Obama BraceletGate – Politicizing Soldier’s Death – Update

Obama’s me to, claim to being wearing a bracelet of a fallen Iraq soldier, was initial just that a me too. However it turns out to be much more. He wears the bracelet and envokes its story against the wishes of the parents of Ryan Jopek. His parents have requested, months ago, for Obama to stop wearing the bracelet and stop talking about it in his campaign.

This is a prime example of what Obama thinks of the rest of us, we are here to serve him. More Change You Can Believe In!

To all that read this, please write letters, make phone calls, email, Obama and your congressional leaders, and request that he honor the wishes of Ryan Jopek’s family.

Barack Obama played the “me too” game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.

Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son’s name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family.

Radio host Glenn Moberg of the show “Route 51” asked Mr. Jopek, a man who believes in the efforts in Iraq and is not in favor of Obama’s positions on the war, what he and his ex-wife think of Obama continually using their son’s name on the campaign trail. (h/t D. Keith Howington of www.dehavelle.com)

Jopek began by saying that his ex-wife was taken aback, even upset, that Obama has made the death of her son a campaign issue. Jopek says his wife gave Obama the bracelet because “she just wanted Mr. Obama to know Ryan’s name.” Jopek went on to say that “she wasn’t looking to turn it into a big media event” and “just wanted it to be something between Barack Obama and herself.” Apparently, they were all shocked it became such a big deal.

But, he also 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. This begins at about 10 minutes into the radio program. (Download radio show HERE)


Brian Jopek: Because of some of the negative feedback she’s gotten on the Internet, you know Internet blogs, you know people accusing her of… or accusing Obama of trying to get votes doing it… and that sort of thing.

Radio Host Moberg: Yeah

Jopek: She has turned down any subsequent interviews with the media because she just didn’t want it to get turned into something that it wasn’t. She had told me in an email that she had asked, actually asked Mr. Obama to not wear the bracelet any more at any of his public appearances. Which I don’t think he’s…

Moberg: It has been a while since he’s brought it up.

Jopek: Right. But, the other night I was watching the news and he was on, uh, speaking somewhere and he was still wearing it on his right wrist. I could see it on his right wrist. So, that’s his own choice. I mean that’s something Barack Obama, that’s a choice that he continues to wear it despite Tracy asking him not to… Because she is a Barack Obama supporter and she didn’t want to do anything to sabotage his campaign, so, if he’s still wearing the bracelet then, uh, that of course is entirely up to him.

Moberg: Maybe there’s a difference between wearing it and making a point to bring it up in your speeches?


Even the snow job that the radio host tried to pull off to cover for Barack’s refusing the wishes of the family of the KIA soldier who’s bracelet he wears doesn’t pass the smell test. After all, now that Obama has made it a big point in the debates, I guess the silent observance of Sgt. Jopek is no longer so silent and Obama is back to exploiting the death of a soldier even when he was asked NOT to do so by that soldier’s parents.

To pile insult onto injury here, the Mother doesn’t even want to force the issue of telling Obama to stop exploiting her son because she wants to see him win the election. Obama is not only taking advantage of this brave soldier’s death, he is taking advantage of the good wishes of the man’s Mother who doesn’t want to hurt the campaign.

And, why is the media not playing this story? The radio show on which this interview is heard happened all the way back in March. How is it the media missed this? Is it because they are also don’t want to hurt Obama’s campaign?

I can only say that if the parents of the soldier whose bracelet John McCain is wearing had said in public that they want him to stop wearing their son’s bracelet the news would have been coast to coast, and wall to wall, not just ignored in Madison, Wisconsin.

Obama’s use of this soldier that fell in the line of duty is tainted by his ambition and callousness. And the media is letting him get away with it.


Tracey Jopek did not ask Obama not to wear the bracelet. However she did ask him not to talk about it as she did not want to upset families of other fallen soldiers that do not share her view and also because she did not want it to be picked up and used by the anti-war mongers.

Regardless Obama still politcized the soldier and did go against the wishes of the mother and father by using their son as a talking point.


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  2. It sounds to me like you are one of the people trying to make a political issue out of it. Take a look at your own page. Maybe you should be more concerned about the 4000+ soldiers that GW and the cabinet got killed in Iraq for a huge mistake at best. Now back to your dream world.

  3. Mark,
    Typical liberal response. Unable to take responsibility for their own actions.

    Obama politicized Ryan Jopek when he did not honor the wishes of his family.

    The family has told Obama to stop wearing the bracelet and telling his story. He chooses not to because he thinks it will help him get elected.

    His father also served in Iraq and at the time of the interview above, was serving at Gitmo and does not support Obama’s use of his son for political gain.

    It is time for you to wake up from your dream world and see the Obama for what he is, an opportunistic POS.

  4. Yeah I am just your typical liberal Gulf War Vet. I’m just not lining up for my Republican dog biscuits any more. Tired of seeing our young people die for nothing and watching the constitution get flushed down the John. Its all been tried before. In the end, the Republicans make promises and deliver our jobs overseas and use the Christian-right for cannon fodder.

    “Naturally, the common people don’t want war, but they can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. Tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and endangering the country. It works the same in every country.” – Herman Goering, Hitler’s Reichsmarschall at the Nuremberg trials

  5. Thanks Mark,
    You have convinced me to vote for Obama as he must be the best person for the job based on your brilliant post.

    Not really.

    Sorry but the character and actions of the man do not show that he is a leader, honest or truly concerned with the welfare of our soldiers.

    You being a Gulf War Vet does not justify his use of this family for his political gain and that is all it is.

    The worst part is he couldn’t ever remember the name on the bracelet, what respect he must really have for Tracy Jopek as he wears this bracelet and does not know who it belonged to…

    You can ramble on with more crap, but I am done with you, keep towing the party line and say nothing of substance and changing the subject.

  6. Braceletgate says it all!

  7. I guess the meaningless deaths of over 4000 US soldiers ( 4148 last time I checked ) is just rambling. Why don’t you try and learn their names.

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