Obama, troops cheer each other in Afghan visit

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Range Rover, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101204/ap_on_re_as/as_obama

    By BEN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent – Sat Dec 4, 1:08 am ET

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – In a rousing holiday-season visit, President Barack Obama on Friday told cheering U.S. troops in Afghanistan they're succeeding in their vital mission fighting terrorism. But after he flew in secrecy for 13 hours to get here, foul weather kept him from nearby Kabul and a meeting to address frayed relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai
    Obama's surprise visit to the war zone, his second as president, came 10 days before he is to address the nation about a new review of U.S. strategy to defeat the Taliban and strengthen the Afghan government so American troops can begin leaving next year.

    The trip also came at a particularly awkward moment in already strained U.S. relations with Afghanistan because of new and embarrassing leaked cables alleging widespread fraud and underscoring deep American concerns about Karzai.

    There was no mention of that as the president spoke to more than 3,500 service members packed into a huge airplane hangar. After his remarks, he spent more than 10 minutes shaking hands, going around the hangar three times as they grabbed his hand and held cameras and cell phones high to take photos.

    Obama stayed on this U.S. military base, the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division, the entire time he was here, just under four hours. He huddled with U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry. And he visited wounded soldiers at a base hospital, personally dispensing five Purple Hearts to wounded service members.


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  2. I give credit to Obama by not being an LBJ.
    Intern kiss ass Range Rover knows what an LBJ is, right? [​IMG]
  3. bpcnabe


  4. bpcnabe


    He's not even old enough to vote. What do you think?
  5. "Obama, troops cheer each other in Afghan visit"

    Because you felt this was a headline that needed to be highlighted shows me that you know exactly how most people feel about Obama...that usually they don't cheer
  6. Lucrum


    The troops were probably under orders to gather round and pretend to be enthusiastic about it.
  7. Everyone who voted for obama march into Hangar "A" and all the patriots march into Hangar "B" for the Playboy USO SHOW!

    LMAO!!! :D

    Don't you just LOVE staged events! :cool:
  8. I knew seeing thousands of US troops cheering their Commander and Chief would hurt a lot of feelings in here
  9. THOUSANDS in a hangar.....LOL! :D

    What did you think a couple hundred troops would do.....BOO him??? :confused: When in a foreign theatre any attention you get is a change of pace and uplifting to troops......their reaction was typical.