Memorial Day

Obama Dodges Holiday Controversy

President Obama can't even relax on Memorial Day. He's dodged racial controversy, the Associated Press reports, by following presidential tradition and sending a wreath to the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, which was once Gen. Robert E. Lee's estate. He'll also send one to the African American Civil War Memorial in the historically black U Street area of DC. Last week, a group of 60 professors--including Bill Ayers--petitioned Obama to slight the Confederate soldiers because their monument is a "denial of slavery as the cause of secession." Obama will also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns today and breakfast with family members who have lost loved ones in the war.