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The parents of our troops live with anxiety every day their child is in harm’s way, hoping against hope they never receive the news they dread.

Words of comfort from the Commander-in-Chief in letters of condolence are a long-standing tradition in the armed services, but for the father of a fallen Marine, the form letter phrases rang hollow and he not only returned the letter, but seized the opportunity to let the president know exactly what he thought of him.

Marine Lance Cpl. Hunter Hogan fell in Afghanistan in July 2012, and shortly thereafter, his father received the obligatory letter from the White House. Steve Hogan scrawled a handwritten note at the top of the page, “I wonder how many of these get returned to you!”

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Hogan did away with formalities, starting with “Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama,” rather than addressing it to “Mr. President.”

He turned the perfunctory opening phrase of the president’s letter back on Obama, “I am deeply saddened that you are the President of the United States. You sir are an embarrassment to the Oval Office.”

“ I am thankful that I did not serve under a Comm. in Chief such as you. I am sickened that my son had to,” wrote the grieving father, himself a veteran.

He went on, “My son, as well as most Marines I know, despise you… Your ridiculous rules of engagement have caused the massive amount of casualties on your watch in Afghanistan.”

Hogan closed with skeptical wish, “I doubt that you will see this, I hope you do though!”

Here is Hogan's letter transcribed in its entirety.

I wonder how many of these get returned to you!

Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama,

I am deeply saddened that you are the President of the United States. You sir are an embarrassment to the Oval Office.

My son, as well as most Marines I know, despise you and your lack of representation for our military. Your ridiculous rules of engagement have caused the massive amount of casualties on your watch in Afghanistan, while we watch your media pander to your administration and clearly sweep things under the rug for you.

I fully understand Marines die. You have tied their hands & feet!

I am thankful I did not serve under a Comm. in Chief such as you. I am sickened that my son had to. I wonder [illegible] I doubt that you will see this, I hope you do though!

Steve Hogan

 

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