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Gabbard highlights military service, sacrifices at convention

By B.J. Reyes

LAST UPDATED: 08:17 p.m. HST, Sep 04, 2012

With a hearty “aloha” to the crowd, Tulsi Gabbard took to the microphone onstage at the Democratic National Convention as part of a segment showcasing women of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Gabbard was the seventh of eight speakers and spoke for a minute and a half, highlighting her military service and noting the sacrifices of military families.

“As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war,” said Gabbard a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard. “The sacrifices made by our troops and military families are immeasurable.

“These days it’s often women in uniform — moms, wives, even grandmothers — who deploy and leave their families behind,” she said. Gabbard said the Obama administration will continue its strong support of military families.

Gabbard, 31, is a former Hawaii state representative and Honolulu City Councilwoman who is the Democratic nominee for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District. She will face Republican Kawika Crowley in the Nov. 6 election.

Gabbard was among three women from Hawaii who spoke today at the Democratic National Convention, before first lady Michelle Obama speaks.

University of Hawaii and McKinley High School graduate Tammy Duckworth also spoke in the afternoon. The congressional candidate from Illinois received a rousing reception when she spoke of losing both legs fighting in Iraq, then rededicating herself to helping fellow veterans.

Duckworth is a decorated Iraq War veteran who lost both legs in a rocket-propelled grenade attack while co-piloting a Black Hawk helicopter. The former assistant secretary at Veterans Affairs is making a second bid for the northern Illinois seat in Congress held by Republican Rep. Joe Walsh.

And the president's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who lives on Oahu, shared the stage with the president's brother-in-law Craig Robinson.

The final speaker of the night was the first lady.

“Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it,” the first lady told the convention in an address intended to reassure voters that her husband shares their values — hard work, perseverance and optimism — while also drawing a contrast between him and Mitt Romney. 

Mrs. Obama never mentioned the president’s Republican challenger, who grew up in a world of privilege and wealth.

But the point was clear as she wove a tapestry of their early years together, when money was tight and times were tough, when they were “so in love, and so in debt.” She reminisced about the man who now occupies the Oval Office pulling his favorite coffee table out of the trash and wearing dress shoes that were a size too small. And she told stories about a president who still takes time to eat dinner with his daughters nearly every night, answering their questions about the news and strategizing about middle-school friendships.  

With a mix of personal anecdotes and policy talk, Mrs. Obama’s speech was her most political yet.

“Today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are — it reveals who you are,” she said. 


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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false wrote:
I wonder if they have seen the movie " 2016 ".
on September 4,2012 | 11:26AM
NITRO08 wrote:
I did I don't like science fiction! If you believed that movie I got some land I'd like to sell to you. Saw an interview with the guy that made that movie All he wants to do is make money off republicans.
on September 4,2012 | 01:02PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Where's the land?
on September 4,2012 | 01:50PM
Anonymous wrote:
Instead of all the rhetoric from both sides when will the illegally stolen lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom be rightfully returned? To this date nothing in the U.S. Congress nor the Executive office has anything which rights the grave wrong brought on the the people of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Oh yeah they talk about the Aloha spirit, yet they certainly have not shown anything while serving in Congress or the Whitehouse to correct the wrong done not just the native Hawaiians but also the citizens of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
on September 4,2012 | 04:46PM
kainalu wrote:
I seen a clip with a poster being held by some toothless bearded hag, as the poster read, "Jesus hates Obama". I think it serves as a microcosm of the ignorant intolerance by many from the right. A Jesus that "hates" isn't the same Jesus I grew up worshiping. There must be another Jesus.
on September 4,2012 | 04:52PM
HD36 wrote:
Yea but everyone who doesn't believe in Jesus is going to hell. Where's the love in that?
on September 4,2012 | 08:51PM
pakeheat wrote:
Tell that to Jesus, not anyone else.
on September 4,2012 | 10:07PM
HD36 wrote:
What if Jesus was an Alien aka Annanuki?
on September 4,2012 | 11:38PM
HD36 wrote:
What's wrong with being an anti colonialist?
on September 4,2012 | 08:49PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
A fact check report says the film's truth was barely negligible.
on September 4,2012 | 02:21PM
ISCREAM wrote:
I guess since it is base on the Presidents own words...
on September 4,2012 | 06:47PM
false wrote:
good one
on September 4,2012 | 09:01PM
Venus1 wrote:
I saw it!!! Fabrications! They said the theatres were sold out!!! The truth is that Fundamentalsts Churches bought the tickets and gave them to their 'flocks'!!! Isn't it sad that CHURCH is now the plac to hear lies!
on September 4,2012 | 07:24PM
HD36 wrote:
Who knows, it coulda been a lie from the very beggining by those in quest of power over the people.
on September 4,2012 | 08:52PM
Fred01 wrote:
Yuck, yuck, and yuck!
on September 4,2012 | 12:26PM
AhiPoke wrote:
I know that people in Hawaii think of Obama as one of us and is a local hero but I'm not among them. I'm not a republican but based on what I've seen over the past 3.5 years, his value are more closely connected to Chicago, Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Van Jones, the Black Panthers and others. Unfortunately, people born and raised here only believe that democrats are good and republicans are bad. Don't confuse them with facts. BTW, I'm a born and raised senior citizen from here.
on September 4,2012 | 01:08PM
allie wrote:
Sorry but all of those people are heroic and right in what they say. USA is big enough to get thigns right. No need to romanticize the past or cover over mistakes, now or in the past
on September 4,2012 | 01:39PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Maybe you should check out those people before you call them heroic.
on September 4,2012 | 01:58PM
Anonymous wrote:
Yes I agree since she stated that she is a combat veteran, which must mean she wears the badge of distinction, an Army Combat Infantryman's Badge, huh?
on September 4,2012 | 04:49PM
Eradication wrote:
IMO you do not need to wear the CIB to be a combat vet. There are plenty of corpsman who were not on the front line but were still in harms way and working on our warriors and saving their lives. To me, when you are deployed in the combat zone that makes you a combat vet. There is no "degree" of bravery. All veterans display an uncommon valor for serving regardless of where.
on September 4,2012 | 09:00PM
Bpalmero wrote:
You were raised a senior citizen?
on September 4,2012 | 01:46PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
@Bpalmero: "LIKE!"
on September 4,2012 | 02:30PM
HD36 wrote:
About the only thing I like about Obama, is that it seems he's less likely to jump into war to attack Iran.
on September 4,2012 | 08:54PM
IAmSane wrote:
The Black Panthers. Haha. I think you might have dementia, old man.
on September 4,2012 | 09:55PM
kawika49 wrote:
Bruddah; wrong state.
on September 4,2012 | 10:35PM
kawika49 wrote:
Ahi,I feel so sory for you. As a Vietnam Vet; and a chield of a WW2 vet. I am behind someone who knows about Hawaii. As a Vet[ (Airbore 68-69) 100% disabled ]he, and Shinsheki and our deligation have done more in the last 4 yrs. than the last 12 years. So, why dont GYHOUYA, and see he is trying to do the best for us.
on September 4,2012 | 10:32PM
allie wrote:
Very proud of our Tulsi. Old man mufi is scowling in his basement. He must feel betrayed as he felt he was owed a seat for his serving as a faithful errand boy for rich developers and bankers for years.
on September 4,2012 | 01:38PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
Allie, the message of the convention is to move forward. Kicking a laying dog is not the path forward. Go Tulsi!
on September 4,2012 | 01:50PM
allie wrote:
but he is scowling so loudly down there!
on September 4,2012 | 01:55PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
Wow! Not only are you a career college student for the last decade or so, having allegedly graduated from an elite East Coast prep school, but you can hear silent facial expressions! Amazing!
on September 4,2012 | 03:22PM
aomohoa wrote:
Don't forget Allie is a Mandan and has been taught that she is superior. I'm not sure you should make fun of someone so superior to the rest of us:)
on September 4,2012 | 04:35PM
Anonymous wrote:
UH= Unemployed Hawaiian
on September 4,2012 | 04:51PM
64hoo wrote:
yep thats obama for you. scowling down there.
on September 4,2012 | 07:58PM
yskeulb wrote:
Agreed. Take the high road.
on September 4,2012 | 02:10PM
HD36 wrote:
Why were people at the Democratic Convention alot fatter on average? I thought Michelle had them eating veggies.
on September 4,2012 | 08:55PM
FACE wrote:
yep...gotta love Tulsi...
on September 4,2012 | 03:48PM
Jsato wrote:
Great speech - Hawaii voters made the right choice.
on September 4,2012 | 04:10PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Right Choice??? What has Tulsi accomplished at the legislature or c. council? She will be just another flunkie for D.I. Waste of good air.
on September 4,2012 | 09:13PM
Maui_Boy wrote:
While on the city council Tulsi authored or co-authored the bills for allowing food trucks more time to sell food along city streets, GMO labeling, non-degradable plastic bag ban, auditing HART's PR spending & she did more for her district that's document at ourhonolulu.org
on September 4,2012 | 10:14PM
Anonymous wrote:
Yes, Dan had promised him a lot and with age has forgotten what he promised.
on September 4,2012 | 04:50PM
Eradication wrote:
According to you, you are from ND!!! Right? A student at UH, right?
on September 4,2012 | 09:02PM
kawika49 wrote:
Allie, I am a Veteran; yes Mufi lost. But I was a Vet that voted for him. I will support Tulsi, because she will represnt our state. But; it will still not denigrate my support for Mufi. So call me an old man. However; I fought for you, even though you did'nt know me. Aloha!
on September 4,2012 | 10:39PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mazie's Mom was invited but had other obligations chief among them saving the family, booking a cruise, whooping up on a bad husband and living paycheck to paycheck.
on September 4,2012 | 01:47PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Go Kitty Go! Aloha.
on September 4,2012 | 02:50PM
Bean808 wrote:
on September 4,2012 | 03:26PM
pridon wrote:
Care to clarify. Did her mama teach her that 0 0 0=0, which is precisely what observed in Mazie's time as Lt Governor and Congressional representative. Most accurate camping advert I've seen. Case should have used it.
on September 4,2012 | 04:35PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Shhhhh.....you don't want Nancy Pelosi getting mad at you.
on September 4,2012 | 05:40PM
Anonymous wrote:
I was wondering why Ms. Pelota had not called upon the great orator Mazie Hirono to address the convention as she said she has done so much for the people of Hawaii and especially the working middle class since her family had to struggle and escape their terrible father and living conditions in Japan to live in Hawaii. I guess she forgot to mention that her mother was not a Japanese citizen so it wasn't like she immigrated illegally, huh.
on September 4,2012 | 04:56PM
on September 4,2012 | 05:29PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Gabbard claims to be a "combat veteran." She served in Iraq, which makes her an Iraq War veteran, but that does not necessarily make her a combat veteran. During my long military career, a combat veteran was one who engaged in direct combat with the enemy. Those who served in war zones in various support roles but did not engage in armed combat were considered war veterans. I would like to know what Gabbard did to make her a “combat veteran.”
on September 4,2012 | 06:35PM
Venus1 wrote:
So would I!!!!!
on September 4,2012 | 07:27PM
Eradication wrote:
You are wrong. As a disabled vet wounded in combat, I appreciated the fact that the so called "rear echelon" was there to save lives. Do not discredit their service. As a combat vet yourself you should be ashamed that you put your self above those who serve in garrison units. If it wasn't for them I and many others would not be here today.
on September 4,2012 | 09:11PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Who discredited anyone's service? The question is whether she engaged in combat as her claim suggests or did she serve in a support role, which, of course, is essential to combat operations.
on September 4,2012 | 10:58PM
ISCREAM wrote:
The United States Treasury reports that the total public outstanding debt is: $16,015,769,788,215.80. This is the first time in American history debt has eclipsed the $16 trillion mark. (Meaning we owe over $50,000.00 for every man, woman and child in America). The debt has increased approximately $5.4 trillion since President Obama took office on January 20, 2009. Of course no note of this...
on September 4,2012 | 06:46PM
HD36 wrote:
Yes, and no matter who gets elected, the ball going to drop within the next four years. I think if Mitt gets elected, he'll try to get us out of it through war. He'll attack Iran, and provoke China. Obama will try to print his way out causing massive inflation. Both parties don't have a real plan to cut government.
on September 4,2012 | 09:00PM
64hoo wrote:
why does the sa and other organazation say democratic national convention it should be democrat national convention democratic is a different word and has nothing with any party lookk the word up. came home from work with 2 bags of popcorn sat in front of the t.v. eating popcorn while watching the circus in north carolina with all the clowns from the first lady on down.
on September 4,2012 | 06:47PM
64hoo wrote:
accept tammy duckworth shes the only hero down there. so she is not a clown like the rest.
on September 4,2012 | 08:05PM
ISCREAM wrote:
President Obama's net worth has increased from 2.8 million $$$ in 2008 to over 11.8 million $$$ in 2011...on a $400,000.00 a year salary...no wonder he thinks that the economy is doing just fine...
on September 4,2012 | 06:53PM
false wrote:
He probably got a lot of free Federal Reserve Money. You know the kind that neither Akaka or Inouye will audit.
on September 4,2012 | 09:02PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Rumor is that the reason none of the bailed out corp execs were going to be prosecuted is because they have enough e-mails etc to implicate Frank, Dodd and Pelosi....having made millions off of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...I don't believe Dodd and Frank are seeking re-election.
on September 4,2012 | 09:17PM
HD36 wrote:
Rumor is probably true. All I saw was a bunch of egotistical career politicians leading a pep rally to a bunch of brainwashed, sheeple.
on September 4,2012 | 11:42PM
BO0o07 wrote:
I know Duckworth is a decorated war veteran but does anybody know what medals Gabbard have that make her a decorated war veteran?
on September 4,2012 | 07:14PM
kyle50 wrote:
she got the t-shirt
on September 4,2012 | 08:03PM
HD36 wrote:
God save America.
on September 4,2012 | 09:01PM
ISCREAM wrote:
She served in a medical unit in Iraq with the Hawaii National Guard...she wears her uniform a lot for public appearances...contrary to the Uniform Code of Military Justice rules about using your uniform to promote yourself.
on September 4,2012 | 09:23PM
Maui_Boy wrote:
She was awarded the Combat Medic Badge & was the first woman to ever receive an award of appreciation by the Kuwaiti military. That's the ones I know of.
on September 4,2012 | 10:07PM
64hoo wrote:
obamas challenger who grew up in a world of privage and wealth what a liar romney started with one small store in mass. and made it grow he folllowed the american dream and did something for himself. the democrat speakers ai the covention said you can follow your dreams and do stuff for yourself romney did that already but you can't do it now and follow a dream to make yourself earn more money and come rich if you do that then your the enemy of democrats because you made your self rich. and now they go after you to pay higher taxes these democrats are the worst contadictors i have ever seen.
on September 4,2012 | 07:26PM
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