Is Barack Obama the only president who hasn't visited the D-Day memorial on the anniversary of the World War II invasion of Normandy?
FALSE: In so many ways
This rumor falls into the category of “things your uncle posts on Facebook and asks you to share.” It's not a news story, but it's still a powerful piece that has the potential to make people who already dislike President Barack Obama hate him more, and make those on the fence conclude that he's a terrible leader. It also happens to be totally untrue.
A photo of Obama making its rounds on the Internet claims the president "failed" to visit the D-Day memorial on June 6, the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. The text of the graphic says this: “How much does Obama cherish this country & its military that have fought and died for us? In all the years since D-Day 1945, there are 3 occasions when a president failed to go to the D-Day Monument that honors the soldiers killed during the invasion. Only 3 Times.” It then goes on to say that Obama is the only one who's missed going to the memorial those three times.
Yet, as Snopes points out, this assertion has one very big problem: There's no one agreed-upon D-Day monument. There is Normandy, where the invasion actually happened and which Obama has visited on the anniversary. There's the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., which has been open only since 2001 and has been visited once by only one president, George W. Bush, at its opening ceremony. And then there's the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., which didn't open until 2004 and which no president has visited on D-Day.
Presidential visits to D-Day memorials are actually very rare. As Snopes points out, “Exactly four U.S. presidents have attended D-Day memorial ceremonies a total of exactly six times” in the past 68 years. And Obama was one of them.
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