Incredible. No doubt someone thought this was "cute". Its not cute. Its morally repugnant. Here is my letter to the Editor of this trash:
I am writing to you to express my disappointment in news anchor Lester Holt’s reference to Barack Obama’s visit to Iraq as a “Tour of Duty”. Not only is this inaccurate, but it is an insult to the brave men and women who are on active duty serving in Iraq and in Afghanistan.
Please explain to me how a professional news organization such as yours could find a short visit to Iraq flanked by countless security for political gain equating to a Soldier leaving his or her family for over a year, each day risking their lives for the freedom of the Iraqi people as well as our freedom? By trivializing what a “tour of duty” means, NBC has spoken volumes as to its true feelings for our brave men and women in uniform.
As the proud wife of an active duty soldier who has had three tours of duty in this conflict, let me assure you his time there did not consist of playing basketball and shaking hands in front of a media circus. I sincerely hope you keep this in mind the next time you determine using military terminology in such a flippant manner as a good idea. Perhaps you might consider the effect this particular judgment lapse has had on the military community and react appropriately by issuing an apology.
I'll keep you posted on the response (let's all hold our breath for it....)