I’m going to be possibly computer less after this post but I feel the need to get it out there. There is a piece that is making the rounds of all the right o’ center types regarding Obama and Normandy/D-Day ’09 trip. The story line is that tours are to be cancelled per Obama.
My quick bit of research reveals no State Dept hits on the subject and the French media is blank on the subject. The tour agencies are in full swing and currently booking for the 09 season. The MSM and big dogs of international internet media are all silent.
With that said I have to call BULLSHIT on Breitbert. If I end up having to eat crow down the road I’m taking cooking suggestions.
The 65th Anniversary of D-Day is fast approaching. Barack Obama will attend the events on June 6th as George Bush did in 2004 for the sixtieth memorial service. Here is the rub, as of now Obama’s State Department has asked (read demanded) the French government not allow tour guide services to operate that day. It is a big day for Normandy tourism. Yet, the king will not allow those not connected with government to enjoy the day. Obama is very important you know. This is an unprecedented request. I hope the French come to their senses and deny it.
Some previous precedent from ’94
D-DAY veterans planning to attend this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations have gone on the offensive after they were told that the French authorities had requisitioned their hotel rooms for civilian top brass.
The head of a Normandy hotel chain informed the tour company organising the visit that the French government had ‘decided to take over’ two hotels in the Deauville area to accommodate visiting heads of state and VIPs. Veterans were told arrangements were being made to billet them with local residents.
There were reports circulating in Paris last night that many of the veterans were being evicted to make way for personnel from American television networks who had themselves been displaced by French officials.
The veterans booked the hotels through a tour company in January 1993. Angus Cross, a former corporal with the 13th Parachute Battalion, said: ‘The French hotels were being bloody-minded and asking for a hefty deposit, so we paid them. Now some bloody jumped-up French official is saying they need the space. I’m extremely annoyed.’ independent.
British government supplying funds to veterans to attend.
“This year is a bit different in the fact the National Lottery has decided to give us a grant to allow all veterans to attend anniversary events.
“Last year I applied for funding, but was turned down. But this year, largely because of the media, they have decided to help us out. We’ve all got a grant of up to £330 to allow us to go.
“To be honest, it’s not really about the money, but recognition of what we did for our country.” Echo