Why does Obama define Remsburg as a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack?
Thirty-year old Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg is honored during the State of the Union address of President Barack Obama delivered at the Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. last Tuesday, January 28. Politicians, either Democrat or Republican in orientation, government officials, foreign dignitaries as well as visitors who are present there stand in unison as they give their salutation to Remsburg for more than two minutes.
This is the 6th time that Obama delivers his State of the Union address to the Congress. His speech centers on important issues which needs to be addressed along with his proposed solutions and platforms. This year, one of his programs is about health care for the veterans, most of them are wounded, who are returning home after their long service in the military. It is in this juncture that he introduces and honors Remsburg.
Remsburg joins the Army in 2001 when he’s 18 and a fresh high school graduate from the Ritenour High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He gets inspiration from his father, Craig, who is now a retired Air Force Reserve firefighter. After having rigorous physical training, he has been deployed in 2003. However, throughout his military service career, several times that he is in between life and death.
During his deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, he is almostly killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar, the second largest city in the country. As a result, he is in coma, unconscious for three months and is unable to speak and move since his brain is damaged and his body paralyzed. Fortunately, after four years of recovering, he returns home to Phoenix, Arizona.
Obama defines Remsburg as “a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack.” Remsburg’s appearance before the Capitoll Hill is not the first that Obama sees him. In fact, they have already met thrice, first in 2009 at the Omaha Beach in Normandy, France where the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landing is celebrated. Moreover, Obama equates Remsburg’s struggle as akin to the American Army’s which will never cease in upholding American ideals of freedom, democracy and equality.