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Obama To Receive 2024 Sylvanus Thayer Award

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Obama To Receive 2024 Sylvanus Thayer Award

West Point’s decision to give their honored Thayer award (given to General MacArthur in 1962) to man whom his college classmates said is a Marxist, and who is such a divisive figure in this country opposed by half of the country, and who proclaimed his goal is the fundamental transformation of America (which we’re seeing in real time)–this decision is deliberately meant to demoralize you. Demoralize: “cause someone to lose confidence or hope; dispirit; to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of.”

Decide not to be demoralized. Fight back, stand against and speak up against the unbelievably bad judgement of West Point and AOG. Here is their site and phone number: 845.446.1500

(West Point AOG News) Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, will receive the 2024 Sylvanus Thayer Award from the West Point Association of Graduates. Obama will be the fifth U.S. president to receive the Thayer Award during its 67-year history.

The award will be presented on September 19, 2024, during ceremonies hosted by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

WPAOG’s Board Chairman, the Honorable Robert A. McDonald said,

“As a two-term president of the United States, Barack Obama’s administration understood what President Lincoln meant in his Second Inaugural Address when he directed the nation to care for those who have ‘borne the battle.’”

Obama left office on January 20, 2017, as the first American president to oversee two full terms as a commander-in-chief with combat troops deployed to hostile zones during a time of war.

During his time in public service, he fought to make sure that veterans have timely and high-quality access to care, to modernize the claims process, to prevent and end veteran homelessness, and to provide resources so that the nation is serving every veteran.

“His life and career have inspired countless Americans, including many cadets past and present,” said McDonald.

“Having President Obama forever associated with West Point through its most prestigious award speaks directly to the Thayer Award’s purpose of recognizing a citizen of the United States, other than a West Point graduate, whose outstanding character, accomplishments, and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’”

“I want to thank the West Point Association of Graduates for this distinguished award,” said President Obama. “I’ve been a longtime supporter of West Point’s mission and have always admired the leaders of character it has produced for our nation.”

“The Thayer Award recipient is selected by the Thayer Award Committee, a 15-member nominating committee that includes representatives from numerous West Point classes spanning several decades and regions, as well as Army representatives. The committee reviews and debates the merits of approximately 25 nominations submitted by West Point Graduates. The WPAOG Board of Directors ratifies the committee’s selection,” stated retired Lieutenant General Guy Swan III and committee Chair.

Obama graduated from Columbia University in 1983 with a B.A. in political science, and in 1988, he enrolled in Harvard Law School Upon graduation, he returned to Illinois to teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago and begin a career in public service, winning seats in the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate. As a U.S. senator, he served on the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Committee on Foreign Relations.

Obama’s belief in America’s indispensable leadership and strong, principled diplomacy helped him wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, decimate al Qaeda and eliminate Osama bin Laden and the world’s most wanted terrorists, and shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Obama’s military support and accomplishments include increasing Special Forces teams and technology during the Iraq War, which proved to be a positive forward-thinking strategy for the United States, and introducing strategies and policies that reduced the number of American casualties in the Global War on Terrorism.

In 2014, Obama signed the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act (aka “VA reform bill”), making more funding available to enable better medical care for veterans. He also initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs (lowering the unemployment rate for veterans by more than half) and signed a bill to expand the availability of housing to homeless veterans.

Learn more about the Thayer Award.

Since 1958, the West Point Association of Graduates has presented the Sylvanus Thayer Award to an outstanding citizen of the United States whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.”

The Award is given to a citizen of the United States, other than a West Point graduate, whose outstanding character, accomplishments, and stature in the civilian community draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.” The individual selected for the Thayer Award must agree to accept the Award at West Point. The Sylvanus Thayer Award is funded by a generous endowment from E. Doug Kenna ’45 and his wife, Jean.


  • The nominee’s stature and reputation will draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.”
  • National public service is prominent in the career of the nominee.
  • The nomination should acknowledge a lifetime of service. Because the recipient will be forever associated with West Point and its ideals, selecting a receipting whose professional life story is nearly complete.
  • The nominee should have respect and national stature (i.e., national name recognition and wide based respect among the general population). Ideally, they will be recognized by the Corps as a “great American.”

From Military CRT/DEI/Woke Timeline(PDF – 30 Oct 2023) (click to enlarge)

Portions of timeline used for “What Happened to Our Military?” video.

Watch for more on his background:

General Douglas MacArthur’s 1962 speech at West Point upon accepting the Thayer Award:

Comments (2)

  1. Peter Brigham

    Obama is an extremely divisive and polarizing figure in today’s fractured America, and his legacy is increasingly revealed to be highly problematic. In my humble opinion, he is about as far from the tenets of “Duty, Honor, Country” as one can get. The Left’s march through the institutions is virtually complete. It is one thing to see USMA itself captured by the Left; it is another to see the West Point Association of Graduates and AOG Board of Directors similarly politicized. It is as if the Thayer Award Committee and BoD do not care how this will be received by a large segment of WP alumnae, or the country. Unfathomable.

    1. Yes, a retired Army intelligence officer who worked in the JCS office said it’s the deep state crowning “the State” (in Marxism, the State is god) demonstrating that they now own the institution of West Point (thus the Army). It’s a deliberate act to demoralize graduates. Don’t be demoralized; stand against this, oppose and do not go along or support their efforts.

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