Grieving Father Returns Obama’s Condolence Letter


The following letter was sent by Barack Obama to Steven Hogan offering condolences for the death of his Marine son who died in 2012. Mr. Hogan returned it with the message you see.

It was posted in the IJ Review.

God bless Hunter D. Hogan and his family. Thanking you for your service is much too little to say.


The letter reads:

“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… I doubt that you will see this, I hope you do though!”

Steve Hogan

A Military Times survey shows that Barack Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to 15% and his disapproval rating has gone from 40% to 55%. He can’t blame it on racism because many in the military are minorities.

Much of the opposition to Obama, the Military Times reports, has come from military members who believe he has been an inconsistent and flawed leader in foreign policy — for example, his 2011 removal of all troops in Iraq helped lead to the rise of the Islamic State, which then required a new U.S. intervention in the region. But some of the resistance comes from those who see his moves to change the military’s culture as “heavy-handed social engineering that erode deep-seated traditions and potentially undermine good order and discipline.”

The Military Times says that, though unpopular, Obama has reshaped the Pentagon and military in ways that will last for decades.

Social policies such as allowing gays and transponders to serve and putting women on the front lines draw mixed results.

Many in the military are fed up with politics in the military decisions.

“I just feel like all politics goes back to money,” one 32-year-old soldier told Military Times. “It seems like all the [congressional] debate now is completely disconnected from reality. They don’t really seem to care about how their decisions impact us.”

The following eulogy is from the Military Times:

Hundreds of mourners have turned out in York to honor a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan in York Nebraska.

Twenty-one-year-old Lance Cpl. Hunter Hogan died June 23 during combat operations. He’s from Norman, Ind., but was born in Nebraska, where his father lives.

Funeral services were held on Friday.

His friend, Chase Plumer, of Seymour, Ind., told the Lincoln Journal Star that Hogan was “tougher than nails.” He loved rodeo and competed in bull and bareback bronco riding.

Plumer says Hogan idolized his father, Steve Hogan, who inspired him to join the Marines after graduating in 2009 from Brownstown Central High School in Indiana.

The funeral:

His death was reported by WLKY:

Sources: IJ Review and Military Times


  1. Semper Fi Lance Cpl Hunter Hogan.
    I’m certain the ‘Streets of Heaven’ are more secure now that you are there. As a 77 year old Marine, no longer on active duty, he, and his father, have made me even more proud to have served in the Marine Corps. The response to Obama’s form letter of condolences was outstanding.
    Thomas Lutz
    Cpl. USMC (Retired)

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