Thursday, September 15, 2011

Medal of Honor

Dakota Meyer is the most recent recipient of the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest military honor. Only eleven of these have been awarded post Vietnam and nine of those were posthumous. Meyer had a beer with the President before his ceremony, and asked for some advice.

Appearing on "The Early Show" Thursday, Meyer said he took the opportunity to ask the president for advice on how to be successful.

"He said, 'You know, first thing, get an education and he said just take it slow and don't try to make any rash decisions,'" he said.

It's hard to fault the advice, but it's still a bit ironic, given that the award is only given for actions that are extremely brave and rash - see first link for the details of Meyer's actions. Rash is probably not the right word, though. Meyer's kind of bravery required considered courage - not just for a moment, but over an extended period of time.

I sometimes think Obama would be a better President if he would be a bit more rash - or at least more confrontationally brave.