Today marks the 68th anniversary of the landing at Normandy. I have read the account by Stephen Ambrose and an exception to my not going to movies was going to see Saving Private Ryan. That is because my beloved Connie's dad was a D-day veteran, landing in the first wave at Omaha Beach. He was a Bedford Boy and was a genuine hero. It therefore saddens me and alternatively infuriates me that the President did not deign to commemorate this day of supreme sacrifice. Instead he is fund raising (what else?) in California. It is puzzling that this president and his advisers are so tone deaf. Surely someone in the Obama camp must know that this day is important to so many Americans. It would take little time and less effort to issue a presidential proclamation. Yet nothing but silence. This is another confirmation as to why people like Artur Davis, a black former congressman from Alabama has left the democratic party. Davis said that Obama had the rare opportunity to unite Americans, yet at every turn he has done the opposite. The Pew research center has said that this country is more divided than ever. That division has to be put at the feet of Obama. He has deliberately governed to the far left. He has not made a single attempt to bring us together but has instead helped drive us apart. Interestingly, the division has not been along racial lines but instead along ideological lines. Indeed, Pew has found that there are deeper divisions now amongst Americans by ideology than by race, gender or religion. So I guess Obama has in a sense united races, genders and religions that share the same ideology. Regardless, ignoring D-Day is a sad continuation of a sad presidency.
Harold A. Black is professor emeritus in the Department of Finance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville having retired after 24 years of service. He has served on the faculties of American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Florida. His government service includes the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as a Board Member of the National Credit Union Administration. He also has served on the boards of directors Home Savings of America and its parent company, H. F. Ahmanson & Co., Irwindale, California prior to its merger with Washington Mutual Savings Bank, on the board of New Century Financial Corporation, Irvine, California, then the nation’s largest real estate investment trust and as director and later chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He writes an occasional article for the Knoxville News-Sentinel at http://www.knoxnews.com/staff/dr-harold-black/. His web page is haroldablackphd.com