Back in March, the family of fallen soldier Ryan David Jopek from Merrill, Wisconsin asked Barack Obama publicly to stop wearing the bracelet engraved with his name. Yet, as recently as the Friday night debate, Obama inserted Sgt. Jopek's name into his own political campaign. The family is not happy with Senator Obama's exploitation of their dead son.
You may remember how odd it was that Obama countered a story from Senator McCain, recalling meeting and accepting a bracelet with a soldier's name from a grieving mother on the trail, by saying in a very juvenile fashion, "I have a bracelet, too". Then he had to look down at it to remember the soldier's name. This display was not a shining moment for Obama.
According to transcripts of a radio show, "Route 51", hosted by Glenn Moberg, even with Moberg going to bat for Obama, Jopek's father who is divorced from Jopek's mother, said the soldier's mother gave the bracelet to Obama, "because she just wanted Mr. Obama to know Ryan's name." "She wasn't looking to turn it into a big media event" and "just wanted it to be something between Barack Obama and herself."
From the News Busters article, "He said that his ex-wife has refused further interviews on the matter and that she wanted Obama to stop wearing the reminder of her son's sacrifice that he keeps turning into a campaign soundbyte."
That interview was back in March. This speaks volumes of Obama's character. He uses a fallen soldier's name on a bracelet, a name he has to refresh himself with, as a prop in a Presidential campaign debate to "me, too" what his opponent said.