As an election year approaches, the Democratic National Committee is trying to reach out to the military.
The Polish military, that is.
Until Thursday, the Democratic National Committee’s “Veterans and Military Families” website had as its only picture a shot from White House photographers during President Obama’s visit to Warsaw in 2011.
The president had been cropped out, but faces of four elderly veterans wearing European-style military uniforms were visible above several paragraphs asserting the party’s “commitment to America’s veterans.” The Polish military’s White Eagle insignia was clear on the headgear of two of the veterans.
The hipsters who staff the DNC are apparently so out of touch with actual U.S. servicemen and servicewomen that they just picked out any old photo of old folks wearing uniforms and slapped it onto the site. According to Military Times, which broke the above story, the photo gaffe photo remained up for several weeks.
Finally, after someone over there read the Military Times story, the DNC swapped out the elderly Poles for a photo of Obama with some real U.S. veterans–from the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company.
“We thank Military Times for bringing this to our attention and have now fixed the photograph on our website,” DNC spokesman Eric Walker said in a statement.
“Whether it’s passing a new GI Bill, tax credits for hiring veterans, or reducing homelessness among veterans, the Democratic Party’s commitment to our nation’s heroes is unwavering.”
Uh-huh. But the ironic glasses-wearing DNC staffers still couldn't get it right:
It also boasts that Democrats have “worked to provide additional resources to the Veterans Administration” — the former name of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and another language misstep frequently pointed out by veterans groups.
But what do you expect from a party whose own chairwoman can't tell the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?