<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: "Flat Daddy" cutouts take place of real National Guard soldiers

Friday, September 01, 2006

"Flat Daddy" cutouts take place of real National Guard soldiers

We're not sure whether to laugh, cry, or get angry. Maybe all three. The National Guard is providing cardboard “Flat Daddy” cutouts to families of faraway soldiers, as a sort of...replacement for the actual daddy. At the request of relatives, about 200 Flat Daddy and Flat Mommy photos have been enlarged and printed at the state National Guard headquarters in Augusta, Maine. The families cut out the photos, which show the Guard members from the waist up, and glue them to a $2 piece of foam board.

Flat Daddies and Mommies ride in the car, sit at the dinner table...even lie in bed with spouses or children.


As Bob Harris says, "I guess if the families are getting some solace out of it, whatever. But it just seems so damn sad. Things are so bad that people are actually thrilled to have cardboard replicas of their family members."

What's next? Anatomically correct - and functioning - Flat Daddies and Mommies?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll like this. (Daddy Dolls)

5:53 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anoonymous: Well, they're not anatomically correct, but they're getting warmer...

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Goebellove said...

It's obvious to me that the person who wrote this article and the people dowing what the families do to cope have never had a loved one fighting a war. I am an Air Force Wife and I have 5 children. They love to see pictures of their Daddy when he is gone. Life size ones are even better. If it helps them to cope why slander what helps ease their heart? In my eyes you have no heart and you dont deserve the freedom that the very families you mock give you.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...


We're not mocking the families; we're bemoaning the Iraq war and its painful effect on families. You have to admit that a two-dimensional representation of dad is a far cry from the real thing. As a mother of five, wouldn't you rather have him home? If we weren't fighting this insane, illegal, and unnecessary war, your husband - your children's father - would be home, where he belongs.

12:48 PM  

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