Soldier's Mother 'Ecstatic' About Obama's Bracelet
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The mother of a Wisconsin soldier killed in Iraq says she was "ecstatic" when Barack Obama mentioned during Friday's debate that he wears the bracelet she had given him in honor of her son. Sergeant Ryan Jopek was killed by a roadside bomb in 2006. Tracy Jopek sharply disputes Internet reports that suggested Obama exploited her son for political gain. She says it was appropriate for him to mention the bracelet because he was responding to John McCain's assertion that a soldier's mother had given him a bracelet. Mrs. Jopek also likes the way Obama countered the argument that leaving Iraq would mean soldiers will have died in vain. As he put it during the debate, "No U.S. soldier ever dies in vain, because they're carrying out the missions of their commander in chief."
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