WW II Battleship Sailor tells Obama to shape up or ship out!

This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II, retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

“We’re no longer a Christian nation” and “America is arrogant” – (Your wife even announced to the world, “America is mean-spirited.” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said, “America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around because we stand for freedom.

I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing… I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job.  When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.


Harold B. Estes


When a 95 year old hero of the “the Greatest Generation” stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can.

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10 Responses to “WW II Battleship Sailor tells Obama to shape up or ship out!”

  1. Eliza Wilde Says:

    There is so much information here! I’m trying to remember all of it so I can put it to work.

  2. April Says:

    Obama is doing a horrible job and you have had the tremendous courage to not only tell him that but to tell him what he’s doing wrong and how to fix it. Thank you. Thank you, also for your years of service. Both of my grandpa’s served and I understand a little better than some how that can affect some one. I am not personally one to serve for various reasons, but I do respect and honor those who choose to serve and who have served in the past and to you and all of the others who are or have been involved in the service, I offer my thanks.

  3. Jack Busick Says:

    I am a mere youngster of 83 years of age, served only two years in the Army, and fortunatly did not see combat. I was in the Philipines as the Paciific Theater operations came to a close, I saw enough at that time. to know what it means to have the backing of a strong Country behind you!

    I cannot find fault with any of the thoughts you so aptly expressed, Harold, and would like to thank you for bringing the points home to the many Americans who read them, and also to thank you for your service to Our Country!

  4. kenny Says:

    Hooray couldn’t have said it any better and it’s so true!

  5. Dolores Schwaller Says:

    People like Harold Estes should be President. Those who voted for Obama should realize the damaged our nation is undergoing. We need courageous people to stop this train wreck.

  6. Nell Says:

    How on earth did that man, Obama, fool so many people? They must have marched to his Pied Piper/Hitler charisma. Some of those voters are apparently now seeing through his campaign rhetoric — why did it take them so long! Thank goodness for people like our 95-year-old sailor who has served our country so well.

  7. Marti Says:

    This wonderful man very eloquently put in gracious words what out leader and his office need to do. When are they going to listen to the majority and not just fly by the seat of his pants. !I want my country to live and prosper. Right now, it’s falling in on itself. We need to stop this. We need to again become a caring power we once were. We need strong leaders, not wishy washy what can I do for me folks. It’s not too late for our president to turn things around, but he needs to get his head out of his non comunicating area and pay attention to us! Thank you.

  8. Al Clayton.usn-ret Says:

    Boatswain Mate. Sideboys made fast on the Qt deck to Pipe you over, two.. Good job on that letter shipmate. I’ll send that letter to all shipmates I know. One Boatswain mate to another, live long Sir, which you have done so far, your doing it right. Al Clayton. “Boats” usn-ret.

  9. Joe Tomei Says:

    To all that read or get involved in the current events of today’s America,

    I feel exactly like Glenn Beck.

    This administration is being led by the number one mob boss from Chicago === Obama and his elite gang of czars who seem bent on taking advantage of our country’s most delicate and fragile time in its economic history.

    A time and these criminals are bribing our Senators into submission and threatening our very poklitical fiber. These corrupt and criminal bums especially Pelosi, Reed, Dobbs, Barney Frank, the Federal Reserve, and all the rest of this most Liberal and non conservative government we have ever elected, are determined to take down our American Democracy, Capitalism as we know it, and all our known liberties.

    So they can “Spread The Wealth” Opening the gates to a complete socialistic government and the complete control over all Americans!

    It has been said when there are 45 to 50% of the people of any government not working or paying taxes and the working have to pay, there will come a time when the Debt and corruption will proliferate as it is at it highest peak today. Right in front of America’s eyes with no real recourse available to us. Ovewelming any democratic society just as Greece and Rome fell so wil America. It is History repeating itself.
    It is here now in 2009!

    Obama will pass this public healthcare welfare program and add another

    He is on the road to bankrupting America.

    Once he (Obama) passes “Healthcare Reform” as he calls it, the next thing he will do is give 30 million illlegals amnesty and we will also pay for these welfare recipiants. To no end. The fianl votes needed to keep this crook in power for another four years after this disaster he is running today.

    When will it end? When the Amercan people “UNITE” refuse to pay these taxes. That is our weapon and the only thing Washington will listen to. Just don’t pay taxes for one year and teach them who iare really the people, that hire and pay for all this nonsense. It is that simple! There would be about approximatley 90 million people not filing taxes or just filing late. What could thay do? mIt would be a real disastrer and send the ost profound message in our country’s history. Enough is enough!
    WE warned thes crooks now let us show them we can unite and send the first real message.

    Excepting for total anarchy (which may come first) this is the only thing these crooks will listen to. We have marchedon washington to sne dour elelted officials the message.

    We have basivcally “raised hell peacefully” and they still will just not listen to us the people. We have to do something before these crooks have their way.

    One day soon he will instill marshal law and take all our weapons to defend ourselves and then we will be S_ _ T out of luck.

    It is coming earlier than you think!

    Why do you think people are buying so much gold and guns. The dollar could callapse any day now. Obamam is making his world connetions now before he establishes a global currency.

    California has passed an ammunition law! WHY? Has anyone even raised the question?

    He: Obama, I think has been propped up by a socialistic system so well organized it has taken our country by storm and definatly by total surprise. Just as Hitler did in Germany with the dictatorship he forced on the GErman people so is Obama trying to do the same. In the almost same exact way (if you study eonomics and history) they did in 1934.
    Look what happened to Germany! Hyper inflation, devaluation of the mark, and a totoal breakdown of the government who had already been infiltrated with Hitler’s thugs. Check it out America!

    Read America. Watch GLenn beck! He has actaully layed it all out for us pointe to the crooks who are actaully doing this including all the SEUI and Accorn thugs and is the only real voice in America today that has the balls to do so.

    It is the last dasy of our freedom of speech. The last days of our Constituion as we know it before it is dissoloved with Liberal interpretations and it all will be happening right in front of your eyes. Just as Reed has done with Congress and the Senate this last week
    with the healtare bill no one wants except the government. Why? To tax us into oblivuian and control every aspect ofo our lives therough our medical records and taking our hard earned dollars and giving these to people that are waiting for the “Obama Money to be distributed to them!”

    Wake up America before it is too late. It already may be the 11th and a half hour before the clock strikes twelve!

    JT, “The All American”

  10. Jean Ledford Says:

    Good job, Harold. I know many Americans feel the same way, we just don’t know how to put it into words like you did. Thank you for your service to this proud and great country of ours. I don’t want to see it die now either.

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