benefits of Zionist Extremist control. Prior to WW2 both Germany and Japan ousted the “Kosher Nostre” from their financial systems and issued their own currencies backed by real assets and not Jewish controlled debt. Both countries economies boomed. Then international Jewery conspired to attack those nations. The “Holocaust” is a myth. There was a real one…it’s called the “Holodomor”. That one was committed by Jews against Christians. Deny it if you wish. Or educate yourself. Your choice.

    Posted by Pat
  11. April 21, 2010 @ 12:09 pm


    Actually, he has done a very good job summarizing a FEW of the problems we have in this president. Frankly, I can’t understand, for the love that good, how anyone that is a red-blooded American follow Mr. Obama. Being a 21-year vet myself, I would be in fear. He has no experience running a government (look at his history), never had a job where he had to work hard, went to fancy schools, has no clue about military strategy, and basically grew up with a silver spoon in hand.

    Honestly, I am ashamed of the Americans that voted this fella in office. How they were lead, lambs to the slaughter? Well, he can be proud of one thing. He has taken the heat off the heads of Carter, Clinton, and Roosevelt. He has definitely out performed them.

    Posted by NC VET
  12. May 5, 2010 @ 2:25 pm


    You people that agree with Obama, your nuts, all of you. You can’t see the hole in the ground in front of you and you are going to fall in it. I am so mad I could spit. Our freedoms are being taken away you stupid morons! Can’t you see that! Your just dumb, dumb as rock and a stick!! Do you really want caps put on how rich you can be? Do you want the government telling you what can do and cannot do? Just you wait, it’s going to hit you right in the behind and slap you in the face, then maybe you will see the light!!! Your not listening, but if you get a taste of what’s comming down the pike then maybe you will get it!

    Posted by What the Heck
  13. May 12, 2010 @ 7:31 am


    So True, and well spoken! The truth always hurts the one one who knows it to be! Thank you very much for serving our country and saving our feeddom and for us to have a future and long life! I appreciate it and god bless you!

    Posted by Anthony
  14. June 23, 2010 @ 11:46 pm


    To WebMan:
    You’ve got to be kidding your calling the author un-informed when you didn’t even understand what he wrote, that’s rich. You say you hold our troops in the highest regards yet you mock them and our country while defending countries like Iran. You make a false assumption that countries don’t like us simply because of our past dealings with Iran when in fact it’s because we have been supporting a democratic country in their region called Israel, so get your facts straight. You called his letter a Rah-Rah letter which tells me that the freedoms that the author fought for, and all the ones he has seen slip away, you simply take for granted and dismiss as un-important. You should be embarrassed to call yourself an American because from the sound of it, you’re not even sure what it really means to be one. You falsely make the statement that WWII wasn’t about freedom or human rights, maybe you might want to read up on what exactly happened in concentration camps and the many that died in Russia during the war, among other things before you run your mouth. As far as the rich and powerful goes, they only get away with the things they do because people like you make excuses for them, buy they’re propaganda, and defend them against those of us who actually know better. Son, if you don’t see anything wrong with the many bad comments, excuses, and apologies our president has made to other countries, then you are at best naïve. Do you really think its good practice, or even makes sense to continue a conflict with no plan or goals to finish the job? The saying goes never pick a fight you don’t intend to finish. Sure a president invaded another country under false pretenses, but it’s the fault of you and people like you who didn’t hold the president and our politicians accountable. This doesn’t mean that we should keep doing the same things without a goal and end in sight either and take for granted anything they tell us either. Many generals have either been forced to step down, or have been fired since the current war started because they don’t agree with the president’s course of action and because the president isn’t listening to his generals. If that many high ranking generals with more experience than the president in these matters sees problems with the plans, then perhaps the current plans are at fault. You’re wrong to assume that because the president is in charge we should blindly follow without question, which is what you strongly implied. People die needlessly in every war, and these things are so far impossible to fully prevent. However, defending a Muslim, or anyone who went on a killing spree because they didn’t agree with the war, is foolish and more. You might think you’re sounding smart with your half-baked ideology, but in reality you are a shining example of why so many our freedoms are already gone, it’s because the younger generations like you aren’t taught to think for yourself, you’re simply conditioned to follow. Learn from history, stop enabling our leaders to repeat histories mistakes, and shut up.

    Signed:
    A 10 year Army Veteran

    Posted by Ron

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