Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's Death Ignored in Obama's State of Union

Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 10:48 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama again failed to acknowledge Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history who was gunned down on a Texas shooting range Feb. 2.

The continuing slight by the president on the day of Kyle's funeral didn't go unnoticed.

Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," was fatally shot along with another man at a Texas gun range. Eddie Ray Routh, 25, of Lancaster, Texas, has been charged with the murders.

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Obama has yet to address the American hero's death in his many speeches on gun control, in which he has name dropped former Democratic Congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords, the Sandy Hook victims, and Hadiya Pendleton, the teen shot and killed in Chicago just days after performing with her school band at the inauguration.

When singer Whitney Houston died last year from a drug overdose, Obama said his "thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter." He also called her death a "tragedy."

The president has no made a public statement on Kyle's death, according to The Blaze. He also has not ordered the flags to be flown at half-mast, as he did to honor Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the victims of Sandy Hook, Arlen Specter and Neil Armstrong, as well as others.

Because so many others have praised Kyle, Obama's failure to mention him on Tuesday was peculiar, something Twitter wouldn't let go of.

Kyle was involved in combat situations from the 10-year period between 1999 and 2009 and recorded more than 150 kills, although the Pentagon wouldn't confirm the actual number for Kyle's book. The previous record was 109. Kyle spoke to Newsmax in an exclusive interview last year about his experiences.

"You're not trying to humanize that person. You're not thinking about them or their family or anything else," he said. "You know when I was in those situations, the only thing I’m thinking of is trying to stop them from the act of violence that they're trying to commit on my guys, the allies, or the innocent civilians in those cities."

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A separate memorial service for Kyle was held Monday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

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George P. Bush: Chris Kyle Was a 'True American Patriot'

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