Biden’s Early Exit Further Undermines Military Morale, Respect

Joe Biden sparked a firestorm of controversy on Tuesday after abruptly leaving the Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Vietnam War hero Army Captain Larry L. Taylor. While some suggest that Biden’s exit was intended to give Taylor the spotlight, the overwhelming consensus is that this departure was a display of disregard and disrespect for the military.

Taylor, 81, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, enlisted in June 1966 and served with the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. The man has a decorated military career, including at least 50 combat decorations. They include 43 Air Medals, a Bronze Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Silver Star. The ceremony was meant to honor him with America’s highest military recognition, the Medal of Honor, for his heroism during a June 1968 battle near the village of Ap Go Cong.

Biden’s exit came immediately after he placed the medal around Taylor’s neck and shook the emotionally moved veteran’s hand. However, instead of staying for the closing benediction, Biden ambled away alone, leaving Taylor alone on stage. Lt. Col. Ann Hughes, who detailed Taylor’s courageous acts, and other dignitaries remained.

Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Patterson commented on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, “Democrat disconnect with the American military continues. He doesn’t give a s— and can’t wait to nap.”

While Biden’s actions in the East Room drew significant ire, it’s not his first misstep concerning the military. Last year, he looked at his watch during a ceremony for the 13 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan, further bruising his standing among servicemen and women. These moments are not isolated instances but rather a reflection of a broader sentiment that Biden and his administration are diminishing America’s military preparedness and morale.

It’s not just about the optics. The United States’ military capabilities and morale are critical to national security. When the Commander-in-Chief sends a message — intentional or not — of disrespect, it undermines the very institutions that safeguard American liberties.

So why does this matter? The Medal of Honor ceremony isn’t merely a ritual; it inspires current and future military personnel. These ceremonies imbue the military with a sense of respect and gravitas for the sacrifices made by individuals like Taylor. Therefore, a misstep in such a setting by the highest office in the land is not merely a social faux pas but a signal to the armed forces and the global community.

Taylor had understated his heroism, saying, “I thought you had to do something to receive the Medal of Honor.” It is, therefore, not just an individual embarrassment for Biden but a collective one for a nation that expects its leader to uphold its traditions, particularly those that recognize extraordinary bravery.

The President’s early departure and the subsequent fallout underscore the dissonance between the Biden administration and military ethos. As the Commander-in-Chief, Biden’s actions, intentional or not, set the tone for how our nation treats its heroes and, by extension, its military readiness and morale.