Fox News host Andrea Tantaros theorized on her radio show that President Barack Obama went “to the Jersey Shore” for Memorial Day because he “doesn't want to stand with actual veterans” since it might draw attention to “scandals” like Benghazi. But Tantaros' theory is nonsense. President Obama spent Memorial Day with veterans at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and not at the Jersey Shore. The Five's post-Memorial Day program, which Tantaros co-hosted, even noted that Obama spent Memorial Day honoring veterans.
On her June 3 radio program, Tantaros said of Obama: “He doesn't want to stand with actual veterans, military veterans, to celebrate Memorial Day, two weekends ago. He goes to the Jersey Shore. What does the Jersey Shore have to do with Memorial Day, somebody tell me? Memorial Day is to honor the fallen, and don't you think the fallen in Benghazi would be a more appropriate tribute, but he doesn't want to talk about the scandals.”
On Memorial Day, President Obama visited Arlington National Cemetery and placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He also delivered an address thanking members of the military, and asking the country “to honor the strength and the resolve and the love these brave Americans felt for each other and for our country. Let us never forget to always remember and to be worthy of the sacrifice they make in our name.” President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also held a breakfast for Gold Star families of fallen service members.
Even if Tantaros can't be bothered to look up where the president spent Memorial Day, perhaps she could have remembered her own Fox News show reporting it accurately a week ago.
On the May 28 edition of The Five, co-host Dana Perino began the program by stating, “Hello, everyone. I'm Dana Perino, along with Andrea Tantaros, Bob Beckel and Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld. It's 5:00 in New York City. And this is The Five. Well we hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. It was a solemn weekend for President Obama. On Sunday, he toured the tornado damage in Oklahoma. Yesterday, he laid a wreath at the Tomb of Unknown in Arlington. And today, he returned to the Jersey Shore to check out recovery efforts seven months after superstorm Sandy.”
After Perino's opening, Tantaros referenced recent controversies and said that President Obama “is trying to just distract, hope that this story [controversies] goes away. He was in a blue state with a governor who is very popular, Chris Christie is very popular, and it allows him to say, 'I'm here, I helped fix this. I stood shoulder to shoulder with Chris Christie.'”
Fox News covered Obama's Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery live: