Hope and Change Not Such Big Hit

The rock star reception George Bush received at US military bases all over the world isn't going to be offered to the next president. It's not really surprising. You can't paint the military as either too dumb to get a real job or all victims of PTSD and expect to be, well... liked.

Obama showed up at Christmas Dinner at Kaneohe Bay Marine Base yesterday and got a polite but subdued reception.

As Obama entered the room, it was absent of the regular fanfare of cheering and clapping. The diners were polite, staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the president-elect to come to them to stand up.

Obama, dressed casually in a blue polo shirt and dark khaki trousers, worked his way around the room -- table by table -- and took pictures with the service members. He slapped them on the back at times, shook hands, and signed some autographs.

Obama didn't eat with the troops. Having no military experience, he of course doesn't know the significance of dining (or not) with the troops. (Bush did... and more importantly, understood the added significance of serving meals to the enlisted folks.)

Like Clinton, Obama will certainly demoralize our military and cause a good many good people to leave the service. That's a predictable cost of electing a Democrat Commander in Chief. But it's sad to see it happening all over again.