The morning after President Obama’s State of the Union speech, NBC News senior political director Mark Murray composed a tweet that compared Obama’s “story” to that of Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, the wounded war hero honored by the president last night.
Obama’s ending on Remsburg wasn’t just a story about America — it also was a story about Obama. Nothing has ever come easy
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) January 29, 2014
Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau couldn’t agree more.
@mmurraypolitics my thought exactly the first time I read it
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) January 29, 2014
SFC Remsburg served 10 deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffered a head wound that included shrapnel in his brain. After three months in a coma, dozens of surgeries, years of rehabilitation, and being blinded in one eye, Remsburg is now able to walk and speak.
During his speech, the President compared Remsburg’s struggle to that of America, not his own.
Murray later defended his tweet to the Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein: “Obama also was talking about perseverance at large for country – and that applies to him.”
Yes, but using that logic, it also applies to 330-plus million Americans living today and the billions that came before. It was Murray and Murray alone who chose to single Obama out.
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