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Soldier's Mother "Ecstatic" Obama Mentioned Bracelet In Debate

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Obama wears a bracelet honoring Sgt. Ryan D. Jopek, during a presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Friday, Sept. 26, 2008. Sgt. Jopek, from Waupun, Wis., was killed in 2006 in Tikrit, Iraq. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


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Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 29, 2008, 7:22 am

MILWAUKEE The mother of a Wisconsin soldier who died in Iraq says she was "ecstatic" when Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama mentioned during Friday's debate the bracelet she gave him in honor of her son.

Tracy Jopek of Merrill told The Associated Press on Sunday she was honored that Obama remembered Sgt. Ryan David Jopek, who was killed in 2006 by a roadside bomb.

Jopek criticized Internet reports suggesting Obama, D-Ill., exploited her son for political purposes.

"I don't understand how people can take that and turn it into some garbage on the Internet," she said.

Jopek acknowledged e-mailing the Obama campaign in February asking that the presidential candidate not mention her son in speeches or debates. But she said Obama's mention on Friday was appropriate because he was responding after Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, said a soldier's mother gave him a bracelet.

"I've got a bracelet, too, from Sergeant _ from the mother of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek, given to me in Green Bay," Obama said during the debate. "She asked me, 'Can you please make sure another mother is not going through what I'm going through?' No U.S. soldier ever dies in vain because they're carrying out the missions of their commander in chief. And we honor all the service that they've provided."

Jopek says Obama's comment rightfully suggested there's more than one viewpoint on the war.

She wouldn't directly say whether she wanted Obama to refrain from mentioning the bracelet again, but said she hopes the issue will just go away.

"I think these bracelets should be looked upon as an honor that both candidates wear them to respect the troops," Jopek said. "My request to both of them is that they honor the troops by lifting the conversation to the issues, and that they continue to live up to the standards our military deserves."

Past Member (0)
Monday September 29, 2008, 9:22 am
thank you for clearing this up blue!!!

Past Member (0)
Monday September 29, 2008, 10:10 am
I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

Arielle S (313)
Monday September 29, 2008, 10:33 am
I thought Obama kind of stuffed a sock in McCain with this one - McCain droning on and on and Obama simply said "I have a bracelet, too." Low key and infinitely more sincere.

June Rice (125)
Monday September 29, 2008, 10:47 am
About your proposition, Mae...I almost spit tea all over myself...LMAO!

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Monday September 29, 2008, 11:06 am
I think it would be appropriate for bush to go swimming with a bracelet for each of the kids who have died there.

Marion Y (322)
Monday September 29, 2008, 12:26 pm
That's was a good comeback to McCain's obvious self-promotion. Thank you, Blue!

Deborah Hooper (59)
Monday September 29, 2008, 1:46 pm
ROFLMAO, Mae, good one!

Either side will twist the truth until you can't recognize it.

Here's how I see it, Republicans want to tell you how to live, and Democrats want to spend Republicans money!

Past Member (0)
Monday September 29, 2008, 1:47 pm

Louise L (48)
Monday September 29, 2008, 2:34 pm
The mothers of soldiers are going through hell these days. They want to believe what their child is doing is honorable, and on the flip side, many of them feel our presence there is unwanted/unneeded/resented. That brave lady gave her son's bracelet to the right man. Thanks, Blue.

Maryann S (161)
Monday September 29, 2008, 2:40 pm
The republicans are going down in a flaming pile of odorous lies of their own making! Now is the time to talk to the undecideds out their and really lambaste McCain in this election. If we win by big numbers there is no way they will be able to cheat again.

Deborah Hooper (59)
Monday September 29, 2008, 2:49 pm
The numbers are tallied from the debates. All the polls say Obama gained and or sustained his momentum. But, I can't wait for the VP Paling, I mean debate.

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 29, 2008, 4:40 pm
DO NOT WAIT for an apology; RepubliCON$ will never say "I'm Sorry" or "I was wrong" ...
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