According to ABC News (February 03, 2011 8:07 PM): Valerie Jarrett Mistakes Vice Chief of Staff of Army for Waiter (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/02/valerie-jarrett-mistakes-vice-chief-of-staff-of-army-for-waiter.html )
At a black tie event over the weekend, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett mistook the vice chief of staff of the Army for a waiter and asked him to get her a drink.
Does the fact that a Senior White House official can’t pick out a senior military officer in a line up of hotel doormen really surprise anyone?
With the departure of National Security Advisor General James Jones several months ago, NO ONE in the West Wing has ever donned a uniform in defense of this nation which makes Obama's truly a "Vet-less Administration." Even the people who were of Prime Draft age during Vietnam like VP Joe "5-Deferment" Biden (like Dick Cheney to be fair), former acting Chief of Staff Pete Rouse and his replacement William Daley appear to have done everything short of maiming themselves (probably didn’t have the guts) to dodge the VN Draft. By comparison, the present White House crowd makes “George W" look like a war hero! (For the record, Bush flying antique Air Guard Convair F-102s was probably in more danger than I was during an extended CIB-earning tour in Vietnam!).
Active military service was a certainty for any male born between 1940-49 unless morally, mentally or medically unfit, or they took some overt action to "dodge" the draft so when these guys evaded, someone else, probably less educated or advantaged and definitely less eligible, served in his place.
I suspect eventually as his reelection nears, for survival President Obama will be forced to hire at least a few Vets to help prevent him from repeating some of those early Administration boneheaded blunders like trying to bill veterans’ private insurance for combat disabilities or allowing his DHS Secretary to accuse Vet of being potential Terrorists -- Ray Charles could have seen what the public reaction was going to be to these preposterous utterances but the Presidents “Vet-less” inner circle allowed it anyway. Including a Vet in his decision circle could have pointed out the obvious and avoided some embarrassment.
All Americans should encourage President Obama to add a little “diversity” to his administration and set an example for the rest of the country by hiring a few Vets. It might even have the serendipitous effect of lowering the Veteran unemployment rate.